Published nine times a year, Backpacker is a magazine of wilderness travel, offering practical, "you can do it, here's how" advice to help you enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear, and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips, each issue delivers foldout maps and stunning color photography.
EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS
A Perfect Little Hole in the Wall • Where do you find world-class backpacking when you can’t travel the world?
DRESSED FOR WAR • When the rigors of warfare prove too much for standard-issue gear, the military turns to the outdoor industry. But the flow of innovation, equipment, and profit is anything but leak proof.
Skills/Footwear • Happy feet equal a happy hiker. Make strides toward your goals with the right shoe.
Skills/Tents • Your tent is your home away from home. Pick your dream dwelling with this explainer.
Skills/Bags • You’ll spend a good portion of any backpacking trip lying down, so the right features and fit are essential. Bag a good night’s sleep with this guide.
Skills / Shells • Be a savvy buyer by learning which weather protection is right for you.
This Is a Test • In a strange year, our dedicated gear experts still went far and wide to assess the season’s best products. Here are the places they saw and the memories they brought back.
The Viewpoint • You know our testers’ thoughts on gear. Here’s how they feel about everything else.
Philippa Hill, PhD