Beyond highly recommended, you need to make sure you have room in your pack for the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. A beast by anyone’s guidelines, this is a somewhat expensive option that will last you for the rest of your life.
The best in the business as far as hydrations packs go, CamelBak has hit it out of the park yet again with their M.U.L.E hydration system. Simple and straightforward, it gives you hands free access to water whenever you need it and stays out of the way whenever you don’t.
Easily one of the best tents when it comes to the ultralight category of shelters, you would be hard up to find any negative tent reviews about the Tarptent Double Rainbow. Lightweight, super durable, and more than capable, the biggest problem you will have with the Tarptent Double Rainbow is being able to buy one – so in demand, there is almost always a waiting list for these simple shelters.
Comfortable and well designed, you shouldn’t let the oversized appearance of the Arc’teryx Altra scare you off. A world class outdoor backpack if there ever was one, this is the kind of rig you can count on for those longer trips with bigger payloads. Smartly designed and durable as anything else on the market, this is the kind of bag you can trust with your equipment and tools, as well as your hard earned money.
Regardless of whether or not you’re actually trying to be a human Spiderman, action hero, or just looking to punch it out in a rundown and beat up rock gym, the all-new Five Ten Team VXi Climbing Shoe with MI6 Rubber should be more than adequate to tackle whatever comes at you.
Designed and developed from one of the most reliable names in cold weather gear in Nemo Equipment, this bag is rated to keep you nice and toasty even up to -40°F. Yeah, I said it, -40°F. In case you weren’t aware, that is cold enough to really freeze your spit as it comes out of your mouth.
It’s never possible to have too many safety devices when you take to the woods, and when they are simple and straightforward (not to mention as cheap and compact) as the Spot 2 Satellite Messenger, you’d be foolish not to leverage it. Designed to help you out in a jam – or just to check in with all of your social network friends as you find a new secret spot – having this signaler on your will change the way you explore forever.
When you need a hands free headlamp system, rely on the kind of LED technology from the original creator themselves. With over 30 years of experience in creating some of the best hands free headlamps the world has ever seen, the Petzl Tikkina 2 is just another top notch product from a reputable company.
Super simple and straightforward, the Goal Zero Nomad 7 is the easiest solar panel to use on the market. As close to self-sufficiency as you’d hope to find in the middle of the woods – while giving you all the juice you need to keep your electronics humming, this is a great buy.
The Suunto Core Altimeter Watch is a proper timepiece for the serious adventurer. Offering all of the mission critical date you’d need on a purpose built piece of equipment without getting the way, this is a watch you can rely on to help you train and push yourself to new heights – literally.
A smart tracker purposefully built to find people lost in the woods or in an avalanche, the power of the Pieps DSP Smart Transmitter cannot be understated. One of the most reliable machines on the market (especially for the price), this is the beacon of choice for a number of folks all over the world.
A powerful handled GPs unit that will help you stay safe no matter where you are, having the Garmin ETrex 20 in your pack allows you to tackle unfamiliar landscapes with little concern at all. Smartly designed and accurate, this is a must have for anyone looking to do some serious backpacking.
For hundreds of years wool has been prized for its ability to lock in heat and retain its insulation properties even when wet – and the Smartwool Hiking Medium Crew make the best of those properties for a totally modern spin on this old classic.
Some of the wildest looking shoes you’ll find anywhere – in the outdoor and backpacking world or otherwise – the Vibram FiveFingers KSO are purpose built equipment to give you the ultimate barefoot experience while still offering some protection. Some of the best shoes on the market for taking your fitness to the highest levels when “going primal”, you’ll totally notice these shoes the moment you slip them on – and so will everyone else you run into.
With the Evolv Cruzer Men’s shoes you can literally become a human Spiderman. Purpose built for smearing, this is the best of the best when staring a sheer rock face in the eyes and still wanting to hit the top.
The perfect edger and a product used by some of the best technical climbers in the world, this is a complete option for anyone looking to take their efforts to the next level. Pros choose the La Sportiva Miura for it’s incredible edging ability, and you’ll see why as soon as you strap them on.
Merrell Moab Ventilators are known throughout the hiking world as the only hot weather hiking boots most people would ever trust. With a simple mesh like system that will keep you cool when they weather gets toasty, these are rugged shoes that are just right for a very specific set of tasks.
Utilitarian and stripped down hiking boots if there ever was a pair, the Salomon Quest 4D GTX are bargain basement priced boots that offer some serious performance and bang for the buck. A worthy addition to your collection for right around $50, you’d have to be nuts to ignore these boots.
As far as helmet cameras go, the entire industry begins and ends with the GoPro Hero2. Sure, there are other people in the space offer cameras, but all of them are light years behind the lead dog in the industry.