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A Warbonnet Ridgerunner Double Layer Hammock

Reader Poll: What’s Your Hammock Insulation System?

Hammocks are a great alternative to camping on the ground in a tent. You don’t have to worry about finding flat and level ground to pitch a tent, you don’t have to worry about rain flooding your tent at night, or about nasty spiders and snakes crawling into bed with you. If you have two trees […]

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Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

Raffle: Enter to Win a Free Casio Pathfinder Altimeter Watch

The Casio Pathfinder Triple Sensor Watch (MSRP $250) is a waterproof multi-function watch that includes an adjustable altimeter and barometer. These two functions are incredibly useful for navigation and weather awareness when hiking or backpacking off the grid in the backcountry. In addition, the Pathfinder solar-powered, so you never have to change batteries again. I […]

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Exped Torrent Backpack in Use - Photo Courtesy of Exped

Reader Poll: How Important is a Waterproof Backpack to You?

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 it’s best to line your […]

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My boring gray Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad "in action."

What is the Best Backpacking Sleeping Pad?

What kind of sleeping pad to you use on backpacking trips? A self-inflating air mattress, like a Therm-a-Rest Prolite? An inflatable sleeping pad like a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite? A closed cell foam sleeping pad, like the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest or Therm-a-rest Z-Lite? Example Responses I use a Therm-a-Rest Prolite self-inflating mattress because I hate blowing up inflatable air mattresses. I use a Therm-a-Rest […]

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Wearing a Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Brace

Reader Poll: Knee, Ankle, and Leg Braces for Hikers

Knock on wood, my knees and ankles have been injury free for the past couple of years. But there was a time when I had to wear knee braces or patella straps to keep my knees from swelling when I hiked. At the time, I relied on Cho-Pat knee braces which were very popular with hikers […]

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