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10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2024
The NEMO Hornet OSMO 2 and Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 backpacking tents pitched in a campsite surrounded by granite peaks in the Sawtooth Mountains

10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2024

We put the most promising backpacking tents on the market through the wringer to find the ones with the best balance of comfort, weight…
10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2024
Looking out the doorway of a backpacking tent over the foot of a sleeping bag with a river and mountains in the background

10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2024

From summer summits to winter wanderings, our trail-tested list of the best backpacking sleeping bags will keep you warm and cozy in…
10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2024
A backpacker holding the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite in Yosemite National Park

10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2024

Whether you’re looking for inflatable or foam, ultralight or ultra-plush, we’ll help you get a great night’s sleep in the backcountry with our trail-tested picks…
Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2024
A hiker wearing an Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultralight Backpack in a slot canyon in Utah

Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2024

Our team of seasoned backcountry experts hiked thousands of miles using the best backpacking packs on the market to narrow down this list of…
10 Best Hiking Daypacks of 2024
A hiker sitting next to the REI Trail 25 daypack on a mountain ridge

10 Best Hiking Daypacks of 2024

Discover compact, versatile, and stylish daypacks for any hiking or traveling adventure, curated by our team of experts.
7 Best Trekking Poles of 2024
A female backpacker hiking up to the top of a red, rocky mountain pass in Glacier National Park using the REI Flash Carbon trekking poles

7 Best Trekking Poles of 2024

We’ve rigorously tested dozens of trekking poles over thousands of miles to find the sturdiest and most lightweight options out there. Get more stability on tough terrain…
5 Best Hydration Packs of 2024
A hiker in front of a waterfall with the Gregory Juno 24 H2O hydration pack

5 Best Hydration Packs of 2024

If you’re on the hunt for a new hydration pack and you’re overwhelmed by the number of products available, we’ve got your back.
10 Best Camping Tents of 2024
The Marmot Tungsten 4, REI Wonderland 6, REI Camp Dome 4, and Coleman Octagon 98 in a forested campsite next to a fire ring.

10 Best Camping Tents of 2024

We’ve thoroughly evaluated the best camping tents on the market to find the most user-friendly shelters for any weather conditions, group size, or budget.
10 Best Camping Sleeping Bags of 2024
A woman snuggled up in the Exped MegaSleep 25/40 sleeping bag inside of a camping tent with a view of the high desert in the background

10 Best Camping Sleeping Bags of 2024

Your sleeping bag can be as comfortable and warm as your bed at home. Whether you sleep cold, on your side, or love to cuddle…
10 Best Camping Mattresses of 2024
The Exped MegaMat Duo camping mattress in the REI Half Dome 4 Plus tent

10 Best Camping Mattresses of 2024

If you’re looking for ultimate comfort and relaxation under the stars, dive into dreamland with our favorite plush, oversized camping mattresses.
10 Best Camping Chairs of 2024
A puppy sitting next to the Kelty Low Loveseat and the Rovr Rollr 60 Cooler in a forested setting

10 Best Camping Chairs of 2024

S’mores just taste better when enjoyed from a cozy and comfortable camp chair. Check out our campfire-approved picks…
Best Hiking Shoes for Men of 2024
Muscular hiker legs traversing an alpine meadow in the HOKA Speedgoat 5 hiking shoes

Best Hiking Shoes for Men of 2024

We’ve hiked thousands of miles in the best hiking shoes available to see which ones gained the most traction with our team of experts…
Best Hiking Boots for Men of 2024
Knee-down view of a hiker walking a ridge in the Cascade Mountains in the Men's Salomon Quest 4 GTX hiking boots

Best Hiking Boots for Men of 2024

We set out to find the most comfortable, durable, and supportive hiking boots available. After logging hundreds of trail miles ourselves, these top…
Best Trail Running Shoes of 2024
Waist-down view of a runner wearing the Altra Lone Peak trail running shoes with a view of Mt. Hood in the background

