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Ian Krammer
Gear Analyst

Ian is a peak bagger and gearhead who loves sharing his passion for big adventures and playing in the outdoors. His deep connection with nature, attention to detail, and years of experience as a professional researcher are what drive Ian’s thoughtful review process.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he grew up visiting the Canadian Rockies before his family moved to Colorado Springs in 1998, where he fell in love with the Colorado Rockies. He went to school for Philosophy and English and is thrilled to spend his days thinking deeply about the most exciting outdoor gear for hiking, backpacking, and beyond.

Ian spent 4 years hitchhiking across all 50 states, living and working everywhere from the 200-foot-high canopy of the California Redwood trees to a short commute from the White House. After returning to Colorado, he climbed the state’s 58 14,000-foot peaks and hasn’t stopped chasing summits since. He’s currently on a mission to climb all 768 ranked and unranked 13,000-foot peaks, with about 100 left.

Off the clock, Ian looks forward to rambling around with his best friend Blodgett, a spry blue heeler canine named after a mountain, obsessing over his next route, or looking for the best cheeseburger in town.

Articles by Ian Krammer

How to Clean Hiking Shoes & Boots
Closeup of a hiker's feet crossing a creek in a muddy pair of Topo Athletic Trailventure 2 hiking boots

How to Clean Hiking Shoes & Boots

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In this guide, we walk you through how to take care of your footwear – so your footwear can take care of you.
La Sportiva Spire GTX Hiking Shoes Review
Closeup of a hiker tying the laces of the La Sportiva Spire GTX hiking shoes

La Sportiva Spire GTX Hiking Shoes Review

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The La Sportiva Spire GTX have received high praise in both the fastpacking and hiking worlds – but do they live up to the buzz?
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

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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 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

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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

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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 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

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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 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

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S’mores just taste better when enjoyed from a cozy and comfortable camp chair. Check out our campfire-approved picks…
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

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Try on our trail-tested picks for the best men’s hiking pants so you can take on the outdoors with…
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

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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

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We set out to find the most comfortable, durable, and supportive hiking boots available. After logging hundreds of trail miles ourselves, these top…
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

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Discover compact, versatile, and stylish daypacks for any hiking or traveling adventure, curated by our team of experts.
ZPacks Duplex Tent Review
The Zpacks Duplex pitched near a red rock arch in Coyote Gulch

ZPacks Duplex Tent Review

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The price tag on the ZPacks Duplex Tent may seem like highway robbery, but if you’re an avid backpacker, it’s worth every penny and then some. This tent is incredible, here’s why: