I know for a fact that there are magazines here in the US that dedicates to this topic. My friend wanted to grab us to do backpacking a few months back when we were planning to go to Europe. Of course he was just in a phase and we didn't really want to backpack Europe when we haven't even hiked across our own country.
So if there's a borders or something you can go to look for that type of magazine. It'll give tips and recommend shoes and backpacks to use.