May 24, 2018

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2018

Backpackers along the South Rim

A pack that comfortably fits your body’s specific shape and size can make all the difference between a joyful journey or a suffering slog in the backcountry.  There are two essential considerations in finding the right fit: Your torso length. A snug grip on your hips. Many packs come in multiple sizes, including gender- and […]

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May 23, 2018

Mammoth Mountain and Snow Summit Bike Parks in CA to open May 26th

Summer shred is upon us; Mammoth Mountain & Snow Summit open this Friday, May 26
May 23, 2018

veloToze MTB shoe covers review

Like all their shoe covers, the veloToze is packable and lightweight. And since this is an MTB version, it’s also designed to put up with the demands of rough trails and gravel roads.
May 22, 2018

The REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Wins Coveted Backpacker Hall of Fame Award

On the 25th Anniversary of Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, the team behind the recommendations and evaluations you've come to depend on are announcing the Hall of Fame Awards. The REI Co-op Half Dome 2+ will be forever enshrined in this place of honor as one of the best tents around. “When the Half Dome 2 […]

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May 22, 2018

PUB 934 XC race wheels review

PUB’s go-to cross-country 29er wheelset features DT Swiss 350 hubs and asymmetric beadless rims with 28mm inner and 34mm outer widths.
May 22, 2018

Human-powered trail-access bills now in Senate and House

Legislation to let Wilderness managers regulate bicycling in federal Wilderness areas is now under consideration in both houses of Congress for the first time.
May 22, 2018

The Joys of Section Hiking

Evolution Basin on the PCT

Many backpackers dream of spending weeks—or even months—on trail; the proliferation of Instagram eye candy, along with popular books and films like Wild, A Walk in the Woods and Mile … Mile & a Half, only amplifies that desire. But most folks can’t swing the time commitment required to thru-hike classics like the Pacific Crest […]

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May 21, 2018

Orange Stage 6 Factory review

To the casual observer, the aluminum frame is a simple single-pivot design with massive swing arm, but it demands a closer look. Click thru to hear what makes this bike special.
May 21, 2018

Contest: ZOIC $2,000 Gear Giveaway

Enter for one of 10 chances to win a $200 shopping spree at ZOIC.com!