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 Outdoor Guides

The Winter Guide to Baselayers

When it’s cold outside, you need clothing to keep you warm. Enter baselayers, long underwear, or thermal clothing. The Winter Guide to Baselayers is all about layering effectively in the coldest months of year.

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide!

Haven’t finished your shopping? This Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide includes incredible products from unique brands. Look for extra discounts as well!

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The 10 Best Rain Pants of 2020

Rain pants are a necessity for foul weather hiking. But what pair to get? We break down the 10 best rain pants on the market to find the right pair for you.

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The Best Voices and Brands in Plus Size Outdoor Clothing

Plus size outdoor clothing hasn’t been acknowledged by the outdoor industry. We highlight the voices and brands that stand up for plus size outdoor clothing.

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Best Down Jackets of 2019

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 Use Waterproofing Spray and Wash for Jackets, Tents, and Footwear

Raindrops keep falling on my head…but since I re-waterproofed my gear my eyes won’t be turning red! In short, modern waterproofing rocks. We’re able to march up mountains in gear that’s both waterproof and fairly breathable. What a time to be alive. Yet this waterproof-ability is a privilege, one that’s easily taken for granted. I’ve

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The Best Gifts for Hikers and Backpackers in 2019 (Holiday Edition!)

Shopping for outdoorsy people can be hard. The best gifts for hikers and backpackers, by Backpackers.com. Broken down by price and activity for easy reading.

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The Essential Guide to Cold Weather Backpacking Gear

Cold weather backpacking starts every fall. You need more than an extra-warm baselayer! Make sure you’re prepared with the right gear.

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The 12 Best Hiking Shorts of 2019

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. See our picks.

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The 8 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2019

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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