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I switched to Darn Tough Socks this year because they're so durable

Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks

I switched from wearing Smartwool Liner socks for hiking in trail runners this year to Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks because I got sick of replacing socks that would wear through after a just a few days of use. The main source of sock abrasion when I hike is from crossing streams, because small sand particles […]

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The Western Mountaineering Flash Jacket has a non adjustable hood with elastic piping around the hood and waist seal out the cold without cordlocks.

Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket Review by Martin Rye

The Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket has been a constant favorite in my pack since 2010. It is a lightweight down jacket made for moderate temperatures where a high performance/low weight insulation layer is required. Western Mountaineering is a USA based company famed for their superb sleeping bags. As I have used this jacket now on […]

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The Patagonia Torrenshell Jacket on a very wet day at the Black Angel river crossing on the Wild River

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket Review

The Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket is an affordable and fully featured rain jacket with an excellent hood and pit zip ventilation. While nearly twice the weight of minimalist lightweight rain jackets like the OR Helium II, it’s warmer and much more durable, making it good for rough and tumble activities like winter and shoulder season hiking when […]

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The Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL is a hoodless warm weather sleeping bag.

Raffle: Enter to Win a FREE Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL Sleeping Bag

The Big Agnes Pitchpine 45 SL (MSRP $349.95) is a lightweight hoodless sleeping bag that only weighs 20 ounces. Perfect for summer or lightweight backpacking, the Pitchpine is insulated with highly compressible 850 fill power Downtek treated down which is more resistant to moisture and faster drying than untreated down feathers. If you are looking for a highly compressible […]

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Ex Officio Mesh Boxers are the most popular type of hiking uderwear with SectionHiker readers

How Many Pairs of Underwear Do You Bring on a Backpacking Trip?

How many pairs of underwear do you take when backpacking? While some people (like myself) only bring one pair, no matter the length of the trip, most SectionHiker readers bring two pairs on multi-day trips, one to wear, and one to wash while hiking. The vast majority of SectionHiker readers prefer Ex-officio underwear for backpacking trips […]

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