Best Backpacking Gear of 2021

Backpacking Gear That You Will Still LOVE in 2021

Looking back at 2020 it was obvious that a whole lot of people spent time outdoors. No matter if you were a seasoned backpacker or someone who started hiking for the first time, there was some awesome gear that may have been overlooked. We break down our favorite gear of 2020 and maybe gear you will still love in 2021.


Nemo Dagger 3P Tent – This tent is great for 2 people and 2 dogs. It’s lightweight and has doors on both sides. Lot’s of headroom and is very durable in windy conditions. (which is why we pick this as our fav) Take a look at it HERE

Feathered Friends Lark 10 UL Sleeping Bag – At 31.3 ounces this is a super lightweight bag that will definitely keep you warm in cold nights. It really holds the wind back and when you sleep under a tarp that is super important. Plus, you can’t beat the quality. Take a look at it HERE


Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Porter Ultra Light Backpack – Hyperlite is our GO TO backpack. It’s sturdy, fits well and it can really be versatile. The new Porter Ultra Light weighs only 2lbs and is a great all around pack. Take a look at it HERE


Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoes – Probably one of the best trail shoe on the market. If you like lightweight durable (comfortable) trail shoes, that these are the one’s to take a look at. Check them out HERE


Minus 33 Woolverino Micro 1/4 Zip Hoodie – All around nice, warm piece of clothing that definitely should be in your gear closet. It’s Merino Wool which will keep you nice and warm. And it’s pretty inexpensive.
Helly Hansen Odin Minimalist 2.0 Rain Jacket – This rain jacket is pretty windproof and waterproof. It’s a nice single outer layer that is easily packable and extremely lightweight.

Did you have a favorite piece of gear of 2020? Or gear you have an eye on for 2021?

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In 2003 I completed a Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail. Since then I have over 12,000 miles underfoot and 20 years of backpacking, and camping experience. Certifications include WFA, WFR, LNT Trainer, and belong to AORE. Have been guiding backpacking trips for over 10 years. The outdoors has taught me one thing. Trusting the Trail! really does provide everything a person needs.

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