Backpacking Gear Reviews & Guides

New Backpacking Gear Reviews & Guides

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7 Best Lightweight Tents for Backpacking

Your tent may be the most important piece of camping gear you pack in your backpack. It will keep you warm and protected from the...
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7 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads

As a backpacker, you know there’s nothing worse than setting up camp at the end of the day only to feel every single rock and...
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7 Best Portable Camping Showers

Just because you are out camping and roughing it doesn't mean that you have to resign yourself to a life of filth. It also doesn't...
Best Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

7 Best Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

  When backpacking, you want to enjoy the wild while having a bit of comfort. However, you need to carefully consider which items to bring...
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7 Best Backpacking Pillows

  When backpacking, you don’t know where the paths, roads, and trails will lead you at the end of the day. Whether at the beach,...
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7 Best Solar Panel Trail Cameras – Reviewed

July 19, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Solar-powered trail cameras make life so much easier. Many trail cameras require multiple AA batteries to give them...
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The 6 Best Backpacking Trowels

June 15, 2021/Samantha Bos Table of Contents It's time to talk about an essential piece of backpacking gear, that some campers are reluctant to discuss...
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7 Best Hydration Water Bladders – Reviewed

May 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Water is the single most important thing in the world. It sustains us and gives up the strength...
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8 Best Water Bottles for Hiking & Backpacking

May 24, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents A good water bottle is the kind of thing that changes your life. Getting a good amount of...
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Best Lightweight Flashlight For Hiking & Backpacking

If there’s one thing you can’t leave at home when you heading out to hike and backpack, it’s your flashlight. Your flashlight is one of...
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Best Backpacking Saw – Tested and Reviewed

When you’re backpacking the only things you can rely on are the tools on your back. That means if you’re clearing away wood for a...
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10 Best Hardshell Jackets

April 18, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Hardshell jackets are a step up from a windbreaker, they're the ultimate form of a rain jacket, and...
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The 7 Best Towels for Backpacking

March 29, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Backpacking works up a real sweat. For longer treks, inclement weather can soak hikers and  backpackers who are...
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Best Lightweight Backpacking Hatchet

March 17, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents When you're backpacking, you're playing a tight game with the space of your pack. You don't want to...
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10 Best Water Enhancers (for Flavor & Electrolytes)

March 17, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Water is one of the most important things on the entire planet. It makes up our oceans, it...
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7 Best Lightweight Bear Canisters for Backpacking

March 16, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents Bears get hungry. They're just like any other mammal out there. When you're backpacking, you're probably bringing a...
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4 Best Mosquito Nets For Camping

March 15, 2021/Samantha Bos Table of Contents Mosquito nets can save your trip and, in extreme cases, your life. We love camping and spending the...
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Windbreaker vs Rain Jacket: Which is Right for You?

So much of successful outdoor recreation relies on you having the right equipment. Many people will deliberate forever on the right climbing gear, the right...
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Osprey Atmos 65 AG Review

The Osprey Atmos is one of the most popular hiking backpacks, but is this product worth the hype? Our team is reviewing this best-selling daypack...
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The 9 Best Camping Spots in Florida

Florida is famous for its nature, so it's no surprise you're looking for the best camping spots in Florida. From the Everglades to the northwestern...
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The 7 Best Backpacking Backpacks

Looking for the best backpack for your backpacking trip? Backpackers beginning back country backpacking better buy breathable, but bolstered, backpacks. Whew. How’s that for a...
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5 Best Wood Burning Stoves for Backpacking

An essential piece of gear for backpacking adventures? A wood-burning camp stove. This type of backpacking stove is fueled by nature itself and can run...
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The 6 Best Trekking Poles – Reviewed

The debate about using trekking poles continues in the hiking community, but there’s no doubt that they remain a popular piece of equipment. (If you...
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The 12 Best Hiking Trails in Missouri

When considering Missouri, it can easily be dismissed as a midwest farming state without much to offer but cattle and corn. However, there is much...
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5 Best Backpacking Stoves

