Whether you’re just getting started hiking or trying to take your outdoor skills to the next level, figuring out what gear you really need can be a challenge. Fortunately our team of experts have tried it all. Seriously, you should see our gear closets – they’re preeeetty ridiculous. Below the essentials that will make your next hike or backpacking trip epic. They also make great gifts for your favorite outdoorsperson.
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If you’ve ever been caught off guard by cold weather, you know that an efficient sleep system is critical to a good night’s sleep. We love pairing an insulated inflatable pad with a down sleeping bag for a duo that’s lightweight, comfortable, and will hold up to years on the trail.
1- Klymit Static V Insulated Pad – $84.95
2- Klymit KSB 35 Down Sleeping Bag – $199.95
Being responsible in the outdoors means not only avoiding dangerous situations, but being prepared if things do go wrong. A compact filter and first aid kit are great item to keep in your pack just in case you or another hiker run into unexpected issues.
3- Sawyer Micro Squeeze Filter – $29.99
4- Hart Multiday First Aid Kit – $36.50
If you want to enjoy your time outdoors, a pack that fits properly is vital. We love the 45 liter Stout and Amber packs from Gregory for their great fit and lifetime warranty. If you haven’t been fitted for a pack or could use a refresher course on proper fit, stop by. Our crew will be happy to fit you in a new pack or adjust your current one.
5- Gregory Stout 45 Pack – $159.95
A headlamp is an obvious choice for backpacking, but it’s a good idea to keep one on hand for day hikes too. If you run into an unexpected issue or sudden foul weather, you’ll be grateful for a light source. The Petzl Actic headlamp is a crew favorite because of it’s seriously bright 350 lumen setting.
6- Petzl Actic 350 Headlamp – $49.95
We’re in agreement, while you should work to purge your pack of unnecessary items, there’s room for one or two little luxuries that will make the backcountry feel like home. Since a love of the outdoors and appreciation for a good cuppa joe seem to go hand in hand, most of our crew opts for a lightweight filter for pour over.
7- GSI Ultralight Java Drip – $9.95
A good backcountry shelter should be lightweight, easy to set up, and durable. The Kestrel 2 from Peregrine checks all of those boxes.
8- Peregrine Kestrel 2 Person Tent – $299.99
Your most important hiking equipment is your body, so taking care of it should be a priority. Supportive footwear that fits well will prevent injuries and blisters and make hiking a whole lot more fun. Stop by and our crew will be happy to fit you and answer all of your burning footwear questions. Trekking poles make uphills a lot easier and downhills much more low impact. We think everyone should use them, but if you tend to have joint pain they are essential.
9- Columbia Newton Ridge Plus – $90.00
10- Kelty Range 2.0 Trekking Poles – $59.95
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