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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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Gear guide: tarps

Tarps come a wide range of shapes, styles, and sizes. Here you’ll learn what to look for when picking out your next ultralight shelter.

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Waterproof-breathable fabrics explained

If you’ve ever wondered what is meant by ‘DWR’, ‘tricot’ or ‘water-resistant’, you’ll find answers to your questions about waterproof fabrics right here.

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Survival kit essentials

To be practical, a survival kit has to contain the bare essentials while being light enough and compact enough to carry on almost any backcountry adventure

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What to look for in a sport sunscreen

Everything you need to know about sunscreen and how to choose one that will save your skin.