HyperLite Mountain Gear Junction Backpack Launch

HyperLite Mountain Gear Junction Backpack Launch

On Friday, June 21st, HMG just released a new ultralight backpack to their line and they’re calling it the Junction. The Junction features an almost identical setup to the excellent Southwest and Windrider backpacks, but has a versatile pocket configuration that will allow for ventilation and visibility in the front mesh pocket, and durability and privacy in the side pockets.

Read More

NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad Review

NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad Review

For years, the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad has been the industry leader foam pad with very little competition, but the NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad brings some long overdue updates to the closed-cell foam pad market. The Switchback features improvements to comfort and packability, and we find it to be superior to other foam pads we’ve tried.

Read More

Feathered Friends Flicker Quilt Sleeping Bag Review

Feathered Friends Flicker Quilt Sleeping Bag Review

The Feathered Friends Flicker Quilt Sleeping Bag is an excellent trail quilt with a great design that will help you sleep comfortably in the wilderness under many different conditions. We absolutely love how it can be opened fully like a blanket or cinched up tight like a mummy bag to hold in heat on chilly nights. It’s a very smart, comfortable, effective, and well-designed quilt sleeping bag.

Read More

21 Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

21 Tips for Backpacking on a Budget

Backpacking gear is expensive. It’s no secret that more expensive gear usually means lower weight, higher quality, and a better warranty, but we’ve found some pretty competitive alternatives to the pricier gear. We compiled this list of our favorite tips for backpacking on a budget, many of which don’t require any spending at all.

Read More

Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 20°F Sleeping Bag Review

Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 20°F Sleeping Bag Review

The Hyperion is the newest sleeping bag in Therm-a-Rest’s Fast and Light line and it's one of the lightest and most compressible bags we’ve ever tested. The Hyperion comes in two temperature ratings (20°F and 32°F), which both use very high-quality 900-fill-power down to make them extremely warm while keeping weight to an absolute minimum.

Read More

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite Sleeping Pad Review

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite Sleeping Pad Review

We absolutely love how light, compact, quiet, and comfortable the Therm-a-Rest UberLite is. This is the pad you’ll find in our packs for all our summer outings. The main question to ask yourself with this pad is: how often do you backpack in sub-freezing temps? If the answer is rarely, this might be the perfect pad for you.

Read More

30 Great Deals in REI's Anniversary Sale

30 Great Deals in REI's Anniversary Sale

Gear Nerds Rejoice! REI’s biggest sale of the year is upon us. Running from May 17th-27th, REI’s Anniversary Sale includes deeps discounts on some of our favorite backpacking, camping, and hiking gear. In addition to sale items, REI members also receive 20% off one full-priced item and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item with coupon code ANNV19.

Read More

Arc’teryx Zeta SL Rain Jacket Review

Arc’teryx Zeta SL Rain Jacket Review

One of the newest jackets introduced by Arc’teryx for the 2019 hiking season, the Zeta SL (men’s & women’s), is an excellent balance between quality, durability, and weight. The highly packable and versatile design of the SL is a great option for hikers looking to push through wet weather in rugged conditions.


Read More

16 Great Ways to Use Your REI 20% Off Coupon

16 Great Ways to Use Your REI 20% Off Coupon

It’s Member Rewards time at REI! That means, if you’re an REI member, you’ve just received 10% of your annual purchases back in one lump sum dividend. To sweeten the deal, from 3/22 to 4/8 REI Members save 20% on one full-price item and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item with coupon code MEMPERK2019.

Read More

How to Use your Phone as a GPS Device for Backpacking

How to Use your Phone as a GPS Device for Backpacking

One piece of gear has recently revolutionized navigation in the backcountry and it’s right there in your very pocket. Your smartphone can easily double as an excellent wilderness GPS device. This guide will teach you how to stay safe and found on your next trip.

Read More

20 Tips for Backpacking in the Desert

20 Tips for Backpacking in the Desert

Hiking in the desert is often seen as drab when compared to majestic alpine meadows. However, we have fallen deeply in love with the vast beauty and intriguing surprises found in these often-overlooked places. We put together this guide to help you plan a safe and enjoyable desert adventure!

Read More