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For a rugged venue worthy of this year’s gear guide, we spent three days hiking through Robber’s Roost, the southernmost hideout on the old outlaw trail. With free-hanging rappels, tight slot canyons, and big mileage, the Roost proved a serious test for ourselves and the gear.
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Backpacks

Without horses and saddlebags to get into Robber’s Roost, we shouldered this year’s top backpacks. Ergonomic suspension, burly construction, and lightweight designs make packing into the backcountry easier than ever.

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Sleeping bags

Butch Cassidy had a reputation for never killing anyone. But, had he tried to steal one of our ultralight down bags, he may have had no choice. We aren’t giving these up for some mangy horse blanket.

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Understanding Sleeping Bag Warmth Ratings

Sleep quality can set the course for your overall backcountry experience. Here’s what your sleeping bag’s European Norm (EN) temperature rating means for your camping comfort.

Tents

From the Wasatch to the canyons of Robber’s Roost, the latest backpacking tents sheltered us from the weather. Incredibly light and compact, these tents shrug off storms and keep the bugs at bay.

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How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

There are five basic types of backpacking tents. Choose the shelter that best suits your needs based on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing.

Essentials

The remoteness of the Roost required us to carry everything we needed for self-sufficiency. Clever, reliable designs meant we could eat, drink, and make merry far from the comforts of home.

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Intro to Water-Filtration & Purification Systems

Choosing between iodine tablets, UV systems, and pumps is just the beginning. This introduction to filtration and purification systems will set you on the path to potable water.

Camping tents

When your campsite is close, it’s worth taking a tent geared towards comfort. Our favorite camp tents feature generous awnings and vestibules, room dividers, and lots of mesh for protection from bugs and views of the stars.

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Sleeping Bags

A good night of sleep is essential for top performance whether you’re mountain biking or bouldering the next day. Couple a plush pad with a lofty sleeping bag and experience backcountry bliss no matter where you bed down.

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Kitchen Setup

Eating well is a top priority no matter where you set up camp. With powerful, portable stoves and gourmet coffee systems designed for camping, the potential for great food is limited only by your culinary prowess.

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Camp Comfort

Comfort makes a big difference when you spend a ton of time outside. From mood lighting to reclining chairs and dreamy inflatable beds, Backcountry has an outdoor answer to nearly every comfort you’d find at home.

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Sleeping Bags

Understanding Sleeping-Bag Warmth Ratings

Sleep quality can set the course for your overall backcountry experience. Here’s what your sleeping bag’s European Norm (EN) temperature rating means for your camping comfort.

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