The extra weight is worth it if it makes camp feel more like home.

You have a little bit of room left in your pack—what do you grab to make your stay in the backcountry a little more luxurious? Vote now and instantly see what everyone else brings.

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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

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Quick poll | Bottle or bladder?

They both have advantages but what is your liquid delivery method of choice in the backcountry?Are you a traditionalist who doesn't mind stopping, fishing out your bottle, and quenching your thirst? Or do you prefer to drink on the fly with a reservoir/tube system.There's no ...read more

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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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Poll | Who makes the best hydration packs?

Whether you're mountain biking, running, or hiking, water is a must. And if you'd prefer to drink on the go, hydration packs are the best option over water bottles. Vote for your favorite brand and then tell us in the comments what outdoor activity you use a hydration pack for ...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 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

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5-second poll | Best camp coffee method?

French press, instant, pour-over, or good old-fashioned cowboy-style? What's the best way to make camp coffee? Everybody has an opinion on this one. Do you take the easy/light way out with instant grinds or are you a purist who insists on a more high-brow approach to your daily ...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