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Dream Backpacking Gear List

Here we aim to synthesize OutdoorGearLab's backpacking related product testing...

Backpacking Checklist

This page includes all the gear you need for a backpacking trip. It may...

Introduction to Layered Clothing Systems

Overview Enjoying the mountains to the fullest extent requires knowing how to...

Ten Reasons for Trekking Poles

Trekking poles are an essential tool for hiking and mountaineering. Here we...

How to Layer Clothing for Each Season

Layering Systems In the last part of our three-part series on layering...

The Best Camping Food

Whether you're roughing it for a week in Yosemite Valley or in the Great...

About OutdoorGearLab

Have you ever wanted to buy an outdoor product and been stumped about which...

How to Choose the Best Trekking Pole

Ten years ago hardly anyone used trekking poles. Now it's rare to see someone...

How to Choose a Hydration Pack

Below we give buying advice on how to select the best hydration pack. We start...

How to Choose the Best Winter Jacket

What is a Winter Jacket? This is a garment that can help you withstand the...

The Best Backpacking Food

Extended time in the backcountry often equates to a very dry diet. Learning...

The Best Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks

Most Free Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks are Terrible Sleeping bag stuff sacks are...

How to Choose a Personal Locator Beacon or Satellite Messenger

What device should you buy and for what application? Below we break it down...

How to Choose a Cargo Box for Your Vehicle

Choosing the right roof box can be a bit perplexing and there are a lot of...

How to Choose A Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Sleeping bags are one of the most important components of an overnight gear...

How to Choose a Mountaineering Boot

Mountaineering boots are possibly the single most important piece of gear you...

How to Choose the Best Down Jacket

There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing a down jacket. In our...

How to Choose the Best Ice Axe

How do you choose and ice axe? Here are some key factors to consider when...

How to Choose the Best 4 Season Tent

We reviewed both single and double walled tents. Single walled shelters have...

Living in a Hotel - How much does it cost and how do you do it?

Can You Live in a Hotel? Living in hotel used to only be for the rich and...

The Best Water Storage Solution for Backpacking

In Search for the Ultimate Outdoor Water Storage Solution Carrying water is a...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is the purpose of OutdoorGearLab? Why did you start it? A: The...

How to Choose the Best Rain Jacket

A rain jacket that keeps you dry when the skies let loose may be the first...

How to Choose the Best Sleeping Bag

Sleeping bags are one of the most important components of an overnight gear...

The Ultimate Camp Kitchen

When you head out for a deluxe car camping trip, there is nothing worse than...

How to Choose the Best Rock Climbing Shoe

As a first time buyer, purchasing climbing shoes can be a daunting task. Even...

How to Choose a Women's Backpacking Backpack

Choosing the backpack that is most suitable for your needs can be challenging...

How to Choose the Best Climbing Rope

The foundation of the basic rock climbing belay system is the climbing rope...

How to Choose a Sun Hat

How do you buy a sun hat? We took the five most important things to consider...

How To Make A Solar Powered Electric Bike

Is it possible to make a solar powered electric bike? Yes. Is it easy and...

How to Choose the Best Pocket Knife

How do you narrow down a dizzyingly complex field of pocket knives to make...

How to Heal a Blister and other Foot Care Essentials

Blisters are the dreaded enemy of hikers, runners, and athletes alike. Want to...

How to Choose the Best Headlamp

How do you determine the right headlamp for you? After putting 28 top...

How to Choose the Best Down Jacket for Women

Hiding under the surface of the flashiest, fanciest, latest model down jacket...

How to Choose the Best Mountain Bike Shorts

What is the best mountain bike short out there? We tested several different...

How to Choose a Handheld GPS for Hiking and Backpacking

Handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units are intended to log and store...

How to Choose the Best Duffle Bag (aka Duffel Bag)

Here are five key things to consider when buying a burly travel Duffle Bag (or...

Why You Get Cold in the Mountains

The human body has a narrow safe temperature range, needing to stay within...

How to Choose the Best Bouldering Crash Pad

More than a decade after bouldering pads became popular, the bouldering pad...

How to Choose the Best Insulated Jacket

Which insulated jacket should I buy? This is a complicated question we hope to...
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