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We’ve tested hiking gear from Salomon, Paragonia, The North Face, Merrell, Scarpa, Keen, Lowa, and more.
Hiking Gear Reviews
Lead tester Jane Jackson heading out onto the trail to test some of the highest quality and most popular hiking boots for women available today.
Credit: Eric Bissell
Is hiking your jam or a favorite of your furry friend? Our hiking experts have hit miles of trails with friends and canines to test the top hiking gear under the sun. Our trail enthusiasts buy and test every product for a truly unbiased view of everything from hiking boots and hiking shoes and trekking poles to daypacks and hydration packs. Our final test results can ensure you’re ready for whatever the journey brings.

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10 Best Hiking Boots of 2023

If you've been itching to hit the trails, get your paws on one of the top-rated hiking boots on the market from our...
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Best Hiking Boots for Men

We've done the homework for you on men's hiking boots, buying the most popular models, hiking many miles on varied...
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Best Hiking Boots for Women

Now is the time to invest in your next pair of hiking boots. But where to begin? We have narrowed down the options to...
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Best Hiking Shoes of 2023

We selected the top hiking shoes and put them to the test. After months of hiking on all types of trails, we wrote the...
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10 Best Rain Jackets of 2023

If wet weather is keeping you cooped up inside, get your hands on a top-ranked wet weather winner from our lineup of...
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Best Rain Jackets for Men

Whether you need an all-around rain jacket or one suited for specific types of applications or budgets, we have a pick...
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Best Rain Jackets for Women

In the market for the perfect rain jacket? We've tested over 35 models in the past decade to bring you this line-up of...
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10 Best Backpacks

We're always looking for the best backpacks to fuel our adventures. We tested hundreds of models this year and these...
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Best Trail Running Shoes

Looking for a new pair of trail runners? We have tested close to 100 of the most popular models over the past decade...
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Best Fleece Jackets of 2023

Looking for a new fleece to heat up your life? We purchased the top 10 fleece jackets and rigorously tested them for...
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Best Windbreakers of 2023

Windbreakers are a lightweight, packable, cost-effective alternative to burlier outer layers and are great for keeping...
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Best Hiking Pants

This comparative hiking pants review looks at pants that are light and airy, as well as heavy and durable, for hiking...
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Best Hiking Pants for Women

To help you find your next pair of women's hiking pants, we've tested nearly 45 models over 10 years to bring you the...
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Best Hiking Shorts of 2023

Hiking shorts are an essential piece of equipment for spring and summer adventures. We buy and test the best...
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Best Rain Pants of 2023

Choosing a pair of rain pants is an unwanted bear of a task. We've done the dirty work, which involves sorting through...
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Best Handheld GPS of 2023

Looking to improve your backcountry navigation? We bought and tested 7 of the best GPS units on the market to help you...
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Best GPS Watch of 2023

Looking for the perfect GPS watch? Our experts spent hours looking over options before choosing 13 of the most popular...
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Best Altimeter Watch

To help you find the best altimeter watch for your needs, we researched over 40 and bought the best to test...
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Best Binoculars of 2023

What are the best binoculars? We took 16 different models through rigorous testing in the outdoors to find out. We...
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Best Sun Hat

We evaluated over 40 models and purchased 15, which our team of experts put through extensive side-by-side testing. We...
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Best Hats for Women of 2023

After perusing over 100 of the best hats for women on the market, we selected 8 to test side by side. We wore each...
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Best Umbrella

When the weather goes sideways, you want an umbrella that won't. In this review, we tested 11 of the industry's...
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Best Daypacks of 2023

Sizing up the daypack market and choosing what is best for you, your needs, and your budget is tough. Here we've done...
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Best Budget Backpack of 2023

Are you in need of a new backpack for school or everyday use? Our team of reviewers independently purchased ten of the...
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Best Hydration Pack of 2023

Are you ready for a new hydration pack? Whether you're replacing an older model or looking to try one for the first...
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Best Hydration Bladder

Searching for the best hydration bladder? Our experts have personally tested today's top models for hiking, running...
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Best Laptop Backpack

Seeking the best laptop backpack? After perusing over 80 of the best options on the market, we chose 11 to test...
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Best Fanny Packs of 2023

Are you on the hunt for a fanny pack? Looking to add a little flair to your outfit with a "bum bag"? Look no further...
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Best Trekking Poles of 2023

Looking for the best trekking poles for your next hike or backpacking trip? Whether you're concerned with comfort...
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10 Best Sunglasses of 2023

Whether you need a pair of sunglasses for a garden party, a trail run, or for ripping down a mountain on your new...
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Best Cheap Sunglasses of 2023

Hunting for affordable sunnies? We checked out hundred of pairs before selecting the 12 best cheap sunglasses on the...
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Best Sport Sunglasses

Looking for the best pair of sport sunglasses available? We researched 100+ models and then bought the 26 best for our...
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Best Walkie Talkies of 2023

We put 9 radios to a head to head test after scouring all of the top models on the market. After 150+ hours of testing...
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Best Energy Bar

With literally hundreds of choices available in the energy bar world, it can be hard to figure out which are the best...
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Best Water Bottles of 2023

We've been back in the ring testing this year's top water bottles. We have compared and assessed all aspects of these...
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Best Hiking Socks

Is a bomber hiking sock the next thing on your adventure gear list? We spent countless hours researching, purchasing...

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How to Choose Hiking Shoes

How to Choose Hiking Shoes

Want some help finding the right shoe for your feet and trail objectives? This article dissects the key considerations...

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