So how does someone learn about the great gear and places to hike? Well for starters, I suggest Reddit.com. Truly a place with special sub-sections (sub-reddits) ready to talk about, show off, and debate places to hike, gear to buy, and the best times to hit a trail. Here are a few of my favorites:
If you can't find what you want in those feeds, just do a search. So many folks use reddit that chances are someone has an answer.