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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 Lightweight Tarps for Hiking

A tarp is basically a sheet of waterproof fabric that can form a decent shelter when attached with guylines to trees, trekking poles, rocks or any other stabile things. Tarps are by far the lightest portable shelters; a high-quality tarp that can form a shelter for one to two persons can weigh as little as… Read More »

MSR Thru Hiker 70 Wing Tarp

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 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 »

Outdoor Research Crocodile

The Best Down Jackets of 2017

Hikers and mountaineers are often exposed to extreme cold, harsh winds and other challenging conditions – especially in mountainous regions. Hiking under these conditions is no fun unless you have the right equipment to keep you warm and protected against natural phenomena. In winter, when the temperatures drop, you will have to put on extra… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

The Best Summer Lightweight Sleeping Bags with Synthetic Insulation

High-quality sleeping equipment is very important on multi-day hiking and mountaineering trips as it keeps you warm and comfortable during the night. A sleeping bag is the most important piece of sleeping equipment; if you use a bad-performing sleeping bag, your night outdoor will not be comfortable even if you otherwise use other sleeping equipment (pad,… Read More »

The North Face Aleutian 35 Bag

The Best 3-Layer Hiking Rain Jackets

Hiking in wet conditions is no fun unless you have the right equipment. A high-quality rain jacket must be considered essential as it keeps you dry and thus warmer by significantly reducing the convective heat loss. Furthermore, it protects you against the wind and thus mitigates the wind-chill effect. In this review we selected the… Read More »

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