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The 7 Best Backpacking Stoves Reviewed – [2017]

Best Backpacking Stove

If your like me, a hot cup of coffee to start the day is a necessity. And after a long day trekking through the woods, there are few things better than a hot meal at the end of the day. With modern lightweight backpacking stoves this is not hard to do. There are many choices though, which one is best ...

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The 7 Best Camping Cots Reviewed – [2017]

Best Camping Cot

Traveling and camping can be enjoyable or miserable, depending on how you approach it. Pitch your tent over a rock and try sleeping on the ground and you’re guaranteed a terrible time. Head out into the wild with great gear, plenty of knowledge, and a comfortable cot to sleep on and you’re guaranteed a much more restful sleep. While camping ...

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The 5 Best Backpacking Water Filters Reviewed – [2017]

Best Backpacking Water Filter

In order to safely and effectively travel in the backcountry it’s critical to avoid illness. One potential source of infection is through water borne pathogens and there exist many methods of water purification. One of these methods is water filters – a physical filtration system whereby pathogens are filtered out of water using mechanical water pressure and a filter. There ...

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The 7 Best Ski Poles Reviewed For 2017

Best Ski Poles

So many skiers overlook the ski pole and, even more so, many skiers fail to understand the true use and value of a ski pole. Ski poles, and your use of them, can really make or break a well-polished skier’s form on the mountain. Keeping your hands up and in front while you actively use the ski poles can be ...

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Best Fire Starter [For Backpacking and Survival] – 2017

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As a backpacking guide with collegiate experience in the wilderness survival techniques niche, I can tell you there’s an awful lot of hype and misinformation surrounding fire starting. I’ve spent years sifting through the BS and sorting out what works for me. Of course, there are unlimited ways to start fires for survival or backpacking needs but honestly some of ...

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The 7 Best Snowshoes Reviewed For 2017

Best Snowshoes Reviews

Just because its winter doesn’t mean you should give up hiking or trail running. I think snowshoeing is a better workout and there is something about being in the woods in the winter that is hard to describe. You probably already have the winter apparel, now you just need a pair of snowshoes and you don’t need to spend a ...

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The 5 Best Trekking Poles Reviewed For 2017

Best Trekking Poles

If you’re just getting started hiking, trekking poles (or hiking poles) may not be high on your gear list. Despite the fact that hiking poles have been proven to reduce stress on legs and knees by up to 25%. Some hikers carry trekking poles because the data supports it. Some carry hiking poles because they aid with balance, or climbing ...

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The 5 Best Women’s Hiking Boots Reviewed For 2017

Best Womens Hiking Boots

Ladies can have a particularly difficult time finding good outdoor footwear. It sometimes even seems as if the outdoor industry just isn’t paying attention to the specific needs and wants of the female hiking community. While it’s tough to find the right pair of hiking boots for women, I’m going to do my best to help provide some insight on ...

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The 5 Best Compact Binoculars Reviewed For 2017

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Trying to balance the need for high quality optics when hiking or backpacking can be a real challenge. On the one hand, the best cameras and binoculars have very large, high quality lenses that can sometimes be delicate. On the other hand, your equipment needs to be durable and lightweight to survive the challenges of the outdoors.  These are the ...

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The 5 Best Hand Warmers Reviewed for 2017

Best Hand Warmer

As a full time, ski instructor in the Wasatch Mountains, I know what it’s like to spend time in some seriously rugged conditions. Take it from me, hand warmers are not a cheap way out – they’re often the difference between having a great day, and a terrible one. When the choice is between grabbing a hand warmer or potentially ...

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