Maggie Slepian

What are Zero-Drop Hiking Shoes

Zero-drop shoes have become popular with hikers and backpackers over the past few years, thanks in part to Altra, a brand known both for their wide toe box and zero-drop style. Before Altra, many hikers had never considered the drop of their shoes before. The “drop” in a shoe refers …

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10 Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2021

10 Best Thu-Hiking Tents

What are the best tents for thru-hiking? The first major option is choosing between a semi-freestanding tent which comes with tent poles or a trekking-pole tent. Semi-freestanding tents are usually easier to set up than trekking pole tents but often weigh more. Trekking pole tents utilize your trekking poles for …

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10 Best Thru-Hiking Backpacks for 2021

10 Best Thru-hiking Backpacks

What are the best backpacks for thru-hiking? A thru-hiking pack needs to be comfortable, durable, and have enough capacity to hold the gear needed to live on the trail for up to six months at a time, as well as long food and water carries. There’s no “perfect” backpack for …

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Thru-Hiker’s Gift Guide 2020: Under $200

Thru-hikers backpacking gift guide

The thru-hiker or backpacker in your life is probably busy saving for their next long-distance adventure, and we can pretty much guarantee they have a long list of items on their wish list. This collection of thru-hiker and backpacking gift ideas under $200 is a good place to start. We’ve …

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What is Fastpacking?

What is Fastpacking?

Fastpacking is a hybrid form of backcountry travel—think of it like a combination between trail running and backpacking—which means there’s no simple, satisfying answer to this question. Fastpacking means the athlete can cover big miles in the backcountry with a combination of jogging, hiking, and power hiking. If you’ve been …

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