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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

A Complete Guide to Hiking the Grand Sawtooth Loop

A Complete Guide to Hiking the Grand Sawtooth Loop

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The Grand Sawtooth Loop in Idaho is a little off the beaten path for those who want to step away from crowded national parks. It’s an exhilarating and burly trail with majestic passes and towering peaks galore.
6 Safety Tips For Hiking with Kids

6 Safety Tips For Hiking with Kids

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Our top safety tips for hiking with your kiddos will ensure that they have an experience that will cultivate a lifelong passion for the wilderness.
10 Best Hiking Shoes for Kids of 2024

10 Best Hiking Shoes for Kids of 2024

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Kiddos need reliable footwear out on trail as much as adults. Check out our review of the best hiking shoes for kids so your little one can cruise along with you on your next adventure.
Big Agnes Tiger Wall vs. NEMO Hornet OSMO vs. MSR FreeLite

Big Agnes Tiger Wall vs. NEMO Hornet OSMO vs. MSR FreeLite

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We compare and score three of the top backpacking tents on the market to determine which one is the best overall.
Hiking Boot & Shoe Soles for Grip, Traction & Different Terrains

Hiking Boot & Shoe Soles for Grip, Traction & Different Terrains

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The soles of your shoes are literally where the rubber meets the trail. Learn more about what to look for in the bottoms of your hiking footwear in this in-depth article on grip, traction, and terrain.
How to Lace Hiking Boots & Shoes
A hiker in a red rain jacket sitting on a rock to tie his Salomon Quest 4 GTX boots

How to Lace Hiking Boots & Shoes

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How many ways can you tie your shoes? If you like to hike, you’ll need more than one.
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.
Men’s La Sportiva Spire GTX Review
Closeup of a hiker tying the laces of the La Sportiva Spire GTX hiking shoes

Men’s La Sportiva Spire GTX 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…
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

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Our trail-tested hiking sandal recommendations go the distance to help you find the perfect pair among our top picks for your next adventure.
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.
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