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Maggie Nichols

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Maggie grew up playing in the outdoors. She spent her childhood riding her bike down deserted highways in the Midwest and summers paddling and sailing local lakes and rivers. After spending her formative years attending and working for a summer camp, she headed off to Iowa State University. There she completed a BS degree in Biology and earned a Master's degree studying chimpanzee behavior. While designing and carrying out biological field experiments she also led backcountry trips for the ISU Outdoor Recreation Program. She honed her outdoor skills while learning the value of having the right equipment in the field. She then spent almost a decade as an educator both in the classroom and abroad, teaching science and outdoor skills in far-flung places like the Galapagos, South Africa, the Ecuadorian Amazon, and several Caribbean islands as well as across the continental US. After spending several years managing backcountry youth programs in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Maggie now lives in Reno, Nevada where she puts her experience designing rigorous scientific tests and passion for having the right tool for the job to good use. She has been testing and writing for GearLab since 2017.

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Best Rug Pads of 2022

Best Rug Pads of 2022

Tired of slipping around on your rugs? We researched dozens of options before choosing the best under-rug mats for...
Best Tower Fan of 2022

Best Tower Fan of 2022

After hours spent researching top options, we chose the most promising tower fan contenders to test head to head to...
Best Sheets of 2022

Best Sheets of 2022

After testing over 55 of the best bedding sets available, we've created this curated collection of the top 15 options...
Best Dog Bed of 2022

Best Dog Bed of 2022

Tracking down the perfect dog bed can be a challenge. We looked into dozens of options before buying the best 13 to...
Best Floor Lamps of 2022

Best Floor Lamps of 2022

There's no making light of the dim situation you're in without the right floor lamp. For the past two years, we've...
Best Storage Bins of 2022

Best Storage Bins of 2022

From fabric cubes to burly bins, we tested a full range of storage solutions to help you get the best box for your...
Best Fan of 2022

Best Fan of 2022

Sick of sweating it out and ready to feel comfortable again? We evaluated 5 separate categories, testing over 45...
Best Weighted Blanket of 2022

Best Weighted Blanket of 2022

If the calming pressure of a heavy throw is what you crave, then our analysis of some of the best weighted blankets on...
Best Cooling Sheets of 2022

Best Cooling Sheets of 2022

If you believe everything you read on the internet, every set of sheets is supremely breathable. We put those claims...
Best Flannel Sheets of 2022

Best Flannel Sheets of 2022

Ready to never want to get out of bed again? We spent our winter nights putting these flannels to the test to bring...
Best Bamboo Sheets of 2022

Best Bamboo Sheets of 2022

Don't be bamboozled by overwhelming options! We did our homework before testing to bring you information on the best...
Best Floor Fan of 2022

Best Floor Fan of 2022

Searching for the best way to stay cool without racking up your AC bill? We tested some of the best floor fans during...
Best Area Rug of 2022

Best Area Rug of 2022

Revamping your space doesn't have to be a whole project. We tested 10 of the best area rugs that can transform your...
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