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The Best Backpacking Packs of 2021

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2021

Your backpacking pack is one of the most important components of your backpacking setup. Your style of pack goes hand in hand with your style of hiking. They need to...

Feb 25, 2021 : The Editors
Patagonia Strider Pro Wind Pants Review

Patagonia Strider Pro Wind Pants Review

Your Big Three, footwear, resupply strategy, puffy jacket, rain jacket, water treatment, headlamp, map app, nail clippers, taxes.  What do all these things have in common?  They are more exciting...

Feb 23, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot
Gear Wars: Merino Wool vs. Synthetic Base Layers

Gear Wars: Merino Wool vs. Synthetic Base Layers

I'm not going to pretend that I can get through a "merino wool vs. synthetic base layer" article without saying "it's all about that base" at least once. So there,...

Feb 18, 2021 : Katie Kommer
Announcing the 2021 Badger Sponsorship: A +$20,000 Gear Giveaway to Benefit the National Scenic Trails

Announcing the 2021 Badger Sponsorship: A +$20,000 Gear Giveaway to Benefit the National Scenic Trails

Calling all hikers, backpackers, day adventurers: we need you! Each year, The Trek lavishes some lucky upcoming thru-hikers with thousands of dollars worth of gear. This year, with the pandemic

Feb 15, 2021 : High Five
The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

Choosing a tent for your thru-hike is a big deal, but it's also probably the least stressful house shopping experience you'll have over the course of your lifetime. Enjoy it....

Feb 11, 2021 : The Editors
SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger Review

SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger Review

It's not your grandpa's Blackberry: The SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger is a contender for one of the best personal GPS/communication devices on the market today. What sets the SPOT...

Feb 11, 2021 : Carl Stanfield
Zpacks Free Duo Freestanding DCF Tent Review

Zpacks Free Duo Freestanding DCF Tent Review

The Free Duo tent from Zpacks can go anywhere. This freestanding shelter changes the script with ultralight materials and practical design.

Feb 9, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot
The Trek and Garage Grown Gear Present the Thru-Hiking Giveaway!

The Trek and Garage Grown Gear Present the Thru-Hiking Giveaway!

Welcome to your next gear kit, courtesy of Garage Grown Gear, yours truly, and 19 top-of-the-line cottage-industry backpacking gear brands. This is the Thru-Hiking Giveaway. Here we go. The

Feb 3, 2021 : High Five
Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2021 (Thru-Hiker Friendly)

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2021 (Thru-Hiker Friendly)

It may not be as sexy as a tent, backpack, or sleeping bag, but the humble backpacking sleeping pad is just as critical (and often just as expensive) as the...

Feb 2, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Jetboil Stash Ultralight Backpacking Stove Review

Jetboil Stash Ultralight Backpacking Stove Review

On the JMT, I had the pleasure of meeting a hiker who was eating cold-soaked ramen with M&Ms mixed in. Though I admired his dedication to the ultralight ethos, I...

Jan 27, 2021 : Katie Kommer