Gear Guides

November 7, 2018

The Best Headlamps of 2019

The Best Headlamps of 2019

At the dawn of the computer age, IBM co-founder Gordon Moore looked at the already-rampant advances in the microprocessor and theorized that going forward, the number of transistors packed onto a single circuit board would double every two years and that computer prices would halve in the sale time. In other words, computer power would […]

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November 1, 2018

2018’s Best Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers

A woman paddling a canoe through a misty lake

Sometimes, the most adventurous people in our lives can be the trickiest to shop for come holiday season. Maybe they spend all weekend in the mountains and all week dreaming about them, can start a roaring campfire in any weather or even build an Adirondack chair out of skis. So what do you get for […]

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October 26, 2018

2018’s Best Gifts for Camping and Hiking Enthusiasts

You know those hard-to-shop-for people who live and breathe the great outdoors. Fueled by fresh air, these adventure-seekers would rather spend a weekend—or an entire week—trekking a ridgeline trail, sleeping under the stars and making coffee at sunrise on a mountaintop. This holiday season, get them the gear that will warm their hearts and wind […]

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October 2, 2018

The Best Duffel Bags of 2018

A woman pulling a duffel bag out of the back of a car.

Unlike a traditional suitcase, a versatile duffel bag can expand or contract based on the amount of gear you need to bring with you. You can stuff a duffel with both hard and soft goods, which makes it well-suited for everything from weekend travel to camping, from stowing gear to moving across town. We looked […]

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September 15, 2018

Staff Picks: The Best Hammocks of 2020

hammock

No better time for hanging than the present. Set up your hammock off the trail or at camp, in your backyard or in your living room, and get busy lounging. Start here with our tips for choosing the perfect hammock for you. Once you know how you plan to use it, check out our team’s […]

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August 23, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Pads for Camping

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad

If you’ve been sleeping uncomfortably on an air mattress or a foam pad during your car-camping excursions, this guide is for you. There’s a better world out there, one filled with insulated, warm, comfortable sleeping pads that will lull you to sleep. You’ll wake up warm and comfortable with no back kinks or trampoline-style bouncing involved. […]

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August 22, 2018

2018’s Best Sleeping Bags for Camping

Campers in a tent

The convenience of car camping offers major sleep system improvements over backpacking: The size and weight of your gear simply don’t matter as much, so you can choose fluffier, heavier, longer and more comfortable sleeping bag options. For this guide, we searched for car camping sleeping bags that provided the most comfort possible in a […]

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August 21, 2018

Tested: The Best Car-Camping Tents of 2020

camping

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Whether you’re a family car camper, an overlander or somewhere in between, settle in—your next nylon apartment search begins here. This year’s crop of car-camping tents proves that there’s a perfect home away from home for everyone who wants to get […]

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August 14, 2018

Tested: The Best Kid Carriers of 2020

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL Child Carrier - Women’s

Hiking with kids is tough as it is—you don’t need an uncomfortable kid carrier to make the experience even more difficult. But thankfully, the days of wooden boards and leather straps are in the rearview mirror. Outdoor companies understand that families want to spend time together in nature. With modern technologies and materials, the new […]

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