Down vs Synthetic Jackets – Which jacket is right for you?   Recently updated !

A jacket keeps you warm in cold weather by trapping body-warmed air within its fibers. Insulated jackets typically use either down or synthetic insulation. While both insulations can provide good warmth, they do differ in weather resistance, drying time, durability, price and more. In the following we will explain what the differences between down and… Read More »

Down vs Synthetic Jackets

What are GPS tracks and how to use them for hiking?

If you are into hiking, you have probably already heard about GPS tracks also known as GPS routes, GPS trails etc. GPS tracks are very useful for hiking as they make it simple and hassle-free to navigate on trails. A GPS track contains information about the trail such as geographical coordinates, altitude and distance. You… Read More »


Best Outdoor Brands for Hikers and Backpackers in 2017

Hiking and backpacking are often strenuous activities which require high-quality gear. However, not all outdoor brands make high-quality products. To help you narrow down first-class hiking and backpacking products, we made this selection of the 10 best outdoor brands for hikers and backpackers. The selected brands differ from other outdoor brands by utilizing innovative technologies… Read More »

Best Outdoor Brands

Best Outdoor Stores of 2017

While you probably love to spend time in the outdoors, it is less likely that you love spending time shopping for the equipment and apparel you need. Physical stores have their advantages if the staff is well-educated and stock is varied and plenty but online shopping from home is the natural choice for more and… Read More »

Best Outdoor Stores

Best Water Bottles for Hiking and Backpacking in 2017

Here we selected and reviewed the best water bottles for hiking and backpacking. We only included insulated water bottles as these keep your beverages cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather.  Insulated water bottles are typically made of stainless steel and therefore very durable. Furthermore, as stainless steel doesn’t absorb flavours, they can… Read More »

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

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

Kanin Trail – Hiking the Alps

The Kanin mountain range, of which the highest point is at Big Mount Kanin at 2587 meters, is located on the border between Italy and Slovenia. It is a quite popular hiking spot for hikers from both countries as well as multiple other nationalities – especially as you can focus on the technically challenging… Read More »

Kanin Trail - Great view

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