The BACKPACKER Gear Hall of Fame

There's a reason we keep coming back to these 20 products season after season.

New is nice, but proven is better. It takes many miles and hard use to find gear that lasts forever and still outperforms the competition. When our veteran testers continue to use a product year after year—despite having shinier stuff in the closet—we know we have a winner. Here, testers share their favorite packs, bags, tents, and more that have earned a new title: timeless.