Backpackers.com October 2017 Highlights

Backpackers.com — Late October is one of our favorite times: leaves are changing color, snow has started to fall, and the southern part of the country is still scorching hot! It puts your layering skills to the test, and it’s ripe with last-minute hikes, camping, and backpacking before full winter is here.

We’ve been busy testing three of the most important things you need in the wild: somewhere to sleep, some way to cook (or make coffee, you caffeine addict!) and some way to carry water. We have new gear reviews and recommendations for tents, stoves and water bottles for four different Backpacker Types.

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!

Zpacks Duplex Tent

The Zpacks Duplex is a masterpiece of design. An ultralight backpacker simply will not find a tent that is lighter, roomier, more durable, or more packable.

Zpacks Duplex award

Read the full gear review of the Zpacks Duplex to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Snow Peak LiteMax Stove

Truly light and cool to the max, the Snow Peak LiteMax stove delivers quick boil times and ease of use in a tiny titanium package. Welcome on any trip.

Snow Peak LiteMax Stove award

Read the full gear review of the Snow Peak LiteMax to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter 

Stay Giardia-free with the Katadyn Hiker Pro, a pump-style water filter that makes water taste good and connects to basically everything.

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Read the full gear review of the Katadyn Hiker Pro to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

Kelty Salida 2 Tent

The Kelty Salida 2 is an great option for a tent that is packable, shareable, and durable. It works like a tent should, and won’t destroy your wallet.

kelty salida 2 award

Read the full gear review of the Kelty Salida 2 to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

MiiR 27oz Bottle

The MiiR 27oz Bottle is a stainless steel water bottle with a fancy lid. And it’s an investment that won’t drown you in buyer’s remorse.

MiiR 27oz Bottle award

Read the full gear review of the MiiR 27oz Bottle to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Urban Hiker.

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 4

The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 4 is a standout camping tent. If you’re looking for ease of set up, comfort, and durability, then this may be the tent for you.

Read the full gear review of the Alps Mountaineering Lynx 4 to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Car Camper.

Glaceau Smartwater Bottle

The Glacaeu Smartwater Bottle holds its own against any outdoor water bottle on the market, and it costs a dollar. If you need a water bottle, just buy it.

Read the full gear review of the Glaceau Smartwater Bottle to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Snow Peak GigaPower Stove

The Snow Peak GigaPower stove allows you to make delicious backcountry curry. Need we say more? Alright — it’s stable, powerful, and will last a lifetime.

Read the full gear review of the Snow Peak GigaPower to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

Tarptent Double Rainbow

There’s no place like home on the trail, especially when home is the Tarptent Double Rainbow. This two-person ultralight tent sets up in a flash and adapts to almost any situation. Clip it. Strap it. Stake it. Bop it!

tarptent double rainbow award

Read the full gear review of the Tarptent Double Rainbow to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Stay Up to Date

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.

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