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Sam Schild

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Sam grew up in Chicago. His love of the outdoors didn’t blossom until he started bicycle touring in his early 20s. After a couple of years in graduate school deciding he did not want to be an academic, he set off on a 7,000-mile cross-country bike tour. After that, it was on. Sam moved to Colorado, where he started mountain biking. He immediately decided to bikepack the 500-mile Colorado Trail, of course. While riding a detour around a wilderness area, he vowed he would start backpacking to one day thru-hike the CT. Well, two years later, he was thru-hiking that trail. Then, he thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Then, he thru-hiked the CT, again. Along the way, he also started rock climbing. Because, it’s Colorado, so why not? He still goes out on his bikepacking rig when not on foot, too, pedaling dirt roads far out there. You can find him out adventuring somewhere in the American Southwest if you look long enough.

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Best Budget Backpacking Packs of 2022

Best Budget Backpacking Packs of 2022

We know not everyone wants to pay for a top-tier backpack, so we've ranked some of the best budget backpacks on the market. They're not the most expensive packs you can find, but they...
10 Best Backpacks of 2022

10 Best Backpacks of 2022

We're always looking for the best backpacks to fuel our adventures. We tested hundreds of models this year and these are the best of the best.
Best Sun Hat of 2022

Best Sun Hat of 2022

We evaluated over 40 models and purchased 15, which our team of experts put through extensive side-by-side testing. We can help you find the perfect sun hat for your kit.
Filson Summer Packer
Editors' Choice

Filson Summer Packer

This hat stole our hearts and takes home one of our top honors as our favorite hat for all-around use. This hat is comfortable, durable, packable, and super stylish.
REI Co-op Bucket Hat

REI Co-op Bucket Hat

This inexpensive bucket hat is a good choice for an unassuming hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.
REI Co-op Traverse 60

REI Co-op Traverse 60

This backpacking pack carries heavy loads comfortably and has some great adjustability features.
Gregory Baltoro 65

Gregory Baltoro 65

This pack is a favorite among many and is rich in features. It's one of our higher overall scorers for its load-hauling ability.
Mountain Hardwear PCT 70

Mountain Hardwear PCT 70

This high-volume backpacking pack offers an impressive back panel for breathability and lots of pockets but isn't able to comfortably carry the heaviest loads
Outdoor Research Sombriolet

Outdoor Research Sombriolet

Great sun and wind protection. We took this out on the water and discovered it was a good choice for those activities...
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