March 20, 2020

Just How Warm Is That Sleeping Pad?

sleeping pad on the floor of a tent

When you’re shopping for a new camping or backpacking sleeping pad, it’s tempting to assume that a thick, cushy one is going to keep you warmer than a thinner one. But advanced designs and types of insulation mean this isn’t necessarily the case. You need a reliable way to know how well a pad will […]

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March 9, 2020

How to Choose Headlamps

Climber wearing a headlamp

When you’re setting up your tent at night, trail running at dusk, or just looking for something in your attic, you can't beat the hands-free lighting convenience offered by a headlamp. Headlamps today use LEDs almost exclusively as their light source. LEDs are rugged, energy-efficient and long-lasting. So, what sets one headlamp apart from another? […]

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February 13, 2020

First Look: The 6 Coolest Winter Camping Products We Saw at Outdoor Retailer

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Stove

We’ll be the first to admit: Winter camping is a little bit masochistic. But these new pieces of gear are designed to make it a little more bearable, if not downright fun. The North Face Assault 2P Tent Waking up and crawling out of your tent to freshly fallen snow is one of the best […]

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February 6, 2020

Good Gear: The World’s Warmest Trash

Gotland wool

For seven years, Hans Bulthuis and Jenny Andersson hoarded wool. They packed the shiny grey ringlets in every corner and crevice of their barn, located on Gotland off Sweden’s east coast. The island’s wool was considered waste, and the couple simply suspected the fibers deserved a better fate than the incinerator. In 2017, someone appeared […]

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January 23, 2020

Uncommon Challenge: Sleep (Well) In a Bivy Sack

Uncommon Challenge: Sleep in a Bivy

’ve been prostrate on the ground now for more than an hour. Outside my nylon fortress, the rain is relentless, coming down cold and steady, pelting my bivy. Inside, it’s cozy and comfortable, and I’m warm in my sleeping bag. But, with only enough room to lie flat and the top of my shelter no […]

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December 19, 2019

The Case for Renting Ski Gear

Winter sports can feel downright difficult to pull off smoothly. You’ve got tough winter weather and heaps of gear to transport from one place to the next. (Have you ever tried stuffing a giant ski bag into a too-small rental car before? It’s not recommended.) Want a solution that makes that commute a little bit […]

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December 6, 2019

Good Gear: Buy a Flannel, Help Save the Ocean

United By Blue

On a muddy shore, five volunteers dig for tires. A dozen comb the beach for old water bottles and railroad ties. Several cut tree branches entangling vehicle carcasses. A person operating a skid-steer loads a barge with torched pieces of a boat’s steam tank, while another hauls decrepit trash from an amusement park that burned […]

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December 3, 2019

Trail Mix: The Coziest, Snuggliest, Softest Gifts

United By Blue The Ultimate Bison Socks

If it’s soft, comfy, snuggly, toasty or warm, find it in this gift guide. Our staffers dished their favorite cozy gifts for the holiday season. Cabiniste Down Booties Never hear your friend complain of cold tootsies again. Like sleeping bags for your feet, these down booties from Cabiniste are stuffed with duck down (certified to […]

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November 26, 2019

Trail Mix: The Best Gifts for Less Than $50

Best Gifts Under $50

While some people are gift-giving machines, effortlessly selecting the perfect products months before the holiday season begins, some of us need a little help. Fear not. Our 13 favorite gifts under $50 are sure to impress everyone on your list. United By Blue Meal Kit Upgrade your pal’s culinary possibilities with the closest thing to […]

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