For when you need to light your way.

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 trek on through the dark.

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Poll | Who makes the best lanterns?

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.Take our other poll: Who ...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 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

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Poll | Who makes the best climbing shoes?

Whether you hit the rock climbing gym every once in a while or you're constantly rushing out of work to get in as many routes at the local crag before the sun goes down, we know you have a favorite pair of shoes. Some brands have been cobbling for decades and others are new to ...read more

sunglasses

Poll | Who makes the best sunglasses?

The perfect pair of sunglasses shield your eyes from the sun while making you look like a pro on the mountain. With so many options and useful features out there—polarized, plant-based, scratch resistant, and color filtration technology—we narrowed it down to 15 options that both ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best tent?

As one of the biggest ticket items in your kit, a good tent is a serious investment. And, it’s your home-away-from-home, so it's also a wicked important decision. There are a ton of great brands out there, but we want to know: Which tent brand is your favorite?Vote now to see the ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best trail runners?

Fat lugs? Zero drop? Minimalist profile? Everyone has a preference when it comes to the kicks they take on the trail. More and more, hikers are swapping out their heavy-duty boots for lighter options, such as trail runners. We know everyone's feet and preferences are different, ...read more

First aid

Poll | Who makes the best first-aid kits?

Out in the woods, anything can happen and when it does, it's reassuring to have bandages, Ibuprofen, and safety pins on hand. Taking into account weight, contents, organization, and cost, we want to know which brand puts together the best kit to toss in your pack in case of an ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best hammocks?

Hang a few straps around some stable trees and hammocks can elevate—literally and figuratively—your park visit or camping trip. Vote now for the brand making the best.Speaking of getting cozy outside, you can also vote for the best sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and tents. ...read more