Light up your camp.

You've probably found that while headlamps are the best for navigating in the dark, lanterns are best for lighting up camp. Whether you prioritize lumen strength, longevity, weight, or versatility, we want to know which brand shines brighter the rest.

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Poll | Who makes the best headlamps?

When the sun goes down and the stars come out, a headlamp is essential to your camping and backpacking kit. These nine brands have come out with new and improved versions that are brighter, lighter, and more battery efficient, helping you either wash dishes and clean up camp or ...read more

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Now that it's officially spring, we're itching to get on a trail that's not covered by snow. Not far from our office in Boulder, the Flatirons and foothills beckon us to trek up its peaks and valleys on our lunch breaks or after work. A daypack is essential to hold our water, ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best winter gloves/mittens?

Cold, wet paws can ruin even a powder day, which is why gloves are lauded as one of the most important pieces of gear. Gloves or mittens, skinning or snowshoeing or just braving the bitter air, these brands are all trying to keep you from thinking about frostbite. Which brand ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best climbing harnesses?

Back in the 1970s, climbing harnesses were nothing more than a few straps. Now, buyers consider the weight, material, number of gear loops, durability, and so on. Our friends at Climbing Magazine put together a little history on the essential piece of gear. Vote now for the brand ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best socks?

So many great brands, so little time. The world is brimming with awesome outdoor socks. Whether its because of quality, colorways, fit, customer service, brand story, or something else, tell us: Which is your favorite sock company? We narrowed it down to ten great options: Farm ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best water treatments?

Water is a must while hiking and when you can't carry enough for your trip, you clean it in the backcountry. Mountain streams might be tempting, but even if it's crystal clear, it's definitely dirtier than it looks. It'd be a serious bummer to get giardia halfway through your ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best camp chairs?

A log will do just fine, but a chair literally elevates the way you camp whether you're doing it out of a car or heading deep into the woods. Vote for your favorite brand. Cast another vote: What's your must-have luxury backpacking item? A chair? Camp shoes? Chocolate? ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best instant coffee?

Whether you're a caffeine addict or just need something to warm your hands in the mornings, camping is undeniably better with hot drinks. Numerous brands are making it easier and faster to get your fix. We compiled 10 brands familiar in the outdoor industry. Who makes your ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best trekking poles?

Hikers who use trekking poles swear they save their knees and improve their balance. Nowadays, poles are lighter, more compact and durable, and molded to fit gender-specific hands. If trekking poles are part of your hiking kit, which brand do you like best? ...read more