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10 Best Rechargeable Hiking Headlamps of 2024

10 Best Rechargeable Headlamps of 2024

A headlamp is one of the most important 10 essentials for backpacking, hiking, fastpacking, trail running, climbing, and any other kind of outdoor adventure sport. Using your smartphone as a flashlight doesn’t cut it. But the days of carrying extra AA and …

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10 Best Backpacking Rain Jackets of 2024

10 Best Backpacking Rain Jackets

What should you look for in a rain jacket for hiking and backpacking? While having a waterproof/breathable jacket can be a plus, it’s pretty easy to overwhelm their ability to vent moisture in the rain when you’re perspiring with a backpack strapped …

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10 Best Backpack Accessory Pockets of 2024

10 Best Backpack Accessory Pockets

Many hikers and backpackers like to attach extra accessory pockets to their shoulder straps and hip belts to provide extra storage and help organize their gear so it can be accessed quickly without removing their backpacks. Extra water bottle sleeves, chest packs, …

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10 Most Durable Lightweight Backpacks of 2024

10 Best Durable Lightweight Backpacks

The growing use of ultralight, abrasion-resistant, and waterproof pack materials like Woven Dyneema and Challenge Ultra has ushered in a new era of durable lightweight, sub-3-pound backpacks that can withstand the abuse of multiple thru-hikes, bushwhacking, packrafting, canyoneering, and winter hiking and …

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10 Best Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks of 2024

10 Best Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks

Stuff sacks are an essential piece of backpacking and camping gear that keep sleeping bags or quilts dry, organized, and compressed. However most of the manufacturer’s stuff sacks that come with sleeping bags or quilts are designed for uncompressed storage, not field …

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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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10 Best Ultralight Backpacking Tarps of 2024

10 Best Ultralight Backpacking Tarps

Ultralight backpacking tarps are a great camping option if you want to significantly reduce your backpacking gear weight while experiencing a deeper connection to the outdoors, by sleeping under a shelter without walls. Ultralight backpacking tarps come in two basic flavors: shaped, …

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