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Gear Reviews

Whether you’re hiking, camping, backpacking or traveling, the right gear can help make the most of your journeys.

Below, you’ll find some of the top products and brands we recommend for all types of outdoor activities, budgets and adventures, from ultralight backpacking equipment to entry-level, budget-friendly hiking goods.

Hiking Gear

8 Best Budget Daypacks & Hiking Backpacks Under $100
Keen vs. Merrell: Battle of the Hiking Boots
6 Best Budget Hiking Boots Under $100 for Men & Women
7 American-Made Hiking Boots Built to Last
25+ Unique Gift Ideas for Campers & Hikers
10 Best Men’s Hiking Underwear of 2020
6 Best Trail-Ready Hiking Sandals for Women
7 Best Hiking Hats for Sunny Outdoor Adventures
22 Best Hiking Staffs & Collapsible Trekking Poles
6 Popular Hiking Boot & Shoe Brands
13 Best Adventure Vehicles for Hikers & Backpackers
Gear Review: Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles
Topo Designs Klettersack Review
Gear Review: Topo Designs Y-Pack
Matador Freerain24 Backpack Review
Matador Beast28 Backpack Review
Topo Designs Daypack Review
Gear Review: Topo Designs Rover Pack
18 Best Packable Backpacks for Outdoor Travel
Gear Battle: Osprey Daylite vs Daylite Plus
AllTrails vs Gaia: The Best Trail Apps, Reviewed

Camping Gear

12 Best Double Sleeping Bags for Camping Couples
11 Old-School Enamel Mugs for Camp, Coffee & More
9 Best Lightweight Camp Shoes for Camping & Backpacking
Picaridin vs. DEET: Which Insect Repellent is Best?
8 Best Solar & Battery Powered Camping Lanterns
Chop Wood: 7 Best Camping Hatchets for 2020
Are Yeti Coolers Worth It? Here’s How to Decide
10 Best Kids Sleeping Bags for Comfy Camping
Sit Down and Relax: 6 of the Best Folding Camp Chairs
Camp Cook: 8 Best Camping Stoves for 2020
REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3 Review: Camping Elevated
38 Exceptional Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoorsy Dad
8 Best Portable Power Supply Options for Camping
Review: Solo Stove Lite vs Solo Stove Bonfire
7 Best Solar-Powered Camping Gear Essentials
Bonfires Everywhere: The 10 Best Portable Fire Pits
Cozy Up With These 8 Warm & Stylish Wool Camping Blankets
Ground Game: 8 Best Camping Mattresses & Sleeping Pads

Backpacking Gear

5 Best Neck Knives for Backpacking & Beyond
7 Best Backpacking Tents Under $100
9 Best 3-Person Backpacking Tents for 2020
7 of the Best Woodburning Backpacking Stoves
6 Best Backpacking First Aid Kits for the Wilderness
Budget Hiker: Your Guide to Cheap Backpacking Gear
Review: Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
Review: Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
A Guide to the 10 Best Ultralight Sleeping Pads
Differences Between 3-Season vs 4-Season Tents
Jetboil vs MSR: Comparing Backpacking’s Best Stoves
Sweet Dreams: 8 of the Best Backpacking Pillows for Max Comfort
Clean Your Plate: 7 Best Backpacking Cookware Sets
Take a Seat: 5 Best Backpacking Chairs That Won’t Weigh You Down
Light the Way: 8 of the Best Backpacking Headlamps
Drink Up: 7 Best Backpacking Water Filters to Keep You Hydrated
Bring the Heat: Ultimate Guide to the Best Backpacking Stoves
Four’s a Crowd: Best 4-Person Backpacking Tents
Trail Weight vs Packed Weight: The Differences Explained
Headlamp Battle: Black Diamond Spot & Spot325 vs Storm
Bear Down: 8 of the Best Lightweight Bear Canisters
10 Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags of 2020

Hammock Gear

The Ultimate Hammock Camping Gear Checklist
12 Best Hammocks for Camping and Backpacking
9 Best Hammock Straps and Suspension Systems
8 Best Hammock Bug Nets for Mosquito Protection
10 Best Hammock Top Quilts: 2020 Buyer’s Guide
13 Best Hammock Underquilts for Backpacking
9 Best Hammock Tarps for Lightweight Rain Protection
Enlightened Equipment: Leading a Revolution in Hand-Made Performance Gear
DutchWare Brings Unrivaled Innovation to Hammock Gear & Beyond
Warbonnet Outdoors: The Chiefs of Hammock Camping
UGQ: Underground Hammock Gear Straight Outta Michigan

Everyday Carry

13 Men’s Leather Valet Trays for Easy EDC Organization
16 Best Waxed Canvas Backpacks and Rucksacks
Ridge Wallet Review: Is The Ridge Wallet Worth It?
The Best Keychain Flashlights for Everyday Carry
15 of the Best Leather Minimalist Wallets for Men
Field Test: 11 of the Best Field Watches Under $200
The 15 Best Leather Messenger Bags for Men
Final Straw: 10 of the Best Reusable Straws
12 Best American-Made Watch Brands Still Going Strong
7 Best Waterproof Duffel Bags to Keep Your Gear Dry
The Canvas Travel Bag that Replaced my Work & Weekender Bags
7 Best Fully Submersible Backpacks for Waterproof Protection
15 Best Messenger Bags for Work & Outdoors
Ultimate Guide to the 60+ Best Dopp Kits for Men
32 Best All Black Watches for Every Style & Budget
Best Waterproof Camera Backpacks for Adventurous Photographers
Field Test: Trayvax Element Wallet Review
22 Timeless Waxed Canvas Duffle Bag Options for Travel
5 Best Traveler’s Notebook Brands for Writing on the Road

Apparel & Accessories

Review: Vuori’s Ripstop Climber Pants Go Beyond Hiking
Genuine Chukkas: Astorflex Greenflex Desert Boots Review
Cool Running: REI Co-op Cool Trail Split Pack Cooler Review
8 Timeless Men’s Chambray Work Shirts for Daily Wear
11 Waxed Canvas Woodworking Aprons Built to Last
11 Best Waxed Canvas Jackets for Work & Weekends
14 Best Heritage Work Boots Made in America
17 Best Bomber Jackets for Men in 2020
8 Best Lightweight Rain Jackets for Hiking & More
7 Best Minimalist Sandals for Zero Drop Comfort
Weather Dependent: Hardshell vs. Softshell Jackets
Every Square Inch: An Interview with The Encampment Co. Founder Mike Ranta
The Best Sun Protective Clothing for Hiking & Camping
Teva vs. Chaco: How to Choose the Best Sandals
12 Best Trail Running Shoes of 2020
12 Best Merino Wool T-Shirts for Men & Women
Patagonia vs The North Face: Battle for the Outdoor Apparel Crown
ThermoBall vs Nano Puff: What’s the Best Synthetic-Insulation Jacket?
On Your Merrell Way: The Best Merrell Boots And Shoes
Jacket Battle: Patagonia Nano Puff vs Micro Puff

Outdoor Brands & Retailers

Mountain Steals Review: Is it a Legit Website?
Refurbished Revival: How Three Brands are Changing Outdoor Clothing
Backcountry Edge Review: The Outdoor Shop Now Known as Enwild
Spring Check: Here’s When Your REI Dividend Arrives (and How to Spend It)
Campmor Review: Slingin’ Gear Deals Since the 1970s
Campsaver Review: Low Prices on Quality Gear (if it’s in stock)
Peak Prices: Why Is Patagonia So Expensive?