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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.
Credit: Eric Bissell
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 best 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 terrain and measuring them against their competitors.
Best Hiking Boots for Women 2022

Best Hiking Boots for Women 2022

Now is the time to invest in your next pair of hiking boots. But where to begin? We have narrowed down the options to the top models on the market for hands-on testing.
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 most comprehensive hiking shoe review, which will help you select the...
Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022

We're here to help you sort through the options for the best women's hiking shoes. We tested the market's leading pairs, then picked the 13 leaders for thorough side-by-side testing.
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 for you. We analyzed over 80 jackets before purchasing
Best Rain Jackets for Women of 2022

Best Rain Jackets for Women of 2022

In the market for the perfect rain jacket? We've tested over 25 models in the past 6 years to bring you this line-up of the best 11 rain jackets currently on the market...
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 are the best of the best.
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 market and put them through months of rigorous testing in order to help...
Best Fleece Jackets for Women of 2022

Best Fleece Jackets for Women of 2022

Seeking a deliciously warm fleece jacket? After looking over the best options on the market, we chose 10 of the highest performers out there. We tested each side-by-side while backcountry...
Best Softshell Jackets of 2022

Best Softshell Jackets of 2022

Our review tests the top softshell jackets and lets you know which ones are the best for the activities you regularly partake in..
Best Softshell Jackets for Women of 2022

Best Softshell Jackets for Women of 2022

It can be challenging to find the best softshell because there are so many types and styles. Our reviewers have spent 8 years wearing over 45 of the best models and in this update, we...
Best Windbreaker of 2022

Best Windbreaker of 2022

Windbreakers are a lightweight, packable, cost-effective alternative to burlier outer layers, and are great for keeping you comfortable in all but the worst weather.
Best Windbreaker Jacket For Women

Best Windbreaker Jacket For Women

Searching for the essential layer for just about any three-season adventure? For the last 9 years, we've tested the top women's windbreakers to bring you this season's best 15 options...
Best Sun Protection Shirts of 2022

Best Sun Protection Shirts of 2022

Finding the right UPF sun shirt can be a challenge. To help, we've picked 14 of the best options on the market and put them through rigorous hands-on testing for months.
Best Sun Protection Shirts for Women of 2022

Best Sun Protection Shirts for Women of 2022

In the market for a protective sun shirt? We took the top 17 women's sun shirts and put them through rigorous testing. From running in the high Sierra to boating in the Pacific, each was...
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 long distances or short, traveling, climbing, working, and...
Best Hiking Pants for Women of 2022

Best Hiking Pants for Women of 2022

To help you find your next pair of women's hiking pants, we've tested nearly 45 models over 10 years to bring you the top options. We tested them head-to-head from pants that roll-up...
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 side-by-side. Our expert advice gives you exactly...
Best Hiking Shorts for Women of 2022

Best Hiking Shorts for Women of 2022

Planning for an upcoming hike? We reviewed a handful of the year's best hiking shorts with varying inseams to determine the best in functionality, comfort, and style.
Best Rain Pants for Women of 2022

Best Rain Pants for Women of 2022

We analyzed over 30 models before purchasing the best 10 to put through extensive testing, so you don't have to. There's a saying in the Pacific Northwet: There's no such thing as bad...
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 the massive market and deciding on the best 13 to purchase for testing.
Best Budget Down Jacket of 2022

Best Budget Down Jacket of 2022

Are you looking for a new cold-weather layer? We researched over 25 of the top-selling down jackets available today before selecting nine to put through a series of side-by-side tests.
Best Budget Fleece Jacket of 2022

Best Budget Fleece Jacket of 2022

Are you looking for a warm and lightweight layer to add to your arsenal of cold weather clothing? After investigating the best fleeces being offered, we selected ten to independently...
Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Looking for a new pair of trail runners? We researched over 100 of the most popular models before purchasing 19 of the best for extensive testing. After hundreds of hours on the trails, we...
Best Trail Running Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Trail Running Shoes for Women of 2022

Searching for your next trail running shoe? With our expert advice and experience testing various models this season, we get down to the nitty-gritty of the different options out there...
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 find the right one for your next dream trip.
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 and high-tech to test side-by-side. We tested them while running...
Best Altimeter Watch of 2022

