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The 5 Best Tent Brands of 2018

Deciding which tent to buy is difficult because there are so many tents available. Tents differ in size, weight, construction, quality and price. Therefore, it is important to consider your needs before making the purchase. In the following we selected the five best tent brands to make things a little easier for you. The tent… Read More »

Best Tent Brands

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 Outdoor Brands for Hikers and Backpackers in 2018

Hiking and backpacking are often strenuous activities which require high-quality gear. However, not all outdoor brands make high-quality products. To help you narrow down first-class hiking and backpacking products, we made this selection of the 10 best outdoor brands for hikers and backpackers. The selected brands differ from other outdoor brands by utilizing innovative technologies… Read More »

Best Outdoor Brands

Best Bivy Sacks of 2018

A portable shelter comes in very handy on multi-day hiking trips because it allows you to set up camp almost anywhere and anytime you like, rather than having to reach accommodation facilities like mountain huts.  While tents are the most versatile and comfortable, you might find a tent to be too heavy and bulky to… Read More »

Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Sack

Best Backpacking Tents of 2018 – Lightweight 2-Person Tents

A tent gives you the flexibility and freedom to set up camp anywhere you like rather than having to reach mountain huts or other shelters on the beaten path. The main advantage of tents in comparison to other portable shelters is that they are very versatile while other shelters can only be used in very… Read More »

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Hiking Tent

The Best Gloves for Hiking and Mountaineering in 2018

Hikers, trekkers and mountaineers regularly encounter harsh conditions like low temperatures, snow showers, rain and wind. To perform to the best of your abilities in such conditions, you need additional gear. The fingers are one of the body parts most prone to frostbites and therefore it is vital that you wear a pair of gloves… Read More »

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The Best Ice Axes for Hiking and General Mountaineering in 2018

Hiking becomes difficult in winter when the trails are covered with snow and ice. To hike on icy and snowy trails safely, additional gear is required – of which the two most important items are crampons and an ice axe. While crampons provide you with traction, an ice axe helps you to arrest your fall in case… Read More »

Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe

The Best Gaiters for Hiking in 2018

Although hiking in snowy conditions is not easy, it can be an unforgettable experience to wander around an amazing snow-covered landscape. To be comfortable and safe on snowy trails you will need some additional gear, like for example insulated clothing, winter hiking boots and gaiters. Gaiters are very useful for hiking on snowy trails because they… Read More »

Outdoor Research Crocodile

The Best Trekking Poles of 2018

Hiking puts a strain on your legs and therefore trekking poles (also referred to as hiking poles) can be very useful for long hikes or ascending steep slopes. Experts claim that trekking poles on average reduce the strain on legs with 25%. Furthermore, they increase traction (due to more points of contact with the surface)… Read More »

Leki Thermolite

The Best Headlamps of 2018

Even well-planned hikes can end up taking much longer time than anticipated (due to weather, injuries, blocked trails etc.) and to ensure that you don’t end up being stuck in nature in pitch-black, it is crucial that you bring a headlamp in your backpack. A headlamp also gives you possibility for planning in the dark,… Read More »

Petzl Reactik+ Headlamp