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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

10 Best Camping Stoves of 2024

10 Best Camping Stoves of 2024

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Be the envy of all campground cooks with one of our top camping stove recommendations. Each of these options has been tested based on power, portability, efficiency, and more.
Best Trail Running Shoes for Men 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 for Men of 2024

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Whether you’re gearing up for a race in the mountains or lacing up for a jog in the park, you’re sure to find the perfect trail running shoe for you among our tested top picks.
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 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…
10 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2024
A hiker sitting in a meadow in the Helinox Chair Zero backpacking chair with a snowy mountain peak in the distance

10 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2024

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Ditch the dirt and relax your back. Our guide to the best backpacking chairs will help you find the most comfortable, lightweight, and easy-to-use options so you can kick it in backcountry luxury.
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 Socks of 2024
Closeup of a hiker's feet in the Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew socks and Salomon X Ultra shoes on the rim of the Grand Canyon

10 Best Hiking Socks of 2024

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Keep blisters at bay with the perfect pair of well-cushioned hiking socks. Check out our top picks to pamper your feet on your next backpacking adventure.
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 Down Jackets of 2024
A backpacker standing by a mountain lake in a teal down jacket

10 Best Down Jackets of 2024

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Down for an adventure? Our trail-tested recommendations for the best down jackets will keep you warm and comfortable on trail and in town.
10 Best Rain Pants of 2024
A hiker sitting on a mossy old growth log in the Outdoor Research Helium Rain Pants

10 Best Rain Pants of 2024

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Any weather is hiking weather with the right gear! We’ve trekked thousands of miles in the best rain jackets to narrow our list down to the most protective, versatile, and comfortable options out there.
How to Wash a Down Sleeping Bag
Nikwax Down Wash Direct and Tx. Direct Spray-On Waterproofing with tennis balls and a Feathered Friends down sleeping bag

How to Wash a Down Sleeping Bag

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A down sleeping bag can be a backpacker’s greatest ally in the wilderness. If treated with care, a down sleeping bag can…
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