Best Altimeter Watch of 2022

To help you find the best altimeter watch for your needs, we researched over 40 and bought the best to test side-by-side while summiting mountains, hiking through canyons, and climbing...
The Hunt for the Best Headlamps

The Hunt for the Best Headlamps

Need a headlamp? Our comprehensive review is here to help. We researched over 50 models before subjecting the best 27 to a gauntlet of hands-on, side-by-side tests. Each product was...
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 went birding at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, used them on the...
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 while hiking, running, paddle boarding, and lounging in the sun. We...
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 can help you find the perfect sun hat for your kit.
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 leading umbrellas and found out how each one ranks across several metrics...
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 the dirty work for you, putting over a dozen packs through rigorous...
Best Daypacks for Women of 2022

Best Daypacks for Women of 2022

If you're a woman in the market for a daypack, we can help. We considered 80+ different models and chose 13 of the best to rigorously test, side-by-side, for months....
Best Budget Backpacks

Best Budget Backpacks

Are you in need of a new backpack for school or everyday use? Our team of reviewers independently purchased ten of the best selling backpacks to compare in series of side by side tests.
Best Hydration Packs

Best Hydration Packs

Are you ready for a new hydration pack? Whether you're replacing an older model or looking to try one for the first time, we've got you covered. We tested the latest top models from...
Best Hydration Bladder of 2022

Best Hydration Bladder of 2022

Searching for the best hydration bladder? Our experts have personally tested today's top models for hiking, running, and climbing adventures around the world.
Best Laptop Backpacks

Best Laptop Backpacks

Seeking the best laptop backpack? After perusing over 80 of the best options on the market, we chose 9 to test side-by-side. We loaded up our binders, books, and laptops in each one while...
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, we're here to help. Our experts will show you which packs soar and...
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, adjustability, weight or just the greatest value, we're here to help with...
The Best Sunglasses of 2022

The Best Sunglasses of 2022

Searching for the perfect shades? We sifted through hundreds of options before selecting these 15 most promising pairs to test head to head in the sun...
The Best Sunglasses for Women

The Best Sunglasses for Women

Ready to don your perfect pair of shades? We researched hundreds of options before choosing the most promising 15 pairs for rigorous side-by-side testing...
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 sun, sweat, and adventure-filled tests.
Best Satellite Messengers of 2022

Best Satellite Messengers of 2022

We've got the most wilderness-savvy tech testers you have heard of. We look at satellite messengers first from the perspective of wilderness travelers and professionals, but also have a...
Best Walkie Talkies

Best Walkie Talkies

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 in the field and lab, we have found the best walkie talkies and...
Best Energy Bars

Best Energy Bars

With literally hundreds of choices available in the energy bar world, it can be hard to figure out which are the best ones. We've got you covered, detailing our favorites across all...
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 products to determine the best and worst of the bunch.
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 researching, purchasing, and testing




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Hiking Learning Center

How to Choose a Personal Locator Beacon

How to Choose a Personal Locator Beacon

What device should you buy and for what application? Below we break it down. Once finished, however, do read our complete Personal Locator Beacon Review to find out how each device scored...
How to Choose the Right Trail Running Shoes

How to Choose the Right Trail Running Shoes

We recommend making a basic self-assessment to help you determine what your specific needs are when it comes to a trail running shoe. With this in mind, we can guide you through the best...
How to Choose Hiking Boots

How to Choose Hiking Boots

Why should I buy a pair of hiking boots when the salesperson at my local gear shop told me that all hikers are just wearing trail running shoes now? The category of hiking footwear is...
How to Choose the Right Trekking Poles

How to Choose the Right Trekking Poles

Ten years ago hardly anyone used trekking poles. Now it's rare to see someone on an overnight adventure without them and many day trippers use them as well. Trekking poles help improve...
How to Choose the Right Rain Jacket

How to Choose the Right Rain Jacket

A rain jacket that keeps you dry when the skies let loose may be the first piece of performance outdoor clothing you ever purchase; as a result, a waterproof shell is among the most...
How to Choose a Daypack for Hiking

How to Choose a Daypack for Hiking

A daypack is a simple purchase, with complicated ramifications. A good day pack will accompany you for far more than your hiking outings. Choose carefully and your 24-7 bag will smooth...

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