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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 a couple of thousand miles, become an adept fly fisherman and written over 2500 articles for SectionHiker.com, and had stories published by Backpacker Magazine, The Guardian, and Stackpole Books.

Gently Used Backpacking Gear For Sale

Used Backpacking Gear For Sale

Time to empty out my gear closet and make room for some new gear. This is all gear I purchased out of pocket and does not include any free manufacturer samples. Snap it before it’s gone. It’s all perfectly good gear, most of it in close to mint condition.  I …

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10 Best Backpacking Stoves of 2020

Backpackers and campers have a wide range of stoves available to them ranging from all-in-one stove systems to general purpose units that can be used across a wide range of temperatures and locales. Backpacking stoves fall into three popular categories: isobutane canister stoves which are best for solo cooking and …

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The New Sleeping Pad R-Value Standard Has Arrived

New Sleeping Pad R-Value has Arrived

The New Year has arrived and the new ASTM FF3340 Sleeping Pad R-Value Standard is being rolled out in fits and starts by manufacturers and retailers. This new standard will make it possible for you to compare sleeping pads across models and manufacturers because it defines a common methodology for …

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10 Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2020

10 Best Backpacking Water Filters and Purification Systems

What are the best water filter and water purification treatment systems used by backpackers? That really depends on your preferences, the quality of the water you need to filter or purify, and the number of people you need to treat water for. For example, squeeze-style water filters, UV purification, and …

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Arcteryx Proton LT Insulated Hoodie Review

Arcteryx Proton LT Insulated Hoodie Review

The Arcteryx Proton LT Insulated Hoodie is a synthetic insulated jacket that can be used as an active outer layer in cold weather. It’s designed as a self-regulating insulation layer that vents excess heat and moisture through a combination of air-permeable fabrics and insulation. The goal is to eliminate the …

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