The 5 Best Backpacking Compasses Reviewed – [2017]

Best Backpacking Compass

In a world where technology is increasingly taking over our everyday lives, there may come a point where compasses are an antiquated relic of human history. Wait a second… that day is already here! Almost. In practice, the principle is simple – just take a magnetic piece of metal, suspend it in a nearly frictionless environment, and allow it to ...

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The 5 Best Camping Stoves Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Stoves Reviews

While cold food is great filling the stomach on a temporary basis, there is no way to replace a warm sustaining meal, especially when you are enjoying Mother Nature. Whether you are on a daytime outing with the family or camping for an extended period of time, there is no substitute for a good camping stove. Even if it is ...

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The 5 Best Camping Lanterns Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Lantern

When you want to head into the wilderness and bring along some the comforts of modern convenience, you’ll probably reach for the lantern. While there are plenty of ways to make light in the backcountry – headlamps, flashlights, etc. – a lantern really can be a decent option for a static location. It’s easy to dismiss camping lanterns as bulky, ...

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The 5 Best Camping Coolers Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Cooler

When we pack up the RV or car to head out and tackle the wilderness with friends and family, you can bet the cooler will be included. If you’re lacking a cooler, then this is the point where you realize you’ve made a mistake. For some, we have an old hand me down cooler that doesn’t keep our food cold, ...

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The 3 Best Hiking Shoes Reviewed – [2017]

Best Hiking Shoes

To figure out what were the best hiking shoes we took 10 pairs of top rated hiking shoes then hiked on some pretty rugged trails in New Hampshire. We took them through mud, rocks and water while evaluating them on traction, comfort, water resistance and durability. First lets take a look at the hiking shoes, then we’ll talk about how ...

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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 Hiking Backpacks Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Backpack

Your hiking shoe is the most important part of your hiking gear but a quality backpack is a close second. Whether your only going a on day hike or for several weeks your choice of backpack is important. To help you make a good decision for what backpack to buy, we took 15 of the most popular and highest rated ...

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The 5 Best Compact Binoculars Reviewed For 2017

best compact binoculars reviews

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 Backpacking Rain Jackets Reviewed – 2017

Best Backpacking Rain Jacket

I can remember when I first started backpacking – I was totally afraid of surviving a rain storm. It was a fear based on inexperience and I was just not sure what to expect when I encountered my first rain storm, how I would keep my gear and self dry, would I get too cold? These days I rarely even ...

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The 3 Best Women’s Hiking Shoes For 2017

Best Hiking Shoe For Women - Adidas AX 2 Hiking Shoes Womens

The most important consideration for your next hike is what is on your feet. Your choice of hiking shoe will make big difference in how how much you enjoy your hike. A good pair of shoes will keep you dry, provide traction and support as well as being light weight. The last thing you want is to be weighed down ...

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