The Best Eco-Friendly Gear for Backpackers

These 5 pieces perform well on the trail and benefit the Earth.

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KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid


Tanneries are often the weak link in a green supply chain: They often use excessive water and energy and source their materials from not-so-green origins. Not the case with this boot: It sports a Leather Working Group certification, a distinction for products that use traceable leather from vetted suppliers and dispose of waste properly. Read the full review.

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Marmot Eclipse Jacket


The problem with rain shells is that most use a DWR that’s both toxic and temporary. But, by baking a PFC-free laminate into 100-percent-recycled nylon yarn, Marmot eliminates the need for a DWR finish. Read the full review.

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Vaude Gleann Shirt V


This shirt proves that coffee is good for more than just a morning jolt, and helps reduce food waste in the process. Read the full review.

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Truce Drop Liner 24L

truce backpack

The same sails that withstand whipping gales at sea make this pack virtually indestructible. Read the full review.

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Fjällräven Keb Trouser

keb trousers

Re-using waste materials and getting rid of environmentally harmful PFCs is laudable for any product, but these pants also offer a combination of stretch and strength in all the right places. Read the full review.

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