Hiking/Camping

The 5 Best Camping Showers Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Shower

Heading into the woods means days of sweat, dirt, grime and hard work! If you’re going on a long camping trip you might not have the convenience of modern amenities like a good shower to clean with. While some barbarians among us go unshowered, you’re looking to wash those stinky pits and keep your humanity intact. Taking a camping shower ...

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The 6 Best Personal Locator Beacons Reviewed

Best Personal Locator Beacon

Personal locator beacons are the safety net of backcountry travel. They’re simple electronic devices, usually with sealed mechanisms, that are meant to be used a single time. When you use a PLB it’s a life or death emergency that will result in a full scale rescue mobilization. Using a personal locator beacon isn’t like sending a text to your mom. ...

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The 7 Best Hiking Boots Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Boots

I can still remember shopping for my very first pair of hiking boots. I can’t remember if someone told me to buy hiking boots or if I just assumed that the conventional wisdom of wearing boots hiking made sense. “Tall hiking boots will help protect from snake bites,” they might say. Or, perhaps, “Hiking boots help support your ankles.” These ...

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The 7 Best Hiking Shoes Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Shoes

Whats on your feet is by far your most important part of your hiking gear. However, choosing the best hiking shoes for your needs can be confusing with the wide variety of styles and construction. To figure out what were, we took 15 pairs of top rated hiking shoes then hiked on some pretty rugged trails in New Hampshire. We ...

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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 7 Best Hiking Pants Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Pants

There’s a big difference between your dark pair of hipster blue jeans from Abercrombie and the best hiking pants for an overnight trip or a long trek. Some of the differences might be easily evident such as wearing loose fitting pants for range of movement when hiking. Other differences may be less obvious and a few of them I had ...

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The 5 Best Hiking Watches Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Watch

Part of being a safe hiker is understanding your environment and make predictions – such as changes in the weather. This is where an ABC watch (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass) can be helpful. Hikers now have many tools for jobs like this but for the active outdoor adventurer very few are as concise and useful as the best hiking watches now ...

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The 5 Best Hiking GPS Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking GPS

Many hikers refuse to enter the wilderness without a hiking GPS. Some hikers use GPS units as supplements to map and compass. I bought my first GPS when Geocaching was a brand-new hobby. If you’re not familiar, Geocaching is a “sport” where participants hide and seek “treasure” stashes around the world using GPS. The best handheld hiking GPS units have ...

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The 7 Best Backpacking Stoves Reviewed For 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 Backpacking Sleeping Pads – [2017]

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pad

When you hear the word “sleeping pad” what is the image conjured in your mind? Is it a flat blue foam mat from Walmart’s camping section? Maybe you’re thinking of a huge inflatable air bed for guests in the spare bedroom. Perhaps you’re thinking of one of those fancy self-inflating camping pads… In this article, we’re going to be taking ...

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