Highlights — December 17-31 — The year is almost done. As you contemplate your impending resolutions, plan your 2017 backpacking trips, and bask in the break before the new year, we’ve been hard at work selecting gear and writing guides.

Below you’ll find the gear we’ve awarded and recommended for three Backpacker Types and an Outdoor Guide for a new gear category: fleece jackets. Coziness reigns supreme.

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New Recommended Gear

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

REI Trail 25 — Budget Pick for the Day Hiker

The REI Trail 25 is compact yet intricate, full of conveniences, and retains all day comfort with a full 25 liter load. Comes with a rain cover, too!

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the REI Trail 25 as our Budget Pick for the Day Hiker.

Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Hoody — Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker

The Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Hoody is stylish, loaded with pockets and hem adjustments, and strong enough to last a lifetime in the cold and wind.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Hoody as our Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket — Classic Pick for the Urban Hiker

The Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket is a staple fleece that will leave the house with you when there’s a chill in the air, and looks good pretty much everywhere.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket as our Classic Pick for the Urban Hiker.

New Outdoor Guides

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

Backpackers Guide to Fleece Jackets

Fleece jackets are the epitome of coziness beside a warm fire. They also happen to be a versatile midlayer in the backcountry. Everything you ever wanted to know about fleece jackets is one click away.

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Daniel Zweier

Daniel Zweier is Editor-in-Chief of Beyond orchestrating the daily flow of, Daniel writes surrealistic short fiction and novels, adventures into the backcountry and abroad, surfs, reads, drinks tea, and obsesses over gear. A lot of gear. Visit his website if you want to learn more about his authorial pursuits.

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