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10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2024
A backpacker holding the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite in Yosemite National Park

10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2024

Whether you’re looking for inflatable or foam, ultralight or ultra-plush, we’ll help you get a great night’s sleep in the backcountry with our trail-tested picks…
Best Backpacking Meals & Food of 2024
A hiker eating from a titanium backpacking pot in a lush, green forest

Best Backpacking Meals & Food of 2024

Backpacking Food Meal planning is one of the most important considerations for any backpacking trip. The food you choose will depend on taste preference, nutritional value, caloric density of each meal, and how easy it is to cook. Some hikers bring dehydrated meals because they’re quick and easy. Others prepare DIY dinner recipes and use […]
Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2024

Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2024

Our team of seasoned backcountry experts hiked thousands of miles using the best backpacking packs on the market to narrow down this list of…
10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2024
The NEMO Hornet OSMO 2 and Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 backpacking tents pitched in a campsite surrounded by granite peaks in the Sawtooth Mountains

10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2024

We put the most promising backpacking tents on the market through the wringer to find the ones with the best balance of comfort, weight…
10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2024
A backpacker sitting on a rock in the REI Magma 30 sleeping bag at sunset

10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2024

From summer summits to winter wanderings, our trail-tested list of the best backpacking sleeping bags will keep you warm and cozy in…
Best Backpacking & Hiking Water Filters of 2024
Closeup of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter in front of an alpine lake

Best Backpacking & Hiking Water Filters of 2024

We’ve filtered out the nonsense to bring you our purest recommendations of the best water filters around.

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MSR FreeLite 2 Tent Review

MSR FreeLite 2 Tent Review

This is a lightweight and compact semi-freestanding tent. It’s great for backpacking solo or keeping pack weight down if you don’t mind a tight squeeze with your hiking partner.
The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Arizona Trail

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Arizona Trail

A hike on the Arizona Trail (AZT) is a truly unique experience. The AZT will take you on an unforgettable 800-mile trek like no other through an ever-changing landscape.
A Complete Guide to Hiking the Grand Sawtooth Loop

A Complete Guide to Hiking the Grand Sawtooth Loop

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.
10 Best Hiking Shoes for Kids of 2024

10 Best Hiking Shoes for Kids of 2024

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

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

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

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

In this guide, we walk you through how to take care of your footwear – so your footwear can take care of you.
La Sportiva Spire GTX Hiking Shoes Review
Closeup of a hiker tying the laces of the La Sportiva Spire GTX hiking shoes

La Sportiva Spire GTX Hiking Shoes Review

The La Sportiva Spire GTX have received high praise in both the fastpacking and hiking worlds – but do they live up to the buzz?
Zpacks Duplex Zip Tent Review
A hiker adjusting the Zpacks Duplex Zip in a plateau with mountains in the background.

Zpacks Duplex Zip Tent Review

We put 500 miles on the Zpacks Duplex Zip to see how it stacks up against the best ultralight tents on the market.
Durston X-Mid Pro 2 Tent Review

Durston X-Mid Pro 2 Tent Review

If you’ve been in the ultralight scene for more than a minute, chances are you’ve heard about the Durston X-Mid Pro 2.
100 Best Gifts For Hikers, Backpackers & Campers 2024

100 Best Gifts For Hikers, Backpackers & Campers 2024

Give the gift that gets them outside with our guide to the best gifts for hikers and backpackers.
7 Best Trekking Poles of 2024
A female backpacker hiking up to the top of a red, rocky mountain pass in Glacier National Park using the REI Flash Carbon trekking poles

7 Best Trekking Poles of 2024

We’ve rigorously tested these trekking poles over thousands of miles to find the sturdiest and most lightweight options. Get more stability on tough terrain…
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

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.
ZPacks Arc Blast Backpack Review

ZPacks Arc Blast Backpack Review

At a mere 16.4 ounces, the ZPacks Arc Blast is an ultralight backpackers dream come true. The ZPacks Arc Blast is one of…
Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent Review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent Review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo is revered in the ultralight backpacking world for its palace-like spaciousness…
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