Gear Reviews

Backpackers hiking the Pole Creek Trail in the Wind River Range, Wyoming.

How to Choose Trekking Poles

By Michael Lanza You want trekking poles for backpacking, dayhiking, running mountain trails, ski touring, or other backcountry activities, but the abundance of models and designs out there can seem overwhelming. Collapsible or folding, ultralight or heavier and sturdier, adjustable or not—which style is best for you? Save yourself a lot of time and the expense of making the wrong …

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A backpacker on the Shannon Pass Trail above Peak Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming.

The Top 5 Ultralight Backpacking Tips

By Michael Lanza I field a lot of questions from readers about gear and backpacking, and I find the conversation often boiling down to one issue: how much weight they have in their packs. The biggest lesson I’ve drawn from more than three decades of backpacking—including 10 years as a field editor at Backpacker magazine and even longer running this …

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A campsite on the Dome Glacier in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

5 Expert Tips For Buying a Backpacking Tent

By Michael Lanza The choices in tents for backpacking seem to get better every year, with lightweight models continually getting lighter and other advances that make tents sturdier and more livable without adding weight. But with all the options out there, how do you choose? The answer is simpler than you might think: It comes down to understanding the key …

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The Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody.

Review: Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody

Breathable Insulated Jacket
Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody
$259, 12 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XXXL, women’s XS-XXL
backcountry.com

From days of backcountry skiing and winter hikes in my local foothills to biking around town on cold days, the Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody has spent almost as much time on me as it does in my closet. In a category of breathable insulated jackets designed for being active in cool to cold temps—like backcountry snow sports, hiking, and climbing—the Atom LT Hoody’s weight and features make it uniquely versatile for a wide range of activities and users.

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