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Preview: Primus PrimeTech Stove || Stable, efficient group & winter system

The Primus PrimeTech Stove Set is a stable and very efficient system for groups and winter camping.Two years ago I shared my five go-to backpacking …

Osprey Levity 45 Review

When a major-player in the backpacking market like Osprey decides to make an ultralight backpack you can be sure that there’s going to go a ripple …

Best Backpacking Cook Pots: Titanium, Aluminum, or Stainless Steel?

Backpacking cook pots are available in titanium, aluminum, and stainless steel but there are significant differences in the cost, performance, and …

Backpacking

Advanced Layering: Temperature Regulation Hacks for Cold Weather and Winter Hiking

You can roll up your sleeves to vent access heat on cold weather hikes without removing an entire layer. By doing this, you’re cooling off the blood …

Backpacking
Backpacking

Gossamer Gear’s “The One” Ultralight Tent Review

The Gossamer Gear One Tent is a spacious, well-ventilated tent with excellent head room and living space.Gossamer Gear’s “The One” ultralight …

Backpacking

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Super Snuggler Hammock Underquilt Review

The Therm-a-Rest Slacker Super Snuggler Synthetic Underquilt helps insulate hammocks in colder weather and is more comfortable than trying to wrestle …

Backpacking

Arkel Seatpacker 15L Bikepacking Bag Review

The Arkel Seatpacker 15L is a waterproof seat bag that provides plenty of camping gear storage for cycling adventuresThe Arkel Seatpacker 15 is a …

Backpacking

Jetboil MiniMo Backpacking Stove Review

The Jetboil MiniMo Personal Cooking System includes a cook pot, measuring cup, stove stand, lid with strainer, canister fuel stand, and a burner that …

Camping

Backpacking Gear Repair Hacks

Gear Repair and Maintenance SuppliesI had a reader contact me recently asking about the products I use for gear repair and maintenance, which I do a …

Backpacking

Best Thru Hiking Backpacks of 2017

As backpacking gear gets lighter and hikers more savvy with their base weight, the pack trend has followed suit… or perhaps led the charge.We sifted …

Backpacking

How to Choose the Best Solar Charger

Times have certainly changed over the past few decades and instead of getting away from it all when we go into the backcountry, now it seems that …

Gear & Gadgets

10 Best Backpacking Packs of 2018

What are the 10 best multi-day backpacks recommended by badass backpackers? Our top picks include the ULA Circuit Backpack, Osprey Exos 58 Backpack, …

Backpacking

REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent Review

The REI Quarter Dome 2 is a spacious two person tent that’s lightweight enough for comfortable backpacking.The REI Quarter Dome 2 Person Tent ($349) …

Backpacking

10 Backpacking Gear Myths

It’s amazing how some backpacking gear myths persist, even when there’s ample evidence to the contrary. Here are my favorites. 1. Two people can fit …

Backpacking

Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know

Knot tying has always been one of those key outdoor skills that the inexperienced take for granted. The experienced outdoorsman, however, has had …

Complete failure: I gave “waterproof” Gore-Tex shoes a second chance

Painful, badly macerated (and out of focus) feet — especially the heel and toes — at the end of Day 3. The exterior of my “waterproof” Gore-Tex …

Backpacking

Stop Buying Small Portable Power Generators

A few days ago, <b></b>my friend Lee posted a story about the Estream portable water-powered generator to my Facebook wall, asking if he should buy one. My answer? A swear word I can’t print here, followed by an unequivocal, “No.”<p>The small turbine is designed to be dropped into a flowing stream or towed …

Clean Energy

Reader question: Are Cuben Fiber shelters & backpacks worth the cost?

A question from reader Patrick H.:I plan to buy a new tent and backpack, as part of a larger effort to reduce the weight of my gear. I’m attracted to …

Backpacking

Go Light - Ditch Your Nalgene Bottles

Whenever I see a backpacker carrying wide-mouth Nalgene bottles, I cringe, because I know that three of them add 15 ounces to the weight of their …

Ultralight Bivy Sack Guide

Mountain Laurel Designs Superlight Bivy Sack – 6.3 ouncesUltralight bivy sacks are used by backpackers using floorless shelters to protect their …

Backpacking

Recommended Lightweight Backpacks

<b>The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack</b> on the rugged terrain of the GR20 in Corsica. This pack is a favorite and a Backpacker Magazine award …

Backpacking

Four evolutions: Designing the High Route 1 FL Tent

After testing the second prototype of the High Route 1 FL Tent, we had settled on the core design. But to get all the small details right, which …

Granite Gear Crown 2 – 60L Backpack Review

Granite Gear Crown 2 – 60L Backpack on the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail (shown with optional top lid)The Granite Gear Crown 2 Backpack is a …

Backpacking

If cost were no object: My go-to backpacking shelter systems, gone ultralight

<i>This is a multi-post series on backpacking shelter systems. Start with the Introduction or skip to:</i>• <i>Six questions to ask before buying a tent, tarp,</i> …

Backpacking

Marmot Precip Rain Jacket Review

The Marmot PreCip is the most popular backpacking rain jacket.The Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket is the most popular rain jacket today with good reason: …

Backpacking

How to Pack a Hiking Backpack for International Plane Travel

If you plan to go hiking or backpacking in a foreign country or travel out-of-state by plane, here are 10 packing tips to help guarantee that your …

Backpacking

Marmot NanoPro Fabrics vs Gore-Tex Fabrics

<b>Intro</b><p>I first came across Marmot's new waterproof technologies in one of their buyer's catalogs last year and was really impressed with the …

Rain Jacket Buying Advice Released by OutdoorGearLab

This article begins with the history of breathable/ waterproof fabrics and goes on to explain waterproof breathable insert materials such as; ePTFE …

Jackets

Columbia OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket Review

Columbia Outdry ECO EX Rain Jacket<p>Water Resistance<p>Breathability<p>Comfort & Mobility<p>Hood Adjustability<p>Weight<p>Durability<p>Packed Size<p>Good<p>While the Columbia …