Sure, hiking’s a blast, but along with those breathtaking views and exercise-inducing endorphins come dangers in the form of dehydration, wildlife and falls. About 800 people have died in the Grand Canyon alone. Forget about survival of the fittest. These days, survival can be as much about packing the right equipment as anything else, especially when you’re heading out into the back country and need to make sure every ounce carries its own weight.
Now that you’ve decided to do this long-distance-foray-into-the-back-woods-thing, consider taking along one or all five of these pro gadgets that double down in function and form to go the distance with you.
When it comes to high intensity gear, carbon fiber is the new black. Case in point, the sleek new AC72 catamarans, making their debut in the 34th America’s Cup, are made mostly of this lightweight, durable material. It’s also what goes into the body of each Exotac Lifecap waterproof container. Weighing in at just 3.2 ounces and completely waterproof, the 6.5-inch long capsule is perfect for trail essentials, such as first aid and meds.
A double o-ring seal keeps contents of the Lifecap dry at depths exceeding 30 meters, and they are inexpensive and easy to replace. A metric o-ring chart makes it easy to find the right size rubber seal replacement, in metrics or inches. With all of that intelligent design, the Exotac Lifecap is a smart thing to put in your pack.
Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp
Don’t strike out without the Tikka RXP headlamp. The compact, rechargeable and wearable flashlight is a trail must. Reactive lighting technology sensors continuously analyze available light and adjust the output accordingly. Which means you get just the right amount of light you need, while at the same time conserving the mighty 1,800 miliampere hour lithium ion’s USB-rechargeable battery even more. At just four ounces and 180 lumens, the multi-beam headlamp has wide, mixed or focused output for illuminating things that go bump in the night from any distance.
Sea to Summit Field Repair Buckles
Just because your pack becomes unbuckled on the trail doesn’t mean you should have to also. Sea to Summit’s Field Repair Nylon Buckles give you the peace of mind you need when you need to repair or replace a pack buckle in the wild. With just a turn of the screwdriver, you’ll be back in business in no time.
CamelBak All Clear Microbiological UV Water Purifier
The last thing you need when you’re in the middle of nowhere is to wonder where your next drink of purified water will come from. With CamelBak All Clear, you can get portable drinking water from any tap or clear natural water source in just 60 seconds. Just fill, press a button and flip — let the powerful UV technology built into the cap do the rest.
GoPro Hero3 Black
It may seem frivolous, but high-performance action cams have become essential gear in outdoor pursuits. After all, if you came nose to nose with a bear, and no one’s around to shoot high-quality footage and post it to Facebook or Instagram, did it really happen? Outdoor enthusiasts know better than to leave their shots to chance, which is why the GoPro Hero3 Black is the adventurers’ choice in cameras. Lightweight and multi-functional, the powerful handheld literally fits in the palm of your hand, and packs equal finesse into either super hi-res or ultra slow-mo, and everything in-between.