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10 essentials



Gear Guide 2013: The Ten Essentials

Don't get caught without these trail-tested must-haves.

Gear Review: Millet Tech Stretch Top

Warm and snug, this baselayer from Millet will keep you happy at any altitude.

Gear Review: SmartWool Lightweight Crew Baselayer

Experience all of the comfort with none of the smell with this SmartWool baselayer.

Gear Review: Kühl Raptr Pants

Trek everywhere with assurance with the durable and stylish Kühl Raptr Pants.

Gear Review: Three Essential Socks

Find the best socks for any occasion and preference.

Gear Review: The North Face Verto Micro Hoodie

This hybrid hoodie from North Face will keep you comfortable in changing conditions.

Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits SOL 2-Person Emergency Bivvy

Stay safe and comforted in an emergency with this bivvy for two from Adventure Medical Kits.

Gear Review: Leki Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Poles

Get a grip - more comfortably - as you hike with these trekking poles from Leki.

Gear Review: KINeSYS SPF 30 Alcohol-Free Spray Sun Protection

Play outside without fear using KINeSYS SPF 30 Alcohol-Free Spray sunscreen.

Gear Review: Columbia Freeze Degree Half Zip Sun Protection Shirt

Long sleeves in the sun? You'll stay cool with this 1/2 zip from Columbia.

Gear Review: Tilley T5MO Organic Cotton AIRFLO Hat Sun Protection

Stay covered in the toughest of conditions with this Tilley hat.

Gear Guide: Outdoor Research Womens Squadron Cap

Stay cool and covered in all weather with the Outdoor Research Women's Squadron Cap.

Gear Review: SOG PowerAssist Multitool

Do it all with this easy-access, customizable multitool from SOG.

Gear Review: Gerber Bear Grylls Paracord Fixed Blade Knife

Feel confident in the outdoors with this all-purpose knife from Gerber.

Gear Review: MSR Aquatabs Water Treatment

Go ultralight while staying healthy with the MSR Aquatabs.

Gear Review: Platypus GravityWorks 4.0L Water Treatment

Spread the joy of clean water with this group-friendly filtration system from Platypus.

Gear Review: SteriPen Ultra Water Treatment

Get clean water fast with this easy-to-use SteriPen Ultra.

Gear Review: PowerBar Energy Blasts Extra Food

Enjoy your extra calories with PowerBar Energy Blasts.

Gear Review: Trimble Outdoors Elite Mapping Software

Get a trip planner, online, and print maps in one bundle from Trimble Outdoors.

Gear Review: Suunto MC-2 Global Compass

Get to your destination quickly and reliably with the Suunto MC-2 Global.

Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits SOL Fire Lite with Tinder-Quik Fire Starter

Keep warm in a storm with this light-anywhere fire starter from Adventure Medical Kits.

Gear Review: REI Backpacker Plus Extended First Aid Kit

Be prepared for trips of all lengths with this first aid kit from REI.

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