Suzanne Downing

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5 Best Women’s Trail Running Shoes for 2021

When you’re on a trail run, you need stable footing. Stable footing helps prevent injuries and can give you extra confidence out on the trail — making your run more enjoyable. Since your shoes provide the foundation for your entire body, they should be comfortable…

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Choosing the Best Snowshoes for Beginners

I’ve heard a lot of people say, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” And that’s true to some extent. But from my experience, I’ve found that snowshoeing can be a little more complicated than just walking. I think a better phrase would be, “If…

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7 Amazing Trail Snacks for Your Next Outing

If you’d ever go hiking with me, you would quickly learn that I love my trail snacks. I’m always packing extra snacks in my backpack and offering a variety of amazing trail snacks to my outdoor company. Snacks can help keep your energy level high.…

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7 Best Sleeping Bags for Cold Weather Camping

Camping in cold weather is something I’ve learned to love over decades of a variety of winter camping experiences. As a teenager on wilderness camping trips, I experienced my fair share of miserably cold camping — mainly due to camping with the wrong sleeping bag.…

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7 Best Softshell Jackets for 2022

You’ve probably heard the term “softshell jacket” or you’ve seen it printed on clothing tags in outdoor industry retail stores. But what exactly is a softshell jacket? According to Backcountry, softshell is the term used to describe a new kind of outerwear that is more…

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How to Choose a Hydration System for Longer Hikes

Water is heavy, and it’s not practical to carry a lot on long hikes, so having a good hydration filtration or purification system handy is imperative   Whether you’re a seasoned long-distance hiker or new to long-distance hiking, you’ll need to make sure you stay…

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How to Choose the Best Hiking Backpack

Knowing how to choose the best hiking backpack for your adventure is tough. There are so many options to be found online and in stores.   Although some hikers have a favorite go-to hiking backpack to use when they’re out on the trails, there’s a…

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