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Boots offer solid support and great durability for rugged adventures. We’ve researched, broken in, and trail-tested dozens of hiking boots to bring you our lists of the very best hiking boots (Men’s / Women’s) on the market.
Trail running shoes are great for both running and hiking. They provide a great balance of weight, comfort, and performance for long days on the trail. We’ve tested dozens to bring you this list of the best trail running shoes (Men’s / Women’s).
Packing a top-notch tent is one of the best ways to increase comfort, safety, and enjoyment on backcountry trips. So when you’re in the market for a new shelter, pick up one of the Best Backpacking Tents.
There are lots of excellent stoves on the market to make your culinary adventures a success, but not all camp chefs have the same needs. We’ve been boiling and sautéing up a storm in our outdoor kitchen to bring you this list of the best camping stoves on the market.
Down jackets are lightweight, packable, and highly efficient at trapping body heat. For those reasons (along with pure coziness), they’ve become our most beloved pieces of clothing for hiking and everyday wear.
Whatever your pleasure; walking, running, biking, or hiking – being equipped with the right mindset and a quality rain jacket will empower you to seize any opportunity to get outdoors, regardless of the forecast.
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.
With all the technical data to sift through and seemingly endless choices on the market, it can be a real challenge to figure out what to buy. We researched and tested dozens of headlamps to put together this list of this year’s Best Headlamps.
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.
We designed the CleverHiker Gear Guide to share our favorite backpacking equipment and to simplify the often frustrating gear buying process. We’ve spent thousands of hours researching and testing the equipment we recommend and we hope you find our suggestions helpful.
We regularly update the CleverHiker gear guide to add new products and make modifications. If you feel like we’ve missed a great tool or you’d like to provide feedback on an item, please get in touch with us to let us know.
Our main focus with the CleverHiker Gear Guide is recommending gear we trust from companies we believe in. The trust of our readers is our number one priority, so we work very hard to promote only the best of the best. Our gear recommendations are completely independent choices based on our personal experience and opinions. We never accept payments for reviewing gear, but we do occasionally get to keep free testing samples. We also include affiliate advertising links on our gear guide, which helps us keep CleverHiker up and running.
Just like our tutorial videos, this guide is all about spreading knowledge and helping raise the bar for future innovations. We focus on recommending only the best gear and that’s why our audience keeps coming back for more.
It’s also important to remember that great gear can really enhance a backpacking trip, but at the end of the day, it’s more important to get out and hike than to spend weeks mulling over what gear to buy. So go have an adventure! You’ll learn a lot about what gear you prefer by gaining experience in the backcountry.
Why trust us?
We fully understand how tough it is to find trustworthy gear advice, and that’s one of the main reasons we built CleverHiker. We live for outdoor adventure, and we take these guides very seriously. Here are some of the reasons you can trust us:
Our choices are completely independent and based on personal experience.
We’ve logged over 10,000 trail miles and test outdoor gear for a living.
We own and field test every product we recommend, which is sadly not the norm.
We travel to industry trade shows to learn about upcoming product innovations.
We constantly update our guides when new products launch.
We treat our recommendations as if they were for our family and friends.
We’re lifelong learners and we’re always open to constructive criticism. If you think we’ve missed a product or got something wrong, we’d love to hear your feedback.
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