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How to get your sleep system dialed in

Learn how to compile and calibrate a sleep system that will support your sleeping habits and be warm enough for the expected conditions.

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Gear guide: sleeping bags

Every camper’s needs are different, and you’ll want to consider your priorities, sleeping habits, and budget when making this important gear decision.

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How to choose a backpacking tent

Freestanding or tensioned? Single wall or double walls? There are a dozen decisions to be made when choosing a new backpacking tent.

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How to choose a rain jacket

Learn the difference between a hard shell and rain shell as well as why you might choose one over the other.

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Gear guide: outdoor jackets

The right jacket will keep you warm and dry. But with so many choices in insulation, shell fabric and features, choosing an outer layer is no easy decision

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Are assisted-braking belay devices safer?

The answer should be obvious, but this misconception about assisted-braking devices still persists. Time to clear things up once and for all

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How to choose gear for ultralight backpacking

Ultralight gear isn’t cheap. Avoid any post-purchase dissonance by learning how to choose the right gear for going fast and light.

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Is it right to go light? The pros and cons of ultralight backpacking

Learn everything you need to know before taking an ultralight approach to your next backpacking trip.

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Gear for trail running in the rain

With a little preparation and the right gear, you can stay reasonably dry and warm regardless of what mother nature throws at you.