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The 5 Best Lightweight Tarps for Backpacking

By Casey Fiedler

Boy, have things ever changed.Today’s lightweight backpacking tarps and ultralight shelters are massive improvements on the models of even last season. And if you did any backpacking 20-30 years ago, you’ll really notice how these products have evolved.Tarps are popular shelters among backpackers seeking the lightest possible gear. They’re simple, inexpensive, and highly adaptable. Once […]

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The Best Backpacking First Aid Kits (reviews + tips)

By Casey Fiedler

As a new hiker, we’re usually focused on gear, weight, colors, technical specs, etc. Some of the broader concepts tend to get lost in the details. Such as, “Hey, what will I do if I get a big infected blister?”. That’s when it hits you – you forgot to pay attention to your hiking first […]

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Best Backpacking Tents of 2017: The Ultimate Guide

By JoelSalvino

Your outdoor shelter / backpacking tent is the most important purchase you can make before a trip, it is the difference between life and death.From my experience, nothing beats using a tent. It is a versatile shelter, making it easy to setup and easy to carry.Tents have saved me from hypothermia when caught in a […]

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Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags Under $200 [2017 Buyer’s Guide]

By Casey Fiedler

Sleeping bags can be one of the most expensive pieces of backpacking equipment you’ll have to purchase. What’s worse is that you’ll probably have to buy more than one of them. Why? Because you’ll want one that’s right for every temperature range you might be hiking in.Because most of us are on a budget, it’s […]

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Best Backpacking Shovels & Trowels [2017 Buyer’s Guide]

By Casey Fiedler

No, we’re not talking about a long handled wooden shovel.We’re also not talking about those military backpacking shovels that fold in half and weigh an insane amount. So what constitutes a backpacking shovel or trowel for this article? We’re talking about poop trowels for properly disposing of human waste.In the backpacking world, it’s important to […]

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The 11 Best Backpacking Hammocks [2017 Buyers Guide]

By JoelSalvino

Looking to invest in a new backpacking hammock?Or maybe you are a newcomer who hasn’t tried sleeping in a hammock when out in the woods before. Either way, we’ve complied this list to help you figure out which one is right for your situation.Hammocks make excellent shelters for overnighting: they are lightweight, easy to pack, […]

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The Best Backpacking Pillows of 2017

By Casey Fiedler

When you head into the woods for a backpacking trip, chances are your pillow isn’t the first thing on your mind or packing list.But nevertheless, if you’re like me, having a pillow can make or break your trip. In fact, there are two things I must have to get rested for another long day of […]

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The 5 Best Monoculars for Backpacking & Hiking

By Casey Fiedler

One of the golden rules of backpacking is to keep weight down and keep everything as compact as possible. So if you’re heading out and need to take some binoculars, you might consider a monocular instead.Monoculars are often just as powerful as comparable binoculars for most recreational birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature lovers. So why […]

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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 the pack yet […]

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