Best Backpacking Cooking Gear – How to Choose

Backpacking food isn’t going to be a high-end gourmet affair. Honestly, it is rarely even as good as standard camp food because fresh food is heavy and you obviously won’t have access to a refrigerator while on the trail, unless you are backpacking in the winter :). This isn’t to say we don’t carry good…

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads – How to Choose

Having one of the best backpacking sleeping pads is crucial to getting a good night’s rest after a long day of beautiful backcountry exploration. The idea of a sleeping pad seems very simple. The goal is to lift the body evenly off the ground, making a hard, rough, and uneven surface soft and comfortable enough…

Best Backpacking Water Filter – How to Choose

Filtering and/or treating water in nature is essential for keeping your pack weight down and being able to do a trip that is more than a night or two long. Water is heavy and humans need a lot of it to survive. The best backpacking water filter will not only help save you weight in…

Best Backpacking Water Containers – How to Choose

Water is obviously an essential part of life. It is crucial to have a way of easily carrying it and having access to it while on the trail. In some desert environments, it is necessary to carry multiple gallons of water per person and this might be an argument for having a larger backpack if…

Best Backpacking Pillow – How to Choose

The best backpacking pillow is constructed with durable materials and designed to keep your head elevated and centered throughout the night. They are lightweight, pack down small and most are surprisingly expensive. Some utilize down for warmth and have different methods of preventing the pillow from sliding during the night. Classification and Rating We classify…

Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags – How to Choose

The best backpacking sleeping bags are rated by temperature, material, weight, and how well they pack down. Quality manufacturing is also of the utmost importance as cheap zippers and poor stitching can allow cold air to seep into a sleeping bag. If you aren’t planning on backpacking in cold environments, you can get by with…