The Ultimate Guide To
Backpacking Gear & Gadgets


(all designed to help you explore the trails less traveled)

You gotta have the right hiking or backpacking gear when you're deep in the boonies. Simple as that. But sometimes figuring out exactly what you need can be a pain -- searching review after review after review. It takes times.

So that's a big reason why I compiled this guide to some of the best hiking gear and gadgets around. The articles listed below are based on either my own experience with the gear or in-depth research I've done on the products. I dig through all those online reviews for you.

And I didn't just write about any old hiking gear -- oh no. I focused on gear and gadgets that folks who prefer to get off the beaten path are looking for. Savvy trekkers like yourself. So check out some of the articles below:

cameras for hiking and backpacking

I recruited the advice of a photojournalist I used to work with back in my newspaper days to build this list of the best cameras for backpacking. It covers:

- Point and shoot cameras
- Mirrorless cameras
- DSLR cameras

All tough-as-hell champs you won't have to baby while in the bush.

best pocket knife

You don’t have to spend a small fortunate to get a durable, high-quality pocket knife for camping and backpacking. Something well under $100 should do you just fine. Of course, if you need something larger for hunting, skinning meat or scaring the hell out of your neighbours, the price tag will go up. But for just exploring the wilderness, these 6 knives will do ya just fine.

I've dug deep to feature some of the best-reviewed gizmos around. And best of all, these gadgets will actually help you better explore the wilderness -- unlike that cheap-ass knife with a compass you bought as a kid (or was that just me?).

If you’re hunting for an awesome little axe to add to your collection of camping gear, consider swinging one of these fine blades.

Here are three of the best backpacking fishing rods that, with a little luck, will keep you well-fed on the trail. They're all super light-weight and easy to pack.

You gotta take care of your feet. There’s absolutely no chance of getting anywhere, on any type of hiking trail if your hooves are chilly. So if you're into winter hiking, check out these boots.

Best Camera Backpack 2016

What are the absolute best camera backpacks for hiking available in 2016 for carrying that expensive, valuable photo equipment in the backcountry? If you’re seeking to answer this question you’ve come to the right place my friend.

Best Camera Backpack 2016

Most experienced hikers will agree: the sleeping pad can make or break your stay in the backcountry. So check out this list of the top sleeping pads for any backpacking situation.

Best Camera Backpack 2016

Backpacking stoves, like most gear, come in almost all imaginable shapes and sizes and fit users whose needs may vary dramatically. And it can be pretty freakin' tough to figure out which one to buy. That's where this article can really help.