Gear Box: Hiking Supplies
For life off the beaten path, here are some hiking supplies you need in order to have a safe, fun, and successful adventure.
o1. Icemule Traveler
Need to access hard-to-travel-to places but still need to bring your drinks with you? The 35L-capacity Icemule Traveler mobile cooler is insulated for over 48 hours of ice retention and can be outfitted to be carried on your back. Perfect when gathering all of your hiking supplies. The Traveler’s removable, butterfly backpack strap ensures it is one of the easiest to carry high-capacity soft coolers around. Don’t leave your drinks behind, carry them on your back.
o2. Lowa Aerano GTX Le
Looking for drier feet? Lowa’s Aerano GTX Le hybrid hiking shoe combines Gore-Tex’s innovative Surround technology with Lowa’s proven ATC performance features for 360 degrees of breathable comfort that’s suitable for casual hikes and everyday wear. Its waterproof and breathable perforated nubuck upper keeps your feet airy, yet the shoe light in weight.
o3. Princeton Tec SNAP Multi-Use Light
The SNAP is a lighting tool that can do it all. Use it as a headlamp, flashlight, bike light, safety flasher, lantern, and magnetic area light. Configured as a headlamp, the SNAP features a focusable, modular, adaptable design. SNAP’s head unit is removable from the headlamp bracket for handheld operation and use with its included accessories, snapping into place with a strong magnet.
o4. Seattle Sports Neo Mesh Stuff Sack
If you’re looking for a compact, roll-up bag that unrolls to hold a lot of gear, this is the stuff sack for you. It is lightweight and packable and features stretchy neoprene-like panels that make sliding gear in and out a cinch. High-visibility neon green mesh drains out water and helps air-dry damp clothes. The bag is available in 8L and 20L (shown) capacities.
o5. Fjällräven Keb Trousers
Fjällräven’s award-winning trekking trousers have been updated for even better performance, fit, and durability. An attachment zone has been added for suspenders and its leg endings have been updated so that it is easier to adjust and repair. The trousers have large pockets and generous ventilation openings along the thighs and calves. These pants are well fitting, durable, and allow for a wide freedom of movement.
o6. Bindle Bottle, 24 fl. oz.
Bindle Bottle not only holds your favorite drink but also has a storage compartment built into it. The top end features a dual-wall, vacuum-insulated liquid container that holds 24 ounces of your favorite hot or cold drink. Bindle Bottle unscrews at the bottom, to reveal a scent-proof and waterproof storage compartment to hold your small essential items.
o7. Raen Remmy Alchemy
Sunglasses are essential when it comes to hiking supplies. Raen is an independent company that uses premium materials to carefully craft fashion-driven eyewear. Their Alchemy Collection of sunglasses features mixed-metal and acetate combinations. These Remmy Alchemy sunglasses combine lightweight construction with a sturdy metal chassis and trim.
o8. Leatherman FREE P2
Leatherman, the company that invented the multitool, has released a new generation of multitools that promises to change the genre. Designed for unmatched comfort, durability, and ease-of-use, the P2 represents decades of consumer feedback, testing, and engineering. Integrated FREE technology means all 19 tools are easily accessed with one hand, open smoothly, and click into place with a confident snap.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the September/October 2019 print issue of Tread Magazine.