Looking for the best backpacking stove? You've come to exactly the right place! Our experts have bundled our favorite camp cookware in one, comprehensive 'Best...
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Smart Ways to Training for Backpacking

Trekking on a long hike over backcountry hiking trails with a heavy pack can really take it out of a backpacker. The physical process of...
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The Best Baby Carrier Backpacks

Want to take your little one on an outdoor adventure? Then you need a quality baby carrier backpack in your hiking gear collection! A quality...
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The 5 Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

Find the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag for your needs can be a real challenge because, with so many options on the market, you're simply spoiled...
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How to Test Spring Water

Clean drinking water is essential out on the trail. Since hikers need so much water to stay hydrated while they’re hiking in the backcountry and...
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How to Pick a Sleeping Bag for Your Camping Trip

Your sleeping bag is one of the most important pieces of equipment you take on a camping trip, and having the right one can make...
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How to Waterproof a Backpack

No matter what kind of outdoor adventurer you are, a waterproof backpack is an important requirement. Whether you’re flying down white water rapids, on a...
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How to Use Hiking Poles

Hiking poles are a common sight on the trails, they’re used by many hikers to improve their backcountry experience. Trekking poles can come across as...
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How to Pack a Backpack for Camping Like a Pro

The best campsites are cached away in mountains and valleys, often at the terminus of long hiking trails that course and wind through the most...
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How to Make Your Backpack Lighter

Ever wish that backpacks in real life could be like those in video games that hold tons and weigh ounces? Most backpackers dream of the...
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How to Plan a Backpacking Trip

Nothing says adventure like a person, a backpack, and the open country. Whether you want to backpack through the Pacific Crest Trail or cross the...
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The 6 Best Backpacking Tents

Oh, the great outdoors. Nothing like spending the day walking around some trails with friends, a couple of laughs and a few good views. You...
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How to Attach Sleeping Bag to Backpack

We all know that backpacks can end up a bit overstuffed before setting off for a trip, there’s so much to remember to bring with...
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The 11 Best Hiking Vacation Locations

The world is full of natural wonders so beautifully unreal that it’s likely the bucket list of hikers in the United States line up pretty...
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Hiking Shoes vs Boots: Which is Better for You?

Yes, we backpackers and outdoors enthusiasts will go and fling ourselves into wild long-distance mountaineering no matter what, and whatever should cover our feet seems...
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The Difference Between Hiking & Backpacking (plus the best places to do both!)

If you’re a fan of being in the great outdoors, or even if you’ve just toyed with the idea of spending some days and nights...
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The 9 Best Backpacking Water Filter

Along the many paths and trails that course around the world, streams and rivulets trace the track traversed by backpackers in search of a connection...
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The 6 Best Solar Chargers for Backpacking

Backpacking is an invigorating way to travel. Not just for outdoor adventures, backpacking can open up worlds of possibilities, introducing you to a light and...
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8 Best Hiking Trails in Arizona

Arizona is home to some of the most arresting desert vistas in the southwestern United States. Standing looking at the bend of a river in...
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The 5 Best Backpacking Trips for Beginners

The best backpacking trip for beginners is one that is planned. This way, you can learn your strengths and limits at your own pace. This...
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Backpacking with a Guitar: A Fast Way to Make New Friends

Whenever you go backpacking, there’s always that one person who brings a guitar. And this person always seems to have others around them, interested in...
A sign that reads A.T. on the Appalachian Trail.

Average Miles Per Day on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, more commonly known as the Appalachian Trail or just the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern US....
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Are Duck Boots Good for Hiking?

The quest to find the perfect hiking shoes is never-ending, so the next option we’re going to explore is Duck Boots. Duck Boots have been...
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Backpacking with a Baby Won’t Slow You Down

Backpacking with a baby can be a wonderful bonding experience for your new family. And let’s face it – you’re already a hardcore backpacker. Backpacking...
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How to Read a River

Reading a river is not a simple science. Throughout history, people have tried to develop ways to read rivers, to predict hazards, and plan the...
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How to Choose a Campsite

Your campsite is your home base when camping. It’s where you go to sleep at night, where you keep your gear while you’re out hiking,...