backpacking gear


CimAlp PrimaLoft Jacket Review

Several months ago, we got in touch with the French company CimAlp which makes apparel for hiking, skiing, trail running and other outdoor sports. I was especially impressed with their jackets because they utilize high-quality materials and are lightweight. Therefore, I asked them for a sample of CimAlp PrimaLoft jacket. I had been wanting such… Read More »

CimAlp PrimaLoft Jacket

How to re-waterproof your rain jacket and other rainwear?

If you often have to wear a rain jacket, rain pants or other waterproof clothes, you have probably noticed that the performance of these garments decreases with time. While your new rain jacket kept you dry for hours, it can’t withstand more than half of an hour of rain after half a year of intensive… Read More »

Re-waterproofing rainwear with DWR spray

What are flatlock seams and when are they useful?

If you are buying new sports clothes such as a hiking shirt or underwear, it is very likely that you will sooner or later stumble upon the feature called flatlock seams. Clothing brands typically explain that flatlock seams eliminate chafing and increase the durability of the garment. But is this really true? In the last… Read More »

What are flatlock seams?

Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2019

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 2019

A backpacking stove is very useful for long 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 super… Read More »

MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove

Best Solar Chargers for Backpacking in 2019

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 »

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Best Sleeping Bags for Kids in 2019

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 »

Best Sleeping Bags Kids Cover

The Best Polartec NeoShell Jackets of 2019

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

Best Winter Sleeping Bags for Backpacking in 2019

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 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 »

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