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Best Bivy Sacks for 2017

A portable shelter comes in very handy during multi-day hiking trips as it allows you to set up camp almost anywhere and anytime you like rather than having to reach accommodation facilities such as for example mountain huts.  While tents are the most versatile and comfortable, you might find a tent to be too heavy… Read More »

Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Sack

Best Lightweight Hiking Tents for 2017

Having a tent gives you flexibility and freedom to set up camp anywhere you like during a multiple-day hiking trip rather than having to reach certain mountain huts or other shelters on the beaten path. The main advantage of tents in comparison to other portable shelters is that they are very versatile while other shelters… Read More »

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Hiking Tent

The Best Gloves for Hiking and Mountaineering

Hikers, mountaineers and trekkers regularly face harsh conditions such as low temperatures, heavy rain, snow and wind. In order to perform to the best of your abilities in these conditions you will need some additional equipment that will provide decent insulation and weather protection – not least for your hands as fingers are one of… Read More »

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The Best Ice Axes for Hiking and General Mountaineering

Hiking becomes much more difficult when trails are snowy or frozen. In order to execute hiking trips on icy and snowy trails safely, you will need some additional equipment – of which the two most important pieces are crampons and an ice axe. While crampons provide you with the necessary traction, an ice axe helps… Read More »

Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe

The Best Gaiters for Hiking

Although hiking through snow is not the easiest thing to do, it can be an unforgettable experience to wander around an amazing snow-covered landscape. In order to be comfortable and safe on snowy trails you will need some additional equipment such as insulated clothing, winter hiking boots and gaiters. Gaiters are very useful as they prevent snow… Read More »

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Best Trekking Poles for 2017

Hiking puts a strain on your legs and therefore trekking poles (also referred to as hiking poles) can be helpful when doing long trips or ascending steep slopes. Experts claim that trekking poles on average reduce the strain on legs with 25%. Furthermore, they increase traction (more points of contact with the surface result in… Read More »

Leki Thermolite

The Best Headlamps for 2017

Even well-planned hikes can end up taking much longer time than anticipated (due to weather, injuries, blocked trails etc.) and to ensure that you don’t end up being stuck in nature in pitch-black, it is crucial that you bring a headlamp in your backpack. A headlamp also gives you possibility for planning activities in the… Read More »

Petzl Reactik+ Headlamp

The Best Via Ferrata Equipment

Here we selected and reviewed the best via ferrata equipment. Via ferratas (also referred to as iron trails) are very steep and exposed trails that have steel cables running along them. The steel cable allows you to attach yourself to it with a via ferrata set and climbing harness, thus mitigating the risk of a… Read More »

Via Ferrata

The Best Five Crampons (C1)

Hiking becomes much more difficult in winter when the trails are covered with the snow – but not necessarily less enjoyable! In order to safely and comfortably execute hiking trips in winter, you might need additional equipment such as crampons, snowshoes, gaiters and an ice axe. If you are hiking on trails that are covered… Read More »

Petzl Irvis

The Best Winter Hiking Jackets with Synthetic Insulation for 2017

Cold weather is no obstacle for hiking as long as you dress appropriately to stay warm and comfortable. An insulated jacket is one of the most important pieces of winter clothing for hiking as it significantly reduces heat loss by trapping the body-warmed air within its insulation fibers. Insulated jackets also offer some basic protection… Read More »

Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket