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Your opinions, photos, feats, and everything else backpackers are talking about this month.

Gear Review: The North Face Kichatna Shell Jacket

Armor for tall hikers

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Headwear

Keep your noggin' warm or protected with these three hats and two helmets.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Dome Beanie

A slim, 100-percent polyester skull cap.

Gear Review: Dale of Norway Weatherproof Hat

A classic Norwegian wool hat with Teflon-treated yarn for enhanced water resistance and the windproof Gore liner.

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Aria/ Transcendent Beanie

"It's a parka for your melon!"

Gear: Ultralight Layers

Stay comfortable and carry less with these versatile, all purpose pieces.

Gear Guide 2012: Outdoor Research Revel Convertible Cap

The Revel offers two domes for maximum versatility.

Outdoor Retailer Roundup: Face First Travel Pillow and Saxx Men's Underwear

Day 2 had this reporter looking for comfort - gloves, hats, travel pillows, and undies.

Editors' Picks with Senior Online Producer Katie Herrell

A cozy hat and a cozy jacket for our always-cold staffer.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Hats

Cover your head...and ears...even your face, with these cold-weather coverups.

Gear Review: SCOTT Roam

A versatile helmet that can cover deep freeze to shoulder season.

Gear Review: Helly Hansen HH Dry Balaclava

Made with Helly Hansen's Lifa material, this balaclava wicks and dries super quickly.

Gear Review: SmartWool Reversible Training Beanie

This 100-percent merino cap will be your go-to three-season and winter-workout hat.

Gear Review: Fjällräven Skare Softshell

A 93-percent nylon, double-woven cap that is extremely lightweight and low profile.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Roj Headband

A super wide ear band with a brim that blocks sun while encouraging air flow.

Gear Review: Tilley TWP1 Waterproof Hat

A fully-featured topper, the Tilley TWP1 waterproof hat has enough style to satisfy even the snobbiest hiker.

Gear Guide 2011: Essentials

Welcome to accessory and apparel heaven: puffy jackets, stoves, windpants, knives, iPad apps, solar panels, GPS, hydration, first aid, socks, camp food, baselayers, and more.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Outdoor Research Solar Roller

Fool-proof sun protection for her noggin

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Echo Cap

A stretchy, superbreathable sun hat.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Downpour Wide Brim Rain Hat

A storm shell and umbrella for your head

Gear Review: Chaos Dri-Release Multi-Tasker Pro Balaclava

A versatile balaclava made of a blend of fabrics.

As Seen on The Martha Stewart Show

Our own gear diva met with Martha on December 20th to talk about cold-weather layering. Here's the gear Kristin suggested:

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Hats, Helmets, Face Masks

Protect your beaner, or just keep it warm, with these headwear options.

Gear Review: Smith Vantage Helmet

The most comfortable helmet in our test.

Gear Review: Grivel Air Tech Helmet

An ultralight helmet with 16 vents.

Gear Review: Grivel Air Tech Helmet

Gear Review: SmartWool Lupine Hat

A merino wool beanie for temps down to 25°.

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Hat for All Seasons

A two-in-one hat that keeps out cold and precipitation.

Gear Review: Sugoi RSE Windblock Cap

A cap that lives up to its name

Gear Review: Chaos Adrenaline Multi-Tasker Pro Balaclava

A full-face balaclava

Gear Review: MontBell Neige Down Cap

A winter ball cap that's filled with down.

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Radiant Hybrid Beanie

A barely there beanie for high-octane workouts.

Zones: Urban

Check out these city hikes in Walt Disney World, Las Vegas, and Manhattan.

Field Test: Global Apparel for Men

Get technical layers that work everywhere from hotel bars to high-mountain trails. Our testers vetted more than 50 products from the Alps to the Andes to bring you these top systems.

Field Test: Global Apparel for Women

The BACKPACKER ladies tested made-for-trail clothes that can double as street wear–wherever the streets may be.

Review: prAna Supplex Hat

A quick-drying, simple cap for any global traveler

Review: Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap

For searing sun or relentless rain, pack the Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap.

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