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Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2021

Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2021

Your insulating midlayer is a key component of your backpacking setup, and rarely is there a time when you should hit the trail without an insulation

Apr 7, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Rain Jackets of 2021

The Best Backpacking Rain Jackets of 2021

Your rain jacket may not be the most thrilling piece of your backpacking kit, but it's pretty darn important. Sure, it might stay stuffed in your

Apr 1, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Trail Runners for Thru-Hiking in 2021

The Best Trail Runners for Thru-Hiking in 2021

Are you planning a long-distance backpacking trip? If so, it’s essential that you choose the best trail runners for thru-hiking. Think of this as an

Mar 24, 2021 : The Editors
A Complete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2021 Edition

A Complete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2021 Edition

Hostels on the Appalachian Trail are part of what makes a thru-hike such a unique experience. We've listed 120+ places to stay between Georgia and

Mar 22, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Quilts of 2021

The Best Backpacking Quilts of 2021

It seems like quilts are all the rage on-trail these days, and it's easy to see why. They're more streamlined than sleeping bags, and when used

Mar 9, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2021

The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2021

We've established the best thru-hiking homes (tents!), beds (sleeping pads!) how to carry them (packs!) and now it's time to choose your comforter

Mar 8, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Packs of 2021

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2021

Your backpacking pack is one of the most important components of your backpacking setup. Your style of pack goes hand in hand with your style of

Feb 25, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

Choosing a tent for your thru-hike is a big deal, but it's also probably the least stressful house shopping experience you'll have over the course of

Feb 11, 2021 : The Editors
Trail Correspondents 2021: Apply to Join the Team!

Trail Correspondents 2021: Apply to Join the Team!

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be bringing back a third season of Trail Correspondents, a podcast dedicated to sharing the highs, lows, and

Dec 29, 2020 : The Editors
Best Hiking and Camping Gear Deals from the REI End of Season Clearance Sale

Best Hiking and Camping Gear Deals from the REI End of Season Clearance Sale

It's that time of year again. As the year winds down, outdoor gear retailers look to offload excess merch and clear out their warehouses for new

Dec 25, 2020 : The Editors