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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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.