How-tos to Maintain Your Hiking Gear

Don't throw out your down jacket just yet. Patch that sucker up and march on.

» Learn Fix a Hole in a Down Jacket
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Fix a Hole in a Down Jacket

Don't throw out your down jacket just yet. Patch that sucker up and march on.

» Learn Fix a Hole in a Down Jacket

Make Your Own Tent

I want to make a tent by myself. Any advice on where to buy ten feet of gray or blue polyester taffeta fabric that will suit my needs?

» Learn How to Make Your Own Tent

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How to Clean a Hydration Pack

The best way to keep your water supply squeaky clean

» Learn How to Clean a Hydration Pack

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Get the Stench Out of Your Backpack Straps

Ah, the heartbreak of smelly gear. And it's a common problem. All that sweat, moisture, and dirt that's such a big part of hiking creates a perfect environment for bacteria.

» Learn How to Get the Stench Out of Your Backpack Straps

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Keep Your Shell from Waterlogging

Waterproof garments are treated with a DWR (for durable water repellent) coating that helps shed water. Once the face fabric (the stuff that you see) gets wet, that can effectively seal the breathable membrane, greatly reducing breathability.

» Learn How to Keep Your Shell from Waterlogging

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Take Care of Your Sleeping Bag

I'm a proud owner of a new 800-fill down sleeping bag. I want to make sure it stays clean and warm for years to come. What should I do?

» Learn How to Take Care of Your Sleeping Bag

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Maintain Your Tent's Shape

How can I prevent my tent from warping in all the worst places, shrinking at some points and stretching elsewhere?

» Learn How to Maintain Your Tent's Shape

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Find Hiking Boots That Fit

Getting a good fit on boots is easier than it used to be. Boots once demanded extensive break-in periods before you even knew whether they would fit well or not.

» Learn How to Find Hiking Boots That Fit

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Wash the Stink Out of Your Pack

After pulling my large backpack out of storage in my attic, I was dismayed to find that it stinks to high heaven. Are there some big guns that I can pull out to deodorize it without daging the pack?

» Learn How to Wash the Stink Out of Your Pack

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Ramp Up Sleeping Bag Warmth

My 12-year-old daughter gets very cold at night when we’re camping. What could we do to keep her warm and give us a peaceful night’s sleep?

» Learn How to Ramp Up Sleeping Bag Warmth

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Decide if Hiking Boots Fit

Fitting hiking shoes is never easy, although the lighter the shoe or boot, the easier the fit.

» Learn How to Decide if Hiking Boots Fit

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