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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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   Recently updated !

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 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 2018

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 »

Outdoor Research Cirque

Best Backpacking Hammocks in 2018

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

Best Child Carrier Packs

Is there anything better than bringing your children, big and small, into nature and showing them the pleasure of hiking and outdoor experiences? While older children can walk on their own, smaller children will inevitably have to be carried some or all of the way as baby strollers will be too troublesome to deal with… Read More »

Osprey Poco AG Plus

Best Travel and Backpacking Towels

Here we selected and reviewed the best towels for backpacking and travelling. A regular towel is a bad choice for backpacking or travelling as regular towels are heavy, bulky and slow to dry. Therefore, they occasionally need to be packed moist/wet inside your backpack. This is not recommended because such moist environments are an ideal… Read More »

Sea to Summit Towel

Best Hiking T-Shirts for Women

When the weather gets too warm for wearing a long-sleeved baselayer, what’s better than throwing on a short-sleeved shirt and feeling the sun and wind on your arms? However, your everyday cotton t-shirt won’t perform well here as cotton is poor at regulating your body’s temperature, absorbs a lot of moisture and dries very slow… Read More »

Ibex T-Shirt

Best Large Backpacks for Backpacking and Travelling in 2017

Here we selected and reviewed the best large backpacks for backpacking and travelling. We included only backpacks with a capacity of 70 liters and more. Such backpacks offer sufficient storage space for hiking trips lasting more than five days. However, be aware that the required capacity of a backpack greatly depends on the equipment and/or… Read More »

Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack