Category Archives: Bags&Backpacks

How to Choose a Backpack

Types of Backpacks Weekend (1-3 nights; 30-50 liters) Efficient packers using newer, less-bulky gear can really keep things light on 1- to 3-night trips by using a pack in this range. Be aware that packing light requires self-discipline and careful planning. If you can pull it off, though, the light-on-your-feet rewards are fantastic.  Multiday (3-5 […]

How to Clean a Backpack

Dirt and general wear and tear can take its toll on rucksacks. Regularly wiping them down can help to minimise dirt building up, but if your rucksack is really dirty or has started to smell, you’re going to have to wash it properly. This guide runs through exactly how to clean your rucksack in the washing […]

How to Wear Your Backpack for Back Pain Prevention

Paying attention to how you wear a backpack can help you prevent back and shoulder pain. It’s easy to grab your backpack as you head out the door, even simply slinging it on one shoulder. But wearing a backpack wrong can lead to more pressure on the neck, shoulders, and back. It’s never too early for […]

Guide to Hiking Backpacks—Styles and Uses

DAY PACKS: BACKPACKS FOR DAY ACTIVITIES Day packs are typically smaller in volume (most are 30 liters or less), but this can vary greatly. They also tend to have many different features, including lots of storage space for small items and a space for a hydration bladder or water bottles. Sometimes day packs can be broken up […]

Hiking Backpacks: Choosing the Right Pack for the Right Adventure

Every trip into the wilderness, whether near or far from home, requires a different set of essentials, and those essentials should be carried in a pack best suited for the excursion. In the outdoors, a hiking backpack is your best friend, but navigating through the abundance of brands, sizes, colors and different bells and whistles […]

Caring For Your Sleeping Bag

With proper care of your sleeping bag you can improve the life of your bag and the warmth in colder conditions. Tips: Use a sleeping bag liner inside your bag, this will protect the down from perspiration, grime and body oils which can inhibit the lofting ability of your down. Sleep in clean clothes. Air your sleeping […]

Choosing the Right Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag is an important purchase since it can keep you warm in subzero temperatures and protect you from the elements. Weight, form, heat rating and reliability are all factors to consider when purchasing a bag. Understanding the basic features and getting a feel for how sleeping bag ratings work can help you select […]

Top Ten Hiking Tips From the Woman Who Hiked the AT Faster Than Anyone

Here’s how to be smart, feel safe, and get the most out of your hike. 1. Test drive your backpack and shoes.The two pieces of gear that can make you the most uncomfortable are your pack and your shoes because they are the two items you feel all day long. Don’t wait until your first […]

How To Stretch Your Sleeping Bag’s Temperature Rating

What steps can I take to make a 28°F sleeping bag stretch into colder temps than it is designed for? Looking like low 20s is a possibility! —Josh, San Diego, CA Without good sleep, it’s impossible have a good hike—and without staying warm enough, it’s impossible to get good sleep. Unfortunately, building up a quiver […]