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 daypacks?

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 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

A man and a woman sitting in in Helinox chairs with their dog next to a lake and looking at a mountain bathed in sunlight.

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

Shot of approach shoes from Climbing Magazine 2017 review

Poll | Who makes the approach shoes?

An approach to a crag could be walking across a road or scrambling straight up scree, but either way, you want to feel safe and secure on asphalt or while traversing rocks. And you also don't want to be left lugging heavy, leather hiking boots up a route. These 11 brands seek to ...read more

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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 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 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