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Hiking Articles(100 results)

  1. Expert Advice
  1. 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 4.25 out of 5 with 171 reviews
  2. Buying Guides

    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.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 171 reviews
  3. Buying Guides

    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 4.25 out of 5 with 513 reviews
  4. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Backpacking Tents

    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 75 reviews
  5. Buying Guides

    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.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 1017 reviews
  6. Buying Guides

    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 out of 5 with 75 reviews
  7. Buying Guides

    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 4.25 out of 5 with 55 reviews
  8. Buying Guides

    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 50 reviews
  9. Buying Guides

    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 4.25 out of 5 with 51 reviews
  10. Buying Guides

    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 4.75 out of 5 with 49 reviews
  11. Buying Guides

    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.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 92 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 4.5 out of 5 with 166 reviews
  13. Buying Guides

    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 4.25 out of 5 with 80 reviews
  14. Buying Guides

    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 3.75 out of 5 with 179 reviews
  15. Buying Guides

    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 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  16. Buying Guides

    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.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 154 reviews
  17. Buying Guides

    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 3.5 out of 5 with 43 reviews
  18. Buying Guides

    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 3.75 out of 5 with 236 reviews
  19. Buying Guides

    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 4.25 out of 5 with 212 reviews
  20. Buying Guides

    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 4.25 out of 5 with 33 reviews
  21. Care & Repair

    How to Clean a Backpack

    Learn how to clean and care for your backpack so it performs better and lasts longer.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 34 reviews
  22. Care & Repair

    How to Clean a Hydration Bladder

    Cleaning your hydration reservoir can be an awkward task, but it’s not hard to do. We’ll give you a few tips to make it easier.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 19 reviews
  23. Care & Repair

    How to Clean a Tent

    Properly cleaning your tent will allow you to enjoy many years of happy camping. Learn how in this article.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 36 reviews
  24. Care & Repair

    How to Clean Hiking Boots

    With proper cleaning and care, your hiking boots will last you for many years and many miles along the trail.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 213 reviews
  25. Care & Repair

    How to Fix a Sleeping Bag Zipper

    When your sleeping bag won’t zip properly, the slider is often to blame. We explain how to repair or replace a worn-out zipper slider.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 4 reviews
  26. Care & Repair

    How to Fix a Tent Pole

    Learn how to fix a broken tent pole in the field and at home.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 8 reviews
  27. Skills

    How to Go Backpacking in the Rain

    With the right mindset, a rainy backpacking trip can be fun. Get tips on wet-weather risks and gear, and how to keep things dry.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  28. Skills

    How to Go Hiking in the Rain

    Learn how to prepare for rain when you go hiking: Get tips on gear to bring, how to keep it dry and special concerns for wet-weather hikers.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 345 reviews
  29. Skills

    How to Go to the Bathroom in the Woods

    Before you gotta go, make sure you know where to go and how to Leave No Trace when you do.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 73 reviews
  30. Skills

    How to Identify and Treat Altitude Sickness

    Learn about altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).

    rated 3.5 out of 5 with 54 reviews