Backpacking Gear

There's nothing quite like a night (or a few!) under the stars. We've packed our favorite, trail-tested backpacking gear on hundreds of miles of adventures throughout the South. Our favorite tents, backpacks, meals, and more.

Backpacking gear reviews: our favorite, trail-tested tents, backpacks, gear and food

While we’re huge fans of a great day hike, there’s just something about a great backpacking adventure that makes the journey all the more worthwhile. There’s nothing like sleeping in the quiet of the wilderness under the blanket of abundant stars after a full day of hiking. And there’s pure magic in waking up in the middle of nature to a beautiful sunrise, and watching the world come alive while sipping a great cup of coffee on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. And while a great adventure can be had with the simplest gear, we’re big believers in the philosophy that great backpacking gear can go a long way to enhance the journey.

We’ve tested our favorite gear, boots, and accessories over hundreds of miles on our adventures throughout the South. Our favorite gear has stood up to some seriously rugged use and has kept us warm, dry, and happy on our many adventures. Our detailed gear reviews feature details on our favorite gear, and our backpacking gear list highlights the gear that we pack on nearly every adventure. Or check out our backpacking gift guide for some great outdoor gift ideas and our outdoor apparel reviews for our favorite layering options for the South.

  • Helinox Chair One camping chair review: our go-to, lightweight camp chair that packs small

    Helinox Chair One

    Lightweight but ultra-comfy, the Helinox Chair One is our go-to for relaxing at a campsite, park, outdoor concert, or around town. And it packs up small and easily, making it one ultra-portable camp chair.

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  • Backpacking gear list: our favorite, trail-tested gear for adventures in the South

    Backpacking Gear List

    Tent: check. Backpack: check. Wondering what else to pack? Our backpacking list features our favorite, trail-tested gear for multi-day hikes in the South.

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  • Big Agnes Wiley SL sleeping bag and Insulated Air Core Ultra sleeping pad review

    Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag & Insulated Air Core Ultra

    It’s one of our new favorite sleep systems for camp. The Big Agnes Wiley SL 30 sleeping bag and Insulated Air Core sleeping pad deliver maximum comfort, high-performance insulation, and great integration for a perfect night at the campsite under the stars.

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  • Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed sleeping bag review

    Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed

    With a built-in comforter and zipperless design, the Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed is one of our new favorite sleeping bags for car camping. It feels much more like an at-home bed than a traditional sleeping bag, and is great for side sleepers, too. Our campsite-tested review.

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  • Osprey Aether 60: our trail-tested backpack review

    Osprey Aether 60

    The Osprey Aether 60 is an ultra-comfortable, full-featured backpack that blends great features and ample storage. It’s our go-to pack for multi-day backpacking adventures in the South.

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  • Good To-Go backpacking meals review: Oatmeal, Granola, Bibimbap, Mexican Quinoa Bowl

    Good To-Go: delicious new backpacking meal flavors

    Take backcountry dining to a whole new level with these Iron-Chef-created, restaurant-worthy dishes. Our review of our four new favorite dishes from Good To-Go: Bibimbap, Mexican Quinoa Bowl, Oatmeal, and Granola.

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  • How to clean hiking, camping and backpacking gear, tents and boots

    How to clean and waterproof hiking, camping, and backpacking gear and boots

    Quality outdoor gear can be an expensive (but worthwhile!) investment. Keep your backpacks, boots, tents, rain gear, jackets, and sleeping bags performing like new with these easy tips on outdoor gear cleaning and care.

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  • ENO SingleNest and ENO DoubleNest hammock review: our favorite hammocks for hiking, camping, and backpacking

    ENO SingleNest & ENO DoubleNest hammocks

    There’s simply no better way to hang out on the trail or at a campsite. Suspended from ENO’s SingleNest and DoubleNest hammocks and Atlas straps, relaxing in the great outdoors hits a new high.

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  • Ahnu Sugarpine Women's Waterproof Boot Review

    Ahnu Sugarpine women’s hiking boot review

    The Ahnu Sugarpine is a lightweight women’s waterproof hiking boot that delivers performance, style, and stability on the trail. Our trail-tested Sugarpine review.

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  • LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review

    LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review

    Stability and dependable traction: the LOWA Renegade GTX Mid is a high-end hiking boot that’s well-equipped with a waterproof Gore-Tex lining and a grippy Vibram Evo outsole. Our trail-tested review.

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