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When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy. Most of my time outdoors is spent with only one hand free. I fly-fish, ride horses, and practice falconry. I’m usually holding a rod, reins, or a redtail and only have my right hand free to access much needed gear. Regular backpacks aren’t ideal during these endeavors, because I end up taking them off and on. Shoulder satchels and messenger bags are often too large and cumbersome and are meant for a person with two free hands. The ultimate solution: sling packs.  I took each of these out several times while trail riding horses, fly-fishing in rivers, and hunting with my hawk, and I can also confirm that these picks are equally great for hiking, kayaking, and any other sport where it pays to have easy access to gear. This is the smallest sling pack I tested, and it was perfect for both throwing over your shoulder to bike into town or use on the river to carry gear for brookies at a local stream. Anything beyond an energy bar, water bottle, phone, and wallet will require a larger pack, but sometimes you...

5 Spots You Can Rent Outdoor Gear Near Denver, Colorado

Whatever adventure you’re planning—be it a weekend ski trip or remote backpacking excursion—get the equipment you need from one of these local gear-rental programs. Skiing, backpacking, camping, and rock climbing—it’s no secret that the gear required for many of Colorado’s favorite pastimes is pricey. In fact, in a recent Outdoor Participation Report conducted by the Outdoor Industry Association, poll participants cited too-expensive equipment as a top reason for not getting outside. Luckily, local companies are rising to the challenge by creating rental programs that help bridge the budget gap and encourage more people to try other outdoor adventures. Here’s a look at five Colorado companies with inviting gear closets. Denver-based Feral rents out most of the necessary gear needed to safely and comfortably explore Colorado’s mountains in the summertime. The independent outdoor gear shop, located in the bustling Berkeley neighborhood, boasts an easy-to-navigate online rental system that features a range of technical gear for camping and backpacking excursions. A one-person camping kit that includes a tent, sleeping pad and bag, and headlamp can be rented for just $69 per weeken...