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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.

Final Days: Review Your Gear to Win a $1200 Backpacking Setup

Review your outdoor gear by May 30 and you could get $1,200 worth of backpacking gear—for free—thanks to Cascade Designs! Therm-a-Rest sleep system, MSR shelter and stove, Platypus filter, and more, it could all be yours. Share your review today.

Free Backpacking Gear for one Trailspace Member

Review your outdoor gear today and you're automatically entered to win a $1,200 Cascade Designs backpacking prize! Therm-a-Rest sleep system, MSR shelter and stove, Platypus filter—it could all be yours.

We're Giving Away a $1200 Cascade Designs Backpacking Setup!

One Trailspace reviewer will get a Therm-a-Rest sleep system, MSR shelter and stove, Platypus filter, and more, thanks to Cascade Designs. Review your gear and it could all be yours.

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).

Final Days: Rab Insulation Giveaway

Share a review of your outdoor gear by Monday and you're automatically entered to win two Rab jackets—a fully recycled Microlight Alpine Down Jacket and a Xenair Insulated Jacket with recycled PrimaLoft ($480 value).

Review Your Gear: Win Rab Insulation

Review your outdoor gear today and you're automatically entered to win two Rab jackets—a fully recycled Microlight Alpine Down Jacket and a Xenair Insulated Jacket with recycled PrimaLoft Gold Active+ ($480 value).

Want Two Puffy Jackets from Rab?

We're giving one Trailspace reviewer a fully recycled Microlight Alpine Down Jacket with hydrophobic down and a Xenair Insulated Jacket with recycled PrimaLoft Gold Active+ ($480 value). Share your review today.

Win Warmth with Recycled Insulation from Rab

We're giving one member two warm, sustainable Rab insulated jackets for winter—a fully recycled Microlight Alpine Down Jacket and a Xenair Insulated Jacket with recycled PrimaLoft Gold Active+ insulation.

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.

Congratulations, Mike, Kora Wool Winner

Congratulations to Mike (bigskyrunner) of Montana, winner of a Kora activewear prize, including a range of ethically-sourced, yak and merino wool mid and base layers worth $660.

Final Days: Review Your Gear to Win Kora Wool Layers

Pack, tent, jacket, boots—review any of your own outdoor gear by Monday and you're automatically entered to win a Kora wool mid and base layer package worth $660!

Win Kora Wool Activewear for Year-Round Adventuring

Wool jacket, top, base layers, and more—we're giving one of you a technical activewear package from Kora. Review your outdoor gear and you're automatically entered to win this versatile prize to stay warm and comfy on all your adventures ($660 value).

Review Your Gear to Win Kora Wool Activewear worth $660

Review your own outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear between now and November 1, and you're automatically entered to win a technical activewear package worth $660 from Kora, makers of ethically-sourced yak wool mid and base layers.

Pack Less Go Further with Kora Giveaway

We're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Pack Less Go Further activewear package worth $660 from Kora, makers of ethically-sourced, yak wool mid and base layers. Review your gear to be automatically entered.

Top-Rated Four-Season Shelters

Planning winter camping, climbing, or skiing overnights? Don't get left out in the cold. Check out the four-season shelters recommended by fellow community members. (Photo by Stephen C of his Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT)

Get Cozy: It's Officially Fleece Season

Actually, fleece is always in season. Jacket or vest, plush or stretchy, new, recycled, or vintage, you probably have favorites for outdoors and everyday. We want to hear about them! Tell us in some gear reviews and share your recommendations.

Light Things Up: the Best Lamps and Lanterns

Notice it getting dark earlier and earlier (if you're in the northern hemisphere)? How are you lighting up the trail or campsite? Tell us in a gear review, or read recommendations from fellow community members. (sweet photo by member Vladimir G)

Congratulations, Denis, Primus Camp Cooking Winner

Congratulations to Denis Daly of Virginia, winner of a Primus Campground Cooking Package worth $350, including a camping stove, pot, frying pan, and cutting set.

Last Days: Review Your Gear to Win Primus Camp Cooking Package

On Monday, May 31, we're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Primus Campground Cooking Package to prep, grill, boil, and fry up outdoor meals this summer. Write a review of your outdoor gear and this $350 prize could be yours.

We're Giving Away a $350 Primus Cooking Gear Prize

Want a Primus Camp Cooking setup for summer? Write a review on Trailspace and you're automatically entered to win a camp stove, cooking pot, frying pan, and prep set (a $350 gear package). We'll draw one winner on May 31.

Review Your Gear to Win Primus Camp Cooking Prize

We're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Primus campfire cooking package—stove, pot, pan, cutting set—worth $350, to prep, grill, boil, and fry up meals outdoors. Review your gear today and be entered to win.

Primus Campground Cooking Giveaway

We're giving one Trailspace reviewer a Primus Campground Cooking Package worth $350, to prep, grill, boil, and fry up delicious meals outdoors. Review your gear today and be entered to win.

Top Gear for Your Top Doggo

Dogs are hikers, campers, runners, and paddlers too! Make sure your pooch is prepared for outdoor adventures. Check out top-rated dog gear from Ruffwear, Kurgo, Mountainsmith, Ollydog, Voyagers K9, and more—all reviewed by Trailspace community members, like you.

Stay Dry and Outside this Spring

Be prepared for April showers—or deluges—with a trustworthy rain shell for your adventures. Check out top-rated waterproof jackets from Arc'teryx, Columbia, Marmot, Outdoor Research, and more—all reviewed by Trailspace community members, like you!

