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A Short Guide to Hiking the Colorado Trail

A Short Guide to Hiking the Colorado Trail

From the flower-filled alpine meadows of the Sawatch Mountains to the dramatic craggy peaks of the San Juans, a hike on the Colorado Trail is sure to be a journey full of challenges and rewarding experiences.
Fizan Compact 3 Trekking Poles Review

Fizan Compact 3 Trekking Poles Review

Drop + Fizan Compact 3 Trekking Poles are strong, comfortable to hold, and – best of all – they’re super affordable.
Zpacks Classic Sleeping Bag Review

Zpacks Classic Sleeping Bag Review

The Zpacks Classic Sleeping Bag is a quilt/sleeping bag hybrid with one of the best warmth-to-weight ratios we’ve seen. This hoodless bag packs down super small, weighs next to nothing, and can be cinched tight to keep you cozy when the temperature drops.
Katadyn Micropur Water Purification Tablets Review

Katadyn Micropur Water Purification Tablets Review

Katadyn’s Micropur Water Tabs because they take up almost no pack space, they weigh next to nothing, and they…
Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter Review

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter Review

We have over a decade of experience using the Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter now, and it’s still one of our favorite water treatment options for backpacking with a partner or group.
10 Best Hiking Shorts for Men of 2024
Waist-down view of a hiker standing on a rocky trail in the men's Patagonia Quandary hiking shorts

10 Best Hiking Shorts for Men of 2024

Discover your new favorite trail-ready hiking shorts from Patagonia, PrAna, REI, and more. Our experts bring you tailored suggestions for the best in comfort, durability, and style from trail to town.
10 Best Hiking Shorts for Women 2024
A female backpacker wearing the Nike Dri-FIT Tempo shorts on a mountain pass along the John Muir Trail

10 Best Hiking Shorts for Women 2024

We’ve put in the miles to find the best women’s hiking shorts out there. From ultralight to baggies, only the most comfortable, stylish, and high-quality models made our list of top picks.
ULA Alpha Knife Review

ULA Alpha Knife Review

The ULA Alpha Knife is a ridiculously lightweight knife (just over 1 oz. with the sheath) that was designed specifically for backpackers and thru-hikers.
30 Exciting New Products From Outdoor Retailer 2022

30 Exciting New Products From Outdoor Retailer 2022

The CleverHiker team spent last week walking the halls of Outdoor Retailer in Denver, drooling over all the awesome new outdoor gear coming out in 2022/23. We put together this article to share the inside scoop on the new products we’re most stoked to get out on a trail!
10 Best Winter Traction Devices & Crampons for Hiking 2024

10 Best Winter Traction Devices & Crampons for Hiking 2024

When winter trails freeze over and parking lots look like ice rinks, a pair of traction devices will offer…
10 Best Fanny Packs for Hiking of 2024

10 Best Fanny Packs for Hiking of 2024

Fanny packs may have been considered a fashion faux-pas at one point, but nowadays it seems like we don’t make it a mile…
7 Best First Aid Kits for Hiking of 2024 & Medical Checklist

7 Best First Aid Kits for Hiking of 2024 & Medical Checklist

We never venture into the wilderness without at least a basic first aid kit. A small selection of supplies and some know-how will help…
5 Best Hydration Bladders of 2024

5 Best Hydration Bladders of 2024

Hydration bladders all serve the same basic purpose: convenient hydration on the go. But there are some key differences to look…
How to Train for Hiking & Backpacking Trips

How to Train for Hiking & Backpacking Trips

If you’ve got your sights set on a difficult hike or an epic backpacking trip, it’s smart to prepare your body in the…
10 Best Energy Bars for Hiking & Protein Bars of 2024
A runner eating a Clif Bar

10 Best Energy Bars for Hiking & Protein Bars of 2024

The humble snack. Always there when you need it most – right before a big run, just before the final push to a summit, or…
NEMO Dagger OSMO 2 Tent Review

NEMO Dagger OSMO 2 Tent Review

The incredibly spacious NEMO Dagger OSMO 2 is an excellent choice for those wanting a tent that’s comfortable for any type of adventure – it’s light enough for backpacking and roomy enough for frontcountry camping. As always, NEMO has designed a ton of useful features into this tent.
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