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"Chart a Good Course" and Meet Phil, Solo Backpacker, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Phil, a backpacker, paddler, and environmental consultant from North Carolina, and our latest Reviewer of the Month! He wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Win a Hilleberg Akto Tent by Reviewing Your Outdoor Gear

We're giving a Hilleberg to one Trailspace member in September! Review your outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear and you could win a solo, spacious, all-season Akto worth $530. Keep Reading »

"Get Out and Do Something Fun" says Steve, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Steve Mullen, a lifelong skier, hiker, and paddler from California, and our latest Reviewer of the Month! He wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Reviewer Arnie Wins LED Lenser Headlamp and Flashlight

Congratulations to Minnesota paddler Arnie, winner of a $400 LED Lenser lighting prize. He won a 1,000-lumen headlamp and 600-lumen flashlight for reviewing his outdoor gear in July. Keep Reading »

Final Days: Enter to Win 1600 Lumens from LED Lenser

It's the final week. Review your outdoor gear and be entered to win both a LED Lenser headlamp and flashlight boasting 1,600 total lumens and worth more than $400. Keep Reading »

"See the Beauty!" says Elizabeth, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Elizabeth McCoy, an enthusiastic solo hiker and RN from Tacoma, Wash., and our latest Reviewer of the Month! She wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win LED Lenser Lighting Worth $400

We're giving one Trailspace member a LED Lenser lighting prize worth more than $400 to light up their outdoor adventures. Keep Reading »

Win an LED Lenser Headlamp and Flashlight Worth $400

Review your outdoor gear today and you could win both a 1,000-lumen headlamp and a 600-lumen flashlight from LED Lenser worth more than $400 total. Keep Reading »

Paddler Sharon and Climber Brian Win Sierra Designs DriDown Bags

Congratulations to Sharon Miller and Brian McLaughlin. Both Trailspace members won new DriDown sleeping bags from Sierra Designs for reviewing their outdoor gear in June. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win 1600 Lumens from LED Lenser

Need lumens? We're giving away 1,600 blazing ones in a LED Lenser flashlight and headlamp prize package. Review your outdoor gear and you're entered to win both a rechargeable headlamp and a rechargeable flashlight worth $400+. Keep Reading »

Last Day, Enter to Win a Sierra Designs DriDown Bag

Today's the last day to enter to win one of two Sierra Designs DriDown sleeping bags. On Thursday we'll draw two Trailspace members to win a sleeping bag each. Keep Reading »

"Walking to the Empty Places": Meet Reviewer of the Month John

Congratulations to John (aka LoneStranger), a New England backpacker, year-round explorer, and our latest Reviewer of the Month! He wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win a Sierra Designs Sleeping Bag

We're giving two lucky Trailspace members DriDown sleeping bags next week, thanks to Sierra Designs. Whether it's your pack, puffy, or paddle, review your outdoor gear now through Wednesday, June 29. Keep Reading »

A Brief History of Outdoor Insulation: Essential #3

To celebrate extra clothing (#3 of the 10 Essentials), we looked at the origins of some classic outdoor insulation: wool and polypro baselayers, down and synthetic jackets, and ever-popular fleece. Keep Reading »

Win Your Own Sierra Designs Summer Sleeping Bag

Two lucky Trailspace members are going to win his and her own DriDown sleeping bags in June, thanks to Sierra Designs. To enter, review your outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear. Keep Reading »

Win 1 of 2 DriDown Sleeping Bags from Sierra Designs

We're giving away Sierra Designs DriDown sleeping bags to two lucky Trailspace gear reviewers. After all, every outdoor enthusiast needs a warm, dry place to rest up between adventures. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear, Win a Sierra Designs Sleeping Bag

We're giving away two Sierra Designs DriDown sleeping bags in June. Review your outdoor gear and you're entered to win a women's Eleanor Plus ($250 value) or a men's Zissou Plus ($220 value). Keep Reading »

Caver, Hammock Hanger, and Hiker: Meet Jeffery, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Jeffery (aka Goose), a caver, hammock hanger, and hiker from Illinois, and our latest Reviewer of the Month! He wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Coastal Mainah, Avid Backpacker, Aspiring Blogger: Meet Uriah, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Uriah, an "avid backpacker and distance hiker" from the coast of Maine, and our latest Reviewer of the Month! He wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Sun Protection is an Outdoor Essential Year Round

Sun protection isn't just for sunny hikes or summer swims. And effective sun protection means more than slapping on some sunscreen. So, as part of our Year of Essential Outdoor Gear, we're taking a look at Essential #2, sun protection. Keep Reading »

Meet Nick, Hiker of Crete and Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Nick, a hiker from Greece and our newest Reviewer of the Month! Members like Nick are essential to Trailspace, so he wins a 10 Essentials prize of outdoor gear worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Teri Wins $250 in Toad&Co Clothing for Backpack Review

Congratulations to Teri Anderson of Arizona, winner of $250 worth of Toad&Co clothing! A hiker, mountain biker, trail runner, and climber, Teri had her backpack review randomly selected to win. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear to Win $250 in Toad&Co Clothing

Review your well-worn outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear now through Sunday, March 20, and you're entered to win $250 worth of Toad&Co clothing. Keep Reading »

Happy 15th Birthday, Trailspace

Happy 15th birthday, Trailspace, and thanks to our community members! Together we've published 32,000+ reviews and helped millions of hikers, climbers, paddlers, backcountry skiers, and trail runners find the best outdoor gear. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear, Win Toad&Co Clothing for Spring

Review your outdoor gear or apparel by March 20, and you could win $250 in Toad&Co clothing! Be the best dressed and most comfy by the campfire this spring. Keep Reading »

