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Gear Pro

Gear Hall of Fame: Ultralight

When youíre ready to shave pounds from your pack, itís time to invest in ultralight gear. Hereís a look at some of our all-time favorite featherweights.

Gear Hall of Fame: Kids' Gear

Want to get your kids to love the outdoors? Outfit 'em the right way.

Hall of Fame: Camp Food

The best bars and snacks we've ever tasted. Who ever said camping means compromising?

Gear Hall of Fame: Electronics

The best trail gadgets of all time.

Gear Pro: British Columbia Gear Testing

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a BACKPACKER gear testing trip.

Gear Hall of Fame: Kitchen

Hands down, the best camp cookware of all time.

Gear Pro: Pack Some Power

Donít get stuck with a dead smartphone or headlamp on your next weekend trip. Pack one of these and always have spare juice.

Gear Pro: Are You Our Next Gear Tester?

We're recruiting for 2014!

Gear Pro: Why Review Expensive Gear?

Readers often ask why we review such pricey equipment. Here's the answer.

Outfit Yourself for a Day Hike

Everything you need for a typical spring day hike.

Gear Pro: Weekend Hike Essentials

These 7 items make a killer kit for your spring weekends.

Gear Pro: Breaking In Your Boots

Learn how to get comfy in your new footwear.

Gear Pro: The Newest Insulation Trends

The latest in down and synthetic blend technology.

Gear Pro: External Frame vs. Internal Frame

A reader asks: Why did external frame packs go out of style?

Gear Pro: Sleep Warmer

A reader asks: How can I keep the whole family warm?

Gear Pro: StrongVolt Portable Electronics Charger

We're keeping an eye on this new form of portable power.

Gear Pro

Weekly gear advice, tips, and fixes from gear editor Kristin Hostetter.

Gear Pro: Staying Warm 2.0

Readers share their best winter comfort tips!

Gear Pro: Pack Fixes

Reinforce fraying pockets with a few simple tricks.

Gear Pro: Quick Zipper Fix

Get your zipper back on track with an easy DIY repair.

Gear Pro: Boot TLC

Give your favorite pair a little love. Two easy steps and theyíll be good as new.

Gear Pro: Patching a Down Jacket

Your puffy jacket (or sleeping bag) fixed in 10 minutes!

Gear Pro: Portable Tunes

6 wireless speakers that will fit in your pack.

Gear Pro: How I Stay Warm

These are a few of my favorite things.

Gear Pro's Guide to Spring Cleaning

Get your gear ready for hiking season with these tips from gear editor Kristin Hostetter.

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