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The all-new Altra 65 is marketed as a lightweight, multiday trekking pack, but it’s much more than that. This breathable, waterproof, ripstop nylon pack is a reliable friend who will stick by you in the worst conditions. Avoid constant adjustments with the super-stiff, wide hipbelt that molds to your frame, keeping your focus on the trail. Top and side panel loading, seven pockets, and a hydration-compatible design make it easy to access anything you need while on the move. At four pounds, 13.5 ounces, and with 3,967 cubic inches of space, the Altra will hold all you need for several days on the trail or easily cinch smaller for lighter weekend trips.
MSR did almost everything right with the Hubba Hubba. They make a lighter version of this tent without mesh, but the extra three ounces are totally worth it, especially during epic stargazing sessions. The fly is easy to pop on in a hurry even though it won’t quite hold up under snow and intense winds. Some folks who are pushing mid-six feet may feel a little cramped, but with the large vestibules on either side, there is no need to bring gear inside, allowing for more room.
There isn’t, admittedly, a lot of technology that goes into a spork. Does it cut? Does it scoop? OK, then. That being said, the Light My Fire rendition is particularly light and durable. And it comes in 19 (count ‘em) pretty colors.
It’s skeletal design makes it look light on comfort, but the Intertia’s cutouts are specifically designed to give you cushion where you need it, and none where you don’t, drastically cutting down the pad’s weight. At just over 9 ounces it’s practically unnoticeable in your pack.
GSI’s BPA-free cookware fully accommodates two people’s eating needs. At just 20.7 ounces, this lightweight set includes two insulated mugs with lids, two bowls, two telescoping foons, and a hard-anodized pot with strainer lid. All cookware, fuel, a stove, and utensils fit inside the pot. Nonstick coating makes cleanup easy, the Pinnacle-series aluminum pot distributes heat evenly for perfectly cooked English muffin pizzas, and Teflon radiance technology prevents scratches. Our favorite feature? The waterproof storage bag doubles as a camp sink.
Down bags are great, but you have to baby them. If you’re a bit harder on your gear Mountain Hardwear’s synthetic UltraLamina might be a better option. Welded seams and Thermic Micro™ fill make it toasty and tough. For a summer bag (it’s rated to just above freezing) it’s a good, and economical, choice.
Want some flexibility in your lighting? The Tikka Xp2 Core has five different lighting modes and comes with a high output LED and a red LED. But the coolest part is that it comes with software that lets you dial in the output to your needs. With a rechargeable battery.
Perfect for conditions year-round, the Capiline 2 long underwear from Patagonia are an incredible deal. Patagonia slaps a lifetime warranty on these babies, but you probably won’t need to use it because the fabric is durable (keep it away from flying embers, though) and will keep you warm even when you’re wet. Try the zip-neck for the option of wearing it as a ventilating v-neck or a bundled up turtleneck.
The Juice XE6 is Leatherman’s beefiest Juice series multi-tool, but is still light enough to pack, at just 6.7 ounces. This 18 tool-jack-of-all-trades has everything: a 420 HC Sheep’s Foot Serrated Knife, four kinds of screwdrivers, two types of pliers, and a miniature saw, to bottle and can openers, a diamond-coated file, and a corkscrew for the mountain-loving wino, The stainless steel body has anodized aluminum handle scales for added strength and durability.