Mountaineer Matt wins Kahtoola crampons and traction

Congratulations to our two winners of Kahtoola crampons and traction worth $300. Get to know winner Matt Williams, a mountaineer and police captain in California. Keep Reading »

Andrew of Australia wins Kahtoola crampons and traction

Congratulations to our two winners of Kahtoola crampons and traction worth $300. Get to know winner Andrew Stanner, a hiker and army vet from Australia. Keep Reading »

How Trailspace Members Rate Their Navigation Gear

A detailed topo map and compass have topped the 10 Essentials list for decades. But we wondered: What navigation gear is tops among our community members? Keep Reading »

Final Days: Enter to Win Kahtoola Traction Worth $300

On Monday, February 29, we're giving two members $300 worth of crampons and traction from Kahtoola! Review your gear and be entered to win. Keep Reading »

Hiker, DIY Gear Maker, Air Force Officer: Meet Daniel, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to Daniel from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Daniel is a hiker, trail runner, DIY gear maker, Air Force Officer, and our Reviewer of the Month. He wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $300+. Keep Reading »

Win Crampons and Traction Worth $300 from Kahtoola

We want our Trailspace friends to get outside all winter long, with the right crampons and traction under foot. So, we're giving two members Kahtoola NANOspkes, MICROspikes, and KTS Steel hiking crampons. Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear: Win Loads of Kahtoola Traction

We're giving away a pair of Kahtoola NANOspkes, MICROspikes, and KTS Steel hiking crampons to two lucky Trailspace members ($300 value). Review your gear to enter. Keep Reading »

Total Winter Traction for Two Winners, from Kahtoola!

Two Trailspace members will win crampons and traction devices to run and hike icy trails, thanks to Kahtoola! Review your outdoor gear now through February 28, and you're entered to win ($300+ value). Keep Reading »

Titanium Cookpots to Cast Iron Skillets: Meet Randy, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, Randy from Tennessee, our first 2016 Reviewer of the Month. Because our members are so essential to Trailspace, Randy wins a 10 Essentials prize pack of outdoor gear worth $300+. Keep Reading »

The Year of Essential Outdoor Gear

We're going back to basics to celebrate the 10 Essentials, the classic list of what outdoor gear to bring into the backcountry. We're giving every 2016 Reviewer of the Month an incredible prize pack of 10 Essentials. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Top Reviewers of 2015

Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2015! Meet the individuals most recognized by their fellow community members for their helpful, informative outdoor gear reviews. Keep Reading »

Arc'teryx Voltair Avalanche Airbag Offers Multiple Deployments

Pete Hill, Senior Designer at Arc'teryx, showed us the company's new Voltair avalanche airbag for backcountry skiers and snowboarders while at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016. Keep Reading »

Fuel, Flames, and Water: More Gear From Outdoor Retailer

We're going elemental today from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. These new gear highlights from Primus, Snow Peak, BioLite, and SteriPen all involve water or flames and fuel. Keep Reading »

Backcountry Skis, Shells, Boots at Outdoor Retailer

New and updated backcountry ski gear is in abundance at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. We share a few ski and alpine highlights from Arc'teryx, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Gregory, and Osprey. Keep Reading »

Meet Gary: PNW Hiker, Microbial Scientist, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations, Gary Leatham! This ardent Pacific Northwest hiker, microbial scientist, and musician wins a SteriPEN Ultra UV water purifier and box of gear goodies. Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Andy, Winner of a SPOT Gen3 Device

Congratulations, Andy, winner of a SPOT Gen3 satellite GPS messenger with one year of service, thanks to SPOT! Andy won this great gear prize worth $370 just for sharing a review of his trail shoes. Keep Reading »

Final Week: Enter to Win a SPOT GPS Messenger Device

Review your outdoor gear this week. On December 21 we're giving one member a SPOT Gen3 satellite GPS messenger to stay connected around the world with family and emergency responders ($370 prize value). Keep Reading »

We're Giving One of You a SPOT Messenger for Christmas

We're giving a SPOT Gen3 satellite GPS messenger and one year of service to one lucky Trailspace member this holiday season ($370 value). Review your gear and it could be yours. Keep Reading »

Win a Free SPOT Messenger for Reviewing Your Gear

Free outdoor gear beats any Cyber Monday deal. Review your outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear through December 20 and you're entered to win a SPOT Gen3, plus one year of service ($370 value). Keep Reading »

All That We Behold is Full of Blessings

"All that we behold is full of blessings. Therefore let the moon shine on thee in thy solitary walk; And let the misty mountain winds be free to blow against thee." Keep Reading »

Review Your Gear, Be Entered to Win a SPOT Messenger

Review your outdoor gear now through December 20 and you could win a SPOT Gen3 satellite GPS messenger, plus one year of service to help you stay connected wherever you roam ($370 value). Keep Reading »

"Get Out There!" urges Trailspace Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to our newest Reviewer of the Month, DLK37086. This hiker, backpacker, father, and former Army member in Middle Tennessee likes to "just be outdoors." Keep Reading »

Lifetime Hiker, Former Navy, Now Reviewer of the Month: Meet Brent

Congratulations, Brent Mills! The New England hiker, former Navy member, and current software architect wins a Rig 700M hydration pack, Crypto filter, and Nano drink tube, thanks to Geigerrig ($188 value). Keep Reading »

Congratulations, Lynn, Winner of Source Outdoor Gear

Congratulations, Lynn, winner of hiking and mountain biking packs, sandals, and more from Source! Lynn won this $430 gear prize just for sharing her sleeping bag review in September. Keep Reading »

Final Week: Enter to Win Hike and Bike Gear from Source

It's time to review your outdoor gear. That's because next week we're giving one of our reviewers (maybe you?) a plethora of hiking and mountain biking gear, thanks to Source ($430 value). Keep Reading »

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