Find Your 2021 Backcountry Shelter

Planning any outdoor trips this spring or summer? Be prepared with a dependable shelter. Check out the best three-season tents—MSR, Big Agnes, Marmot, Eureka, Hilleberg, and more—reviewed by Trailspace community members, like you!

What Gear Do You Love?

Whether it’s your first review or fortieth, we want to hear your individual experiences with the gear, clothing, and footwear that gets you outside. No matter your experience level—first-timer or expert—you have something unique to contribute, and can help others access the outdoors safely and comfortably. Let's hear about your gear!

Trailspace Names Top 25 Reviewers of 2020

Congratulations to Trailspace's Top 25 Reviewers! Despite the challenges of 2020, they contributed 226 informative gear reviews (backpacks, stoves, puffy jackets, and more), from around the world, and helped countless others gear up and get outside.

How to Build a Community Gear Lending Library

If folks in your community lack the gear to go hiking or camping, consider starting a gear lending library. We got advice from the experts on gearing one up for long-term success.

How to Get Outside and Recreate Responsibly this Winter

Whether we're expert skiers, avid winter campers, or new trail runners, it's in our best interests to help mountains and trails stay open, and to keep our communities safe. To recreate responsibly, consider the following before heading out this winter.

Gear Libraries Increase Outdoor Access, Equity, and Adventure

The cost of outdoor equipment is one of the top reasons people say they don't get outside. Gear libraries that share tents, stoves, sleeping bags, and skills help make the outdoors more accessible and equitable for all.

Winners of the 2020 National Outdoor Book Awards Announced

Need new reading material? Holiday gifts? The 2020 National Outdoor Book Award winners include books on a variety of topics—eels, polar expeditions, kayaking, foraging, crack climbing, the greatest mountain trails, and more.

The Outdoor Guide to Wearing Face Masks Hiking, Running, on the Trail

Face masks are the surprise essential gear trend of 2020, and outdoor brands have stepped up with a variety of options, whether we're prepping for a trip to the store or a trip to the mountains. From high-tech performance masks to made in America to ones that give back, check out our guide.

How to Gain Outdoor Skills through Online Education During COVID-19

While many outdoor trips and trainings have been cancelled due to the coronavirus, here are resources for online outdoor instruction—trip prep, navigation, LNT, survival, photography, avalanche awareness, knots, and more—that you can access anywhere, anytime.

The Privilege of Nature: Diversity, Inclusivity, and Being an Outdoor Ally

For many, the outdoors is a refuge. I'd like to think that on the trail and in the mountains I escape politics and worldly concerns, and we're all equal. But that's untrue, naive, and privileged. As my country confronts its racism, I'm also doing so personally and professionally, and I encourage our outdoor community to do the same.

How to Support the Great Outdoors while Stuck Indoors: Become an Outdoor Advocate

Despite the pandemic shutdown, we can remain connected to the outdoors we love to hike, run, ski, climb, and paddle. Here are some ways to get involved, stay engaged, and become an outdoor advocate, even if you're stuck inside.

Great Outdoor Reads for Armchair Adventurers

Books bring us closer to people, to nature, to the outdoors. While we adventure at home, our community members are sharing their favorite outdoor reads—adventure and survival tales, memoirs, history, how-to's, and more. Check out their suggestions; then add your own.

Share Your "Trailspace in the Backyard" Pics

While we typically have a "Trailspace on the Trail" forum, now's a great time to share pictures of "Trailspace at Home" or "Trailspace in the Backyard" while we focus on staying at home and sticking to local, shorter, socially-distant adventures. Here's my contribution, from the northeast corner of my Maine backyard. Share yours.

Outdoors in the Time of the Coronavirus

Amid the more immediate and severe concerns about public health during COVID-19, you may be wondering if you can still go outside. We've compiled some recommendations and updates on getting outdoors, plus effects on the outdoor industry, including Trailspace.

Packs to Potty Trowels: Presenting the Top 16 Gear Reviews of 2019

From the expected—trail footwear, packs, shelters, and a quilt—to the not-so-expected—corn chowder, an umbrella, bungees, and a potty trowel—here are our Top 16 gear reviews of 2019.

Trailspace Names Top 25 Reviewers of 2019

Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2019! These 25 individuals were the ones most recognized by fellow community members for helpful, informative, real-world reviews. As a thank-you each winner will receive a special-edition prize from Soto.

Congratulations, Brian, Our Hults Bruk and Nordic Pocket Saw Winner

Congratulations to Brian Dailey of Georgia and his outdoors-loving family, winners of a handcrafted Hults Bruk Jonaker hatchet and a Premium Nordic Pocket Saw ($250 value). Meet Brian in the blog.

Final Days: Review Your Gear to Win a Hults Bruk Hatchet and Premium Nordic Pocket Saw

It's Halloween week and we're giving away an axe and chainsaw. On Friday, November 1, we're giving one reviewer a Hults Bruk Jonaker and a Premium Nordic Pocket Saw. Write a review of your gear and this $250 prize could be yours.

Win a Hults Bruk Jonaker Hatchet and Premium Nordic Pocket Saw

On Friday, November 1, we're giving one Trailspace member a Hults Bruk Jonaker hatchet and a Premium Nordic Pocket Saw ($250 value). Tell us about your worthy gear and you're entered to win.

Congratulations, Peter, Helle Wabakimi and Kupilka Winner

Congratulations to Peter Himmelman of Nova Scotia, Canada, winner of a Helle Wabakimi knife designed by "Survivorman" Les Stroud, plus a sustainably-produced Kupilka FireSteel 8 ($200+ value).

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