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 Walking Shoes for Men in 2018

If you often do walks in relatively flat terrain, like pruned paths and established trails, you should go for a pair of lightweight and breathable walking shoes which will protect your feet against injuries and keep them comfortable. High-quality walking shoes are usually lighter and more breathable than hiking shoes and hiking boots but on… Read More »

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Best Running Socks of 2018

Running requires a pair of high-quality socks which protect your feet and keep them dry. This is especially important if you run longer distances, for example (half) marathons. Nevertheless, runners sometimes forget how uncomfortable it is to have wet and moist feet, and thus use ordinary cotton socks. Cotton socks are not suitable for running… Read More »

Running Socks

The Best Gore-Tex Jackets to Buy in 2018

For outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking and mountaineering, it is good to have high-quality rainwear which protects you against the elements (rain, wind, snow etc.) and at the same time provides decent breathability, so you don’t soak in your own sweat. Today there are many so-called waterproof/breathable fabrics available, but Gore-Tex remains the most… Read More »

OR Maximus Gore-Tex Jacket

The Best Polartec NeoShell Jackets of 2018

For aerobic activities such as mountaineering and alpine climbing you need highly breathable rainwear so you don’t soak in your own sweat during exhausting ascents. Polartec NeoShell is by all accounts the most breathable waterproof fabric currently available. Polartec launched the NeoShell fabric in 2011 and soon it became clear that it offers better air… Read More »

Strafe Jacket - One of the best NeoShell jackets

The Best Climbing Helmets of 2018

A climbing helmet protects your head against falling debris (rockfall, icefall etc.) and if you accidentally hit into a wall or an overhang. Therefore, a climbing helmet is necessary, not only for hardcore climbing, but also for mountaineering and hiking in areas where rockfall or icefall is common. If you are often hiking and mountaineering… Read More »

Black Diamond Climbing Helmet

Best Military Boots of 2018 – Tactical Boots

Whether you are a soldier, law enforcement officer or a hunter, you need good tactical boots which are comfortable to wear and protect your feet from injuries. Military boots differ greatly in weight, breathability, ankle support and traction. Hence you should choose your boots according to the activities you plan to do. In the following… Read More »

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The Best Tactical Flashlights of 2018

Here we selected and reviewed the best tactical flashlights of 2018. The flashlights in this review are, due to their robustness and functionality, ideal for soldiers, law enforcement officers, hunters and other tactical enthusiasts. A tactical flashlight does not only provide good illumination but can also be used for self-defense and in emergency situations. Therefore,… Read More »

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Best Water Bottles for Hiking and Backpacking in 2018

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 2018   Recently updated !

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

Best Softshell Pants of 2018

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 »

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