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The Top Tents, Hammocks, and Tarps on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Tents, Hammocks, and Tarps on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year, The Trek surveys long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use, such as tents and hammocks. In this post we cover the types...

Nov 28, 2018 : Mariposa
The Best Cyber Monday / Week Deals for Backpackers

The Best Cyber Monday / Week Deals for Backpackers

It's Cyber Week. Simply put, this is probably the best time of the year to score gear at a steep discount.  We've poured through dozens of sites to find you...

Nov 26, 2018 : The Editors
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Cyber Week Sale

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Cyber Week Sale

The following is a Sponsored Post courtesy of REI. For the full slate of Cyber Monday and Cyber Week deals, Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Originally $399.95, on sale for...

Nov 24, 2018 : Sponsored Post
The Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

The Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

We applaud all those who are choosing to #OptOutside today.  For those who don't have that option or who simply want to score some great deals for the 2019 backpacking...

Nov 23, 2018 : The Editors
A Guide to Plus-Size Gear and Clothing for Backpacking

A Guide to Plus-Size Gear and Clothing for Backpacking

If you're anything like me (and the fact that you're reading this tells me you are), then you have had a hard time finding proper gear for backpacking and hiking. When...

Nov 21, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Food Review: Good To-Go Backpacking Meals

Food Review: Good To-Go Backpacking Meals

Backpackers know that food is an essential component of any adventure. You want to feel satisfied, well-nourished, and fueled up for the day with food that is nutritious enough to...

Nov 20, 2018 : Jessica Tinios
Sawyer Micro Squeeze vs. Original Sawyer Squeeze [Video]

Sawyer Micro Squeeze vs. Original Sawyer Squeeze [Video]

In this video, Dawn and I give the new original Sawyer Squeeze an out-of-the-box test run, and compare the two in size, flow rate, and package inclusion. We also nearly freeze our...

Nov 20, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about....

Nov 20, 2018 : Mariposa
Gear Review: Sierra Designs Convert 2 Four-Season Tent

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Convert 2 Four-Season Tent

Nov 14, 2018 : Jim Rahtz
Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Essential Items

Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Essential Items

Most hikers know you need several specific items to make a long-distance backpacking trip successful. A shelter, a pack, sleep system, and layers are all necessary to survive 2,000 miles....

Nov 9, 2018 : The Editors