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REI Magma Trail Quilt 30 Review

REI Magma Trail Quilt 30 Review

The REI Magma Trail Quilt 30 is a lightweight alternative to a mummy sleeping bag, weighing just 19 oz. It’s insulated with 850 fill power goose down and rated for temperatures down to 30 degrees. The Magma Trail Quilt 30 saves weight because it doesn’t have a hood, a zipper, …

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10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2019

10 Best Backpacking Tents

Here are the results of the 2019 annual SectionHiker backpacking tent survey with over 3300 participants. These are all great tents with plenty of variety. features, and a wide range of prices to suit different preferences, budgets, and needs. We found that the majority of backpackers purchase two person tents so …

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Winter Layering with Arm Warmers

Winter Clothing Layering with Arm Warmers

Arm warmers are usually sold as cycling gear, but many winter hikers also use them for insulation because they’re easy to take off when you warm up or put back on when you get cold. Frequent stopping, unpacking, and repacking isn’t good form when you’re hiking with others because no …

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Top Backpacking Tent and Shelters: 2019 Annual Survey Results

Top Backpacking Tents, Hammocks, and Tarps

Backpacking is a remarkably simple hobby, but it’s easy to think otherwise if you pay too much attention to the marketing hype put out by the outdoor news sites and printed magazines that only focus on latest bright and shiny object or technology. At SectionHiker.com, we like to ground our …

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Gossamer Gear Polycryo Plastic Ground Cloths Review

Gossamer Gear Polycryo Plastic Ground Cloths Review

Gossamer Gear Polycryo is ultralight industrial grade plastic sheeting that’s used as an ultralight ground cloth or tent footprint by many backpackers. It’s waterproof and surprisingly puncture proof making it an ideal protective barrier for inflatable sleeping pads and ultralight tent floors. You can also cut and shape it with …

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