Ridge Merino Solstice Sun Hoodie Long-Term Review

This fall I chose the Solstice Lightweight Hoody from Ridge Merino for a big bikepacking trip in the American West. The Western Wildlands section ride followed dirt roads through the plains of southern Idaho, the high plateaus of Utah, and the barren desert of northern Arizona. The month-long adventure included …

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Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket Long-Term Review

The Helium Rain Jacket has been keeping ounce-counting adventurers dry and warm for over ten years. This detailed review shares how mine held up to heavy use and what I like and dislike about the latest version.

6 Bear Hang Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We all know it’s important to hang our food in bear country, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. Avoid these bear hang mistakes to keep your food, the bears, and future hikers safe.

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5 Ways to Carry Water While Backpacking

It might sound simple, but experienced hikers get particular about how they carry water while backpacking. Here are five proven systems, with pros and cons and compatibility notes.

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