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Hiking Gear Reviews
Lead tester Jane Jackson heading out onto the trail to test some of the highest quality and most popular hiking boots for women available today.
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Is hiking your jam or a favorite of your furry friend? Our hiking experts have hit miles of trails with friends and canines to test the top hiking gear under the sun. Our trail enthusiasts buy and test every product for a truly unbiased view of everything from hiking boots and hiking shoes and trekking poles to daypacks and hydration packs. Our final test results can ensure you’re ready for whatever the journey brings.

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Best Hiking Boots of 2022

Best Hiking Boots of 2022

We've done the homework for you on men's hiking boots, buying the most popular models, hiking many miles on varied...
Best Hiking Shoes of 2022

Best Hiking Shoes of 2022

We selected the top hiking shoes and put them to the test. After months of hiking on all types of trails, we wrote the...
Best Rain Jackets of 2022

Best Rain Jackets of 2022

Whether you need an all-around rain jacket or one suited for specific types of applications or budgets, we have a pick...
10 Best Backpacks of 2022

10 Best Backpacks of 2022

We're always looking for the best backpacks to fuel our adventures. We tested hundreds of models this year and these...
Best Fleece Jackets of 2022

Best Fleece Jackets of 2022

Looking for a new fleece to add some extra warmth to your life? We've purchased 10 of the top fleece jackets on the...
Best Windbreaker of 2022

Best Windbreaker of 2022

Windbreakers are a lightweight, packable, cost-effective alternative to burlier outer layers, and are great for...
Best Hiking Pants of 2022

Best Hiking Pants of 2022

This comparative hiking pants review looks at pants that are light and airy, as well as heavy and durable, for hiking...
Best Hiking Shorts of 2022

Best Hiking Shorts of 2022

Hiking shorts are an essential piece of equipment for spring and summer adventures. We buy and test the best...
Best Rain Pants of 2022

Best Rain Pants of 2022

Choosing a pair of rain pants is an unwanted bear of a task. We've done the dirty work, which involves sorting through...
Best Handheld GPS of 2022

Best Handheld GPS of 2022

Looking to improve your backcountry navigation? We bought and tested 7 of the best GPS units on the market to help you...
Best GPS Watch of 2022

Best GPS Watch of 2022

Looking for the perfect GPS watch? Our experts spent hours looking over options before choosing 12 of the most popular...
Best Binoculars of 2022

Best Binoculars of 2022

What are the best binoculars? We took 15 different models through rigorous testing in the outdoors to find out. We...
Best Hats for Women of 2022

Best Hats for Women of 2022

After perusing over 100 of the best hats for women on the market, we selected 8 to test side by side. We wore each...
Best Sun Hat of 2022

Best Sun Hat of 2022

We evaluated over 40 models and purchased 15, which our team of experts put through extensive side-by-side testing. We...
Best Umbrella of 2022

Best Umbrella of 2022

When the weather goes sideways, you want an umbrella that won't. In this review, we tested 11 of the industry's...
Best Daypacks of 2022

Best Daypacks of 2022

Sizing up the daypack market and choosing what is best for you, your needs, and your budget is tough. Here we've done...
Best Budget Backpack of 2022

Best Budget Backpack of 2022

Are you in need of a new backpack for school or everyday use? Our team of reviewers independently purchased ten of the...
Best Hydration Pack of 2022

Best Hydration Pack of 2022

Are you ready for a new hydration pack? Whether you're replacing an older model or looking to try one for the first...
Best Fanny Packs of 2022

Best Fanny Packs of 2022

Are you on the hunt for a fanny pack? Looking to add a little flair to your outfit with a "bum bag"? Look no further...
Best Trekking Poles of 2022

Best Trekking Poles of 2022

Looking for the best trekking poles for your next hike or backpacking trip? Whether you're concerned with comfort...
10 Best Sunglasses of 2022

10 Best Sunglasses of 2022

Whether you need a pair of sunglasses for a garden party, a trail run, or for ripping down a mountain on your new...
Best Cheap Sunglasses of 2022

Best Cheap Sunglasses of 2022

Hunting for affordable sunnies? We checked out hundred of pairs before selecting the 12 best cheap sunglasses on the...
Best Sport Sunglasses of 2022

Best Sport Sunglasses of 2022

Looking for the best pair of sport sunglasses available? We researched 100+ models and then bought the 21 best for our...
Best Walkie Talkies of 2022

Best Walkie Talkies of 2022

We put 9 radios to a head to head test after scouring all of the top models on the market. After 150+ hours of testing...
Best Energy Bar of 2022

Best Energy Bar of 2022

With literally hundreds of choices available in the energy bar world, it can be hard to figure out which are the best...
Best Water Bottles of 2022

Best Water Bottles of 2022

We've been back in the ring testing this year's top water bottles. We have compared and assessed all aspects of these...
Best Hiking Socks of 2022

Best Hiking Socks of 2022

Is a bomber hiking sock the next thing you need to add to your adventure gear list? We spent countless hours...




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