Hiking Gear Reviews & Guides

New Hiking Gear Reviews & Guides

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Hiking the Long Trail: What You Need to Know

The United States is home to some of the best parks and hiking trails in the world. Each one of them has a distinct culture...
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Can You Hike the Appalachian Trail Alone?

There are some adventures in life that can be had over and over again. You can brave it alone, revisit with friends, and come back...
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Can You Hike the Appalachian Trail in Flip Flops?

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a great symbol of human endurance and persistence. The camaraderie, culture, and beauty of the experience are unrivaled. Everyone sort...
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How Long Does it Take to Climb Mount Washington?

Climbing Mount Washington can be one of the most rewarding hikes on offer in the United States. But as anyone who has tackled it will...
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The Best Compasses for Hiking in 2021 (Top 4 Reviewed)

December 20, 2019/Caleb Cole Table of Contents Yes, you could use your smartphone to navigate your way through the great outdoors or use some fancy...
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The Best Hiking Sunglasses in 2021 (Top 3 Reviewed)

Hiking is not a risk-free activity, but the right sunglasses can reduce that risk. When wandering the great outdoors, you can be prone to slipping,...
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The Best Hiking Underwear in 2021 (Top 4 Reviewed)

Did you know that hiking underwear can be the key to staying warm and dry on hiking adventures, whilst preventing chafing? That's right: if you...
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The Best Hiking Boots for Wide Feet in 2021

Searching for outdoor gear when you have slightly different-from-average specifications is a serious challenge, just ask anyone who’s had to buy a sleeping bag for...
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The 7 Best Cameras for Hiking in 2021 Reviewed

Snaps of your hike frame your memory. There’s nothing like looking back on photos from your favorite hikes, remembering the fall colors reflected on that...
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The 8 Best Hikes in Southern California

Stretching from the northern borders of San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino counties all the way to the bottom of San Diego and Imperial counties...
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The 8 Best Big Bear Hiking Trails

100-miles northeast of Los Angeles sits Big Bear Lake, a mountain resort community of 21,000 people nestled in the middle of the San Bernardino National...
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The 8 Best Day Hikes Near Denver

Denver, the capital city of Colorado, is famous for its pristine mountain vistas and idyllic landscapes. Like the rest of Colorado, Denver and the surrounding...
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The Best Base Layers For Hiking in 2021 (Top 5 Reviewed)

When it comes to hiking, layering clothes is the key to staying comfortable in the great outdoors. Though high-quality jackets and pants are always a...
Mt. Baker Park, Seattle, United States.

Best Hikes Near Seattle

We’re lucky out here in Seattle. With a temperate climate that allows for year-round exploring, it’s easy to get away and find a new trail...
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How to Remove Burrs from Clothes

Hikers and backpackers who tend to take their trekking off the beaten path and into brambles and weeds have doubtless had the perturbance upon exiting...
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Why Do My Hands Swell When I Hike?

One of the most common but rarely-discussed ailments out on the hiking trail is a mysterious condition where hikers’ hands will swell up, causing rings...
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The 8 Best Hiking Backpacks in 2021 Reviewed

Critical characteristics in the best hiking backpacks are stability, comfort, weight distribution, and ample space in the main compartment. Hikers need lots of space to...
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How to Make an Ankle Brace

When we hear about ankle injuries, we tend to think of athletes. But, in truth, athletes are not more at risk than backpackers and hikers....
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The Best Convertible Hiking Pants in 2021 Reviewed

Hikers need a pair of pants with breathability and a high range of motion to withstand the various challenges presented by hiking trails in the...
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How to Prepare for an Overnight Hike

Beyond the backpacking gear list, an overnight hike requires many considerations to be properly planned and effectively executed for maximum return on investment to the...
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What to Bring on a Hike

Even hikers who have cut their teeth on many backcountry day hikes have trouble selecting what backpacking gear they want to include in their rucksacks...
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What is a Thru-Hike?

