Outdoor Guides

How to Plan and Prepare for a Hike in High Winds

Windy weather doesn’t have to put a damper on your hike, as long as you come prepared for the conditions. Learn how to hike in high winds.

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The Best Coolers, Cooler Backpacks, and Cooler Bags of 2021

Outdoor Gear Type: Coolers
Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker, Urban Hiker

Coolers have long been a camping and road trip staple item. Now, insulated totes and backpack coolers are taking cold treats to the trail.

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The Best Backpacking Backpacks of 2021

Outdoor Gear Type: Backpacks
Recommended For: Wilderness Backpacker

We test, review, and compare the best backpacking backpacks for wilderness trekking. Plus, a primer of every jargon-laden backpack term you’ve ever heard.

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The Best Camping Mattresses of 2021

Outdoor Gear Type: Sleeping Pads

The best camping mattresses are essential to a fun and relaxing outdoor vacation. Find the right sleep system for your excursions here!

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The Best 9 Rain Ponchos of 2021

Rain ponchos are the preferred rain protection of many outdoorsy folks. Why? Cause they’re versatile. Here are the best Rain Ponchos of 2021.

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The Best Hiking Shorts of 2021

Hiking shorts are the underrated all-stars of gear. The best hiking shorts kick sweat and chafe to the curb, and keep you trekking mile after mile.

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The 2021 Summer Backpacking Checklist

Recommended For: Wilderness Backpacker

We assembled the ultimate summer backpacking checklist for all your warm-weather treks into the wild.

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The Ultimate Guide to Father’s Day Outdoor Gift Guides 2021

All of the best Father’s Day outdoor gift guides and deals featuring many of your favorite outdoor retailers and brands.

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The 8 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2021

The best backpacking chairs will make camp way more comfortable. Lean back, get comfy, and prepare to find the right backpacking chair for you!

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The Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking of 2020

Outdoor Gear Type: Sleeping Pads

Get a comfy night’s rest with the best sleeping pads for backpacking. We list 10 of our favorite models, and give tons of sleeping pad advice on finding the right sleep for you.

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