Best Trail Running Shoes of 2024

Whether you’re a dedicated trail running fanatic or a road runner looking to swap pavement for dirt, a good pair of running shoes will make all the difference.
Best Hiking Sandals For Men of 2024
A hiker in the Chaco Z/1 Classic sandals resting on mossy tree roots overhanging a creek

Best Hiking Sandals For Men of 2024

Sometimes you just have to let the tootsies wiggle free, we get that. Hiking sandals are a great alternative to traditional…
10 Best Hiking Pants for Men of 2024
A backpacker standing in front of a lake in the men's Kuhl Deceptr hiking pants

10 Best Hiking Pants for Men of 2024

Try on our trail-tested picks for the best men’s hiking pants so you can take on the outdoors with…
10 Best Hiking Pants for Women 2024
A waist-down photo of a female hiker wearing The North Face Aphrodite 2.0 hiking pants with the tuft columns of Smith Rock in the distance

10 Best Hiking Pants for Women 2024

We took to the trails to test the most promising hiking pants for women. We looked for the most comfortable, lightweight, and durable options so you’ll feel great in your new ‘fit.
10 Best Rain Jackets of 2024
A backpacker wearing an orange Outdoor Research Helium rain jacket in Yosemite National Park

10 Best Rain Jackets of 2024

From drizzles to downpours, we’ve got your back. Our team of seasoned hikers weathered the storm to find the best rain jackets for performance and protection.
10 Best Down Jackets of 2024
A hiker walking through a freezing field in the Rab Neutrino Pro down jacket

10 Best Down Jackets of 2024

All mountain adventures have one thing in common: cold. Whether you’re summiting snow-covered peaks in the…
Best 4-Season Tents of 2024
The NEMO Kunai 3P four-season tent in a snowy winter camping scene in the woods

Best 4-Season Tents of 2024

Whether you’re doing some casual snow camping with friends or heading into the mountains…
Best Winter Boots of 2024
A hiker standing on a snowbank in the Salomon X Ultra Mid Winter boots with blue mountains on the horizon

Best Winter Boots of 2024

Most of us hate saying goodbye to our sandals and shorts for the winter season, but there’s something alluring about…
Best Snowshoes for Mountaineering of 2024
A snowshoer hiking along a winter creek in the Tubbs Flex VRT snowshoes

Best Snowshoes for Mountaineering of 2024

Snowshoeing is one of our all-time favorite winter activities. The trails are less crowded, the air is crisp, and there’s a certain silence you…
Top Gear Picks of 2024
A hiker posing on top of a mountain at sunset

Top Gear Picks of 2024

This is where we highlight a wide range of exceptional choices, and talk about our personal favorites.
10 Best Headlamps of 2024
A backpacker reading a map in his tent at night using the Black Diamond Spot headlamps

10 Best Headlamps of 2024

Everyone should own a headlamp. Whether you’re going on a backpacking trip, walking the dog in the evening, or…
10 Best Backpacking & Camping Hammocks of 2024
A backpacker relaxing in a red Eno Ultralight Sub6 hammock near a mountain lake in the Enchantments

10 Best Backpacking & Camping Hammocks of 2024

We’ve been kicking back in the backcountry to bring you our trail-tested top picks for hammock camping in comfort. Put your feet up and chill out with…

Checklists

Ultimate Backpacking Checklist & Gear Essentials

Ultimate Backpacking Checklist & Gear Essentials

After years of honing our backpacking gear to find the balance of weight, comfort, and…
Ultimate Day Hiking Checklist

Ultimate Day Hiking Checklist

We love a good checklist to help us prepare for a trip – even if we’re just going out for a day hike…
The Ultimate Camping Checklist

The Ultimate Camping Checklist

Camping is a classic way to commune with nature and spend time with family and friends.
Winter Camping Checklist

