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Best Winter Sleeping Bags for Backpacking in 2017

Here we selected and reviewed the best winter sleeping bags for backpacking. A sleeping bag is probably the most important piece of sleeping equipment because it reduces the convective heat loss and thus keeps you warm and comfortable during nights. The warmth of a sleeping bag depends on the amount and quality of its insulation.… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch Sleeping Bag

Stenar Trail – Hiking the Alps

Stenar is a 2501 meters high mountain in the heart of the Julian Alps in Slovenia. Unlike many other mountains in this area, Stenar is not well-known among hikers and mountaineers and therefore the trail is typically not very busy. This is indeed an advantage as it allows you to set your own tempo… Read More »

Stenar Trail - View on the surrounding peaks

Best Softshell Pants for 2017

Here we selected and reviewed the best softshell pants for hiking in cold weather. In cold weather regular pants don’t provide good enough insulation for comfortable hiking. Therefore, softshell pants or warm long johns are required. However, long johns are not the best option for hiking (except in super cold weather) as they restrict your… Read More »

Outdoor Research Cirque

Best Backpacking Hammocks in 2017

Here we selected and reviewed the best backpacking hammocks. A hammock is a great alternative to a tent in warm and relatively dry weather as hammocks are typically lighter and smaller (packed size) than tents.  Furthermore, hammocks also provide a very comfortable sleeping position and are not prone to condensation issues like completely sealed shelters… Read More »

Therm-a-Rest Slacker

Polyester vs. Merino Wool: Which material is better for sportswear?

Polyester is the most widely used material for sportswear. However, Merino wool is due to its multiple benefits also becoming increasingly used for sports apparel. Therefore, many outdoor enthusiasts and athletes are in doubt which material to choose. It’s indeed hard to say which one is better as both materials have advantages and disadvantages. For… Read More »

Polyester Vs. Merino Wool: Left Icebreaker Merino t-shirt, right Under Armour polyester t-shirt

Best Travel and Backpacking Towels

Here we selected and reviewed the best towels for backpacking and travelling. A regular towel is a bad choice for backpacking or travelling as regular towels are heavy, bulky and slow to dry. Therefore, they occasionally need to be packed moist/wet inside your backpack. This is not recommended because such moist environments are an ideal… Read More »

Sea to Summit Towel

Why should you wear quick drying clothes for hiking?

Garments for hiking are often labeled as quick-drying. However, many hikers don’t know why they should use quick-drying clothing and what benefits such clothing brings. In the following I’ll explain why you should wear quick-drying clothes for hiking and factors for the drying time of different garments. As the drying time of garments depends on… Read More »

Why should you wear quick drying clothes for hiking?

Vrh nad Skrbino Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing the 2236 meters high Stol peak on the border between Austria and Slovenia, I decided to continue my “Hiking the Alps” tour by ascending the 2054 meters high mountain Vrh nad Skrbino in the southern Julian Alps. Vrh nad Skrbino is a quite popular mountain because it offers… Read More »

Vrh nad Skrbino Trail - View towards the west

Durability of Merino Wool – How Durable are Merino Garments?

Durability is often considered as the Achilles heel of Merino wool products. Nevertheless, Merino wool clothing is becoming increasingly popular among hikers, trekkers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts as it offers superb breathability and odor-control (Merino wool is naturally antimicrobial). Furthermore, it is also very comfortable to the touch and doesn’t cause any itching. Due… Read More »

Durability of Merino Wool

Stol Hochstuhl Trail – Hiking the Alps

After hiking in the French and Austrian Alps, I continued my “Hiking the Alps” tour by climbing the 2236 meters high mountain Stol (Hochstuhl in German) in the northwestern corner of Slovenia, close to the Austrian border. Stol is the highest mountain of the 120 kilometers long Karawanke mountain range which is… Read More »

Stol Hochstuhl Trail - View towards west