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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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John Muir Trail Gear List: What to Pack

John Muir Trail Gear List: What to Pack

The John Muir Trail is one of the most spectacular stretches of trail in the world. One of the most important considerations for those hiking the JMT is determining what gear to bring. In this guide, we’ll help you channel your inner thru-hiker in order to minimize your gear weight and maximize your enjoyment on the trail.

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Zpacks Triplex Tent Review

Zpacks Triplex Tent Review

Zpacks makes some of our all-time favorite backpacking gear, and their Triplex Tent is truly an exceptional ultralight shelter. Its combination of weight, weather protection, and functionality makes it one of our favorite ultralight shelters for two people, especially on difficult trips with a lot of elevation gain and long mileage.

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