Backpackers.com — The good news? It’s officially summer. Sure, coastal California may suffer from June gloom, but the sun is shining just about everywhere else. We’ve been sleeping under the stars (and on top of a few rocks) to test our latest gear, and we have a lot to share this month.
Below you’ll find the sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, and even more puffy jackets we’ve awarded and recommended for all five Backpacker Types. Plus, we have a new Sleeping Pad Guide that will help you achieve the ultimate night’s sleep in the wild.
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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!
The North Face Thermoball Hoodie will keep you warm at all costs and looking good while you hunker down in the huge hood and quilted, down-like heat.
The Western Mountaineering UltraLite is a legendary sleeping bag: incredible loft, crazy compressible, fully hooded with a down collar, and ultralight.
Read the full gear review of the Western Mountaineering UltraLite to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.
The Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Mat may not be the lightest pad in town, but it is a weight worth bearing. Work harder, sleep better.
Read the full gear review of the Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Mat to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.
The North Face Cat’s Meow is a premium synthetic mummy sleeping bag that works for car camping and backpacking, all for under $200. You’ll purr.
The Black Diamond ReVolt is a waterproof rechargeable headlamp. Let that sink in. And it has all the other features you need for quick and easy light, too.
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite delivers the comfort, warmth, and thickness of a much heavier pad, and is ready to whisk you away directly to dream-land.
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.
This sleeping pad guide helps you choose the best pad for you. Learn about different types of sleeping pads, R-Value and insulation, how to patch a pad, and a whole lot more. Sleep easy, sleep well.
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