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10 Best Winter Backpacking Packs of 2021-2022

10 Best Winter Backpacking Packs 2020-2021

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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10 Best Winter Hiking Boots of 2021-2022

10 Best Winter Hiking Boots of 2021-2022

Today’s winter boots are waterproof, insulated, and compatible with traction aids such as microspikes and snowshoes. While 200 gram Thinsulate insulated mids are fine for commuting and short local walks down to about 20 degrees, we recommend buying boots with higher calf …

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10 Best Winter Sleeping Bags of 2021-2022

10 Best Winter Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

The most important attributes of a down sleeping bag for winter camping and backpacking are high-value insulation, compressibility, low weight, and ample interior space, so you ample room to store gear and water in your sleeping bag, so it doesn’t freeze overnight. …

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10 Best Windbreakers of 2021

10 Best Windbreakers for Hiking and Backpacking

Windbreakers and wind shirts are ultralight lightweight jackets, running shells, pullovers, or anoraks weighing 2 to 6 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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10 Best Down Sleeping Bags for Backpacking in 2021

10 best Down Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

Down insulated sleeping bags are still the most popular nighttime insulation option with backpackers because they’re highly compressible and warmer in cold, damp, or drafty weather particularly in the spring and autumn when temperatures are close to freezing. While mummy bag designs …

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10 Best Snowshoes for Winter Hiking in 2021

10 Best Snowshoes for Winter Hiking

For winter snowshoeing on hiking trails and in the backcountry, you want a winter hiking snowshoe that is durable, with aggressive crampons for traction and a secure binding system that locks your boots to the snowshoes. If you’re interested in getting off …

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10 Best Down Hoodies and Jackets of 2021

10 Best Down Hoodies and Jackets of 2021

A down hoodie or lightweight down jacket is a hiking and backpacking essential during spring and autumn when nighttime temperatures stay cool. Our preference is to use jackets that have hoods because we think that’s a must-have layering feature for hikers and …

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10 Best Hiking Pants of 2021

10 Best Hiking Pants

Hiking pants are an important piece of hiking gear but one that we often take for granted. They have to be highly breathable and quick-drying, easy to vent when you get too hot, but warm when the temperature drops. Fit, freedom of …

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10 Best Lightweight Backpacks of 2021

10 Best Lightweight Backpacking Backpacks

Backpacking packs and backpacking gear have gotten much lighter weight in recent years due to innovations in the materials and fabrics available to backpack manufacturers. Most lightweight backpacks now weigh between 2 and 3 pounds and have 40 to 60 liters of …

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10 Best Backpacking Quilts of 2021

10 Best Backpacking Quilts

More and more backpackers are switching from sleeping bags to backpacking quilts because they’re lighter weight, more compressible, and more comfortable, especially for side sleepers. While top quilts have always been popular with the hammock crowd because they’re easier to use in …

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10 Best Hammock Tents of 2021

10 Best Hammock Tents for Backpacking and Camping

Hammocks Tents, also known as camping hammocks and backpacking hammocks, include a hammock, bug netting, a tarp, and a suspension system. The biggest advantage of buying an all-in-one hammock tent is that all the components fit together and you can take them …

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