Backpacker Picks the Best New Gear of Spring 2015

With spring officially here, it is time to start planning some outdoor adventures, with hiking, backpacking, and camping trips on the agenda. It is also a good time to pick up some new gear for those excursions, and Backpacker magazine is here to help in that department.

The outdoor adventure-focused mag has recently published its spring gear guide, providing readers with lots of insights and information on a wide variety of products. For instance, their backpack overview alone covers more than 18 new packs, each put to the test by over 160 different people in the field.

Which packs came out on top? The team at Backpacker was especially fond of the new Atmos/Aura packs from Osprey, as well as the Baltoro and Deva from Gregory.

But backpacks aren’t the only gear items on the slate of products that were tested. The best new hiking boots were also run through the wringer, as were the latest sleeping bags and pads. The magazine even took a look at the top shell jackets and the very best camping knives and camping gear for the camping season ahead.

If you’re in the market for some new backpacking gear this spring, then you’ll definitely want to drop by the site and check out what products won the coveted “Editor’s Choice” awards. If you’re going to be spending your hard-earned dollars on new boots, packs, or tents, you want to ensure that you’re selecting the best that your budget allows.

As usual, the Backpacker team is comprehensive in its methodology, and there is lots of good insight to be gleaned from their testing. Before you head out to your local gear shop, see what they had to say about the products you’re considering adding to your gear closet.

Kraig Becker