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Backpacking

Explore lightweight tents, backpacks and gear that will take you to the backcountry and beyond.

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The people have spoken

Specifically, our members have voted about backpacking gear. Presenting: the top choices.

The most important top ten list of all

Pack these ten items every time you venture into the outdoors and you’ll be better prepared for almost any emergency.

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Ounce-counters, this one’s for you

This collection serves up our lightest gear so you can focus on the trail, not your pack weight.

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Helpful advice and inspiration

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Best Backpacking Packs of 2022: Staff Picks

Our recommended load haulers for every trip, from quick overnights to weeklong epics.

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Best Backpacking Tents of 2022: Tested

We tested these tents in remote deserts, wind-whipped ranges, and everywhere in between.

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Best Backpacking Stoves: Staff Picks

Which fuel? Canister or nah? What about altitude? Our experts untangle the stove question.

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Backpacking gear at REI

There’s something freeing about hitting the trail, trekking poles in hand, with all the backpacking gear you need in your backpack. Whether you head out solo or with friends, don’t forget to bring the backpacking essentialsbackpacking food, bivy sacks, headlamps and more – that will turn your next night under the stars into a perfect adventure.