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.

10 Best Winter Backpacking Packs of 2024

10-Best-Winter-Backpacking-Packs

Winter backpacking packs are more specialized than regular three-season backpacks, with a stronger emphasis on heavier weight loads, external attachment points, and durability for carrying bulky gear with sharp points like snowshoes, skis, ice axes, and crampons. They also favor more pockets …

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Sleeping Pad R-Values of 2024

Sleeping Pad R-Values of 2024

A backpacking or camping sleeping pad’s R-value measures its resistance to heat loss to the ground when you lie on it at night. Pads with higher R-values do this more effectively than pads with lower R-values. R-value isn’t a measure of warmth …

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10 Best Windbreakers and Wind Shirts of 2024

10 Best Windbreakers and Wind Shirts

Windbreakers and wind shirts are ultralight lightweight jackets, running shells, pullovers, or anoraks weighing 2 to 8 ounces, that hikers and backpackers wear as a barrier to prevent winds from stripping away their body heat. They’re usually made of highly breathable and …

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear 20 Degree Quilt Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 20-Degree Quilt Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 20-Degree Quilt is an easy-to-use ultralight backpacking quilt insulated with premium DWR-treated 1000 fill-power grey goose down. It’s a basic quilt with a closed-foot box, neck drawstring, 2 pad attachment straps, lightweight fabric, and baffled construction. It’s unique …

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Hillsound Trail Crampons Review

Hillsound Trail Crampons Review

Hillsound Trail Crampons are a winter traction aid that’s tailor-made for hiking on inclined trails covered with hard ice or packed snow where you need longer and sharper spikes to penetrate the surface and give you a good grip.  They’re compatible with insulated …

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10 Best Lightweight 3-4 Season Tents

10 Best Lightweight 3-4 Season Tents

Winter tents and shelters for mountaineering, winter backpacking, and backcountry skiing tours need to be stronger for camping in exposed windy terrain that is subject to snow loads. Our preference is for lightweight tents and tarp shelters because no one wants to …

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Patagonia Capilene Air Hoody Review

Patagonia Capilene Air Hoody Review

The Patagonia Capilene Air Hoody may just be the perfect baselayer for cold weather hiking and winter sports. It’s made with an airy blend of 51% merino wool and 49% recycled polyester that wicks moisture, resists odor and dries in a flash. …

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