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The Worst Hiking and Backpacking Gear of 2016

Worst Backpacking Gear of 2016

SectionHiker.com has been called America’s Test Kitchen of Hiking and Backpacking Gear because we don’t pull any punches in our product reviews. We use the products we review in the field and try hard to explain the circumstances where they provide the most benefit. But if a product is defective or doesn’t …

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Columbia OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket Review

White is a terrible color for hiking because you'll look like a white-tailed deer. I make a point of wearing blaze orange clothing whenever I wear the Columbia OutDry Extreme Eco Rain Jacket which is only available in white.

The Columbia OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket is made with a new waterproof/breathable fabric called OutDry that beats the pants off of Gore-Tex. The stuff works. I’m impressed. However, I’m less impressed by the OutDry Ex ECO Rain Jacket for use as a hiking jacket and think it makes for …

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Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing Gift Guide

Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing Gift Guide

Winter hiking and snowshoeing are great sports and provide a healthy way to get outdoors and experience the wilderness during the winter season. If you want to help encourage a friend or loved one to get out this winter and recharge in the great outdoors, here are some great gifts that …

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Moat Mountain Traverse

Descending North Moat Mountain - Undercast in the Saco River Valley.

The forecast was grim. Rain showers were expected all day for our traverse of the Moat Mountain Range, a series of three ledgy peaks near Mount Washington. The Moat Mountain Traverse is a classic New England hike, much of it above treeline, with great views of Mount Chocorua, the Green …

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The Trail Magic Dollmaker: Arlette Laan’s Fiber Arts

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Arlette Laan or ‘Apple Pie’ as she’s known in New Hampshire’s close-knit White Mountain hiking community, is one of the region’s most accomplished hikers. A triple crown hiker who’s completed the AT, CDT, and PCT, among other long trails, she’s the first woman to complete a White Mountain Direttissima, a continuous unsupported …

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