Backpackers.com — May is typically a busy month. The sky clears up, flowers are in bloom, and trails begin to see the usual feet kicking up dust and dirt. We’ve got a jam-packed summer of backpacking and camping coming up — and we hope you do too! It’s just about stargazing time.
We’ve been busy testing new gear this past month, and have some fully featured recommendations to share. Below you’ll find the latest rain jackets and synthetic insulated jackets (puffy jackets!) we’ve awarded and recommended for all five Backpacker Types. Plus a new guide that dives deep on the marshmallow goodness of Sleeping Bags and Backpacking Quilts.
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New Recommended Gear
This gear has been researched, tested, and found worthy. Follow the links to read the full reviews and get the gear!
Montbell UL Thermawrap Parka Synthetic Puffy — Budget Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker and Urban Hiker
The Montbell UL Thermawrap Parka is an ultralight packable jacket with super-cozy synthetic insulation. And it won’t break the bank.
Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody Synthetic Puffy — Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker and Ultralight Backpacker
The Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody, featuring Coreloft insulation, is breathable, durable, uber water resistant, and more comfortable than your barcalounger.
The Patagonia M10 is wonderfully waterproof, beautifully breathable, lusciously light, and perfectly packable. It simply does everything you want an ultralight hardshell rain jacket to do. And yes, it can handle this kind of snow.
Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Synthetic Puffy — Budget Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker and Day Hiker
The Outdoor Research Cathode is a set it and forget it jacket. It’s a comfortable, warm, breathable insulated puffy that’s ready for any adventure. And yes, it’s available in “so bright you can see it from space” pink!
The Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket is a basic, highly functional piece perfect for rain, sleet, or spit-ball snow. It’ll make sure you don’t become a wilted springtime wildflower.
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.
The guide goes deep on camping sleeping bags, backpacking sleeping bags, and backpacking quilts. Learn about temperature rating, insulation, features, and more.
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