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10 Best Sleeping Pads 2017

The best sleeping pad for backpacking is ultralight, super cushy and insulated. There are dozens of great backpacking sleeping pads available in 2017, and as it turns out, lightweight backpacking pads make some...
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7 Steps: How to Save Weight Backpacking

Backpacking is more fun when you can lighten your load -- here are tips for saving weight backpacking. Learning to save weight backpacking is all about making compromises and smart decisions. Sure, you can ...
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10 Best Backpacking Tents 2017

The best backpacking tent question and answer often ignites heated responses from experienced backpackers because so many believe their favorite tent, tarp, hammock, or shelter system is the best. That is a nat...
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Best First Aid Kit for Backpacking

The best first aid kit for backpacking is lightweight but packed full with a variety of first aid gear -- after all, backpackers can easily find themselves 30 miles from the nearest road. Any time you get off t...
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The Best Down Jacket 2017: The Ultimate Guide

There is no one single best down jacket, and that's a good thing because it means we have choices -- there are many best down jackets. Everyone has different body types, does different sports, has different bud...
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Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Jacket Review

The Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Jacket is a versatile lightweight down jacket that looks best after you've put a few miles on it. True, it's not the lightest jacket in this category, but it boasts a combin...
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Cabela’s North Port Down Jacket Review

The Cabela’s North Port Down Jacket is an entry-level lightweight down jacket that is surprisingly great. In fact, at less than $100, the Cabela’s North Port Down Jacket flirts with best-buy status. Let’s ta...
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11 More Best Gifts for Backpackers

We had such a good time nailing down the 10 Best Gifts for Backpackers we just couldn't stop. Here's 11 more great backpacking gifts that will help you find something perfect for your hard-to-shop-for backpacke...