This photo shows the Gerber 23.5" Axe sticking into a piece of firewood.

Gerber 23.5″ Axe Review

The Gerber 23.5" Axe is easily one of the best all-around camping and vehicle axes: Its price-to-value ratio is fantastic. Its head is heavy enough to bite into downed trees. The handle is long enough for some ...
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REI Co-op Flash Carbon Trekking Poles Review

The REI Co-op Flash Carbon Trekking Poles are ultralight, adjustable carbon-composite trekking poles aimed at backpackers and hikers. To get us a closer look, REI sent Man Makes Fire a review unit. This is w...
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Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket Review

The Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket is everything you want a down jacket to be and nothing you don't. It's packed with ultra high-quality 900+ fill goose down, weighs in at just 10.6 ounces, and it looks and ...
This photos shows multiple best down jackets together including the REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Jacket, Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Jacket, KUHL Spyfire Down Jacket and more.

The 29 Best Down Jackets for 2018 and Beyond

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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35 Best Gifts for Backpackers 2018

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...
This photo shows the Therm-a-Rest Parsec 20 sleeping bag near a mountain lake.

Therm-a-Rest Parsec 20 Down Sleeping Bag Review

The new Therm-a-Rest Parsec 20 Sleeping Bag is an ultralight down sleeping bag that boasts fluffy 800-fill power Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. It comes in three sizes and competes against high-end down sleeping bags...
This photo shows the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV2 Platinum Tent set up near a mountain lake.

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV2 Platinum Tent Review

The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV2 Platinum is a super ultralight 2-person backpacking tent with a mind-blowing trail weight of just 1lb 10oz. The "HV" stands for "High Volume," which gives the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV2...
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MSR TrailShot Water Filter Review

The MSR TrailShot is a remarkably versatile lightweight water filter for backpacking, trail running, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, kayaking and pretty much any outdoor adventure that might lead to thirst n...