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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 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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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 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 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 Hiking Shorts of 2019

A pair of high-quality shorts is very useful for hiking in warm weather because it provides better ventilation, comfort and freedom of movement than regular pants. However, shorts should be worn only for hiking on well-groomed and technically undemanding trails where protection against vegetation and terrain (rocks, cliffs etc.) is not required. In this review… Read More »

Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Hiking Shorts

The Best Snowshoes for Hiking in 2019

When trails and mountains are covered with snow, hiking becomes challenging and requires additional gear and skills. Trudging through soft deep snow is very exhausting, but you can make it less exhausting by wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes allow you to hike on snowy terrain without sinking in too deep. A snowshoe consists of a rigid frame… Read More »

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes