Home is where you pitch it, so do it right with these impressive essentials.
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Forays into the backcountry call for a kit that's light and fast. Sure, you want your basic needs covered, but you also want to be comfortable and make the most of your time in the Great Outdoors.
These products fit the bill—from a water-filtering bottle to a tent with mesh that exposes the night sky so you can sleep under the stars (and quickly take cover if Mother Nature takes a turn for the worst). Meet your new essentials.
The Spot is one of the best all-around headlamps we’ve ever used. Compact and powerful, it somehow crams 200 lumens, four lighting modes, a dimming feature, and travel-friendly battery lockout into a light-weight, fully waterproof package.
Most companies want to sell you different bags for different seasons. Kammok’s 3-in-1 system is a down-filled bag rated to 30° with an optional zip-in liner that keeps you warm down to 15° and another insert that clips in when the mercury bottoms out.
Best Cushion: Nemo Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad 20R
The more space between you and the ground, the more comfortably you’ll sleep. The 3-inch-thick Nemo cushion is plush yet packs down to the size of a tallboy. Plus, internal trusses maintain structure and eliminate air mattress wobble.
With its main body of no-see-um mesh and an easily retractable rain fly, the Nightwatch mimics sleeping under the stars. If the sky opens, it takes only a second (and two clips) to batten down the hatches.
As refreshing as that crystal-clear back country stream looks, it could be teeming with bacteria or stomach-churning protozoa. This 25 oz bottle zaps all the nasties with UV light, making even the most questionable water sources potable in just 60 seconds.
MSR is the industry standard when it comes to backcountry cooking. The compact, all-in-one WindBurner system—insulated pot, bowl, lid, burner, stand, and fuel canister (not included)—lights reliably, nests together, and boils water fast even in a stout wind.