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  1. Buying Guides

    The Best Hiking Socks

    Every hiker needs a pair of moisture-wicking hiking socks. We tested 14 pairs of hiking socks on the PNW trails to find our favorites.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 3 reviews
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    How to Choose Binoculars

    Numbers on binoculars can be a little confusing; this article explains basic specs, why prices differ so much and how to choose based on your end use.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 782 reviews
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    How to Choose and Use Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs

    Learn how to shop for trekking poles: You'll consider weight, price, shock absorption, shaft construction and the type of grip.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 1635 reviews
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    How to Choose a Backpack

    Learn how to choose a backpack based on trip length and pack capacity, as well as fit, frame type and features.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 929 reviews
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    What to Wear Backpacking

    Learn which clothes to bring backpacking in order to keep your pack light while making sure you'll have everything you need.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 186 reviews
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    How to Choose Sleeping Pads

    Sleeping pads offer cushioning and insulation for sound sleeping. Learn about types of pads, insulation, R-value and other key features.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 662 reviews
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    The Best Hiking Boots

    Finding a hiking boot is easy. Finding the perfect hiking boot is much harder. We polled REI staff to find their favorite hiking boots.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 12 reviews
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    How to Choose a Hammock

    Hammocks are a comfortable and popular way to hang out in Nature. Some are also great for backpacking. Learn how to choose one that's right for you.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 178 reviews
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    How to Choose Child Carriers

    Is your baby ready for a child carrier? Learn what to look for, including types of carriers, key features, fit and safety tips.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 19 reviews
  10. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Water Filter or Purifier

    Learn about backcountry water risks, ways to treat water and factors to consider when choosing a filter, purifier or other treatment method.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 356 reviews
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    How to Choose and Use Gaiters

    Gaiters come in different shapes and sizes. Learn how to choose and use gaiters for hiking, mountaineering and trail running.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 57 reviews
  12. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Hiking Socks

    Choosing the right hiking socks will keep your feet happy during the long haul. This article covers sock height, cushioning, fabric and fit.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 605 reviews
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    How to Choose Hiking Boots

    Use our guide to find the right hiking boots for you. Includes expert tips from heel to toe and info on boot types, materials and fit.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 652 reviews
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    How to Choose Hydration Packs

    Which hydration pack is best? Learn about reservoir size, gear capacity and other key pack features for cyclists, runners, hikers and more.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 185 reviews
  15. Buying Guides

    What to Wear Hiking

    Learn about clothes that can help you hike more comfortably, and get strategies for cutting the weight and bulk of clothing in your pack.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 198 reviews
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    How to Choose Crampons

    Learn how to choose crampons for snow walking, mountaineering and ice climbing, and the benefits of hybrid, step-in and strap-on crampons.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 161 reviews
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    How to Choose Daypacks

    Choosing a daypack can be daunting. Learn how to find the right one by looking at how you plan to use it, plus capacity, features and fit.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 223 reviews
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    How to Choose Between a PLB and a Satellite Messenger

    Learn the difference between a personal locator beacon (PLB) and a satellite messenger, and which emergency signal device might be right for you.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 430 reviews
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    How to Choose Solar Chargers and Portable Power

    Our article helps you pick the solar charger or portable power technology that’s best suited to your adventure, travel and power needs.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 132 reviews
  20. Buying Guides

    Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners: The Great Debate

    Do you need big beefy boots to go hiking? Or will a pair of trail runners do just fine? Our expert gives you the pros and cons.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 11 reviews
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    How to Choose Cookware

    This backpacking cookware primer offers the pros and cons of different materials and has tips on which and how many pieces to carry.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 141 reviews
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    How to Choose a Backpacking Stove

    There are many ways to cook a meal in the backcountry: Learn the pros and cons of different types of backpacking stoves and fuels.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 276 reviews
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    How to Choose Bivy Sacks

    Learn to choose a bivy sack for ultralight backpacking trips and mountaineering. Includes info about materials, construction and designs.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 149 reviews
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    How to Choose Sleeping Bags for Backpacking

    Learn how to choose the best sleeping bag for backpacking based on bag temperature ratings, insulation type, bag shape and extra features.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 544 reviews
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    How to Choose Knives and Tools

    Knives and multi-tools come in a variety of styles and materials. Read this article to get tips on how to choose one that works for you.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 44 reviews
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    How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

    Learn how to shop for backpacking tents: We'll cover tent capacity, seasonality, weight, livability, setup and materials.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 227 reviews
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    How to Choose Sleeping Bag Liners

    Sleeping bag liners are great for backpackers or travelers who sleep in hostels; this article explains their benefits and how to choose one.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 122 reviews
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    How to Choose Insoles

    Insoles for your boots or shoes can improve fit and alleviate foot problems. This article explains the basics on how to choose a pair.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 428 reviews
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    How to Choose a Camp Chair

    Hanging out in a comfortable camp chair is one of the great pleasures of a life outdoors. Learn how to choose the style of chair that’s right for you.

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 13 reviews
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    Meal Planning for Ultralight Backpacking

    Get ideas on how to prepare and pack tasty meals while ultralight backpacking.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 4 reviews