Backpacker Editors' Choice 2017
You won’t find one piece of mediocre gear in Backpacker. With hundreds of testers putting products to hard use all over the world, our process is simply too stringent for gear that doesn’t perform at the highest level. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few pieces that outshine the rest. After months of hiking, climbing, camping, and paddling this gear through all imaginable conditions and terrain, we narrowed the list down to a few stars to bring on our trek through Colombia’s Páramo de Ocetá. After five days of backpacking through a unique alpine grassland at 12,000 feet, we crowned these eleven products with our highest award.
This superlight merino/synthetic top works in all temps.
Full storm protection was never this stretchy.
Stay high and dry with a chair that’s so light you’ll never want to leave it behind.
If you’ve been waiting to get a premium down bag because of price, stop waiting.
Save weight and money with this minimalist recliner.
The backpacker breakfast staple gets a long-overdue upgrade.
Banish sore hips and pack sway with a new hipbelt that moves with you in all directions.
This no-fuss filter fixes every problem with squeeze hydration.
One of our favorite waterproof/breathable jackets gets an eco-friendly upgrade.
When you want an extra pack but don’t want to carry an extra pack, take this featherlight bag.
The most livable group tent out there gets better.