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 Backpacking Water Filters of 2018

A water filter is a very useful gadget for backpacking, hiking and mountaineering because it allows you to treat water from rivers, streams, lakes and other sources. Note that even far away from civilization, many water sources may not be safe due to fecal contamination from cattle, wild animals and people. If you have a… Read More »

backpacking water filters

Best Backpacking Stoves of 2018

A backpacking stove is very useful for long backpacking trips because it allows you to quickly boil water, prepare hot drinks and warm food such as pasta and dehydrated meals. Furthermore, in winter you can use it to melt snow which allows you to carry less water in your backpack. Since modern backpacking stoves are… Read More »

MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove

Best Solar Chargers for Backpacking in 2018

A solar charger is a very useful gadget for long backpacking trips because it allows you to easily recharge your electronic devices such as a handheld GPS device, hiking watch or a smartphone. Since many backpackers rely on these devices for navigation along the trails, solar chargers have become very popular. Especially those who use… Read More »

Goal Zero Guide 10

Best Sleeping Bags for Kids in 2018

Backpacking, camping and scouting are great outdoor activities for children and adolescents, but they do require some proper equipment such as a good backpack, sleeping pad, sleeping bag etc. A good sleeping bag keeps your child comfortable and warm while he/she is camping out in nature. The offer of high-quality sleeping bags for kids is,… 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 good 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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