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Backpacking & Hiking: Browsing ALL Buying Guides (ALL 20 ITEMS)

Handheld GPS Units Buying Guide
Handheld GPS Units Buying Guide (guide)
If you're looking for a GPS unit for hunting, camping or hiking, here's a breakdown on what your options in today's market.

Survival Gear Buying Guide
Survival Gear Buying Guide (guide)
The best survival kit is one that is never used, but it's best to be prepared just in case you need it. Here are a few things you should consider when making your survival kit.

Daypack Buying Guide
Daypack Buying Guide (guide)
When a fanny pack is too small and a backpack is too big, what do you do? Answer: Load up the daypack.

Great Camp Gadgets
Great Camp Gadgets (guide)
Roughing it is ancient history thanks to modern campsite gadgetry. Gear up and get out there!

Camp Lighting Options
Camp Lighting Options (guide)
Consider the pros and cons of each type of light before deciding which style is best for your camping and outdoor lighting needs.

Camp Stoves: A Buyer's Guide
Camp Stoves: A Buyer's Guide (guide)
Confused by the endless options? This guide will help you select a camp stove that suits your particular camping style and cooking needs.

Weather Instruments: A Buyer's Guide
Weather Instruments: A Buyer's Guide (guide)
Weather stations, weather radios, wind measuring devices -- each of these have a place in the kit of outdoor enthusiasts.

Camping Gift Guide
Camping Gift Guide (guide)
Got a camper on your gift list? Try these great gift ideas!

Sleeping Bag Buyer's Guide
Sleeping Bag Buyer's Guide (guide)
Considering a new sleeping bag for your outdoor adventures? Read on to learn about shapes, temperature ratings, fill types and other features you need to consider when picking a sleeping bag.

Air Mattresses, Sleeping Pads and Cots: A Buyer's Guide
Air Mattresses, Sleeping Pads and Cots: A Buyer's Guide (guide)
Getting a good night's rest will greatly improve any outdoor adventure. Consider the following tips when choosing a cot, mattress or pad. Your body will thank you for it.

Staying Hydrated
Staying Hydrated (guide)
Keep your thirst quenched when outdoors with these hydration solutions.

Snowshoe Buyer's Guide
Snowshoe Buyer's Guide (guide)
A day spent trekking through fresh powder is an exhilarating experience that will give you a total body workout and a fresh perspective on life.

Two-Way Radio Buyer's Guide
Two-Way Radio Buyer's Guide (guide)
Today's two-way radios are souped-up versions of the walkie-talkies many of us used in years past.

Guide to Bug Repellents
Guide to Bug Repellents (guide)
Take time to better understand what type of repellent you will be actually using and how each of the repellents differ.

Choosing the Right Hiking Socks
Choosing the Right Hiking Socks (guide)
Anyone who's ever experienced blisters on a hike knows how critical quality socks are to foot comfort and injury prevention.

Personal Water Purifiers
Personal Water Purifiers (guide)
Whether you are drinking from a spring in Yellowstone or from any untreated fresh water source, you need to know you are safe from water-borne pathogens.

Backpack Buyer's Guide
Backpack Buyer's Guide (guide)
In this article, we'll discuss backpacks commonly used by hikers, campers, hunters and other outdoor recreationists.

Hiking Boot Buyer's Guide
Hiking Boot Buyer's Guide (guide)
A good set of hiking boots can mean the difference between a good hiking trip and a bad one.

Tent Buying Tips
Tent Buying Tips (guide)
An expert on camping gives more advice on buying the right tent!

Lighting The Way to Flashlights
Lighting The Way to Flashlights (guide)
How to pick a flashlight for your nighttime excursions.

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