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    How to Choose Binoculars

    When shopping for binoculars you'll discover wide price ranges on similar-looking styles. Specs will help you narrow down your choices.

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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.

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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.

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    How to Choose Backpacking Tents

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

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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.

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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.

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    How to Choose Headlamps

    Our guide to headlamps helps you understand light output, beam distance, run time, size and weight so you can choose the right one for you.

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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.

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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.

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    How to Choose PLBs and Satellite Messengers

    Learn the differences between a personal locator beacon (PLB) and satellite messenger and which one might be right for you.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 hikes, backpacking trips, glacier climbs and snowsports.

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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.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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