Backpackers.com September 2017 Highlights

Backpackers.com — With the fall equinox behind us, we’re searching for end-of-summer camp sites and noticing fewer people on the trail. Winter (as always) is coming, which means prepping for winter gear, rain gear, and the joy of a brisk morning.

We have new gear reviews and recommendations for sleeping bags, quilts and sleeping pads, plus tents and stoves for three different Backpacker Types.

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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!

Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag

The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is a budget sleeping bag loaded with convenient features for the average backpacker. Down doesn’t come at a better price unless you’re plucking the bird yourself.

Read the full gear review of the Kelty Cosmic Down 20 to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

MSR PocketRocket 2 Backpacking Stove

The MSR PocketRocket has been the stove standard bearer for years, and the PocketRocket 2 is even better. Easy, fast, reliable, and ultralight.

Read the full gear review of the MSR PocketRocket 2 to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

REI Half Dome 2 Plus Backpacking Tent

The REI Half Dome 2 Plus is a backpacking tent fit for a King and Queen. Sleep like the royal family in a well-designed space filled with abundant comforts.

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Read the full gear review of the REI Half Dome 2 Plus to see why we recommend it as our Classic Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20 Quilt

When it comes to weight, packability, and versatility, the Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20 quilt is hard to beat. Move like a ninja through the wilderness.

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Read the full gear review of the Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20 to see why we recommend it as our Classic and Budget Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Camp Chef Everest Camping Stove

The Camp Chef Everest stove performed admirably. Its ease of use, powerful burners, and stable design meant that no food was burned, undercooked, or covered dirt.

Read the full gear review of the Camp Chef Everest to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Car Camper.

Exped MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad

The Exped MegaMat 10 is the most comfortable outdoor sleeping experience around. If you’re considering a new mattress for your bedroom, get this instead.

Read the full gear review of the Exped MegaMat 10 to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Car Camper.

REI Kingdom 4 Camping Tent

The REI Kingdom 4 is a palace. Enough room for four adults, board games, and bedtime stories, it’s also guaranteed to make your camp neighbors jealous.

Read the full gear review of the REI Kingdom 4 to see why we recommend it as our Premium Pick for the Car Camper.

The North Facier Glacier 1/4 Zip TKA 100

The North Face Glacier 1/4 Zip is like the bass player in your favorite rock band: reliable, adaptable, and doesn’t steal the show, but it pulls together your whole backpacking layering system.

Read the full gear review of The North Facier Glacier 1/4 Zip TKA 100 to see why we recommend it as our Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker and Ultralight 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 Camping Stove For You

The best camping stove really depends on how you camp. From gourmet chefs to heating up a can of beans, our guide points you in the right direction for your inner outdoor foodie.

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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.