The classification of hikers may confuse those new to backpacking or unfamiliar with navigating hiking trails through the backcountry. Enthusiasts often speak of day hikes,...
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The 7 Best Binoculars for Hiking in 2021 (Buying Guide)

Ahh, the old binoculars. A handy device that we often see, stowed away in the back of the closet. Maybe your grandpa had a pair...
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The Best Hiking Daypacks in 2021 Reviewed

Every outdoor enthusiast, whether you’re a hiker, a mountaineer, or just a general nature lover, needs a reliable daypack to carry their most important gear....
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How to Use a Compass

Maybe you’ve been to a national park or traversed backcountry hiking trails plenty of times and haven’t yet found any reason to add a compass...
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The 7 Best Hiking Insoles in 2021 Reviewed

Just as we all have different fingertips, DNA strands and tastes in popular music, our own feet are unique as well. Some have higher arches,...
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Is Hiking Good Exercise for Weight Loss?

People hike for any number of reasons, it’s an excellent form of exercise to keep your body healthy. Hiking is also a popular way to...
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How to Train for Hiking

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the hike. Any amount of time spent backpacking down a hiking trail will invigorate hikers...
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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 Tie Hiking Boots

Even if you were very selective when you bought your last pair of hiking boots or hiking shoes, there may come a time when you...
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How to Prevent Blisters When Hiking and Keep Your Feet Healthy

Blisters are the Achilles’ heel of backcountry hikers, sometimes literally depending on where they form. The best hiking is done on winding, changing trails and...
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River Crossing – How to Ford a River

Hiking in the wilderness is a great experience that many people enjoy. Most hikers stick to well-known trails and maps to ensure a safe and...
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How to Clean Hiking Boots

Now that you’ve taken your boots across some prairies, pastures, streams, and steep ravines, it’s time to give them a wash. All that grime, dirt...
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Hiking with Cats

Taking your pet along for a trek in the backcountry is very popular, as on almost every trail you’ll see someone hiking with dogs. However,...
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The Best Walkie Talkies for Hiking in 2021

Walkie talkies, or two-way radios, may seem to some hikers like too much technology to carry along in a rucksack on a hiking trip into...
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6 Best Hydration Packs for Hiking in 2021 – Reviews

Ahh, water. The source of life, covering the majority of our planet and even contributing to the largest portion of our body mass. We cannot...
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The 7 Best Hiking Sun Hats in 2021 Reviewed

When hiking in the winter, many of us wear a beanie or other warm winter hat, to keep our heads warm and provide a bit...
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The Best Hiking Socks to Prevent Blisters in 2021

Blisters are a hiker's worst enemy, these tiny little annoyances can ruin some otherwise amazing treks. There are a number of steps anyone can take...
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7 Best Hiking Gloves On The Market Today

As the summer sun starts to fall and the temperatures too, it’s easy to bundle up and hibernate for a few months. Much like the...
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The Best Hiking Boots in 2021 Reviewed

To any outdoor adventurer, hiking boots are a critical piece of equipment. They can make the difference between the perfect hike and a backcountry nightmare,...
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The Best Hiking Watches in 2021 Reviewed

A watch is a simple tool and accessory that many people choose to wear every day, from simple analog timepieces to high-tech smartwatches. For hiking,...
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The 13 Best Hiking Trails in Texas

Vast and filled with an impressive diversity of landscapes, the erstwhile republic and current second-largest state in the United States by area, Texas is prairie...
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Best Hiking Trails in New York

“Take a hike” is a New York City pejorative greeting you’re bound to hear if you spend any time at all wandering the streets of...
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The 6 Best Hiking Hats in 2021 Reviewed

There’s the iconic scene in Anchorman when Ron Burgundy, the once disgraced news reporter played hilariously by Will Ferrell, is in a stupor after losing...
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How Many Miles Can You Hike in a Day?

If you love hiking and can’t get enough of it, or maybe you’re totally new to hiking but are looking to hike as much as...
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The Best Hiking Sandals in 2021 Reviewed

In one of Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic tunes, she opens the Porgy and Bess number with the line, “Summertime, and the living is easy.” Well sure,...
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The 6 Best Hiking Trails in New Jersey

Ahh, New Jersey. Sometimes overlooked as just the distant cousin away from New York City, or maybe even the afterthought on the way to Philadelphia....
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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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9 Best Hiking Trails in Florida

Although the Sunshine State is famous for its hundreds of miles of beaches and coastline, people don't often mention the incredible variety of habitats and...
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The 8 Best Hiking Trails in North Carolina

When people think of North Carolina, there are a few immediate images that come to mind: Michael Jordan, Dean Smith and the intense legacy that...