Not long ago, there were three clearly defined categories for jackets: waterproof hard shells, stretchy and breathable soft shells, and wind shells.
Choosing the right tent requires finding the perfect balance of price, weight, and space.
The rising cost of down is spurring insulation alternatives that will have us all sleeping soundly.
Because they’re portable and waterproof enough to keep you comfortable in a downpour, ultralight hard shells like the six-plus-ounce Hail are the hot new jacket category.
Boasting all the user-friendly features we look for in a lightweight backpacking tent—easy color-coded setup, roomy vestibules, and convenient storage pockets—the Rattlesnake ($400) was a tester...
As much as we love a top-shelf mummy bag, it can be annoyingly constrictive and, on summer nights, too hot.
Winter can be cruel. Fingers go numb. Water bottles freeze. Having the right pack is essential. For short outings, daypacks such as Gregory’s Verte, with glove-friendly straps and closures, are...
A top-tier down sleeping bag that handles rain for only $230?!? We’ll take it!
Staying dry doesn’t have to mean looking like you’re on a mountaineering expedition. Case in point, the waxed-canvas Fjällräven Abisko.
There’s good reason for the shocking $700 price tag: comfortable in temps from 55 degrees down to 5 degrees and able to fend of moisture, it’s the only bag you’ll need year-round.
Sacks stuffed with water-resistant down now dominate the market.
Hard shell, soft shell, or ultralight? Take your pick.
Sierra Designs Flash 3ULBEST FOR: Backpacking any time rain is in the forecast. THE TEST: At first it might seem crazy that the Flash ($499) doesn’t have vestibules over its two waterproof...
Twenty years ago, innovative products took shape out of sight, in basements and garages. Today they’re born online, at crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. More than 52,000...
Transceivers work well, but are costly. Apps may offer a cheaper alternative.