Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice Award Winners
Backpacker Magazine has announced their Editors' Choice awards. Get the best prices on the award-winning products from this year and previous years, and then head for the Great Outdoors!
It's extremely important to keep your body fueled with nutritious food for the tough trails ahead, which means you have to be picky with your food choices. Tanka Bites are made from 100% natural buffalo and cranberries. The delicious bites provide seven grams of protein per serving, which gives you long-lasting energy. The bites are low in fat and are free of gluten, lactose, MSG, and nitrates without sacrificing flavor.
The Nemo Meta 2 Person Trekking Pole Tent is designed to accommodate backpackers that like to use trekking poles while on the trails. This extremely lightweight tent is 2.9 pounds when unpacked (3.4 pounds when packed), but features over 60 square feet of interior space, including a vestibule. It offers plenty of ventilation with its 43-inch interior height. The tent includes stakes, a watertight stuff sack, and a repair kit.
When backpacking, wearing the right clothing is just as important as taking the right gear. Patagonia makes a line of merino wool shirts that will keep you dry and cool. Available in t-shirts, crews, and tanks, the Patagonia Merino 1 line features ultra-soft, superfine merino wool with an all-recycled polyester core that prevents odor. The wool also insulates when wet and dries quickly. The shirts can be worn alone or worn in between layers... more
It's hard to believe that a stove can weigh 2.6 ounces, but that is indeed the case with the Soto OD-1R Micro Regulator Stove. The extremely light, single burner stove features a micro regulator that creates a consistent flame in cold temperatures and throughout the life of the fuel canister. A piezo igniter runs through the center post of the stove, protecting the igniter from impact and creating reliable lighting performance. The pot supports... more
If you plan on running the trails, you can't just wear any old running shoes. Trail running shoes have to be able to handle mud, water, rocks, and any other debris that gets in your way. This Salomon XT Wings GTX Trail Running Shoe for Men features a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane, gusseted tongue, and sidewall mudguard to keep moisture and debris from getting into your shoe and ruining your trail run. The OrthoLite... more
When hitting the trails for an overnight excursion, you have to keep in mind that everything you need goes on your back, including your sleeping quarters. The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent is extremely lightweight and durable. It features a single-hub design for easy setup. The mesh body offers excellent ventilation. The DAC Featherlite poles feature an eco-friendly anodizing process to minimize environmental impact, and all of the seams are taped with waterproof,... more
Just because you're out on the trails doesn't mean that you have to give up your beloved cup of joe. Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Instant Coffee has become a big hit with campers and backpackers because it delivers rich, quality coffee in an instant. All you have to do is simply pour a Starbucks VIA Ready Brew coffee packet into your mug, add 8 ounces of hot or cold water, let the coffee brew... more
Backpacking gear may seem a bit pricey, but it's important to remember that you're buying equipment that needs to stand up to extreme wear and tear. And you're not really saving money if you have to replace items year after year. The Arcteryx Altra 65 Backpack is extremely durable and comes with a dizzying array of features that keep you comfortable on the trails, such as an internal hydration pocket, padded bottom, anatomically correct... more
There is nothing like a having a hot meal after an exhausting day of hiking. But since you're carrying everything on your back, you have to have the right cookware that is both functional and lightweight. The Evernew Titanium Non-Stick Cookware is perfect because it is made of lightweight titanium and features silicone-covered handles, a silicon-ceramic non-stick coating that is free of PFOA, and a nylon stuff sack for easy storage while you're backpacking.... more
When hiking, it is extremely important to keep your feet dry and comfortable. After all, they will be doing most of the work while you walk and climb. That's why you definitely don't want to skimp on hiking boots. The Zamberlan Men's 760 Steep Gt Hiking Boot is handcrafted from Italian nubuck leather, and features a Vibram sole for comfortable support, and triple stitching and iron hardware eyelets for durability.