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Sleeping Pad R-Values of 2022

Sleeping Pad R-Values of 2022

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 Backpacking Chairs of 2022

10 Best Backpacking Chairs

A backpacking chair is definitely not one of the 10 essentials. But it’s a luxury item that can make the camping portion of a backpacking trip much more enjoyable and relaxed. If you like to sit around a campfire to socialize at …

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10 Best Winter Sleeping Bags of 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 Kids Backpacking Packs for 2022

10 Best Backpacks for Kids

Buying a kid’s backpack is very different from buying an adult backpack because kids have smaller physical proportions. They also grow very quickly so you want to make sure that you purchase a backpack that can be adjusted over time. In addition …

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10 Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022

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. …

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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 Snowshoes for Winter Hiking of 2022

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 Winter Hiking Pants of 2021-2022

10 Best Winter Hiking Pants

The Best Winter Hiking Pants are highly breathable softshell pants that prevent the accumulation of perspiration when hiking, snowshoeing, climbing/mountaineering, or even ski touring in winter. They’re made with woven nylon or polyester that is warmer and more windproof than normal three-season …

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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 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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