The Gear Guide
Everything You Need to Hit the Trail
Our comprehensive guide to the best hiking gear, including how to shop for it.
A Ten Essentials Checklist for Hikers
Have you packed the ten essentials? Here's a quick, printable checklist to help you make sure.
The Ten Essentials for Hikers
"The Ten Essentials" is a concise list of must-have equipment for backcountry travel. Here's how it applies to hikers.
Essential Hiking Gear You Can't Do Without
Everyone has a slightly different version of what you should carry on a hike, but these four essentials will always be on the list.
How Gear (and Clothing) Tests Work
Are you wondering how I test hiking gear, and where I get it from? I've got your answers right here!
What's in My Hiking Emergency Kit
The right emergency kit is a balance between preparedness and convenience. Here's a look at what one experienced hiker carries, and why.
How to Attach Snowshoes To Your Backpack
Snowshoes are a great tool for winter and spring hiking -- but carrying them by hand gets old fast. Here's how to attach them to your pack instead.
What to Take on Your First Day Hike
Wondering what to pack for your first day hike? Here's the answer!
What Hiking Gear Can I Take on a Plane?
Are you combining travel with hiking? Here's what hiking gear you can and can't take on a plane with you.
Nifty Things You Can Do With a Bandana
The best hiking gear serves multiple purposes. Case in point: The humble bandana.
Why Shouldn't I Wear Cotton While Hiking?
Yes, wearing cotton really can kill you -- if worn under the wrong circumstances. Here's what that means.
The Best Hiking Boots
A list of my favorite hiking boots based on fit, traction, protection and support.
The Best Light Hiking Shoes
After extensive hands-on testing, I pick the best light hiking shoes on the market.
How to Put on Gaiters
Gaiters keep snow and mud from creeping into your boots and pants legs. Here's how to put them on.
How Long Should My Trekking Poles Be?
Trekking poles can be a great tool on the trail -- but only if they're the right length. Here's a quick test for making sure you've got the right size pole.
How to Use Hiking Poles
Hiking poles aren't absolutely necessary on the trail, but they do come in handy if you struggle with stability, or if you encounter certain trail conditions.
Wondering which gear is best? Check out these frank, thorough reviews from experienced hikers.
How to Attach Hiking Poles to Your Backpack
Here's how to put your hiking poles away so you can hike hands-free.
Hiking Gear: SmartWool PhD HyFi Full-Zip Hoody for Women
The SmartWool PhD HyFi full-zip hoody is pricey, but worth the cost.