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Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma
This glow–in–the–dark dock provides impressive connectivity
Robust additional security protection
Logitech Ergo K860
Great keys meet great posture
A versatile and impressive dual–band Wi–Fi 6 router
The venerable calculator is updated
JLab Talk GO
A great upgrade on your Mac’s mic
Kew Labs UTS–1
A neat, effectively invisible Qi charger that can power up your iPhone through thin surfaces
A simple disk copy and backup that doesn’t deliver
Kingston Workflow Station
A dock for creative types
Hex Technical Backpack
A high–quality backpack with room to roam
Liz “snorkel” Thomas – Hiking Icon
Thomas has thru-hiked more than 20 long trails, including the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails (the Triple Crown). On top of that, she set a fastest known time on the AT for an unsupported woman and has completed dozens of urban thru-hikes as well. This issue, she joins Backpacker as a contributing editor. Here’s some of Thomas’s best advice and insight fed by more than 20,000 trail miles.
The old backpacker’s adage is that the lightest gear is what you carry between your ears: your brain. Ultralight gear often requires more know-how than traditional gear. Here’s how a Triple Crowner approaches her packing strategy.
Tuna Melt Crunchwrap
Put a backcountry spin on a fast food cult favorite.
Even if you log thousands of vertical feet at your local mountain beforehand, heli-skiing can wreck you after one day. Here’s how to beat the bonk.
Warm Up to Winter
Backpacking is so many things. It’s a leisure pursuit, a way to connect with nature, an athletic feat, a means of forging bonds with your friends and family, a problem-solving game, an escape, a subculture . . . Realistically, it’s something unique to every hiker. Because, above all, it’s a pull from within to get out there, and that’s a very individual thing.
Who's Afraid of Winter?
Two fair-weather enthusiasts tear down their fear of the fourth season.
The View at The End
Three scientists chronicle life, death, and the last stand of the Grizzly Glacier.
Fall From a Cliff
When Shaina Maytum was 21, a slip in the desert left her broken, alone, and unable to move.
Dayhike a Marathon
Does “go big or go home” hold up on a dawn-to-dusk mission?
The Living Forest
We know our forests are special places. But for the Native Americans who have lived among them for centuries, they are more than that. Trees are family members that give, heal, provide, protect, and nurture. Trees are sacred. Listen to the trees.