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The 9 Best Backpacking Tents Under $200

By Danielle Alling

April, 2017: Not all of us can afford to spend an entire paycheck on a backpacking tent, but that shouldn’t keep any of us from getting out there. Whether you’re gearing up for a weekend on the lake with friends, a few days solo through the mountains or even a thru-hike, you’ll need a tent (unless […]

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The 5 Best Backpacking Tripods

By Casey Fiedler

When your passion of hiking and backpacking crosses with photography, things can get tricky. Any photographer needs a tripod for certain shots, but trekking into the wilderness with this bulky device isn’t always easy. So, what’s the solution? We need lightweight and compact tripods for backpacking. They have to be small enough to fit into […]

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The Evolution Of Trekking Gear [infographic]

By Dustin Walker

It all started with leaky boots, clunky backpacks and tents not fit for your dog. It’s no wonder why few people ever went backpacking for fun prior to World War Two. Back then, trekking was done only out of necessity. Before the Main Hunting Shoe came along in 1912, hunters just put up with drenched […]

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The 5 Best Budget Trekking Poles (2017)

By Casey Fiedler

Trekking poles have been proven time and again to take stress off the joints and help to alleviate some of the stresses caused from high-intensity hiking. It’s also easy to see that using trekking poles in many situations can help to aid in balance, stride, and speed. When I first started using trekking poles, I […]

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The 3 Best Backpacking Flashlights

By Casey Fiedler

Sure, headlamps have become wildly popular in recent years — but flashlights still have their place on the trial and for good reasons. This article will explore why flashlights are a great choice for some backpackers as well as what makes the best backpacking flashlights. There are several features I consider absolutely necessary in a backpacking […]

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The 4 Best Lighters for Backpacking

By Casey Fiedler

Choosing the best lighter for hiking and backpacking is pretty easy to overlook. After all, it’s just a lighter, right? Well, when we head out into the backcountry there are dozens of items that get tossed into the backpack and — as a gram-weenie (lightweight hiker) myself — I can tell you that every item […]

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9 Best Backpacking Saws for 2017

By Casey Fiedler

When we’re heading into the wilderness for a backpacking trip, it’s critical that our gear is light weight, compact, and durable. And these qualities are especially important when selecting the best backpacking saw to take into the backcountry with you. Not only must the saw meet these criteria, we also need specific types of saws […]

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What to Wear for Hiking in Cold Weather

By Casey Fiedler

As autumn deepens and the nights grow longer, most hikers are scheduling an end to the year of enjoyment. Some of us, however, plan to keep hiking and backpacking even into the coldest months of winter. If you’re one of those people then you’ll be happy to know that you’re not alone. It can be […]

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The 5 Best Portable Battery Packs for Camping and Backpacking

By Casey Fiedler

Whether you’re heading out for a month long expedition or camping overnight with the family, chances are you need power. Today more than ever it’s necessary to have access to supplemental power for charging phones, tablets, GPS, and other units. We’re going to take a look at some of the best portable battery packs for […]

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Helle Temagami Review: A Blade Designed By ‘Survivorman’ Himself

By Casey Fiedler

If you’ve never seen Survivorman then we can say for sure that you’re missing out. As one of the original shows in the modern outdoor / survival TV trend Survivorman, pioneered by Les Stroud, stands above the rest. In 2011 Les teamed up with Norwegian knife makers, Helle Knives, to design a “survival” themed knife which turned […]

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