There’s nothing like hoisting a dialed-in backpack loaded with the latest outdoor technology up over your shoulders at the trailhead. And once your boots hit the trail, the smile that crosses your face will keep you going for miles and miles.
And because we here at Men’s Fitness love backpacking just as much as we love hitting the gym, we decided to test out some of the best backpacking products a guy can get in 2017. You name it, we tried it: Tents, packs, apparel, boots, cooking gear, and the genius little tools that make life in the wild even better.
Here are our staff picks—the best gear you could possibly want for your next backcountry expedition.