Gear Reviews

Expert, field-tested reviews of the best hiking and backpacking gear.

Beside the Colorado River at Hance Rapids, Grand Canyon, from my 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites.

Click this photo to see my 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites.

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.

—Michael Lanza

Backpack Reviews

Daypack Reviews

Backpacking Tent Reviews

Hiking Shoes Reviews

Backpacking Boots Reviews

Sleeping Bag Reviews

All Outdoor Apparel Reviews

Kids Outdoor Gear Reviews

Kids Outdoor Apparel Reviews

 

Get the right pack for you. See my “Gear Review: The 10 Best Packs For Backpacking
and my “5 Tips For Buying the Right Backpack.”

 

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All Backpacking Gear Reviews

All Ultralight Backpacking Gear Reviews

All Hiking Gear Reviews

All Trail-Running Gear & Apparel Reviews

 

10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit.

Click here for my 10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit.

Rain Jacket Reviews

Ultralight Wind Shell Reviews

Puffy & Insulated Jacket Reviews

Headlamp Reviews

Trekking Poles Reviews

Backpacking Cooking System Reviews

Air Mattress & Sleeping Pad Reviews

Camping Gear Reviews

 

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Pro Tips: How to Choose a Sleeping Bag

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The Simple Equation of Ultralight Backpacking: Less Weight = More Fun.

Make backpacking more fun. Click this photo for my tips on going ultralight.

Gear Review: The 5 Best Headlamps

Ask Me: How Do We Begin Lightening Up Our Backpacking Gear?

Ask Me: Can You Suggest a Backpacking Gear Checklist?

 

See also my Ask Me: Gear page, where you’ll find a menu of all Ask Me posts about gear.

 

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