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Choosing a knife for hiking and backpacking. 35 Randall Purrett
7:03 a.m. on Apr 1, 2020
by FlipNC
Our gear favorites and failures - Electronics, camping gear, food 5 Angelina
6:49 a.m. on Mar 26, 2020
by Angelina
Wood stoves and their pipes... 6 WILL1E
4:22 p.m. on Mar 16, 2020
by Old Guide
Brown or Green Dyneema Tents 10 300winmag
1:59 p.m. on Mar 14, 2020
by 300winmag
Winter sleeping bag recommendations 13 Vé Gulbrandsen
1:04 p.m. on Mar 9, 2020
by WILL1E
New boards 16 BigRed
3:35 p.m. on Mar 6, 2020
by whomeworry
We need help on our project ! Thank you for helping us! 1 Daan Schoonen
11:20 a.m. on Mar 6, 2020
by Daan Schoonen
Ultralight budget Aegismax down sleeping bag review & comparison to the Quechua Forclaz Ultralight 1 Angelina
6:52 a.m. on Feb 29, 2020
by Angelina
Yak wool layers 13 BigRed
1:54 p.m. on Feb 24, 2020
by Old Guide
BOA vs Spin 6 Phil Smith
11:14 p.m. on Feb 21, 2020
by Old Guide
The Nth Degree of SUL Gear - is it for you? 39 300winmag
5:30 a.m. on Feb 16, 2020
by whomeworry
Merrell boots: four hooks good, two hooks bad. 8 Randall Purrett
11:01 a.m. on Feb 14, 2020
by ppine
Need advice for some good quality budget self-standing tent. Considering NatureHike Star River 2 15 Angelina
5:34 a.m. on Feb 14, 2020
by Angelina
Winter backpack 18 300winmag
3:16 p.m. on Feb 10, 2020
by 300winmag
Tarp 10 Cletus R. Standiford
5:40 a.m. on Feb 10, 2020
by LoneStranger
Patagonia reverse pile 4 andrew f.
9:19 a.m. on Feb 4, 2020
by andrew f.
Layering light down jacket and down vest 11 300winmag
8:04 p.m. on Feb 3, 2020
by 300winmag
Ultimate survival tool 19 BigRed
3:33 p.m. on Jan 31, 2020
by whomeworry
Camp shoes for winter backpacking 5 Vé Gulbrandsen
8:29 p.m. on Jan 25, 2020
by ppine
Best Budget-Friendly QUECHUA QUICKHIKER ULTRALIGHT 2-PERSON TENT Detailed Review after 2 years test 1 Angelina
9:45 a.m. on Jan 25, 2020
by Angelina
What features would you like to see on a Trekking Pole? 11 Gustavo Lobo De Castro
8:48 a.m. on Jan 25, 2020
by hikermor
Worst gear ever? 28 FromSagetoSnow
6:56 a.m. on Jan 21, 2020
by whomeworry
Chaco Tegu and Zong 1 andrew f.
3:50 p.m. on Jan 20, 2020
by andrew f.
Lounge Wear... 5 pillowthread
2:50 p.m. on Jan 20, 2020
by FlipNC
Maps for inReach Explorer+ 4 gonehiking
6:10 a.m. on Jan 20, 2020
by LoneStranger
Patagonia Houdini update/upgrade 11 andrew f.
6:13 p.m. on Jan 18, 2020
by ghostdog
Rechargeable batteries 8 FlipNC
11:57 a.m. on Jan 15, 2020
by FlipNC
Gear Support For Student 2 Krock20
4:40 p.m. on Jan 9, 2020
by denis daly
Extreme Cold Weather Gear - Part II 9 300winmag
12:18 a.m. on Jan 3, 2020
by 300winmag
Katana 500mm Folding Saw 4 GaryPalmer
11:06 a.m. on Dec 31, 2019
by Old Guide
what's your favorite reasonably robust hiking boot? 13 andrew f.
4:11 p.m. on Dec 29, 2019
by 1100 Remington Man
Daypack for every activity? 5 Rachel P
12:41 p.m. on Dec 29, 2019
by ghostdog
Duluth Trading fleece lined cargo pants on sale 1 300winmag
2:04 a.m. on Dec 27, 2019
by 300winmag
Going back to a flashlight for some trips 12 FlipNC
1:14 p.m. on Dec 26, 2019
by GaryPalmer
Ooof - Backcountry.com stumbles into a hornet's nest 16 andrew f.