Winter Camping Checklist

When you go into the backcountry during the harshest season of the year, it pays to have the right equipment to keep…
Food & Recipes
Best Backpacking Freeze Dried & Dehydrated Meals of 2024
GOOD TO-GO – Thai Curry

Best Backpacking Freeze Dried & Dehydrated Meals of 2024

Best Backpacking Meals & Food of 2024
A hiker eating from a titanium backpacking pot in a lush, green forest

Best Backpacking Meals & Food of 2024

Backpacking Meal Recipes & How to Dehydrate Food for Camping

Backpacking Meal Recipes & How to Dehydrate Food for Camping

Best Camping & Backpacking Coffee Makers of 2024
Closeup of the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip brewing coffee into an ultralight backpacking cup on a volcanic rock

Best Camping & Backpacking Coffee Makers of 2024

10 Best Energy Bars for Hiking & Protein Bars of 2024
A runner eating a Clif Bar

10 Best Energy Bars for Hiking & Protein Bars of 2024

10 Best Hydration Mixes & Electrolyte Powders of 2024
A backpacker drinking from a water bottle filled with pink hydration mix

10 Best Hydration Mixes & Electrolyte Powders of 2024

Easy Camping Recipes That Taste Gourmet

Easy Camping Recipes That Taste Gourmet

How to Make Tasty Foil Packet Camping Meals – Recipes & Tips

How to Make Tasty Foil Packet Camping Meals – Recipes & Tips

Skills & Tips

What to Wear Hiking & Backpacking: The Ultralight Packing Guide

What to Wear Hiking & Backpacking: The Ultralight Packing Guide

As hikers, we expect a lot from our clothing. It has to insulate us from the cold, breathe well, dry quickly, and protect us from rain, snow, wind…
How to Prevent and Treat Blisters While Hiking

How to Prevent and Treat Blisters While Hiking

We put together this guide to help teach you how to prevent blisters entirely, to learn how to treat them, and to provide general foot care tips…
Pros and Cons of Hiking With Trekking Poles

Pros and Cons of Hiking With Trekking Poles

Whether you’re thru-hiking across the country or heading out on a quick weekend jaunt, trekking poles can add a lot of stability and…
Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Few things in the outdoors make people squirm as much as ticks, and for good reason. Besides being carriers of some…
Mosquitos & Hiking: How to Protect Yourself

Mosquitos & Hiking: How to Protect Yourself

Few things can ruin a backpacking trip quicker than relentless swarms of buzzing mosquitoes…
21 Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

21 Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

Whether you’re just starting out or updating your old gear, backpacking can be expensive… really expensive. With all of the options…
How to Train for Hiking & Backpacking Trips

How to Train for Hiking & Backpacking Trips

If you’ve got your sights set on a difficult hike or an epic backpacking trip, it’s smart to prepare your body in the…
How to Use Your Phone as a GPS Device for Backpacking & Hiking

How to Use Your Phone as a GPS Device for Backpacking & Hiking

One piece of gear has recently revolutionized navigation in the backcountry and it’s right there in your very pocket…
Do You Really Need a Tent Footprint & How to Choose

Do You Really Need a Tent Footprint & How to Choose

Let’s face it, tents are expensive. You want your tent to last as long as possible, but spending another $40+ on something you…
Ultralight Backpacking Basics

Ultralight Backpacking Basics

We love hiking with an ultralight kit because it allows us to spend less time worrying about aches and pains and more time enjoying side trails and the beautiful scenery around us. Whether you’re new to backpacking or you’re a traditional backpacker looking to lighten your load, we’ll break down everything you need to know about getting started with ultralight backpacking.
How to Poop in the Woods: A Backpacker’s Guide

How to Poop in the Woods: A Backpacker’s Guide

The problem of human waste in the outdoors was highlighted last May when a glacial geologist with the National Park Service…
14 Tips for Hiking & Backpacking with a Dog

14 Tips for Hiking & Backpacking with a Dog

Following the tips in this guide will prepare you and your pooch for the trail and build confidence to take them…
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