CleverHiker Gear Guide 2017

Trail-tested recommendations on the best lightweight backpacking gear for maximizing camp comfort, minimizing trail weight, and inducing smiles along the way.

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Top Gear Picks 2017

The CleverHiker Top Picks page is reserved for my personal favorite backpacking gear. When I hit the trail, this is what I carry in my pack.

10 Best Tents 2017

Packing a top-notch tent is one of the best ways to increase comfort, safety, and enjoyment on backcountry trips. So when you're in the market for a new shelter, pick up one of the 10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2017.

7 Best Backpacks 2017

If you're planning to hit the trail this year, you’ll probably want one of these badboys on your back. Here's my list of the 7 Best Backpacks of 2017.

6 Best Sleeping Bags 2017

Looking for some deep trail sleep? Then snuggle up with one of the 6 Best Sleeping Bags & Quilts of 2017.

7 Best Sleeping Pads 2017

Nobody likes waking up with numb hips. Get the restful trail sleep you’ve earned with one of the 7 Best Sleeping Pads of 2017.

10 Best Hammocks 2017

Take your backcountry chillin' game to the next level with one of the 10 Best Backpacking Hammocks of 2017.

7 Best Stoves 2017

A steamy cup of java on a crisp, quiet morning is just about the perfect start to any day in the wilderness. So pick up one of the 7 Best Backpacking Stoves of 2017 and make that moment happen. 



Gear Review Policy

I designed the CleverHiker Gear Guide to share my favorite backpacking tools and to simplify the often frustrating gear buying process. I've spent hundreds of hours testing and researching the equipment that I recommend and I hope you find my suggestions helpful. 

I regularly update the CleverHiker gear guide to to add new products and make modifications. If you feel like I’ve missed a great tool or you'd like to provide feedback on an item, please use the form on my contact page to get in touch. 

My main focus with the CleverHiker Gear Guide is recommending gear I trust from companies I believe in. Keeping the trust of my readers is my number one goal, so I work very hard to only promote the very best of the best. My gear recommendations are completely independent choices. I never accept payment for reviewing an item, but I do occasionally get to keep free samples. I also include affiliate advertising links on my gear guide, which helps me to keep CleverHiker up and running.

Just like my tutorial videos, this guide is about spreading knowledge and helping to raise the bar for future innovations. I focus on recommending only the best gear and that's why my audience keeps coming back for more.  

You'll also notice that a lot of the gear I recommend is made by small businesses that manufacture specialized products. Though this process can sometimes lead to longer wait times, it often results in increased customization, accountability, and innovation. 

It's also important to remember that great gear can really enhance a backpacking trip, but at the end of the day, it's more important to get out and hike, than to spend weeks mulling over which tent stakes to buy. So go have an adventure! You'll learn a lot more about what you like and what you don't by gaining experience in the backcountry.