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Best Backpacking Tarps of 2019 – Lightweight

A tarp is basically a sheet of waterproof fabric which can be attached with guylines to trees, trekking poles, rocks and other stabile things to form a shelter. Tarps are by far the lightest portable shelters; a high-quality tarp which accommodates two persons can weigh as little as 10 ounces (300 grams). Different modular components… Read More »

MSR Thru Hiker 70 Wing Tarp

Best Lightweight 2-Person Backpacking Tents of 2019

A backpacking 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… Read More »

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Hiking Tent

The Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking in 2019

Multi-day backpacking requires good sleeping equipment which keeps you warm and comfortable during the nights. A sleeping bag is the most important item of sleeping equipment because it reduces the convective heat loss by trapping the body-warmed air. However, the convective heat loss can be reduced further with a high-quality backpacking sleeping pad. A sleeping… Read More »

Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad

The Best Softshell Jackets of 2019

Hiking in cold and windy weather is no fun unless you wear appropriate clothing which keeps you warm and snug. This includes a high-quality base layer, insulation layer and/or an outer layer. A softshell jacket is very useful as the outer layer because it provides both insulation and protection against the wind and light rain.… Read More »

Outdoor Research Ferrosi

The Best Ice Axes for Hiking and General Mountaineering in 2019

Hiking becomes difficult in winter when the trails are covered with snow and ice. To hike on icy and snowy trails safely, you will need winter hiking gear – 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… Read More »

Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe

The Best Down Jackets of 2019

Hikers and mountaineers are often exposed to low temperatures, harsh winds and other challenging conditions – especially in mountainous regions. Hiking under these conditions is no fun unless you have the right equipment to keep you warm and protected against the elements. In winter, when the temperatures drop, you will have to put on extra… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

The Best Hiking Cameras of 2019

Hiking is much more than just a sport; it’s also exploring nature and observing astonishing landscapes and natural phenomena. To keep the memories of the amazing things you will experience on your hiking and backpacking trips alive, it is good that you have a camera with you. There are many cameras available, but not all… Read More »

Olympus TG-3 Tough Hiking Camera

Best Hiking Backpacks of 2019 – Lightweight

A backpack is an essential piece of hiking gear because it allows you to easily carry and organize water, food, additional clothing and other gear.  Here we selected and reviewed the best hiking backpacks. We only listed hiking backpacks with volume of 40 to 55 liters because such backpacks are the most versatile. They are… Read More »

Lowe AirZone Pro

The Best Trekking Poles of 2019

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

Leki Thermolite

The Best Daypacks of 2019

A backpack allows you to easily organize and carry food, water, accessories, equipment and additional clothing. Therefore, it is required for all but the shortest hikes. However, not every backpack is suitable for every hike. For example, it doesn’t make sense to carry a very big backpack on short hikes as big backpacks are typically… Read More »

Osprey Talon 22