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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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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...
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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 ...
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REI Co-op Magma 10 Sleeping Bag Review

The REI Co-op Magma 10 Sleeping Bag is an outstanding ultralight down sleeping bag. The shell fabric, overall design, weight, and even the color all come together to create a truly excellent backpacking sleepin...
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The North Face Stormbreak 1 Tent Review

The North Face Stormbreak 1 Tent tops our list of the 7 Best Backpacking Tents for the Money in the 1-person category, and for good reason: The North Face Stormbreak 1 tent is a great tent at a fantastic price ...
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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...