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35 Best Gifts for Backpackers 2017

You need gear to go backpacking, and backpackers need gifts, so here are our 35 best gifts for backpackers. Photo location? Ship Island Lake. We're here to help you find the best gifts for backpackers in 20...
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15 Best Gift Ideas for Fly Fishing Fanatics

In our Man Makes Fire guide to the best fly fishing gifts 2017, we choose some of the core gear that most every fly fisherman needs, could use, or would appreciate. Some fly fishers already have some of this ge...
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45 Best Gifts for Hunters

Finding the best gifts for hunters in 2017 might seem hard at first -- after all, it's tough to choose a rifle, shotgun or bow for a hunter -- but it turns out that finding hunting gifts is easier than you thin...
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10 Best Fly Fishing Waders for the Money

How do you choose the best fly fishing waders to wrap up 2017 and take you into 2018? Hold that thought for a moment, and let's look at why you need waders for fly fishing in the first place: Great fishing wade...
This image shows the Cabela’s Polar Cap Equalizer Cooler on the bank of a lake.

Cabela’s Polar Cap Equalizer Cooler Review

The Cabela’s Polar Cap Equalizer Cooler is one of the best rugged coolers for keeping your food and beverages cold for days. Cabela’s offers the Polar Cap Equalizer in a variety of sizes and color combinations ...
This image shows the KÜHL Firestorm Down Jacket on snow.

KÜHL Firestorm Down Jacket Review

KÜHL excels with its own signature outdoor style and the KÜHL FIRESTORM DOWN JACKET is no exception. In fact, we can almost boil this review down to a single sentence: If you want a down jacket that doesn’t loo...
This photo shows the REI Co-op Quarter Dome 2 Tent near a mountain lake in a backpacking wilderness area.

REI Co-op Quarter Dome 2 Tent Review

The REI Co-op Quarter Dome 2 Tent is an excellent ultralight freestanding backpacking tent — and it’s one of the best overall backpacking tents available for most backpackers. REI completely redesigned the Quar...
This photo shows a backpacker sitting by a mountain lake drinking coffee with the Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 700.

Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 700 Review

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 700 surprised us: It’s one of the best sleeping bags we’ve tested — and it’s not exactly a sleeping bag nor is it a true quilt. The Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt is more ...