Reviews

Gear Review: North x North Hooded Neck Gaiter and Handkerchief

Gear Review: North x North Hooded Neck Gaiter and Handkerchief

Layering is one of the most fundamental skills of any outdoorsperson, regardless of location or activity. The ability to gauge the climate and weather and then to don the appropriate...

Mar 11, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
Gear Review: Rab Men’s Kaon Jacket

Gear Review: Rab Men’s Kaon Jacket

Rab has made a serious contender for the ideal backpacking jacket with the Kaon Jacket. This innovative jacket is made with efficiency in mind and cuts weight everywhere possible. Inspired...

Feb 28, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Gear Review: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

MSR's Lightning Ascent snowshoes have been helping hikers navigate four-season conditions for years. Weighing in around four pounds, the Ascents are widely considered among the lightest and grippiest

Feb 24, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

Gear Review: BioLite HeadLamp 200

Thanks to LED lighting, night-hiking has become a much more viable option than the days when your only choice was gripping a heavy flashlight that threw only a pale, yellowish...

Feb 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Altra Tushar Boot

Gear Review: Altra Tushar Boot

The brand new Altra Tushar is the next level ultralight hiking boot you didn’t realise you needed. The Tushar is lightweight, waterproof, breathable, grippy, rugged and tough – perfect for...

Feb 15, 2020 : Lisa Pulsifer
Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

Your insulation layer is a key component to your backpacking setup, and rarely is there a time when you should hit the trail without an insulation layer wedged in your...

Jan 30, 2020 : The Editors
Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

The Gossamer Gear G4-20 is a new take on one of the classic GG packs with some really cool and unique new features. Most notable are the asymmetrical hip belt...

Jan 13, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

The early 1990s have recycled themselves and fanny packs are back, there's no two ways about it. Amusingly, this is apparently the case not only in Hiker Trash Vogue but...

Jan 13, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt

Over the past few years, quilts have risen significantly in popularity for long-distance backpackers. If you aren’t familiar with them, the basic concept behind their design is that when using...

Jan 7, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Women’s Icebreaker Mid Layer Jacket; Base Layer Tights

Gear Review: Women’s Icebreaker Mid Layer Jacket; Base Layer Tights

As an avid outdoors woman, I’ve accumulated quite a collection of base layers. At this point, I consider myself a connoisseur. Over the course of thousands of miles of hiking...

Dec 31, 2019 : Katie Gerber