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Outdoor Gear Reviews


At Mountain IQ we are passionate about outdoor adventure. Our exploits in the mountains and backcountry allow us to try and test the latest outdoor gear.

On this page you will find links to all our gear reviews.

Use the quicklinks below to dive into our detailed reviews and uncover the best performing outdoor gear by category.

Camping Gear

Camping Tents

Best Camping Tent - Mount IQ Reviews

Our comprehensive guide will provide you with everything you need to know before purchasing a tent - whether you are looking for the best tent for camping, the best for backpacking, or best budget tent.

Ultralight Tents

best ultralight tents

Looking for a super light tent for your next backpacking trip? 

Check out our review of the ultimate lightweight tents in this detailed review.

Sleeping Pads


Any real backpacker will know that when it comes to sleeping out under the stars, the warmth and comfort of a good quality sleeping pad is a must.

See our picks for the best backpacking sleeping pads.

Sleeping Bags


Find the right sleeping bag for your next adventure.

Whether you are looking for the best overall sleeping bag, the best ultralight sleeping bag, or a great budget sleeping bag, we have you taken care of.

Air Mattresses


From compact, lightweight or value air mattresses for more rustic camping adventures to big, comfy ones for a more luxurious one, choose the right one for you.



Camping hammocks can offer a whole variety of useful  features, such as mesh, to prevent any bugs or annoying mosquitoes from getting in, as well as tarps to protect you from rain. We've put together a list of the best camping hammocks so that you can find one that works for you.

Latest Camping Stove Reviews

Camping Stoves


Portable stoves can use different types of fuel and have different designs to make them easy to use in certain conditions. Check out our list of the best backpacking stoves to find the perfect one to take camping with you.

Latest Camping Stove Reviews

Camping Coolers


Looking for the perfect cooler to take with you on your next camping trip?

Here are our picks for the best camping cooler.

Portable Power Stations

Portable Power Station

Looking for the best portable power station to take along on your next adventure? Portable power stations are a useful piece of equipment that you can use while camping or hiking to power up your devices.

Inflatable Kayaks

Inflatable Kayak

One of the huge benefits of getting an inflatable kayak is that they tend to be lighter and more portable than regular kayaks. Weight is one of the most important considerations when purchasing a kayak.

Here is a comprehensive guide to the best inflatable kayaks out there.


Down Jackets


Looking for your next down jacket?

Use this detailed guide to find the best overall, best value, best lightweight down jacket and more.

Latest Hiking Down Jacket Reviews

Rain Jackets


Whether you are looking for the best rain jacket, a lightweight one, or the best value this guide will help you make the right choice.

Latest Hiking Rain Jacket Reviews

Fleece Jackets


A fleece jacket is the perfect addition to any hiking outfit. In colder weather it’s a great mid-layer piece, while at hotter temperatures, it can be used instead of wearing an additional outer layer.

To help you choose the best fleece jacket for your next hike, we have assembled the following list of the best fleece jackets for hiking.

Hiking Gloves


Hiking gloves are an essential piece of gear if you trek in adverse weather conditions or go on strenuous hikes requiring trekking poles. Versatile, light and warm gloves are always a good option.

Depending on your requirements, however, have a look at our best hiking gloves’ reviews and a buyer’s guide which should help you pick the right pair.


Hiking Boots


Whether you are looking for the Best Overall Hiking Boot, the Best Lightweight Boot or the boot offering the Best Value for Money, we have you covered.

Here is our review of the best hiking boots.

Hiking Socks

best hiking socks

With durability, comfort, breathability and versatility of the best hiking socks we could find available today, you can say goodbye to sweat and blisters, and hello to great memories.

Here is our review of the best hiking socks.

Mountaineering Boots


It is just as easy to choose boots that will put you at a disadvantage on the mountain as it is to choose a pair that will benefit your choice of activity.

Use this guide to find the best mountaineering boots for you, or at least use the buyer’s guide to know what to look for.



Snowshoes are designed to avoid sinking into snow while hiking. 

To help you choose, we’ve created the ultimate buyer’s guide to snowshoes, complete with all of the need-to-know information and reviews of the top models.

