Every year the editors at Backpacker Magazine review their favorite gear essentials of the past 12 months in our Editor's Choice Gear Guide.
The perfect backcountry cuppa maximizes convenience and taste.
If a puffy is the sum of all its parts, there’s no better insulated jacket.
Lightweight crampons that actually pack small? It can’t be.
These brakeless bindings shed grams.
Swing weight matters, which is why we love these featherlight poles.
The wedding ring gets an adventure upgrade.
Stretch your money and your arms with this new down puffy.
This softshell performs like a hardshell—or is it a hardshell that performs like a softshell?
Sweaty hands are no match for these waterproof/breathable gloves.
This jacket never wets out. Period.
Wearing is believing: This is the lightest sunshirt we’ve ever tested.
These tough trousers go everywhere.
It’s a technical layer disguised as a stylish sweater.
This could be the last water filter you’ll every buy.
This pack tames the biggest loads.
Serious about backpacking and photography? You’ll love this camera-ready pack.