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Bivy sacks



Ask a Bear: Bivys in Bear Country?

When I sleep in my beloved bivy, am I just wrapping myself up like a six-foot bear burrito?

Gear Review: Black Diamond Twilight Bivy Sack

A minimalist-style bivy that separates you from the nasty outside.

Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits Heatsheets Emergency Bivy

A light emergency bivvy sack

Boot Shopping Guide



Backpack Shopping Guide



Sleeping Bag Shopping Guide



Gear: Tents 101

There's a bewildering array of tent options available, including hundreds of three-season tents and specialized models built for hot deserts, Arctic summits, and steamy rain forests.

Gear-Buying Tips

Before shopping for gear it's important to plan a budget, do your research, and prioritize.

Gear: Packs

It's important to consider loading, capacity, and pockets when choosing which pack to buy.

Sleeping Bag Repair Tips

Learn what you can and can't fix yourself on a sleeping bag.

How to Sleep Soundly In a Sleeping Bag

On your next camping trip, be sure to heed these 10 tips for sleeping like a log

How to Store and Clean a Sleeping Bag

Keep your sleeping bag up to fluff with proper care and handling, including storing, washing/drying, and special considertations.

Sleeping Bag Terminology

Impress your friends–and understand any salesperson–by learning all sorts of sleeping bag lingo.

Become a Savvy Sleeping Bag Shopper

Five questions to ask yourself before you buy a sleeping bag

Gear Checklists and Shopping Guides

Make sure you don't forget a thing with our comprehensive gear checklists for pretty much any trip occasion. Plus, learn how to pick the perfect piece of gear.

Make Your Gear Last Forever

Backpacker's Ultimate Fix-It Guide

Waterproof Your Wilderness Gear

A complete guide to buying gear that will keep you dry--no matter what

Time To Treat: When to Repair Gear

How do you know that your gear is crying out for help? Consult our handy list of signs and solutions.

Choose The Right Bivy

Finding a bivy that's just your size makes all the difference on colder nights.

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