Beloved gearheads, the day has come: BACKPACKER's 2009 Gear Guide is now free and online. If you're in the market for new packs, bag, boots, tents, or anything else to help your escape into the wilderness, we've got your Bible to the best of this year's crop. Get busy—with over 521 total pieces of gear and skills packed on our pages, this could take a while.
Or you could zoom straight to your favorite items:
Our editors winnowed down the best-of-the-best to determine which trail-tested gear gets to walk away with a coveted Editors' Choice Award. This year, staffers took a punishing trip through wet and windy Wales, subjecting gear to a true beating. If something won this year, you can bet it's Ironman-tough. Wanna see it in action? Check out our Editor's Choice 2009: Wales video blowout.
And if you're looking for just one specific piece of gear—now—try out our all-new, revamped GearFinder tool. Search our expanded database by brand, price, weight, size, and more to find the gear that matches your specs and budget. We now have more than 2,000 products, plus photos, reviews, and user ratings.
The Gear is Here...you know what to do.
2009 Gear Guide