Our resident gear expert looks at down vs. synthetic, mummy vs. rectangular, zipper options, and more. Our resident gear expert looks at down vs. synthetic, mummy vs. rectangular, zipper options, and more.
Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter drops some knowledge on how to find, fit, and buy your perfect backpack.
Yes, we know that dragging a pack down dirt road at 60 mph is excessive. No, that won't stop us from doing it anyway to find out which top packs can survive a serious case of road rash.
Keep all your gear organized with this multi-pocket design from REI. Deputy editor Anthony Cerretani shows off the attributes of this load-hauler.
Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter with Patagonia's breathable and packable Troposphere hard shell jacket
A lightweight pack with best-in-class suspension for heavy loads.
Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter on packing the right foods for winter camping
Climbing guru Peter Whittaker gives Backpacker a preview of a new line of gear from Eddie Bauer.