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The Best Backpacking Tents of 2017
The Best Backpacking Tents of 2017

Every year tents change and we head to the backcountry to update our top backpacking picks. Whether you value comfort, lightweight materials, or both, we help you find the best recommendation for you. We looked at over 40 models and then tested 15 si...

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The Best Backpacking Packs of 2017
The Best Backpacking Packs of 2017

Need a new backpacking backpack? There's no shortage of options available, so we researched the market's top 65 packs before testing the best 11 for hundreds of hours of backcountry exploration. Assessing the backpacks head-to-head, our expert tester...

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The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2017
The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2017

Backpacking trips range from week-long outings above 10,000 feet to mellow overnights near home. In our side-by-side tests of 10-plus stoves, we take them to these scenarios and everything in between to find the best option for your backpacking style...

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The Best Travel Backpacks and Carry-On Alternatives
The Best Travel Backpacks and Carry-On Alternatives

A well-designed travel backpack can alleviate travel troubles and help you pack more efficiently. We researched over 50+ of the top contenders before purchasing 12 of the best for our hands-on testing. Our team of experts traipsed around the globe by...

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The 10 Best Laptop Backpacks of 2017
The 10 Best Laptop Backpacks of 2017

Seeking a laptop backpack? We reviewed the best models to bring you the details before you buy, researching 60+ models and testing the top 10 packs over several months. Our daily commutes and trips to the airport turned into testing grounds for each ...

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Best Backpacking Water Filters and Treatment of 2017
Best Backpacking Water Filters and Treatment of 2017

We know that figuring out the right choice for your water filtration needs can be a daunting task. Which is why we researched over 50 different models before purchasing the top 18. We put them through our exhaustive testing in both the front and back...

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The Quest for the Perfect Backpacking Spork
The Quest for the Perfect Backpacking Spork

Grab a spork and a knife and your camp cutlery collection is complete. To find the best spork, we bought three and tested them over multiple backpacking trips in a side-by-side shootout. We then brought our contenders to Northern Ontario and ate wit...

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The Best Trekking Poles for Hiking and Backpacking
The Best Trekking Poles for Hiking and Backpacking

The market is saturated with a wide variety of trekking poles. To help, we researched over 60 models and purchased 11 of the best to test out in the field, submitting them to our side-by-side comparisons. Over the course of spring and summer, and wit...

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The Best Ultralight Backpacks for 2017
The Best Ultralight Backpacks for 2017

These days, it seems like gear has been getting lighter and lighter. The days of bulky, cumbersome backpacking trips are done. With all the options out there, we chose the top 11 packs weighing under two and a half pounds and tested them side by side...

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The Best Backpacking Camp Chairs of 2017
The Best Backpacking Camp Chairs of 2017

Ready to kick back and relax? We're here to help you find the perfect backpacking chair. We researched fifty of the most popular models and selected the eight best to test hands-on, side-by-side. If you're anything like us, the great outdoors is as m...

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Osprey Exos 48
$190
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