Philip Werner

Philip Werner quit his corporate job in 2010 to become a full-time hiker, guide, and outdoor writer. Since then he's hiked over nine thousand miles, become an adept fly fisherman, XC skier, and written over 3000 backpacking and hiking articles for SectionHiker.com.

Durston Gear Iceline Trekking Pole Review

Durston Iceline Trekking Poles Review

Durston Gear’s Iceline Trekking Poles are ultralight but durable carbon fiber trekking poles that can be used for backpacking and day hiking. Weighing 9.5 oz per pair, these adjustable three-section poles have simple EVA foam grips and carbide tips but do not …

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Osprey Rook Backpack Review

Osprey Rook Backpack Review

The Osprey Rook 50 is a multi-day internal frame backpack with a ventilated, adjustable-length torso that will keep you cooler and more comfortable in hot weather. It has top and bottom access points so you can quickly access gear buried deep in …

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Gregory Zulu 24 LT Daypack Review

Gregory Zulu 24 LT Daypack Review

The Gregory Zulu 24 LT is a ventilated men’s daypack with a suspended mesh back panel and hipbelt that cups your hips and torso, helping to dry perspiration faster in hot and humid weather. It has a fully featured hip belt with …

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REI Trailmade 60L Backpack Review

REI Trailmade 60 Backpack Revie

The REI Trailmade 60L is a high-quality, affordable, and lightweight multi-day backpack that’s great for beginner backpacking or backpackers on a budget. Priced at just $129 (on sale), it is a best buy with an adjustable length torso, so you get a …

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NEMO Resolve 35L Backpack Review

NEMO Resolve 35L Backpack Review

The NEMO Resolve 35L Backpack is a mid-size technical backpack with enough volume for short backpacking trips or strenuous day hikes requiring extra gear and supplies. It’s made with durable and highly water-resistant fabric that NEMO can fully recycle at the end …

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