Gear Reviews

Get a handle on the best gear for your next outdoor adventure.  At Ultimate Gear Lists we are obsessed with reading about outdoor kit. We have invested hours upon hours researching the best gear for our own outdoor adventures. Now, here in our Gear Reviews section, we collate that information for the benefit of all.

Some of our reviews are lists of the "best-in-class" items for certain types of activities. Other reviews are for specific items or single pieces of gear. Check them out below, and make sure you set off on the right foot for your next adventure.


These days it seems like backpackers can have it all when it comes to their tent. Lightweight without sacrificing durability. Spacious yet still stable. Fully enclosed tents for the same weight as a tarp. Get up to speed with the latest designs through our in-depth review of the best backpacking tents

Backpack designs have come a long way since Eric Ryback first set out on his PCT thru-hike. New technologies and materials have led to lightweight backpacks that don't require sacrificing comfort or features. And novel designs like the Aarn bodypack are pushing the envelope even further. Get the lowdown on the best lightweight backpacks available for your next multi-day hike. 

A good quality sleeping pad is vital to ensuring you get a warm and comfortable night’s sleep out on the trail. Our list of the best sleeping pads includes some that will not only keep you warm and comfortable, but also are lightweight and packable.

A backpacking quilt offers more versatility and extra weight savings over a traditional sleeping bag. We also find them more comfortable since they are less constricting around the chest. For backpacking trips in milder climates, a quilt is always our first choice. In this article we review the best backpacking quilts you can currently get your mitts on.

A hoodless sleeping bag is great for those front, side or restless sleepers who find themselves getting tangled in the hood of a traditional bag. Our review of the best hoodless sleeping bags includes some great options that will help you sleep peacefully through the night out on the trail.

With a good backpacking pillow you’ll get a much better night’s rest and feel ready to hit the trail hard in the morning. And since the best backpacking pillows are lightweight yet still comfortable, even a lightweight backpacker can get a slice of this luxury.

On multi-day backpacking adventures a knife can be useful for cooking, the odd repair job, or small cutting tasks around camp. But it is an accessory that needs to be lightweight and packable for the 99% of the day that it is not in use. In our list of best pocket knives we choose those that provide a suitable balance between quality, usability, portability, and price.

With the Aarn range of backpacks and bodypacks comes a whole new innovative design. The combination of a backpack and two front packs means that the weight of your load is balanced directly through your body's centre of gravity. And it works! In this review we look at the largest capacity pack in Aarn's Ultralite Series, the Aarn Natural Balance.

The Opinel range of traditional pocket knives are the perfect lightweight knives for backpacking. The quality is astounding for how low cost these knives are, making them great value. And with a wide range of sizes, you can choose the perfect blade to suit your needs.


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