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April 8, 2018 A backpacker and a rainbow in Wyoming's Wind River Range.

The Best Backpacking Gear of 2018

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By Michael Lanza

Yosemite. The Grand Canyon. The Tetons. Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. The Wind River Range. The North Cascades. The Tour du Mont Blanc. New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The Canadian Rockies. Paria Canyon. These are just some of the numerous places where I’ve tested the backpacking gear you see reviewed at The Big Outside. I treat gear roughly in mountains and canyons that are notoriously hard on outdoor gear and apparel so that I can give you honest and thorough, field-tested opinions that help you make the best gear choices for your adventures.

And that’s exactly how I came up with these select picks for today’s best backpacking gear. Continue reading →

December 18, 2017 A backpacker at Park Creek Pass, North Cascades National Park.

The Best New Hiking and Backpacking Gear of 2017

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By Michael Lanza

Every year, I field test a lot of new gear and clothing for three-season hiking, backpacking, climbing, and winter backcountry activities. Much of it’s pretty good. But to be honest, only a small number rise to the level of excellent, either for technical innovation or simply coming at a task from a new angle that makes their performance superior to others. On those rare occasions, gear can actually make the experiences we seek better in some small way. For this article, I’ve picked out the best pieces of new outdoors gear and apparel that came out in 2017. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Asolo Thyrus Gv Boots

March 29, 2017  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   4 Comments
Asolo Thyrus Gv

Asolo Thyrus Gv

Backpacking Boots
Asolo Thyrus Gv
$235, 2 lbs. 5 oz. (US men’s 8.5)
Sizes: US men’s 8-14, women’s 6-11
moosejaw.com

I need a reason to wear leather boots, because they usually involve tradeoffs for their benefits: They tend to be too hot and heavy, especially for summer backpacking, when I often wear lightweight, synthetic mid-cut boots or low-cut shoes (depending on how much weight I’m carrying). But the Thyrus Gv felt so shockingly light for a leather boot, with a design that seemed to promise better breathability than is typical, that I decided to take them out on a five-day, 80-mile backpacking trip in the North Cascades National Park Complex in September—slogging long, sunny days through wet terrain, the best test of any leather boot. And these boots delivered on the promise in their design. Continue reading →

Ask Me: What Boots Do You Recommend For Treks in the Alps and Scottish Highlands?

March 23, 2016  |  In Ask Me, Backpacking, Gear Reviews, International Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
My wife, Penny, trekking the Europaweg (Europe Trail) in the Swiss Alps.

My wife, Penny, trekking the Europaweg (Europe Trail) in the Swiss Alps.

[ML Note: I received the following two similar questions from readers, and the boots recommendations given in each response would apply to both.]

Dear Michael,

I am a subscriber of your blog. I really enjoy your posts and value your opinion. I’ve undertaken a number of long hikes in Europe. I’ve always used heavy boots and I want to hear your opinion on the use of lightweight boots. This summer, a group of people very close to me will join me on Scotland’s West Highland Way (152 km). I frequently use your tips and experiences to prepare them in relation to the needed gear (as it will be the first time for all of them) and fitness preparation. I am considering La Sportiva Core High GTX. Would you recommended it for a hike carrying about eight kilos? My second option is the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX. I am of course open to recommendations. I would be grateful if I could have your opinion.

Thank you in advance,

Marios
Nicosia, Cyprus Continue reading →

Gear Review: Asolo Magix Hiking-Approach Shoes

September 16, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Asolo Magix

Asolo Magix

Hiking/Approach Shoes
Asolo Magix
$210, 2 lbs. (men’s Euro 42/US 9)
Sizes: men’s Euro 41-47/US 8-12, 13, 14, women’s Euro 36-41/US 6-10.5
moosejaw.com

In their early days, approach-style shoes were basically rock-climbing shoes for easy routes that you could walk short distances in with marginal comfort. They have since evolved greatly into something designed more for hiking comfort and performance than for climbing. Much as I like climbing, that’s a smart evolution, in my opinion, because that turns them into all-mountain shoes ideal for hiking and scrambling long days in difficult, off-trail terrain—a task for which lightweight, low-cut hiking shoes can get trashed, and burlier boots are often too heavy and hot. (For skilled climbers, some approach models are also sticky and nimble enough for easy fifth-class routes.) But there’s still a tension between conflicting objectives with approach shoes: balancing walking comfort against design elements that protect your feet better, but can also make shoes heavier and hotter. With the low-cut Magix, Asolo seemed to take a shot at achieving that delicate balance, so I took them on several hikes, including a 12-hour, roughly 14-mile and 5,000-foot, mostly off-trail dayhike in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, to test whether they could deliver. Continue reading →

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