Backpackers.com August 2017 Highlights

Backpackers.com — Summer temperatures and the National Park Service are hitting 101 this month. There is nothing quite like the outdoors in the heat — we’re thankful, sweaty, and have been testing gear like winter is coming.

We have new gear reviews and recommendations for sleeping bags and quilts, sleeping pads, and another new headlamp for three different Backpacker Types. Plus our first backpacking stove review!

Your Backpackers.com update is here!

New Gear Reviews

This gear has been researched, tested, and found worthy. Follow the links to read the full gear reviews and get the gear!

REI Igneo 17 Sleeping Bag

The REI Igneo 17 sleeping bag doesn’t know the meaning of the word “compromise.” You will be will warm, you will be dry, you will be light, and you will sleep so good.

Read the full gear review of the REI Igneo 17 to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

REI Trekker Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad

New to the outdoors? Experienced adventurer? Anyone can sleep easy on the REI Trekker Self-Inflating sleeping pad without breaking your back or the bank.

Read the full gear review of the REI Trekker Self-Inflating sleeping pad to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Car Camper.

Kelty Callisto 30 Sleeping Bag

The Kelty Callisto 30 is a classic car camping sleeping bag with a modern touch. Think luxurious comfort plus a couples blanket. Snuggle-bots, roll out!

Read the full gear review of the Kelty Callisto 30 to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Car Camper.

Petzl e+LITE Headlamp

Prepping for Armageddon? Shaving down the grams? Just want reliable light in the backcountry? The Petzl e+LITE headlamp’s rich feature set does it all.

Read the full gear review of the Petzl e+Lite to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad

The Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol’s accordion folds are classic, but the cost and weight make it an easy choice for the thrifty, gram-counting backpacker.

Read the full gear review of the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

REI Trail Pod 29 Sleeping Bag

The REI Trail Pod 29 is an adaptable bag with a soft, squishy heart. Take it adventuring, keep it handy for overnight guests, let it work for its money!

Read the full gear review of the REI Trail Pod 29 to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Car Camper.

MSR Whisperlite International Backpacking Stove

The MSR Whisperlite liquid fuel stove shines for long trips in the mountains. It can go the distance, be repaired when it gets clogged, and uses cheap fuel.

Read the full gear review of the MSR Whisperlite International stove to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

New Outdoor Guides

We dug deep on this one. A new Outdoor Guide means a massive dose of information for our readers. That’s you. You can thank us later.

How to Choose the Best Backpacking Stove For You

The best backpacking stove is situational. Figure out what stove is best for your wilderness experience, and learn a few things too!

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We publish content weekly and update you every month. Visit Backpackers.com to see what new gear we’ve recommended, and what new guides we’ve penned for your reading pleasure.

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Jen Nelson

Jen hates dirt but loves hiking in Southern California. She has ticked 42 states, 5 continents and 28 countries off her bucket list. When she’s not checking grammar and coordinating gear drop offs for the Backpackers.com team, you can find her sailing the Channel Islands or taking her adorable dog Daphne to the beach. She believes chocolate is a food group and bungee jumping is better than sky diving. Check her out on Instagram.