The 7 Best Solar Chargers Reviewed for 2017

Best Solar Charger

During your outside pursuits, you’re usually far from any power outlet to charge your devices. Yet for many activities, you rely on at least one piece of battery-powered electronic equipment, from GPS and smartphone to camera or flashlight. Harnessing the power of the sun presents itself as the natural solution, at least in areas where you can rely on a ...

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The 5 Best Solar Backpacks Reviewed For 2017

Best Solar Backpack

Solar powered backpacks have come a long way since their inception. I can remember some of the first models to roll out on the market. They were clunky, inefficient, and needed tons of care to function properly. Today’s solar panel backpacks are much more forgiving and they’ve been designed with modern standards that allows much more effective operation. So what ...

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The 10 Best Hiking Sandals Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Sandals

So, it’s time to head out and hit the trail. You’ve got your backpack, your tent and… your sandals? Yeah, hiking sandals are definitely a thing and you’re missing out if you’re leaving them behind. Not only are they wonderful for stretching achy feet after a long day of hiking, you can even hike in them! I love to hike ...

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The 10 Best Hiking Socks Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Socks

It’s tempting to overlook the important of paying attention to the socks you choose to wear. In our daily lives socks are just a necessary addition to the wardrobe. When it comes to hiking, however, your choice of sock can be crucial. Socks protect your feet from blisters, abrasion, and debris. They’re a fundamental part of the hiking shoes you ...

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The 5 Best Backpacking Chairs Reviewed For 2017

Best Backpacking Chair

Just because you’re are in the backcountry doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some comforts like sitting around the campfire in comfort. All you need is the best backpacking chair that combines lightweight, small packed size and is comfortable. Unfortunately, this is not an easy combination to find so to make it easy, Outside Pursuits has put together this guide to ...

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The 7 Best Camping Cots Reviewed For 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 camping cot to sleep on and you’re guaranteed a much more restful sleep. While ...

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The 7 Best Hydration Packs Reviewed For 2017

Best Hydration Pack

Hydration packs stand apart from the crowd by including dedicated space for a water bladder which might be for general use or more specific like running. Most dedicated hydration packs are small day packs or athletic packs for biking, skiing, snowboarding or running where water is a priority. While it is possible to find the best hydration packs in sizes ...

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How To Navigate In The Woods

How to navigate in the woods

In an ideal world, we’d all go backpacking with a small, battery-operated Global Positioning System (GPS) in our pockets and always know exactly where we were. In the real world, however, any electronic device is subject to being dropped, immersed in water or simply giving out. But hikers need to know how to avoid getting lost in the woods. That’s ...

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The 5 Best Beach Tents Reviewed For 2017

Best Beach Tent

Have you ever fallen asleep while soaking up some sun and woke up looking like a lobster? Ever wished you could enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea without having to be directly in the harsh rays of the sun all day? The best beach tents will protect you from the sun and give you privacy. You could just ...

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How To Use Trekking Poles – A Beginners Guide

beginners guide to hiking poles

Hiking or trekking poles are something beginning backpackers and hikers usually do not think too much about. People generally just stay away from them until someone with more experience tells them or even shows them how a trekking pole can improve the hiking experience. First-time backpackers also tend to shy away from using trekking poles because of their minimalist approach. ...

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