1:39 p.m. on Dec 25, 2019
by 300winmag
Do I need a winter bag or can i combine what i already have? 17 WILL1E
4:52 p.m. on Dec 21, 2019
by 300winmag
Sleeping bag in a can!? 3 GaryPalmer
4:39 p.m. on Dec 21, 2019
by 300winmag
Down jacket selection 27 Taylor Bates
3:56 p.m. on Dec 21, 2019
by 300winmag
non-gore tex waterproof/breathable solutions 11 andrew f.
3:21 p.m. on Dec 17, 2019
by pillowthread
Hot tent stove jack opening... 4 WILL1E
7:24 p.m. on Dec 14, 2019
by Phil Smith
Switchbackr 3 andrew f.
10:03 a.m. on Dec 4, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
1994 Wenonah Spirit ii Tuf weave: goog general use canoe and fair price? 2 larry durand
4:37 p.m. on Nov 30, 2019
by ppine
Adventure 16 closing, sad. 3 Oldman Mike
1:32 p.m. on Nov 28, 2019
by Oldman Mike
Spot X question 5 gonehiking
10:51 a.m. on Nov 28, 2019
by LoneStranger
Ordered the Naturehike sleeping bag yesterday 1 GaryPalmer
10:17 a.m. on Nov 28, 2019
by GaryPalmer
Hot Tents & Ti Stoves....any recommendations? 9 WILL1E
10:10 a.m. on Nov 27, 2019
by ppine
Outdoors tech shaming - what do you think? 21 andrew f.
9:23 p.m. on Nov 19, 2019
by John Starnes
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX Or Scarpa SL 1 Paul Lapierre
8:49 p.m. on Oct 20, 2019
by Paul Lapierre
Puffy Jacket Alternatives? 12 Rae Phillips
12:18 p.m. on Oct 19, 2019
by Zalman
Backpack for teen grandson 4 300winmag
3:34 p.m. on Oct 15, 2019
by andrew f.
Tour de Mont Blanc Detailed Packing List | Wilderness Backpack for maximum self-sufficiency 1 Angelina
6:06 a.m. on Oct 12, 2019
by Angelina
A New Winter Pack 9 300winmag
8:01 p.m. on Oct 9, 2019
by 300winmag
Anyone with Experience with SnowTrek snowshoes? 7 Old Guide
12:04 a.m. on Sep 23, 2019
by Paul Lapierre
Can your alcohol stove cook Jiffy Pop? 15 FromSagetoSnow
6:18 p.m. on Sep 13, 2019
by ghostdog
Do you use gaiters for mild weather trips? 15 FlipNC
6:29 p.m. on Sep 9, 2019
by GaryPalmer
hyke and byke eolus 0 down sleeping bag 2 George of the Jungle
5:37 p.m. on Sep 9, 2019
by ppine
Oboz Bridger mid dry waterproof: first impressions. 6 Randall Purrett
10:16 a.m. on Aug 8, 2019
by Craig Houdeshell
I think I had a mild case of snow blindness, help? 11 FromSagetoSnow
10:06 a.m. on Aug 6, 2019
by FromSagetoSnow
buying gear is hard 20 Mike
1:58 p.m. on Aug 3, 2019
by 300winmag
Name this pack! 22 WILL1E
10:40 p.m. on Jul 28, 2019
by whomeworry
1975 Kelty Tioga backpack 15 sabino
10:38 p.m. on Jul 23, 2019
by stevet
Trying to find a Sierra Designs Light Year 1 1 Craig Houdeshell
9:50 a.m. on Jul 23, 2019
by Craig Houdeshell
Jacket advice. 6 Scottish Rambler
1:18 p.m. on Jul 22, 2019
by andrew f.
My Cup Runneth Over 20 FlipNC
2:09 p.m. on Jul 15, 2019
by andrew f.
