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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
A hiker wearing an Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultralight Backpack in a slot canyon in Utah

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
Looking out the doorway of a backpacking tent over the foot of a sleeping bag with a river and mountains in the background

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

Best Backpacking & Hiking Water Filters of 2024

Clean drinking water is an incredibly important consideration for any trip into the backcountry. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of…

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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

Outdoor adventure gifts are the best kind around. Below we highlight some can’t miss recommendations for anyone who enjoys…
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 dozens of trekking poles over thousands of miles to find the sturdiest and most lightweight options out there. 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.
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…
SOTO Windmaster Backpacking Stove Review

SOTO Windmaster Backpacking Stove Review

Soto Windmaster is touted as one of the absolute best backpacking stoves for its superior wind performance.
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Loop Backpacking Guide

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Loop Backpacking Guide

The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Loop is one of our favorite hikes we’ve ever done in Oregon. Out in this Eastern Oregon paradise, you’ll encounter crystal clear lakes, vibrant fields of wildflowers, ample opportunities to view wildlife, and sweeping views of the Blue Mountain Range.
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent Review

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 is one of the lightest double-wall, 2-door tents on the market. This makes it ultralight, convenient, and easy to pitch. It also has more headroom than much of the competition due to its long brow pole that pulls out the sidewalls.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm NXT Sleeping Pad Review

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm NXT Sleeping Pad Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm NXT has one of the best warmth-to-weight ratios of any sleeping pad on the market, but is it worth the spendy price tag? We put the new Xtherm NXT to the test to see how it holds up to real-world conditions.
Platypus QuickDraw MicroFilter System Review

Platypus QuickDraw MicroFilter System Review

The Platypus QuickDraw MicroFilter System is similar to other popular squeeze filters on the market but stands out…
REI Co-op Flash 2 Tent Review

REI Co-op Flash 2 Tent Review

Spoiler alert: we really dig the REI Co-op Flash 2. This tent is ultralight, has a convenient design, and is very well-priced for the specs and quality. Read our full review to find out why this tent is earning high marks on our list of the Best Backpacking Tents.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite NXT Review

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite NXT Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite has been one of our favorite backpacking sleeping pads for years, and the best just got better with the introduction of the new XLite NXT version. This pad is still made with the high-quality construction that Therm-a-Rest is known for, but it’s warmer and much quieter than its predecessor.
REI Co-op Trailmade 2 Tent Review

REI Co-op Trailmade 2 Tent Review

The REI Co-op Trailmade 2 replaced one of REI’s best-selling tents, the Passage 2, earlier this year. With a similar design, a very affordable price point, and exceptional durability, we decided to put the new Trailmade to the test to see how it stacks up against the competition.
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