Get to Know Your Gear
Good gear can enhance your hike, but more important is knowing what your gear can do and how it keeps you safe on trail.
From the packs on your back to the boots on your feet, WTA seeks out the very best in new, used and budget outdoor gear for hikers of all ages and abilities.
Here you'll find tips on making your gear work best for you, reviews, and how to fix and care for your gear in order to make it last. After all, once you find that perfect coat you'll want to keep it working for you as long as possible.
Hike sustainably: Use it Up and Wear it out
There's a lot of gear in circulation out there for you to snag without having to buy brand new. Especially if you're just getting started, look for a shop near you where you can borrow gear before buying. Plus, secondhand gear has major retro appeal.
If you find some gear you just gotta have, learn how to care for it so it lasts as long as possible. Fix zippers, patch tears up (bonus points for trendiness), re-waterproof your jackets and treat your boots right, and they'll last for years (and miles) of adventures.
Gear Reviews: See what WTA thinks of these boots, packs, tents and more.
Get the Most from your Gear
The Low Down on Insulation
Understanding down and synthetic options for will help you dial in your gear and stay warm on trail. By Sandra Saathoff
Gear Review: Keep Warm With Some of Our Favorite Insulated Pieces of Gear
Understanding down and synthetic options for staying warm on trail. By WTA staff and volunteers.
How to Pick the Right Water Filter
If you spend time in the backcountry, you’ll need a way to treat drinking water. Here’s what you need to know about the options. By Sandra Saathoff
There’s a Filter for That
Smartphone cameras have a number of creative tools to enhance your trail photos. Knowing these tools is the key to unlocking your phone's camera potential. By Erika Haugen-Goodman
What You Need to Know about How to Pick and Use Your Stove
Food tastes so good after a day of hiking, but first you need to cook it. Here's everything you need to know about picking a stove for your hiking adventures. By Sandra Saathoff
Spring Cleaning: How to Spark Joy With These Gear Organization Tips and Tricks
Do rainy days in winter and spring have you feeling blue? Spark joy and get ready for summer by organizing your gear closet with these tips and tricks! By Joseph Gonzalez
Patch Your Gear: These Affordable and DIY Repairs Bring Joy to Your Hiking Kit
Feb 08, 2023
In the darkness of winter, a patch is the cheap fix for down jackets and wool sweaters everyone needs to bring light and originality to their hiker-wear wardrobe.
Winter Photographer: How to Adjust What You Pack
Photography equipment can be fragile and expensive. Planning for a shoot during the winter months takes careful preparation. By Zyanya Alvarez
Crafty: WTA Staff Creations Inspired by Time on Trail
Nov 30, 2022
Time on trail is inspirational. And for WTA staff, we're often inspired in a very tangible way. (Maybe because we build trails for a living?) We like to get our hands on things, to tinker with gear, pack our paints and experiment. As the days get shorter, and we spend a bit more time warm and cozy indoors, it seemed like a good time to share some of the beautiful things that WTA staff are making by hand.
Better Gear, Smaller Footprint
How gear companies are using innovation to leave a lighter impact on the world. By Jessi Loerch
Hiking Then and Now
When it comes to gear, I don’t long for yesteryear | By Craig Romano
Multipurpose Gear: Rethink Your Backpacking Basics
Being able to find multiple purposes for single pieces of gear can be a helpful skill to have in the backcountry. And many of the things you already bring on your trips can probably be used for a couple of different things.