A lightweight backpack, custom-molded boots, and the best lip balm we've ever tried: meet our favorite gear of the season.
The best new gear. That’s what earns our seal of approval, and only after months of hardcore testing. This year, we subjected dozens of products to heinous trail conditions from Alaska to Wales. In the end, 18 survived to take our top honor.
The year’s best packs, boots, tents, jackets, and sleeping bags. Period. Plus, a never-die headlamp, a life-saving beacon, a back-saving ultralight chair, and more innovative, trail-tested gear.
From the perfect backpacking pack to the coolest stargazing tool we’ve ever seen, here’s this year’s most innovative and trailworthy new hiking gear.
Cutting-edge technology, category-defining comfort, and exceptional value earn these 12 new products the BACKPACKER seal of approval.
Find a satellite communicator, a fastpacking shoe, and more in our round-up of the year's best gear.
Innovation, value, unbeatable quality— here’s the best stuff we’ve tested this year.
Ten years into BACKPACKER's Editors' Choice awards, the gear has changed, but the goal hasn't.
After a gnarly hike down California's Lost Coast, these pieces shone.
Lightweight cookware and a revolutionary headlamp are among the highlights of this look back at 2001's best equipment.
A handy lantern and large, lightweight shelters make our list of the year's best gear.
Nine innovative new products to improve life on the trail, plus a few classics worth their weight in gold.
Socks with frying pan technology, a pack built like a taco, boots that would make Darth Vadar smile. Innovation abounds in this year's "Best New Gear" Awards.
10 new and noteworthy products that should be on every backpacker’s wish list.
After 18 days near the Arctic Circle, these boots, socks, packs, canoes, and more came out on top.
Clean out your gear closet! Here's our rundown of new, gotta-have products.
From burly leather boots to a useful multitool, these are our favorite pieces of gear this season.
To find out where marketing hype ends and true excellence begins, we trolled the aisles at trade shows last fall (where new gear debuts) and drew up a list of likely candidates. Then we took samples into the woods and beat the heck out of them. When the dust settled, the survivors made it onto this year's best-of-the-breed list.
How do you separate good gear from great gear? Six months of backpacking around the globe will do it. Our testers hiked, camped, climbed, and paddled in heat, cold, rain, snow, and wind to winnow hundreds of promising products down to a few dozen finalists.
After months and miles of testing, we found 12 products that set new benchmarks for performance, innovation, and value. From tents with wide-open views to the comfiest sleeping pad we've ever used, here's the best gear you'll find this year.
After thousands of hours of testing and a five-day trek through Colombia, these 11 products have earned a place in our pack.
We dragged hundreds of products around the globe for a year, looking for the best gear. The result: 13 Editor's Choice Award winners for your wish list.
From a bomber ultralight tent to the best GPS watch we've seen, here are the 15 products that passed the ultimate field test.
From a smart-and-light pack to a groundbreaking backcountry communicator, here are the 12 products that passed the ultimate gear challenge.
From a bargain ultralight tent to perfect-fit boots, here are 14 products that passed the ultimate field test.
After 15-hour trail days with 50 pound packs on 100-miles of Switzerland's Via Alpina, we're proud to present the best gear of the year.