Side-by-side Reviews of Hiking Gear

The side-by-side reviews category includes reviews of the five best products within each category of hiking gear. The category is divided into several product groups; clothing (further divided to base layers, mid-layers, shells, hats, socks and gloves), footwear, backpacks, accessories, navigation, sleeping equipment and winter equipment. These reviews help you choose between the best hiking products on the market.

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Best Hiking Socks for Summer

Socks are one of the most underrated pieces of hiking clothing – hikers often spend a lot of money on advanced hiking gear but when it comes to socks they somehow forget how uncomfortable it is to have wet/moist feet. Hiking socks should transport the moisture from the feet to the boot’s lining so that… Read More »

Darn Tough Socks

Best Sun Hats for Hiking

As the temperatures rise and you store your warm hiking hat or beanie at the back of your closet, you might consider bringing a sun hat for your outdoor adventures instead. Even if you are not old enough to remember the iconic Slip-Slop-Slap sun protection campaign from 1980s, you can probably recall from various other… Read More »

Outdoor Research Sombriolet

Best Backpacking Quilts for 2017

Quilts are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, backpackers and mountaineers because they are lighter, less bulky and more adaptable than mummy sleeping bags. Unlike a sleeping bag, a quilt leaves your back in direct contact with the sleeping pad (the bottom of the quilt is open) and doesn’t have any zipper. However, it is typically… Read More »

Sea to Summit Ember Quilt

Best Sleeping Bag Liners for 2017

A sleeping bag liner is a fairly thin and lightweight cloth sack designed to be slipped inside a sleeping bag. It keeps your sleeping bag clean and free of body oils and thus increases its thermal efficiency since body oils decrease the loft and warmth of a sleeping bag. A sleeping bag liner can be… Read More »

Alps Mountaineering Mummy Liner

Best Hiking Sunglasses for Men

Overexposure to sun light is not only harmful for your skin, but also for your eyes. Spending a long day out in the sun without sunglasses will cause most to have tired or slightly burning eyes – and the sun can indeed burn the eyeball and be a contributing factor to various eye issues such… Read More »

Smith Frontman Sunglasses

Best Hiking Shorts for 2017

A pair of high-quality shorts is very useful for hiking in warm weather because it typically provides better ventilation, comfort and freedom of movement than regular pants. However, shorts should be used only for hiking on well-groomed and technically undemanding trails where protection against vegetation and terrain (rocks, cliffs etc.) is not required. In this… Read More »

Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Hiking Shorts

Best Women’s Softshell Jackets

A softshell jacket typically combines the qualities of a fleece jacket and a rain jacket by offering warmth as well as decent wind- and water-resistance. It is worn directly over your base layer or on top of an insulating mid-layer in cold weather. Wearing a softshell jacket for hiking is a lot more comfortable than… Read More »

Mountain Equipment Vulcan Jacket

Best Hiking Pants for Women

Hiking can be as simple as a walk in the nearby park on pruned paths – but if you are planning to hike for a whole day or in more rough terrain, you will thank yourself for getting a pair of proper hiking pants that will protect your legs against abrasion and harsh weather. Below… Read More »

ExOfficio Ziwa

Best Women’s Rain Jackets for Hiking

In an ideal world all outdoor activities would take place in sunny dry weather. However, even if you plan your hiking trips meticulously after the weather forecast, there is always a chance that you will run into some unforeseen rain – especially at higher altitudes where the weather can change abruptly. A quality rain jacket… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Quasar

Best Fleece Jackets for Women

A high-quality fleece jacket can both be used as a snug mid-layer in cold weather and as an outer layer when hiking in dry weather at moderate temperatures. It can also be used as casual wear in everyday life and is thus one of the more versatile pieces of hiking clothing. In comparison to other… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear MicroChill