9 Best 0-Degree Sleeping Bags 2023 [for Winter’s Cold Weather]

Going camping this winter? If so, seriously consider packing a sleeping bag rated down to 0° Fahrenheit. Why? Two good reasons: 1) Plummeting temperatures often catch people off guard, with 500 Americans dying every year of hypothermia; and 2) Many thousands more survive freezing temperatures but shiver miserably through the night! Here are our picks … Read more

12 Best Minimalist Barefoot Sandals for Running in 2023

Three sets of minimalist barefoot trail running sandals on pieces of wood

I’ve been searching for a more minimalist approach to footwear for years since I bought my first Vibram Five Finger style back in 2005. From my years of research, I’ve put together my list of the best minimalist barefoot running sandals for men and women in 2023. What are minimalist barefoot sandals? They’re typically lightweight, … Read more

16 Best Hiking Socks of 2023 for All-Season Comfort

Three pairs of wool hiking socks propped of up logs with mountains in the distance

As a former REI employee with three-and-a-half years of experience in the footwear department, customers have approached me countless times to ask which hiking socks are best for their next adventure. I’m a gear nerd and know that small details make all the difference in creating the best experience outdoors. Various types of hiking require … Read more

11 Best Backpacking Tents of 2023 (For All Budgets)

Picking out one of 2023’s best backpacking tents for your gear list is no small task. Because, in the wild and unforgiving backcountry, your shelter is the only thing protecting you from the wind, rain, and critters that await outside. That’s why we’ve carefully chosen the eleven best backpacking tents on the market and given … Read more

Montbell Versalite Rain Jacket Review: THE Ultralight Solution?

Price: $199 MSRP – Check Price on Montbell Noel’s Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars Pros: Lightweight, packable, full-featured, great fit, breathable Cons: Wets out after long rain exposure, pricey Weight: 6.4 oz | 182 grams Women’s Model: Versalite Jacket Lighter Option: Enlightened Equipment Visp – 4.9 oz | 140 grams Budget Alternative: Outdoor Research Helium … Read more