Kristin Hostetter

Hostetter is the editorial director of Outside Business Journal. She served as BACKPACKER’s gear editor for 22 years, and is the author of four books: Backpacker’s Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Care and Maintenance, Adventure JournalThe 10 Essentials of Outdoor Gear: What You Need to Stay Alive, Don’t Forget the Duct Tape, and The Tent and Car Camper’s Handbook. She has appeared as a gear expert on many national TV shows including TODAY, The Early Show, and The Martha Stewart Show.

Hostetter is also a co-founder of the Plastic Impact Alliance, a consortium of outdoor companies dedicated to reducing their use of single-use plastic.