Backpackers.com Highlights — January 1-27, 2017

Backpackers.com — Have you completed any of your backpacking resolutions yet? We’re already picking out the trails, mountains, and campsites we’ll be visiting to test more awesome gear for you this year!

Below you’ll find the latest gear we’ve awarded and recommended for all five Backpacker Types and an Outdoor Guide for a new gear category: headlamps. How far ahead can you see?

Your Backpackers.com update is here!

New Recommended Gear

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

Columbia Steens Mountain Full-Zip Fleece 2.0 — Budget Pick for the Car Camper, Urban Hiker, and Day Hiker

If you need a trusty companion at a low price the Columbia Steens Mountain Fleece is a safe bet. Plush fabric, simple design, classically styled.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Columbia Steens Mountain Full-Zip Fleece 2.0 as our Budget Pick for the Car Camper, Urban Hiker, and the Day Hiker.

Patagonia R1 Hoody Fleece — Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker, Ultralight Backpacker, and Day Hiker

The R1 Hoody is a veritable buffet of fleece-awesomeness for the gear addicted backpacker. Comfort, warmth, design, and sheer versatility at your service.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Patagonia R1 Hoody fleece as our Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker, Ultralight Backpacker, and the Day Hiker.

The North Face Denali 2 Fleece — Premium Pick for the Car Camper and Urban Hiker

The North Face Denali 2 reimagines a classic in all the best ways. It keeps you toasty, performs admirably as a wind blocker, and feels like home, if home were a fleece jacket.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the North Face Denali 2 fleece as our Premium Pick for the Car Camper and the Urban Hiker.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp — Classic Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker, Day Hiker, Car Camper, and Urban Hiker

The Black Diamond Spot is a superstar that exemplifies all that a headlamp should be. It will help you see a long way, for a long time, in terrible conditions.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp as our Classic Pick for the Wilderness BackpackerDay HikerCar Camper, and the Urban Hiker.

Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp — Premium Pick for the Day Hiker and the Urban Hiker

The Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp is sleek, comfy, and so bright it may occasionally be mistaken for a Bowing 747 hurtling towards you.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp as our Premium Pick for the Day Hiker and 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 Headlamps

Comprehensive guide to that which lets us see — headlamps! Demystifying, scientific, hilarious. Includes misconceptions about lumens and battery life, too.

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Daniel Zweier

Daniel Zweier is Editor-in-Chief of Backpackers.com. Beyond orchestrating the daily flow of Backpackers.com, 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.