Welcome to Gear World

In This Chapter

  •   Strategies to organize your gear
  •   When to replace your gear
  •   Navigating retail shops and online stores
  •   Using product reviews and videos
  •   Do-it-yourself gear
  •   Making your gear last longer

It’s Thursday night before a weekend hike when you finally find the time to pack your gear. To your dismay, you discover your sleeping pad has a tear, your stove is on the fritz, and your boots need waterproofing. Sound like a familiar last-minute scramble? You’re not alone. Most hikers wait until just before they leave for a hike to review their equipment.

The better approach is to make organizing, ...

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