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

Need a new backpacking tent? To help you find the right one for you, we evaluated 50+ models before sending the best 15 to our testing team of veteran backpackers. Crossing the Sierra Nevada backcountry and Montana wilderness for a three-month trial ...

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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 thoughtfully-designed travel backpack can ease travel headaches and packing time. To find the best, we researched 50+ options and selected 11 of the best for hands-on testing. Our experts, inflicted with the travel bug, trotted the globe for months...

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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 9 Best Laptop Backpacks of 2017
The 9 Best Laptop Backpacks of 2017

Most of us have a use for a laptop backpack, but which one? To help, we evaluated 45 packs before testing the best 9 models over three months. Our experts wore these products on daily commutes and extended work trips. From coffee shops to airports, w...

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The Best Climbing Packs Review
The Best Climbing Packs Review

What is the best climbing backpack? For this review we selected five of today's most popular climbing backpacks, and brought them up a range of multi-pitch routes. From the glacier polished granite of El Capitan to the coarse volcanic phonolite of De...

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

We know the task of searching for the perfect water filter can be difficult. We researched over 50 backpacking water filters and tested the top 17 side-by-side over several seasons in the backcountry. We've filtered and drank hundreds of gallons of w...

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Osprey Exos 48
$190
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REI Co-op Joule 21
$299
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MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter
$120.00
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MSR Windburner
$140
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Gregory Paragon 68
$250.00
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Gossamer Gear Gorilla
$245
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NEMO Dagger 2
$400.00
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