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Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack Wins Section Hiker Gear of the Year Award

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack has solid external pockets for greater durability in tough backcountry conditions.

Every year, I like to recognize the piece of gear that has the biggest impact on my hiking and backpacking experience by giving it the Section Hiker Gear of the Year Award. This year’s winner is the Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack, which has withstood the rigors of backpacking, peakbagging, …

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How to Fit a Backpack

How to Fit a Backpack

If you routinely experience back pain, shoulder pain, or hip pain when you carry a backpack, there’s a good chance that your backpack doesn’t fit you or that you’re not wearing it properly. This is surprisingly common among backpackers, and one of the main reasons why people don’t go hiking …

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How Important is a Waterproof Backpack?

Exped Torrent Backpack in Use - Photo Courtesy of Exped

Most overnight and multi-day backpacks are not completely waterproof (even cuben fiber backpacks), and the widespread use of polyester and nylon instead of pack cloth in modern backpacks means that you don’t have to worry about the material of the pack becoming water logged and heavier because it has gotten soaked by rain. Still …

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