Backpacking packs

Your source for expert tested, backpacking gear reviews and buying guides. Gear up and get ready to hit the trail.

Note that these guides focus on backpacking, if you’re looking for more options check out our Camping Gear Reviews.

The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2021

The right stove makes life on the trail better. From ultralight canisters to four-season and multifuel options, we’ve found and tested the best backpacking stoves.

The Best Ultralight Backpacks of 2021

What’s the best ultralight backpack? We interviewed thru-hikers and put several models to the test to find some of the top lightweight hiking backpacks.

The Best Camping Pillows of 2021

A camping pillow is both a luxury and an easy, lightweight addition to your pack. Here are the best camping pillows currently on the market.

The Best Hiking Boots of 2021

If you’re looking for the best hiking boots, look no further. We’ve tested dozens of hiking boots over hundreds of miles to help you stay happy and comfortable on the trail.

The Best Compasses of 2021

Whether hiking, traveling, or backpacking, having the best compass available will keep you on track. This review and buyer’s guide will ensure you can always find true north.

The Best Dog Backpacks of 2021

Get your furry friend ready to hit the trail with the best dog backpacks. From big gear haulers to sleek saddlebags, there’s something for every pup.

The Best Trekking Poles of 2021

See our guide to the best trekking poles of 2021, with reviews of top aluminum and carbon options from Black Diamond, LEKI, REI, and more.

The Best Hiking Shoes of 2021

We tested and ranked the best hiking shoes for men and women, including top picks from Salomon, Lems, Merrell, SCARPA, and more.

The Best Hiking Socks of 2021

Get ready to hit the trail with the best hiking socks of 2021. From epic thru-hikes to quick day hikes, we have you covered.

The Best First-Aid Kits of 2021

All forms of outdoor recreation involve some unknowns and the potential for injury. Check out our review of the best first-aid kits of 2021.