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

Our 2017 review of the best backpacking tents includes new award winners and recommendations. We analyzed 50 models and then bought 15 for hands-on testing. Next, we hit the backcountry of Montana and the Sierra Nevada for a few months to see how the...

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

There are hundreds of backpacking backpacks from the ultralight to the ultra comfy. We researched roughly 65 packs and bought the 11 best for 210 hours of side-by-side tests in the mountains of Patagonia and the Pacific Northwest. Today's backpacks a...

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The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017
The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2017

To help you complete your backpacking setup, we researched over 75 backpacking sleeping bags and tested the 11 best models side-by-side for a three-month period. Standing in your favorite outdoor retailer, it's hard to know which product provides pri...

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

In the battle for the best backpacking stove, we researched 62 models and bought 14 for hands-on testing. We used them for 2-months on over a dozen wilderness excursions and then brought them into our lab for side-by-side boil time tests. There are n...

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The Best Travel Backpacks Review
The Best Travel Backpacks Review

Travel backpacks come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Cutting through the noise, we researched more than 60 models, choosing 11 of the best for hands-on testing. Our experts are all sick with the travel bug, so these packs trotted the globe for mon...

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The Best Women's Backpacking Pack Review
The Best Women's Backpacking Pack Review

What is the best women's backpack for backpacking? Whether heading out into the mountains for a weekend trip with girlfriends or preparing for a long solo adventure, having a pack that meets your needs is essential to both enjoyment and comfort. We h...

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The Best Mountaineering Backpack Review
The Best Mountaineering Backpack Review

What's the best mountaineering backpack for alpine climbing? To find out, we purchased 9 of the best and most popular alpine packs and subjected them to rigorous testing to see how they compared side-by-side. Each pack is scored on five criteria: we...

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The Best Laptop Backpacks Review
The Best Laptop Backpacks Review

What is the best laptop backpack? We embarked on a meticulous testing process and examined 9 of the best and most popular models on the market today. We tested these 9 packs head-to-head for three months in our daily travels around town, road trips, ...

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The Best Backpacking Camp Chair Review
The Best Backpacking Camp Chair Review

We took the top lightweight camping and backpacking chairs and put them in side-by-side tests at the beach, in the mountains, and at the park. We break down what is the best for each application. These are light backpacking chairs that always weigh u...

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

For extended trips, light is right. But which ultralight backpack will satisfy your needs? We researched the market and tested the best 8 models for several months to find your ideal pack match. From the Colorado Trail and the summits of 14ers, to a ...

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NEMO Dagger 2
$400.00
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MSR Whisperlite
$100
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Marmot Hydrogen
$350
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MSR Dragonfly
$140
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Gregory Paragon 68
$250.00
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