Highlights -- December 1-16 — We’ve been busy. As the year closes out we’re just getting started. Below you’ll find the gear we’ve awarded and recommended for three Backpacker Types and an Outdoor Guide to help with all your outdoor shopping needs.

Your 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!

Osprey Talon 22 Backpack — Classic Pick for the Day Hiker

Light as a feather, tight as a glove! The Osprey Talon 22 backpack adjusts to your body, breathes, and has a pocket for everything. Hard to ask for more.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Talon 22 as our Classic Pick for the Day Hiker.

Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 — Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker

The Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 backpack is a loyal companion that brims with rugged capabilities and a crazy number of features for the price.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 as our Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket — Classic Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker

Staying toasty without the added weight is the name of the ultralight down jacket game, and the Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket performs with top marks.

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Read the full review to see why we recommend the Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket as our Classic Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

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 Online Outdoor Retailers

Don’t know where to get your gear? Or which outdoor websites you can trust? Which have deals, which have rewards programs, and which have the customers in mind? Or maybe you’re addicted to lists — this is a list of 20, and if we wanted to get your goat, we’d call it “20 Online Outdoor Retailers You MUST Explore”. But we wouldn’t do that. It’s rude.

This epic Guide to Online Outdoor Retailers covers every important retailer on the web today.

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You’re sure to find some killer deals before the holiday season is over — and well after we’ve rung in the New Year.

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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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