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Good gear can enhance your hike, but more important is knowing what your gear can do and how it keeps you safe on trail. Find some tips on making your gear work best for you, gear reviews, and how to fix it and care for it to make it last. After all, once you find that perfect coat you want to keep it working as long as possible for you.

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

How to Keep a Clean Camera on Trail

How to protect your camera from dust and moisture for sharper photos.

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Gear Review: Headlamps

Jun 24, 2019

What you need to know to find the right one.

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How to Dress Your Baby for Hiking All Year Long

How to choose the right clothes to keep your baby — and you — happy on the trail.

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Happy Feet, Happy Hiker

Feb 20, 2019

Boots are an important part of your winter hiking gear, but they're not the only thing you want to consider to keep your feet cozy.

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Modern Navigation Essentials

What you need to know about charting your course with digital tools | by Steve McClure

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Hiking Maps and Why You Need Them

Some tips to reading topo maps, and finding a good hiking map to take hiking.

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How to Tie a Hiking Boot

Sore feet are one of the top complaints of hikers and backpackers. Although well-fitting boots are the first step to overall foot comfort, lacing technique can make your new boots feel custom-made for you—and it’s a way to deal with issues that crop up unexpectedly when you’re out on trail. If you’ve ever experienced pain, pressure or blisters after a walk in the woods, consider trying out one of these alternative lacing methods.

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Essential Repellent

What you need to know to survive the battle of the bug | By Steve McClure

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Dirt-Cheap Gear

As a hiker, backpacker, trail runner, and crew leader for WTA, Holly Weiler spends a lot of time on trails. She needs quality gear for all that time outside, but she doesn't want to spend a fortune. So she's spent years perfecting her bargain-hunting skills. Here's how she outfits herself comfortably and cheaply - and how you can too.

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5 Tips for Navigating the Online Gear World

May 05, 2017

Gear, glorious wonderful gear! From seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to those just beginning to dip their toes into the great outdoors, we all need gear. And gear can be expensive. The world of online discount gear offers a ray of hope to those on a budget.

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Where to Rent or Borrow Outdoor Gear

Renting is a great way to try out a new activity, get a feel for different brands, or equip fast-growing kids.

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Clean, Protect and Waterproof Your Gear

Jan 23, 2017

This is a tough time of year for your gear — mud and rain take their toll. Here are four products from Nikwax that will help your gear perform its best.

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