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Brooks Catamount Review - Best Trail Running Shoes 2023

Brooks Catamount 2 Review: Best Trail Running Shoes For 2023

Each year I test the best lightweight hiking shoes and the most robust and durable ... Read more

Best hiking hats for men and women

40+ Best Hiking Hats That Are Functional + Cool

Hats do much more than protect facial skin from sun damage – they make being ... Read more

Traill running shoes vs hiking shoes - how to choose

Trail Running Shoes vs Hiking Shoes: How To Choose?

There are so many hiking footwear options these days. So, how do you choose the ... Read more

Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX Review

Introducing the brand new Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX, the best lightweight hiking shoe made ... Read more

Best GPS hiking watches for 2023

5+ Best Hiking Watches For 2023

The best hiking watches that you can buy today are super powerful. Technology has taken ... Read more

Best Microspikes for hiking ice and snow

7 Best Microspikes For Hiking In 2023

Hiking in snow and ice can be slow, frustrating, and dangerous without proper winter traction ... Read more

the best hiking insoles

Best Insoles For Hiking: Insane Comfort For Your Shoes And Boots

All of my around-town shoes, trail runners, and hiking shoes have aftermarket insoles inside of ... Read more

Best winter hiking boots guide

Best Winter Hiking Boots for Men and Women: 2023 Guide

The most important equipment for any hike is comfortable shoes. In winter that means boots ... Read more

Hiking for beginners

Hiking For Beginners: 15 Tips For New Hikers

There is a lot to think about when planning or training for a big hike. ... Read more

Garmin fenix 7 solar GPS watch for hiking

Garmin Fenix 7 Watch Review: Standard, Solar, Sapphire Editions

The Garmin Fenix 7 Solar watch has changed my life quickly. In the past three ... Read more

How to save money on hiking and backpacking gear

15 Ways To Save Money On Hiking And Backpacking Gear

Buying new hiking and backpacking gear is fun and exciting. To me, gear is money ... Read more

Garmin Instinct Solar GPS watch for hiking

Garmin Instinct Watch Review: Standard | Tactical | Solar | Camo Editions

The Garmin Instinct group of watches has become a fantastic choice for hiking, backpacking, or ... Read more

best hiking shirts for men and women

25+ Best Hiking Shirts For Men, Women, and Kids

When you hit the trails for several hours (or days) at a time, comfort is ... Read more

Guide to the best hiking and backpacking gear

Best Hiking Gear and Gadgets For 2023

For beginner hikers, choosing hiking gear can be exciting and overwhelming. Equipment is expensive, and ... Read more

The best rain jackets for hiking

10 Best Rain Jackets for Hiking and Backpacking

There are so many different types of rain jackets available in the stores today. The ... Read more

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro GPS Watch

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Review: Best GPS Watch For Hiking

I recently upgraded to the Garmin Fenix 7 watch. For the money, you get way ... Read more

Best men's hiking shoes 2022

22 Best Hiking Shoes For Men

These are the newest and best hiking shoes for men that you can get right ... Read more

Fall hiking outfit

What To Wear Hiking In Fall: Best Outfits

The pumpkin spice latte is back and that means summer is on its way out. ... Read more

Cool fanny pack Cotopaxi Bataan

Cotopaxi Bataan Del Día: A Cool Fanny Pack For Hikers

It was bound to happen. Trends from the 90s like overalls, bike shorts, and baggy ... Read more

hoka one one speedgoat 4 trail running shoes hiking

HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4 Review

The HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4 trail running shoes are officially my favorite shoe that ... Read more

Helly Hansen Verglas Infinity Shell Jacket - Emergency Hardshell For Hiking

Helly Hansen Verglas Infinity Shell Jacket Review

A protective hard shell jacket or rain jacket that is windproof and waterproof might be ... Read more

Best hiking shorts for men and women

24+ Best Hiking Shorts for Men and Women

Spring is here, Summer is close. Time to shed some layers. These are the best ... Read more

best hiking socks

The Best Hiking Socks for Men and Women

Hiking socks are very different than other types of socks. They are designed specifically for ... Read more

Best hydration bladders for hiking and backpacking

8 Best Hydration Bladders For Hiking And Backpacking

Extra water is one of the ten essentials to hiking and backpacking. Always take more ... Read more

