The Best Gear to Crush Long Hikes

Hike farther, carry less with these picks for long trails and other extended adventures.

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Going out on a long trail or for an extended hiking vacation isn’t like heading out for the weekend. You need light gear than can still stand up to the rigors of life in the backcountry. These three trail-tested and proven products are ready for your biggest adventures.

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2


There’s no need to fuss with a trekking pole tent when you have a freestanding shelter this light. Buy Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Now / Read the Full Review

Ultralight Adventure Equipment Ohm 2.0


With its organization, durability, and robust suspension, the Ohm 2.0 is a lightweight that performs like a heavyweight. Buy Ultralight Adventure Equipment Ohm 2.0 Now / Read the Full Review

Therm-a-Rest Vesper 32°F Quilt


Want to cut your base weight, but don’t want to entomb yourself in a mummy bag every night? Get the Vesper. It weighs just 15 ounces and packs down to the size of a one-liter water bottle thanks to 900-fill hydrophobic down. Buy Therm-a-Rest Vesper 32°F Quilt Now / Read the Full Review

Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail-Running Shoe


Thru-hikers’ feet take a beating. Keep yours (relatively) happy with the Lone Peak 4.5, an update of the tester-approved Lone Peak 4.0, which offers a combo of support, traction, and weight that’s unmatched for sneaker-type hiking shoes. Buy Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Now / Read the Full Review

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System

Sawyer Mini

Lightweight, long-lasting, inexpensive—all words that are music to a thru-hiker’s ears, and all of which describe the Mini. It weighs just 2 ounces and is a shorter than a beer can, but can filter up to 100,000 gallons of water. Buy Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System Now / Read the Full Review