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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.

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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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The Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield is perfect for hiking or fly fishing where you want protection from the sun and disease-carrying insects.

Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield

The Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield is perfect for hiking or fly fishing where you want protection from the sun and disease-carrying insects. Part of the Ex Officio’s BugsAway clothing collection for men and women, it’s been factory pre-treated with Permethrin, an invisible and odorless insect repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for […]

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Darn Tough Hiker Socks with Insect Shield

Darn Tough Socks with Insect Shield: Make Your Own

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks with Insect Shield to protect yourself against Lyme-disease carrying ticks? Unfortunately you can’t, but you can take matters into your own hands and send your socks out to be treated with Insect Shield. That’s what I did before hiking on the Appalachian Trail […]

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Sierra Designs Rain Chaps

Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps

If you’re going to buy Sierra Design’s Elite Rain Chaps, you’re going to want to buy them together with Sierra Design’s Cagoule Jacket – they should really be sold together as a set. The rain chaps alone are insufficient for rain protection unless used with a long trench-like hiking rain coat, like the Cagoule, or a rain […]

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