Recommended Products

The recommended products category includes selections of the best five products within each category of hiking gear. The category is divided into several product groups; clothing, footwear, backpacks, accessories, navigation, sleeping equipment and winter equipment. These selections help you choose between the best hiking products on the market. See how we select products here.

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Best Softshell Pants of 2019

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 2019

Here we selected and reviewed the best backpacking hammocks. A backpacking hammock is a great alternative to a tent in warm and relatively dry weather because hammocks are typically lighter and pack smaller than tents.  Furthermore, they 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 of 2019

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 for 2019

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 in 2019

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 »

SmartWool Merino 150

Best Expedition Backpacks of 2019 – 70+ liters

Here we selected and reviewed the best expedition backpacks with a capacity of 70 liters or more. Such backpacks offer enough storage space for expeditions lasting more than five days. However, be aware that the required capacity of a backpack greatly depends on the equipment and supplies that you need/want to carry with you. For… Read More »

Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack

Best Hiking Socks for Summer in 2019

Socks are one of the most underrated pieces of hiking clothing. Hikers often spend a lot of money on advanced hiking gear but when it comes to socks, they somehow forget how uncomfortable it is to have wet/moist feet. Not least because moist feet increase the friction between the skin and socks which often causes… Read More »

Darn Tough Socks

Best Sun Hats for Hiking in 2019

As the temperatures rise and you store your warm hiking hat or beanie at the back of your closet, you might consider bringing a sun hat for your outdoor adventures instead. Even if you are not old enough to remember the iconic Slip-Slop-Slap sun protection campaign from 1980s, you can probably recall from various other… Read More »

Outdoor Research Sombriolet

Best Backpacking Quilts of 2019

Quilts are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, backpackers and mountaineers because they are lighter, less bulky and more adaptable than mummy sleeping bags. Unlike a sleeping bag, a quilt leaves your back in direct contact with the sleeping pad (the bottom of the quilt is open) and doesn’t have any zipper. However, it is typically… Read More »

Sea to Summit Ember Quilt

Best Sleeping Bag Liners of 2019

A sleeping bag liner is a thin and lightweight cloth sack designed to be slipped inside a sleeping bag. It keeps your sleeping bag clean and free of body oils and thus increases its thermal efficiency. Note that body oils decrease the loft and warmth of a sleeping bag. It can also be used without… Read More »

Alps Mountaineering Mummy Liner