Approach Shoes


Approach shoes integrate rock climbing shoe features with hiking boots, making them suitable for hiking, scrambling, and even light climbing adventures.

But with so many options, how do you choose the pair that’s right for you? See our top 5!



Crampons attach to footwear to provide traction and improve trekker’s mobility during ice climbing, ensuring secure travel on both snow and ice.

They are necessary if you are looking to cross over ice-covered rocks, snowfields, glaciers, snow slopes and/or icefields. See our top picks.

Waterproof Socks


Waterproof socks are a handy piece of clothing for an adventurer expecting to get their feet wet. Useful in many trips, the socks are a great item to pack.

Check out our reviews of the best waterproof socks for the cold or wet weather outdoor adventures. 

Hiking Gaiters

best hiking gaiters

Don't get caught out in cold, snowy and wet conditions without gaiters. It's a sure way to get blisters, sore feet and if in cold conditions, even frost-bite!

Here's our selection of the top hiking gaiters all all types of conditions and seasons.




Find the right hiking daypack for your next adventure. Check out our detailed in-depth daypack reviews or cut to the chase and see our best hiking daypack wrap-up!

Latest Hiking Daypack Reviews

Duffel Bags


Looking for your next duffel bag? Use this detailed guide to find the best overall duffel bag, the best value duffel bag, the best wheeled duffel bag, and the best designed duffel bag on the market.

Latest Travel Duffel Reviews

Camping Backpacks


Looking for the best camping backpacks on the market? Look no further! 

Our team have put over 35 different camping  backpack brands and models to the test. Here is our selection of the best backpacks by budget, size, durability, function and more... 

Dry Bags

Best Dry Bag

Find the right dry bag for your adventure. 

Whether you are looking for the best dry bag or a lightweight dry bag this guide will help you make the right choice.

Solar Packs

best solar backpack

If staying connected whilst on the go is critical, then you need to invest in a quality solar backpack. 

In our review we reveal the best solar packs for hiking  and everyday use.

Hiking Tech & Accessories



Nowadays there are literally hundreds of headlamps on the market. To help you identify the right one for your needs check out our best headlamps for hiking wrap-up or our in-depth reviews.

Latest Hiking Headlamp Reviews

Hydration Bladders

Best Hydration Bladders

Looking for the best hydration bladder to keep the thirst at bay on your next outdoor adventure? This guide will help you to understand the main things that you need to look out for when choosing a hydration bladder system.

Latest Hydration Bladder Reviews

Hiking Sunglasses


Durability, polarization, UV rating, frame design, material... all have been considered in our hiking sunglasses comparison review.

Latest Hiking GPS Reviews

Hiking Baby Carriers

Child Carrier for Hiking

Looking for the best baby carrier to bring your little one along with you on your next adventure?

Check out our top picks for the best baby carriers for hiking.

Hiking Watches


When choosing a hiking watch consider barometer, compass, altimeter and GPS.

We've compiled a list of the best hiking watches to help narrow down your search.

Latest Hiking GPS Reviews

Hiking GPS


A GPS device can help you navigate your way around rugged, outdoor land, where there's not even a hint of cellphone service. Whether you're trekking through misty mountains or exploring exotic rain forests, you will always be able to find your way.

Latest Hiking GPS Reviews

Hiking Cameras


When purchasing a hiking camera, there are a number of key things to consider - weight and bulk, durability for rugged outdoor use, fit for purpose / skill level, and of course price!

Check out our top picks for hiking cameras.

Two-Way Radios

Best Two Way Radios

If you're looking for a two way radio to help you keep in contact with your group if you want to charge ahead or split up at any point, have a look through our best two way radios guide to help narrow down your options.

Latest 2-Way Radio Reviews

Folding Knives

folding knife

If you are looking for the best folding knife for your next adventure, look no further.

Here are our picks for the on folding knives.

Climbing Essentials

Climbing Shoes


Here is the ultimate buyer’s guide to climbing shoes, complete with reviews of the best climbing shoes available. 

We wrap up with a discussion of the most important information you need to know before you start shopping around for your next climbing shoes.

Climbing Helmets


A climbing helmet is the first thing to invest in, and hope our list of the best climbing helmets available today will help you get the right one for you.