Expert, field-tested reviews of the best hiking and backpacking gear.
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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. On this page, you’ll find links to all of my reviews.
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Rain Jacket Reviews
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Puffy & Insulated Jacket Reviews
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Backpacking Cooking System Reviews
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