Trying a bivy bag for the first time 7 FromSagetoSnow
4:45 p.m. on Jul 11, 2019
by ppine
Stoves: Product Design, Info, Use, Maintenance 11 Alicia MacLeay
7:06 p.m. on Jun 28, 2019
by whomeworry
Boreas - another great independent gear company gone 4 andrew f.
11:11 p.m. on Jun 23, 2019
by ppine
Vest 17 Adam Niziol
10:29 a.m. on Jun 13, 2019
by FromSagetoSnow
Live GPS tracking 1 sboardy
5:29 p.m. on Jun 12, 2019
by sboardy
High Peak Pacific Crest 90 Backpack 9 Christopher C. Stone
1:34 p.m. on Jun 12, 2019
by andrew f.
Duluth Trading for great outdoor clothing 2 300winmag
9:18 a.m. on Jun 8, 2019
by hikermor
Hydrapak hydration 4 andrew f.
1:45 p.m. on Jun 2, 2019
by BigRed
Eddie Bauer PEAK XV expedition parka 5 300winmag
11:43 a.m. on May 16, 2019
by andrew f.
Ultralight Budget-Friendly Hikenture Sleeping Pad review and Comparison to the Quechua Ultralight 5 Angelina
5:31 a.m. on May 11, 2019
by Angelina
Mountain hardwear sleeping bags 13 Danny
3:30 a.m. on May 7, 2019
by Nick W.
Balaclava help 14 Phil Smith
1:52 p.m. on May 4, 2019
by 300winmag
Large or X Large Down Parka? 13 Ken Sternberg
8:06 p.m. on May 2, 2019
by Phil Smith
Biodegradable fleece? 6 BigRed
6:47 a.m. on Apr 27, 2019
by BigRed
Portable Solar Systems 9 ppine
9:21 p.m. on Apr 21, 2019
by ppine
Turned back on another hike 15 Phil Smith
7:02 p.m. on Apr 17, 2019
by Phil Smith
Dyneema tent reviews NEEDED 17 300winmag
11:01 p.m. on Apr 13, 2019
by whomeworry
REI expanding their rental and used gear sales 3 apeman
9:23 a.m. on Apr 12, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
Old but good gear 17 Curtis Evans
8:38 a.m. on Apr 4, 2019
by Pika
Gear Advice for youth... 5 Tyler Veinot
9:31 a.m. on Apr 1, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
Steep and Cheap Merchandise 3 GIgi
7:41 p.m. on Mar 27, 2019
by Phil Smith
The search for the perfect boot: the turn down the Asolo trail. 4 Randall Purrett
2:12 p.m. on Mar 22, 2019
by Phil Smith
Should I buy Chillcats? 9 pillowthread
4:08 p.m. on Mar 12, 2019
by pillowthread
Do you use base layers? 15 FlipNC
10:20 a.m. on Mar 3, 2019
by Paul Lapierre
Got a new Eddie Bauer PEAK XV down parka 2 300winmag
7:48 p.m. on Feb 24, 2019
by 300winmag
Large GTX rain mittens for UL winter backpacking? 2 300winmag
11:41 a.m. on Feb 14, 2019
by andrew f.
Mountain Hardware Trango 2 4 Forrest Hickman
6:09 p.m. on Feb 11, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
Duluth Trading fleece lined cargo pants on sale 5 300winmag
4:35 p.m. on Feb 8, 2019
by 300winmag
Water Bottle Choice 32 FlipNC
1:52 p.m. on Feb 6, 2019
by andrew f.
Revised review, Smartwool mountaineering socks 2 andrew f.
9:26 a.m. on Feb 5, 2019
by Alicia MacLeay
What are your "winter-only" garments? (or other items) 8 300winmag
3:25 p.m. on Feb 1, 2019
by 300winmag
silva ranger type 15 5 dale crabtree
4:47 p.m. on Jan 31, 2019
by andrew f.
silva ranger type 15 1 dale crabtree
8:49 p.m. on Jan 26, 2019
by dale crabtree
Looking to other sports for gear. 9 Randall Purrett
2:11 p.m. on Jan 26, 2019
by hikermor
Automobile reviews? 20 Zalman
10:03 a.m. on Jan 26, 2019
by ppine
Do you use an air mattress? (Not a Thermarest type self-inflator) 21 300winmag
9:53 a.m. on Jan 26, 2019
by ppine
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