Gear

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Silverback 50

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Silverback 50

Gossamer Gear has been a prominent brand in ultralight backpacking for almost 20 years. They have a reputation for simple, lightweight, high-functioning gear. I used the Silverback 50 on my...

Apr 19, 2018 : Pie
Gear Review: Osprey Levity 60L

Gear Review: Osprey Levity 60L

Basic Specs Lumina 45L MSRP: $250 Weight: 1 pound, 12.2 oz Load Range: 5-25 Pounds Overview Osprey’s latest offering is a lighter re-imagining of their popular Exos pack series.

Apr 18, 2018 : Domonick Zanarini
The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2018

The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2018

Little makes a weary backpacker happier than peeling off dirty, wet hiking clothes and crawling into a sleeping bag at the end of a long day. While sleeping bags are...

Apr 17, 2018 : The Editors
Gear Review: Gregory Octal 45

Gear Review: Gregory Octal 45

men's Optic, and both are available with a Each year, more brands are catching on as long-distance hikers opt for slimmed-down packs. Gregory has been known for Osprey's Exos, finding...

Apr 16, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Fabrics

Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Fabrics

Waterproof fabric technology has come a long way since its humble complicated chemical beginnings in Bob Gore's laboratory. I'll spare you the details of how intermolecular forces prevent water

Apr 7, 2018 : Stacia Bennett
Gear List: Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail

Gear List: Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail

When I began my gear research for the PCT, it only made sense to begin with taking inventory of what I already had in my possession. In 2013, I thru-hiked...

Apr 2, 2018 : Lindsey Gordon
What I’m Packing for the PCT

What I’m Packing for the PCT

With my start date only days away, I've finalized my gear list and am impatiently waiting to start hiking. Here is everything I'm packing up and throwing on my back...

Mar 31, 2018 : Taylor Key
Gear Review: Patagonia Airshed Pullover

Gear Review: Patagonia Airshed Pullover

Houdini Jacket. Overview Nano-Air Jacket, and stuffs into its own zippered chest pocket. It sheds light rain without a problem, and I feel confident taking it as a protective layer where...

Mar 29, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10-Degree Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10-Degree Quilt

I thru-hiked the AT with a mummy bag, but I noticed the most weight-conscious hikers carrying ultralight quilts. Quilts weren't as common during the dark ages of 2015, but our...

Mar 26, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Osprey Lumina 60L

Gear Review: Osprey Lumina 60L

45L volume, and the men's Ariel 65, and that was the right bag for me for that hike. I've paired down my gear since then, and when I had hiked...

Mar 25, 2018 : Amy