Backpacking Skills, Gear Reviews, & Trip Guides

Our goal is to make backpacking easier, safer, and more enjoyable for everyone. We hope to inspire travel and promote wilderness conservation through skill-based tutorials, comprehensive trip guides, and in-depth gear reviews.


GEAR GUIDE 2018

The CleverHiker Gear Guide is a compilation of the very best backpacking Tents, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Stoves, Water Filters and a whole lot more. Use these exceptional tools to increase camp comfort and decrease trail weight. 


TOP GEAR PICKS 2018

Our Top Picks page is reserved for our personal favorite backpacking gear. When we hit the trail, this is what we carry in our packs.


10 BEST TENTS 2018

Packing a top-notch tent is one of the best ways to increase comfort, safety, and enjoyment on backcountry trips. Here's our list of the 10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2018.


7 BEST SLEEPING BAGS 2018

Looking for that deep trail sleep? Then snuggle up with one of the 7 Best Sleeping Bags & Quilts of 2018.


10 BEST BACKPACKS 2018

If you're planning to hit the trail this year, you’ll probably want one of these badboys on your back. Here's our list of the Best Backpacks of 2018.


 8 BEST SLEEPING PADS 2018

Nobody likes waking up with numb hips. Get the restful trail sleep you’ve earned with one of the 8 Best Sleeping Pads of 2018.


10 best Shoes & Boots 2018

Choosing your footwear will be one of the most important gear decisions you'll make. Check out the Best Hiking Shoes and Boots of 2018 to find the shoe for you. 


7 BEST STOVES 2018

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 2018 and make that moment happen. 


 6 BEST WATER FILTERS 2018

Staying hydrated and avoiding parasites in the backcountry is critical. We explain the key differences of each water treatment method and share our personal favorites in our list of the Best Water Filters of 2018


BEST JACKETS 2018

A reliable rain jacket and a warm down coat will protect you against the elements, keeping you dry, safe, and warm in the wilderness. Check out our list of the Best Jackets of 2018.


10 BEST HAMMOCKS 2018

Take your backcountry chillin' game to the next level with one of the 10 Best Backpacking Hammocks of 2018.


Best Daypacks 2018

A solid daypack should be a staple of every outdoor enthusiast's gear collection. Ranging from minimalist to fully featured, we bring you our trail-tested Best Daypacks of 2018.


BEST WOMEN'S GEAR 2018

We explore several key differences in women-specific gear. Check out some of our favorite items in our guide to the Best Backpacking Gear for Women.


Best Backpacking Food

Your backcountry meal plan should balance weight, nutritional value, caloric density, and convenience. We outline critical considerations and our favorite food choices in our Best Lightweight Backpacking Food Guide.


7 Best Trekking Poles

Trekking poles can add a lot of stability and comfort to your hike. We tested dozens of trekking poles to narrow the list down in terms of durability, comfort, weight and value to determine this year's Best Trekking Poles.


6 Best Budget Tents

We put together this list to showcase some solid budget tents that strike a good balance between cost, weight, weather protection, and durability. If you’re on a tight budget or new to backpacking, check out our Best Budget Tents of the year.


100 GIFTS FOR BACKPACKING, HIKING & CAMPING

Outdoor adventure gifts are the best kind around. The gift ideas listed in the CleverHiker Gift Guide are can’t miss recommendations for anyone that enjoys backpacking, hiking, and camping. Give the gift of adventure!


HD TUTORIAL VIDEOS

We've built over 30 instructional backpacking videos in two series - Essential Trail Skills & Lightweight Backpacking Foundations. Our focus is building educational resources to help backpackers of all levels feel more comfortable in the wilderness.