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.

  • Backpacking gift ideas: our favorite tents, backpacks, cookware and backpacking gear from our adventures in the South

    Backpacking Gift Ideas

    Looking for backpacking gift ideas for a hiker on your list? Our 2017 gift guide features our trail-tested, favorite backpacking gear from our trail adventures throughout the South.

  • Sierra Designs Divine Light 2 FL backpacking tent review

    Sierra Designs Divine Light backpacking tent

    Lightweight, roomy, and packed with features, the Sierra Designs Divine Light 2 FL backpacking tent offers plenty of space for two campers, plenty of gear storage, roomy headroom, and an outstanding three-door design. Our trail-tested review.

  • UCO Titan Stormproof Matches review: waterproof matches perfect for wet-weather camping adventures

    UCO Titan Stormproof Matches

    Waterproof, windproof, and long burning, the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit makes quick work of getting the campfire burning in even the worst weather.

  • Trailfoody review: a tasty food subscription service perfect for hikers, campers, and backpackers

    Trailfoody review: an ultra-tasty trail food subscription

    Trailfoody delivers delicious, hand-selected trail food, packed in a monthly box with some delicious new brands and flavors and some tasty favorites. It’s a great way to try new flavors out on the trail, and offers great savings, too.

  • Lowa boots comparison review: our favorite GTX boots, the Renegade, Innox, Sesto, and Irox

    LOWA Boots: our four favorite GTX hiking boots, compared

    LOWA boots have long been our trusted choice of hiking footwear for adventures in the South. We compare our long-time favorite, the Renegade GTX, with some of their newest hiking and trekking boot styles, the Innox GTX Mid, Sesto GTX Mid, and Irox GTX Mid.

  • Patagonia Provisions review: organic trail and campsite-worthy meals, bars, and hot breakfasts

    Patagonia Provisions: delicious, crave-worthy camping and backpacking meals

    Elevate your camping and backpacking experience with Patagonia’s new line of organic food. It’s trail-friendly, campsite-friendly, and ultra-delicious. Our review of our favorite breakfasts, dinners, salmon, and fruit bars from Patagonia Provisions.

  • Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 tent review

    Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 Tent Review

    It’s lightweight and spacious, with fast assembly and great ventilation: the Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 is a thoughtfully designed three person tent, perfect for car camping and backpacking adventures in the South.

  • Editor's Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017

    Editor’s Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017

    We scoured the massive floors at Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market ’17 for the best, most Southern-worthy outdoor gear and apparel. Here are our editors’ top picks from the show.

  • 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.

  • 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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