Learn more about the best backpacking, hiking and camping gear of the year with expert gear reviews from Backpacker Magazine's annual Editors' Choice gear awards.
For a quarter century, our editors and contributors have taken the most promising products hiking and camping around the world in search of the cream of the crop. On the awards' 25th anniversary, we collect their favorites.
A lightweight backpack, custom-molded boots, and the best lip balm we've ever tried: meet our favorite gear of the season.
To earn one of our annual awards, new and supposedly "best of the best" gear has to run a gauntlet unmatched in the outdoor world. No green pastures here, no warm-and-fuzzy backyard testing; we're talking about hundreds of days and nights on mountains, in the desert, and along rainforest trails.