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 One Person Backpacking Tents of 2024

10 Best One Person Backpacking Tents

One person, solo backpacking tents are ideal if you’re thru-hiking, fast-packing, or backpacking big miles and want to trim your gear weight as low as possible. More livable than bivy sacks, one-person tents are designed for sleeping and bad weather protection. While …

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Mammut Trion Norwand 38 Backpack Review

Mammut Trion Norwand 38 Backpack Review

The Mammut Trion Norwand 38 is an alpine pack that’s great for winter hiking, mountaineering, climbing, and ski touring. It has a vest-style harness, a rolltop closure with a removable floating lid pocket, dual side-compression straps, side ski straps, dual ice axe/trekking …

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10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2024

10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads

An insulating sleeping pad is a must-have for backpackers who sleep on the ground in tents and under tarp shelters to prevent body heat loss to the ground. The best backpacking sleeping pads are air mattresses or foam pads because they’re lightweight …

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10 Best Freestanding Backpacking Tents of 2024

10 Best Freestanding Backpacking Tents

Freestanding tents are the holy grail of backpacking tents because they can be set up quickly just about anywhere, on wooden tent platforms, rock, sand, snow, and even climber’s portaledges, without having to be staked to the ground first. This is particularly …

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Janji Tech Transit Pants Review

Janji Tech Transit Pants Review

Janji Tech Transit Pants are great for hiking and backpacking in cooler weather, light rain, and snow. Made of lightweight DWR-treated polyester with four-way stretch, Runner’s World rated them as one of the Best Running Pants for Colder Weather because they’re wind-blocking, …

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear NorthRim 55 Backpack Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear NorthRim 55 Backpack Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear NorthRim 55 Backpack is an ultralight backpack made with an extremely durable outer fabric called Woven Dyneema that is significantly more abrasion resistant than the Dyneema Fiber/Polyester laminate used to make Hyperlite’s regular ultralight backpacks. While it’s priced …

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