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Gear Hall of Fame: Socks

The BACKPACKER editors pick the pairs that have stood the test of time.

Gear Pro: Pack Some Power

Don’t get stuck with a dead smartphone or headlamp on your next weekend trip. Pack one of these and always have spare juice.

7 Mind-Blowing Oatmeal Upgrades

From apple pie to pumpkin spice, these oatmeal additions will shake up your taste buds and keep your favorite trail breakfast fresh, every day.

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Tarptent Scarp 1

At 2 pounds, 15 ounces, this ultralight tent impressed.

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Voormi High-E Hoodie

Rocky Mountain wool made this versatile layer a top pick for our testers.

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Gear Review: Zeal Penny Lane Sunglasses

Testers praised the fit and coverage of these glasses—from sweaty, 120°F descents into the Grand Canyon to a cold summit near Yellowstone.

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Ask Kristin: Big, Light Sleeping Bag

I am 6'7'' and an active outdoorsman year-round. Which 20-ish degree bag has the most shoulder space and is still rather light?

Help! Allergic to Wool!

I'm allergic to wool (and sheep) and even "no itch" merino is itchy, especially when I'm sweating. What are good non-wool baselayer alternatives? Thanks!

Help! Sand in My Multitool

Ever since my backpacking trip in Canyonlands, my multitool had been gunked up with sand. I've scrubbed it with a toothbrush and run it through the dishwasher, but there's still grittiness whenever I open the tools. What can I do?

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Tarptent Scarp 1

At 2 pounds, 15 ounces, this ultralight tent impressed.

Voormi High-E Hoodie

Rocky Mountain wool made this versatile layer a top pick for our testers.
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Kristin Hostetter
Q.} I am 6'7'' and an active outdoorsman year-round. Which 20ish degree bag has the most shoulder space and is still rather light?
Submitted by: Chris - Gambrills, MD
A.} To get the best answer for your question, I went to two BACKPACKER staffers who can relate: Jon Dorn and Ben Fullerton, both 6’6”. Here are a few of their three-season picks.

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