The Travel Gears

To put it in a nutshell, the best backpacking tent isn’t overly large, has tough materials that can handle virtually any weather conditions and is light enough to pack down small and carry on your trip. The last couple of decades have done wonders for camping because tents now use poles that are stronger yet lighter than before and sport fabrics that avoid tearing, are lighter than previous ones and still manage to hold their own. Having a lightweight backpacking tent is extremely useful when going to one or more locations. Carrying around dead weight is the last thing any camper...

While a tent is a great way to stay covered and protected overnight, cold weather sleeping bags and other types of sleeping bags provide warmth and comfort too. The technology behind sleeping bags continues to evolve with new materials and fillings offering moisture wicking, improved warmth in colder climates and a variety of fills to suit people with allergies. Natural, duck and goose down all remain popular options for people who want enough padding to handing the most varied climates during their trekking or camping expeditions. The coatings on the exterior of the sleeping bags is also improved from years’ past. Protective coatings like...

When walking the trail, the best hiking boots protect your feet and offer improved performance. It used to be the case that these types of boots were heavy and cumbersome on your feet where they wear you out on long walks just wearing them. Thankfully, the best rated hiking boots are now made from lighter materials like Gore-Tex fabrics and synthetic soles that remove much of the weight while still providing sure footing on long treks across varied ground. We look at the top ten hiking boots, including the best lightweight hiking boots and sturdy waterproof pairs too. Whatever your needs,...