Best hiking sandals for men

10 Best Hiking Sandals For Men

For some hiking excursions or backpacking trips, hiking sandals might be a good option. These ... Read more

Best osprey backpacks

17 Best Osprey Daypacks And Backpacks

I have tried many backpacks made by all the most trusted backpack manufacturers over the ... Read more

Best solar chargers

7 Best Solar Chargers For Hiking And Backpacking

More than ever hikers are leveraging new technology when they head out into the backcountry. ... Read more

Best Prescription Sunglasses by Maui Jim SportRX

Maui Jim Prescription Sunglasses Review: Best RX Vision

This year I have had the pleasant experience of testing out some new Maui Jim ... Read more

Best water filters and purifiers for backpacking or hiking

17 Best Backpacking Water Filters + Purifiers

Drinking water is one of the most important items to carry with you on your ... Read more

Best hardshell jackets

Best Hardshell Jackets For Hiking + Backpacking

A hardshell jacket is one of the most important articles of hiking clothing to take ... Read more

Best compass for hiking and backpacking

5 Best Compasses For Hiking And Backpacking

A hiking compass is a very important and often overlooked navigation tool. You should have ... Read more

What to wear hiking on day hikes

What To Wear Hiking: A Complete Outfit For Men and Women

In this guide, you will learn how to choose the best hiking clothes and put ... Read more

best winter hiking gear checklist

Best Winter Hiking Gear And Outfits

Winter and snow hiking is a magical experience that all hikers should try. A blanket ... Read more

best hiking shoes for women

12 Best Hiking Shoes For Women

As we close off another year, we completely updated our guide to the best hiking ... Read more

The best hiking boots for men

20 Best Hiking Boots For Men

Hiking footwear gets better and more advanced each season of the year. It is truly ... Read more

best hiking boots for women

15 Best Hiking Boots For Women

This is our ultimate guide to choosing the best hiking boots for women. In this ... Read more

best hiking pants for winter snow hikes

11 Best Winter Hiking Pants For Men And Women

As the seasons change, it is time to reassess your hiking gear and hiking clothes. ... Read more

Garmin Marq Adventurer GPS smartwatch review

Garmin Marq Adventurer Watch: A Complete Review

If you are looking for the best GPS hiking watch, we now recommend the Garmin ... Read more

Best fleece jackets for hiking

10 Best Fleece Jackets For Hiking + Backpacking

In cooler climates and seasons, layers are essential for comfort. It’s not just about insulation. ... Read more

Best base layers for backpacking and hiking

The Best Base Layers For Hiking And Backpacking

During the summer hiking season in most locations, you can get away with wearing a ... Read more

best waist packs for hiking hikes

7 Best Hiking Fanny Packs For Day Hikes

Sometimes it is nice to feel free and light on a hike and not be ... Read more

best hiking boots for wider feet

Best Hiking Boots For Wide Feet: Top 5 Picks

It’s not easy having wide feet. I know, because I have had them my whole ... Read more

Best jackets for hiking

17 Best Hiking Jackets for Men and Women

Certain items of hiking gear and hiking clothing are super important to your survival if ... Read more

best baby carrier backpacks for hiking

Best Child Carrier Hiking Backpacks (Baby + Toddler)

If you have young children, you will need some new hiking gear to keep them ... Read more

vasque breeze AT GTX hiking shoes new

Vasque Breeze All-Terrain Low GORE-TEX Hiking Shoes

My hiking shoes died last Fall after about one year of service. They were a ... Read more

Garmin inReach Mini review

Garmin inReach Mini Review

If you want to hike in the backcountry, you should definitely get a satellite communicator ... Read more

Oxygen canisters for hiking

Portable Oxygen For Hiking At High Altitude

Hiking at higher altitudes is more challenging. This is because there is less oxygen in ... Read more

hiking packing list for day hikes and backpacking trips

Hiking Packing List: Must-Haves For Day Hikes And Backpacking Trips

Even if you are an experienced hiker it is super easy to forget something that ... Read more

Best Underwear For Hiking

Best Hiking Underwear: Top Picks for Men and Women

Comfortable high-performance underwear is super important for a good time on the hiking trails. Nobody ... Read more

hiking in the rain: gear + tips

Hiking In The Rain: Best Gear + Tips For Wet Weather Hikes

Some seasons or climates are consistently wet. You may face rain and wet weather for ... Read more