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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008
Hitting the trail for the day, the weekend, the week, or even longer? We have you covered with a perfect pack–actually, 30 of them–for every pursuit.
These shoes are made for walking. And scrambling. And trail running. And mountaineering. Our testers hiked nearly 5,000 miles to bring you the year's top footwear.
With the right bag and pad, sleeping out can be a dream–no matter what the mercury says. We snooze-approved 32 sacks and 5 mats for every season and budget.
Electrolyte-infused hot cocoa, a hyper-efficient stove, the ultimate cook kit, and other marvels for the discriminating backcountry chef.
Need a camera that shoots video blogs? Check. A point-and-shoot that can zoom in on distant wildlife? We have that, too–and more.
Stay dry, stay warm, stay outside with the best new lightweight and weatherproof jackets.
With the latest GPS units, you can email, get weather, hear satellite radio, even share trips.
Search for rare birds or glass a new route with optics field-tested for sharpness and durability.
Get shady with cool new styles, unbreakable lenses, quick-change tints, and more.
First Aid Kits
Going solo? Taking a group? One of our kits is right for you. Plus, five easy survival upgrades.
Six new ways to see in the dark, from a solar-powered light to one that shines 170 feet.
Blades & Tools
From an ultralight knife to a full-service multitool, prepare for your Survivorman moment. Or lunch.
Solve almost any drinking problem with these super-fast filters and no-funk reservoirs.
Our regional testers pick the best gear for where you live and hike.
Top Tips from Trail Pros
Hard-earned advice from Ed Viesturs, Andy Skurka, and 27 other trail experts and authors.
We asked manufacturers to design the greenest packs possible. And the winners are . . .
Green Gear Report Card
From recyclable packs to cow-powered offices, here's our guide to 58 eco-forward companies.