About the Magazine
In 2012 we started TrailGroove Magazine to provide a unique online media experience for the backpacking and hiking community. Our goal is to go back to the basics as an outdoor publication and focus on real outdoor content, tailored to you the reader, that relays the actual hiking and backpacking experience that we all seek on (or for some of us, off) the trail. Uniquely crafted and delivered digitally about every 6 to 8 weeks, we’ve strived to keep the magazine accessible - with the online version of our magazine completely free to read since day one and your own PDF copy available for online or offline viewing at about half the price of your average freeze-dried meal.
In TrailGroove Magazine you’ll read about trails you've always heard about and some you didn't know existed, technique, food, news, tips, and much more. You’ll find honest reviews of gear we actually bought and use ourselves, and entertaining outdoor writing with top-notch photography from contributors across the United States and beyond. On the TrailGroove Blog you’ll find a stream of articles between each issue, and every day on our forums you’ll find a community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts who are united by the trail and the interest we all share for the outdoors.
Energy & Environmental Awareness
It’s no secret that we love the outdoors, and we're committed to running a magazine in the most ecologically conscious manner that we can. Our magazine is published online instead of using a conventional printing process where paper, ink, and shipping factors are all involved and we’ve additionally purchased carbon offsets to account for our digital energy usage through 2021. We also pledge to donate a significant portion of all profits generated from our magazine towards organizations dedicated to the conservation and protection of our trail systems and the environment.
We're committed to providing the most objective gear reviews you'll find anywhere - we don't ask for or accept review samples from manufacturers and don't publish gear reviews in exchange for any type of compensation. As such, we're reviewing the same products that you would use and aren't reviewing handpicked review samples, freebie, discounted, or paid review items, or anything obtained under any pretense or assumption of a TrailGroove review. Note that this policy doesn't apply to any pre-release products that we may obtain prior to market release for review. In such cases, we'll clearly state that the product was obtained from the manufacturer for a sneakpeak, pre-release evaluation in the review.
We use a 5-star rating scale for our reviews:
TrailGroove Magazine wouldn't exist without you...Remember, this is your magazine! If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, advertising or general inquiries, we'd love to hear from you - send us a message here.