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Congratulations, King Thurber, Cascade Designs gear winner

Congratulations to King Thurber, a hiker and musician from Utah, and Trailspace's winner of a Cascade Designs backpacking setup—Therm-a-Rest sleep system, MSR shelter and stove, Platypus filter, and PackTowl ($1200 value). Meet him in our profile.

Top 12 Outdoor Gear Reviews of 2021

From shelter to stove accessories, a purifier to a pillow, even an umbrella—here are our Top 12 reviews of 2021. Out of 700 published by community members last year, these outstanding 12 were rated the most helpful and informative.

Congratulations, Top 25 Reviewers of 2021

Congratulations to Trailspace's Top 25 Reviewers of 2021! Collectively this exceptional group, from around the world, contributed 217 gear reviews to the Trailspace community and helped countless others gear up and get outside.

Shout it Out for Your Favorite Gear

Give a shout-out to your gear and help others get outside, simply by sharing a review. Whether on an epic thru hike or a morning snowshoe, telling others how your gear fared helps individuals of all experience levels and backgrounds access the outdoors safely.

Congratulations, Matt, Rab Jackets Winner

Congratulations to Matt, a backpacker and gear reviewer from Pennsylvania, and Trailspace's winner of two warm, sustainable Rab insulated jackets for winter ($480 value).

2021 National Outdoor Book Award Winners

Bicycling with monarchs. Skiing across Northwest Canada. The packraft handbook. Working in a fire lookout tower. The 2021 National Outdoor Book Award winners have been announced. Find a new read for yourself or a friend.

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Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow

Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow—just the ticket to reduce that aching neck.   Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow—just the ticket to reduce that aching neck. After countless… Full Review »

3-Season Down Sleeping Bags

Zenbivy Light Bed 25° Bundle

Everything you need for a stellar night's sleep in the backcountry! The Zenbivy Light Bed 25˚ Bundle provides a hybrid sleeping bag—a capacious quilt and hooded… Full Review »

3-Season Down Sleeping Bags

Patagonia Fitz Roy 30°

The Fitz Roy is a well-made, roomy, three-season down sleeping bag. Vertical baffles and a center zipper set this apart from many comparable bags. I particularly… Full Review »

Four-Season Tents

The North Face VE 24

My VE24 is almost 50 years old and still going strong. Four-season tent for the High Sierras, but worked fine in the Cascades and Shenandoah Valley. Now outfitting… Full Review »

Hiking/Backpacking Socks

Darn Tough Light Hiker No Show Lightweight Hiking Sock

A cushioned Merino wool sock that works as well for running as hiking, long on comfort and by all accounts as tough as they come. Superb. Sometimes, in my sartorial… Full Review »

Four-Season Tents

The North Face VE 25

The ultimate, bomb proof, high mountain tent. I've now owned my VE25 for about 20 years, bought it to replace an Ultimate Quasar, and not regretted it. This tent… Full Review »

Trail Running Shoes

Brooks Cascadia 16

Brooks continues to stand on the podium with this high-quality trail runner. Offering ample room in the forefoot while still holding perfectly secure, the Cascadia… Full Review »

Wool Jackets

MKM Wilderness Jacket

The one that rules them all! Not long ago I reviewed the MKM Tasman 36.6 pull over and because of my experience with that decided to go for the Wilderness Jacket… Full Review »

3-Season Down Sleeping Bags

Sea to Summit Ascent 25

As a long-time camper and backpacker, I have used quite a few sleeping bags over the years, some of which I found less than ideal in comfort and performance. I… Full Review »

Three-Season Tents

Terra Nova Voyager XL

Great for winter use. Easy setup—mind the weather conditions though. It's very lightweight, so easily blown away. Build the inner first, without pegging, put… Full Review »

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