About Us

  • Purpose: Helping outdoor enthusiasts everywhere choose the best products to support their adventures.
  • Mission: Find, test, review and recommend the best products using a hands-on, expert approach.
  • Values: Adventure, environmentalism, function, passion and trustworthiness.

Our Mission

We love nature and we want you to love it too. From camping to hiking to just having fun outdoors, we have the experience to guide you and the information you need for your outdoor adventures. All Outdoors Guide can help you find the best tent, choose the right hiking shoes or narrow down your list of outdoor backpacks; we can help you decide what type of food to pack and which water bottle to bring on your trip; and then we’ll walk you through packing your bag like a pro and cleaning everything once you’ve returned home.

Nature offers a neverending playground of opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts, and our goal is to help make your time spent outside the best it can be! We have extensive guides on all sorts of outdoor adventures, from climbing and running to hunting and wintertime activities.

Products are tested for months at a time to create a fair, honest review. When we decide to review something like a pair of boots, we aren’t basing our review on a cursory glance or a walk around the block. These shoes will be worn and weathered for months, tracking hundreds of miles to test their limits and gauge how they respond to actual wear and tear. That’s the All Outdoors Guide way. We don’t just write a review; we live it.

This is the approach we take to every comparison, review, and roundup we write. Our goal is to give our audience the information they need before investing in gear – we want your outdoor experience to be the best it can be, which means only spending money on the high quality, useful products that will make your experience easier, more enjoyable and/or safer.

We have a multi-step review process depending on the product in question. In general, here is how we approach each review:

  1. A product sparks our interest or is recommended to us and we purchase it for review. (We will not accept free or discounted items from the manufacturer, which keeps our reviews completely unbiased and fair).

  2. Depending on the product, we test it in an appropriate environment for a specific amount of time. For example, ski boots may be used three times a week for two months.

  3. While the item tested, a daily log is maintained, along with the user’s personal experience based on predetermined variables.

  4. The person conducting the research writes the article. If necessary, they may receive editorial support from our writing team, but the individual who used the product provides the data and personal experience to inform the article.

  5. We update the piece as needed and answer any community inquiries as they arise.

One more thing: we think you’re amazing. You strive every day to get to that “next time.” The next time you climb another mountain. Conquer a longer, harder trail. Finally visit that coastal campsite others have raved about for so long. You aren’t a “someday” person. You know when your next time will be and that All Outdoor Guides will help make it an experience you won’t forget. We’re so glad you’re here.

About the Founder

Our team of experts is led by Sam Hardy, an outdoor enthusiast who believes the only way to truly review and recommend a product is to use it for at least two months before rendering an opinion.

Sam was born to live outside. He broke free of his cubicle and left the corporate world after feeling like a fish in a fishbowl for too long. Sam created the All Outdoors Guide to do two things: live the life of his dreams outdoors and help others enjoy their journey into the wild.

Bowl-free, Sam now swims upstream as the creative genius, outdoor guru and owner of All Outdoors Guide. An avid hiker who lives in the U.S., Sam is a huge fan of the Pacific Crest Trail in the West and the Appalachian Trail out East, but is always up for an international trip to visit must-see-to-believe spots recommended by his team of experts, like the Overland Track in Tasmania and Machu Picchu in Peru.

When he’s not systematically testing and writing about the latest gear and equipment, we’re not sure what he does! He goes off the grid so much to test products that we usually can’t find him, so your guess is as good as ours. We know for sure he’s not in a cubicle, though.

You can find him on Twitter, where he recommends his favorite products. 

About the Team 

We are a granola-eating, Birkenstock-wearing, bug spray-carrying group of hiking enthusiasts who specialize in finding the latest gear for outdoor adventures. Whether your hike takes you across town or to the top of Kilimanjaro, we can help find you the best gear for your money.

We want to be your trusted source for all things outdoor-related, which means our reviews are honest with no hidden agendas influencing our opinions. Our goal is that you’ll want to tell your friends and family that you found your awesome gear thanks to All Outdoors Guide. We’re not here to sell you on a product; we’re here to give you the unbiased information you need to make the best choice for you.

Do you have the time and money for a two month testing period? Of course not! Who does (besides us)? That’s why we’re living the dream here at All Outdoors Guide. Our job is to use and abuse these products so we can tell you the best ones to buy and and the worst ones to avoid.

How many days do you have before your next trip? We bet it’s getting closer. Before you venture out into the wilderness, let us tell you what to bring along to make it a memorable journey. Think of us as your guinea pigs as we test, evaluate and review the outdoor gear and equipment that have sparked your curiosity.

Jodie Chiffey

From backpacking to cycling in the mountains, Jodie can help you stay in shape and pick the best outdoor gear, clothing, and footwear. She is a full-time blogger and is our go-to source for backpacking gear reviews, outdoor skills advice and information, destinations for backpacking, camping, and hiking, and a lot more.

Kieran Cunningham

Kieran James Cunningham is a climber, mountaineer, and writer based in the Italian Alps. He’s climbed a handful of 6000ers in the Himalayas, 4000ers in the Alps and loves nothing more than a good long-distance wander in the wilderness.

Lindsay Pietroluongo

Lindsay started her freelance career in 2009 and writes about adventure sports and outdoor gear. As a columnist in New York, she also covers restaurants, nightlife, and events. She loves hiking in the Hudson Valley, horseback riding and trying everything twice.

David Borgogni

David is a strong advocate of outdoor-related activities and has many years experience backpacking and hiking around the world, including the Italian and Austrian Alps in Europe as well as central and southern Asia. Locally, he has also led many groups cycling through Vermont, Nova Scotia and Wisconsin. David constantly uses and tests the latest gear for the outdoors, which in turn allows him to help others make more informed buying decisions.

Haley Nicole Parker

Haley is an outdoor enthusiast who has camped and hiked in many parks across the United States. With a love for finding the right gear to make my experiences the best they can be, you know you’ll be provided with quality information to make a great buying decision.

Mieke Leenders

Mieke is a writer and traveler from Belgium. After obtaining her master’s degree in art history, she spent several years working as a freelance writer, project worker, animal volunteer and hotel shift-leader. After she saved enough money, she quit her job and decided to travel through Asia and Latin America. While she was working as an assistant teacher in Costa Rica, she met her favorite student and now husband during an English conversation class. Mieke is currently residing in Costa Rica where she reconnected with her love for writing and is eagerly planning her next adventure.

Kristin Reid

Kristin Reid is a full-time mom and outdoor. She loves to find and share products that are not only high quality and functional, but also useful for getting the family outdoors. She loves finding value when it comes to her outdoor gear and can discover a real deal anytime.

More Questions?

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