Time spent in the field offers invaluable insights into the performance and reliability of outdoor gear. At Switchback Travel, we take pride in our in-depth reviews. Whether it’s backpacking, climbing, skiing, or any of the other activities that we all love, these articles showcase our experiences—the good and the bad—with thorough write-ups focused on product quality, performance, and value. By constantly trying new products and pitting them head-to-head against our established favorites, we aim to make your buying decision easier. Below you'll find our full collection of reviews, which we've organized into categories: hiking footwear, rain shells, tents, backpacks, insulated jackets, running shoes, climbing gear, MTB gear, and ski gear.
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