I’m an avid backpack and outdoorsman. I’ve traveled to 46 States, 23 countries and 3 Canadian Provences.....so far, visiting both urban cities and far into the backcountry. Backpacking is a wonderful way to see the world and explore wilderness areas.
Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
It simply works great!
The Leatherman Wingman is a versatile pieced of camping gear that always gets tossed in my pack when heading out for an adventure. It’s a no frills, highly functional multitool that that simply does any job required. I’ve had several other multitools over the years and none were better than this. Highly recommend!
Katadyn Hiker Pro Filter
Time tested, zero problems!
I’ve used this and it’s predecessor from another company for over two decades now in multiple countries and have never had an issue. It’s simple, works with ALL bottles, bladder systems, pots, and thing that holds water. While I’ve used and like other filters, this is the one I trust 100%. Can’t recommend this product enough.
Ka-Bar Jarosz Turok
Fantastic all around knife!
I’ve had this great knife for over two years and have used it in the backcountry of three States and a Canadian Province with great results. It’s a perfect balance of size, edge retention and weight with a very good sheath. Price is also good at about $83.00.
MSR XGK EX Stove
Anywhere, anytime, any altitude and temperature
Simply put, this stove is a beast. I have the generation 1 version and it has been everywhere. Since it can use both white gas and regular gasoline, it is perfect for international travel. The few drawbacks it does have is the fact it does use liquid fuel, so you have to use a little discretion and it is NOT quiet. This is a loud stove, but a very good one. Highly recommend!
MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove
Best all around backpacking stove currently available
I’ve owned and used an MSR Pocket Rocket 2 for almost 3 years. Having owned and still use several different kinds of stoves, this one is hands down my current favorite. It’s compact, light, sturdy, has simmer options, fuel canister are easily accessible in several sizes and you can purchase them in multiple countries. I’ve personally had it at around 14,000 ft elevation and as cold as -2 Fahrenheit. It’s preformed flawlessly in every conceivable condition. Can’t recommend this product highly enough.
Ozark Trail 4-Season 2-Person Hiker Tent
A tent that punches above its weight class.
Some people believe and mostly they are right, that you get what you pay for in terms of camping/backpacking equipment. “They” are correct, but this tent from Ozark Trails defies normal logic. It is a true, four season tent that is very comfortable, reasonably light at 7.5lbs and very durable. I’ve had mine for three years and in almost all terrain and weather conditions. It is NOT an ultralight tent, but as a free standing, true two person tents go, the weight is reasonable. I use a light weight ground tarp that fits easily inside the carry bag to help keep it clean. Few tents can match this one in weight, durability and price (mine was about $50 including tax). 100% recommend this product.
Condor Outdoor 3 Day Assault Pack
Great intermediate pack!
The Condor 3 Day Assault Pack is what I refer to as an intermediate pack for a couple reasons; it’s more than a day pack, but not the best choice for thru-hikes/expeditions, that’s reason number 1, number 2 is price, you can pick one of these up for just under $100. So it’s not a top of the line, but not bargain basement. Now for the fun talking points. This pack is a full MOLLE military style pack that’s very modular, tons of storage (50 liters/3051 cubic inch), great compartments, adjustable for a wide variety of body sizes, great paddIng all around. I personally put a whole lot of research and thought into this purchase and I’ve not been disappointed. You can pack this full and still be able to fit it in an overhead bin on an airplane, bus or train. More and more, airlines are giving people with standard backpacking packs serious side eye 😒 these days, so this is a good alternative. As the name implies, this is for three days to a week in the backcountry. I’ve personally used it for several overnights and four day/three night camping trips.