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
Gear Test: REI Co-op Women’s Atlas Montane Snowshoes
We’re out there in the snow-covered backcountry with the REI Co-op Women’s Atlas Montane Snowshoes, putting these snowshoes to the test.
Gear Test: Kahtoola EXOspikes Footwear Traction
We’re out there on the icy trails with the Kahtoola EXOspikes Footwear Traction, putting this footwear traction to the test.
Gear Test: REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib Snow Pants
We’re out there on the slopes with the REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib Snow Pants, putting these snow pants to the test.
Gear Test: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Pack
We’re out there in the backcountry with the Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Pack, putting this backpack to the test.
Gear Test: Outdoor Vitals Summit Down Sleeping Bag
We’re out there in the wilds with the Outdoor Vitals Summit Down Sleeping Bag, putting this sleeping bag to the test.
Gear Test: The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket
We’re out there in the backcountry with The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket, putting this down jacket to the test.
Gear Test: Brella Rain Jacket
We’re out there in the backcountry with the Brella Rain Jacket, putting this rain jacket to the test.
Gear Test: Munk Pack Keto Nut & Seed Bar
We’re out there in the thick of it with the Munk Pack Keto Nut & Seed Bar, putting this snack bar to the test.
Gear Test: Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Ultralight Jacket
We’re out there in the thick of it with the Outdoor Vitals NovaPro Ultralight Jacket, putting this down jacket to the test.
Gear Test: Jack Wolfskin Peak Pant
We’re out there testing the Jack Wolfskin Peak Pant, putting these softshell hiking pants to the test.
Wilderness Backpacker Outdoor Guides
The Best Down Jackets of 2023
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.
The Best Fleece Jackets of 2023
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.
The Best 9 Rain Ponchos of 2023
Rain ponchos are the preferred rain protection of many outdoorsy folks. Why? Cause they’re versatile. Here are the best Rain Ponchos of 2021.
Dog Lovers Guide to Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking with Your Pooch
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.
The Best Hiking Boots of 2023
We highlight the best hiking boots after researching and testing. Find the perfect lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight hiking boot for you!
The Best Hiking Sandals of 2023
We highlight the best hiking sandals of 2022 after researching and testing. Open toe, closed toe, or finger-style? Find the perfect hiking sandal for you!
The 2023 Summer Backpacking Checklist
We assembled the ultimate summer backpacking checklist for all your warm-weather treks into the wild.
The Best Hiking Shorts of 2023
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.
The Ultimate Guide to Father’s Day Outdoor Gift Guides 2022
All of the best Father’s Day outdoor gift guides and deals featuring many of your favorite outdoor retailers and brands.
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.