Expert, Field-Tested Reviews of the Best Hiking and Backpacking Gear
Welcome to The Big Outside’s Gear Reviews page
Here you will find links to all of my reviews of backpacking, hiking, and other gear, organized by categories, as well as lists of my top picks. You will also find links to my expert tips on how to buy the best gear for your needs.
I tested and reviewed gear for Backpacker magazine for 20 years. At The Big Outside, I review only what I consider the best outdoor gear and apparel—which helps you spend your money more smartly.
Got any suggestions or questions for me, or would you like to know how you can get an expert, fully personalized gear makeover from the former lead gear reviewer for Backpacker magazine? Email me at email@example.com. See also my Ask Me page to learn how I can help you plan any trip you’ve read about at this blog.
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Best in Class Gear
Don’t have time to read through multiple reviews? No worries, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here are my reviews of the best backpacking packs and tents, jackets, and other gear.
Make your next backpacking trip better with my “Top 5 Tips for Better Ultralight Backpacking.”
How Much Should You Spend?
Lots of us have to live within a budget. All of us want to get the best value. Experience has taught me when to find gear at the lowest prices, and when it makes sense to spend less or spend more on gear. Read these three articles for insights that will save you money and make you happy about what you buy.
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Reviews by Gear Category
The numerous links below will give you menus of my reviews in each category, listed in order of the most-recently posted.
What do you really need for backpacking? See my “Essentials-Only Backpacking Gear Checklist.”
How to Buy Gear
How do you choose the right pack, tent, boots, sleeping bag, and other gear for your needs? That depends on the type of hiking and backpacking you do. The stories linked below will help you make the best choices when buying gear.
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See also my Ask Me: Gear page, where you’ll find a menu of all Ask Me posts about gear.
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