Wilderness Backpacker

If hauling everything you need on your back into the wild expanses of this world is what you dream about, the Wilderness Backpacker is for you.

Under the stars, miles from civilization, everything you need to survive tucked into the pack on your back. You venture into the wild for internal peace, a slowing down, and the ability to make endless fart jokes.

You know who you are. Let’s not pretend. The trail does strange things to the mind, and the freedom to commune with nature as nature intended (peeing under a glowing vault) is akin to freedom. There is nothing like the crunch of boots, the sweat on your back, the weight of survival, and the depth of conversation reached when its you, your friends, and the wild.

Our Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for the Wilderness Backpacker will cater to the whole lot of you: the overnighters who pray for Saturday, haul sirloins up the hill, and enjoy the bite of whisky round the campfire; the two-to-three day trekkers loaded up with 50 pounds, have a peak in mind, and like to get dirty; the families who teach survival and resilience by throwing their kids into the real thing; the thru-hikers who have decided that the wild is a necessary place to probe, to gain insight, and to make forever trail friends. We write for all of you, and everyone in between.

Explore Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for Wilderness Backpacker below!

Wilderness Backpacker Gear Reviews

Marmot PreCip Pants Eco Review

Outdoor Gear Type: Rain Pants

The Marmot PreCip Pants Eco Full Zip review: adaptive rain pants you can adjust at the hip, at the zip, and at any time on your outdoor trip.

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Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt Review

Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt Review: A durable backpacking quilt with a hood and insulated arm pockets sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.

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Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee Review

The Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts are form-fitting performance shorts that are eco-friendly, wonderfully comfortable, and chafe-proof.

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Patagonia Baggies Review

The Patagonia Baggies thrive in the “chill” department. They are no-fuss, good-looking, surprisingly quick-drying shorts that you can wear for days on end.

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Sunski Headlands Review

Sunski Headlands Review: Simple, effective, and polarized, an affordable, do-it-all solution to active sunglasses. Get them for the ease of use, keep going back for the Lifetime Warranty.

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Patagonia Quandary Shorts Review

Patagonia Quandary Shorts review: stretchy, durable adventure shorts that have ample pockets and breathe with the best of them.

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Mystery Ranch Glacier Review

Outdoor Gear Type: Backpacks
Recommended For: Wilderness Backpacker

Mystery Ranch Glacier review: Take extended trips through the wilderness and carry excessively heavy and bulky items with ease.

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Ombraz Dolomite Armless Sunglasses Review

Ombraz Dolomite Armless Sunglasses review: Ample sun protection with premium materials, wide coverage, and striking style. Oh, and no sidearms.

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NEMO Fillo Elite Review

Outdoor Gear Type: Pillows

NEMO Fillo Elite review: micro-adjustments, a bit of insulation, and under 3 oz. You’ll sleep so well you should set an alarm to hit the trail.

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BioLite PowerLight Mini Review

BioLite PowerLight Mini review: the Swiss Army Knife of camp lanterns. A versatile, practical light that is ideal for use in a variety of applications.

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Wilderness Backpacker Outdoor Guides

Dog Lovers Guide to Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking with Your Pooch

Outdoor Gear Type: Pets

When adventuring with your pup, you need to have the right gear for your dog to ensure their comfort and wellbeing. Here’s the best dog gear.

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The Best Fleece Jackets of 2021

The best fleece jackets are cozy, breathable, versatile, full of zippers and have unique features. We list the best here, and what makes them shine.

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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 Down Jackets of 2021

The best down jackets will keep you cozy in the wilderness, on the couch, or at the bar. We have tested many, and list the best down jackets for you, here.

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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 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 Hiking Boots of 2021

We highlight the best hiking boots after researching and testing. Find the perfect lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight hiking boot for you!

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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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