Ask yourself: Is that french press really necessary for the backcountry?

Here’s our comprehensive guide for how to choose the right backcountry shelter

This palm-sized satellite device enables you to send and receive messages (and call for rescue) right from your cellphone

When your home-on-wheels is in the shop for multiple days, take the opportunity to explore someplace new on foot

Having a better backpacking trip starts with a good list of essentials.

We stopped six trekkers passing through Oregon to find out what they love most so far

Most functional bags of 2015.

Stuff these in your pack and head out of the country with peace of mind

With ice-ax retention you can release with the pack on, gear loops for ’biners and belay devices, and an integrated crampon pocket, the Matrix is purpose-built for ski mountaineering. But you don’t have to rope up to appreciate how light, roomy, and useful the Matrix is.

Think of your pack as a closet on your back. And just as there’s no right way to fold your clothes, there’s no single pack that’s suited to everyone. But allow us to offer some advice.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Alchemist 40L This shape-shifter might just replace every pack you own. Lashed down, the Alchemist is compact enough for one-day summit bagging. Unzip the top wedge and unfurl the hideaway lid, and it morphs into an entirely different beast—a roomy 55-liter hauler with plenty of space…

What's the best lightweight gear for a weekend backpacking trip?

I'm a photographer and cinematographer, and I'm looking for a backpack that can double as a photo bag for hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing. I've found that Lowepro bags are too small. What do you recommend?

After competing in more than two dozen adventure races, Stephen Regenold breaks down his go-to outdoor gear

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Marmot Freya 35 backpack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the REI Crestrail 65 backpack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Eagle Creek Salta Vita.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sierra Designs Revival 65 pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the JanSport Versteeg pack.

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