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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

BACKPACKER Editors' Toughest Gear

Thirty indestructible gear picks from two decades of hardcore field-testing.

by: The BACKPACKER Editors

Davis w/ Trails Illustrated Map & the Arc'teryx Bora (Genny Fullerton)
Davis w/ Trails Illustrated Map & the Arc'teryx Bora (Genny Fullerton)

Readers constantly ask us: “What’s the most durable gear you’ve used?” Here’s our answer: A collection of rugged favorites voted on by 12 editors with 170 total years of field-testing experience. In our hands, these products have weathered howling storms, arctic freezes, slot-canyon scrapes, bug infestations, battery acid, weeks without showers, salt-water submersion, high-altitude UV exposure, and Alaskan grizzlies. Most are still on the market—durability will do that—and you can find the rest on eBay or Craigslist. Trust us, it’s worth your time to search: In the long run, durability is lighter on your wallet—and the planet.


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meanolddog
Sep 06, 2011

The numbers provided only give each of the Editors only 14 years experience on average. Problem is, many of the items that are listed appear to be less than 5 years old.

So the list is worthless...Now I still have and use my SEVA 123R Bought mail order from A-16 in San Deigo in 1973 for $17.00. My Victorinox Classic bought in 1980 and most of my Boy Scout Gear bought in 1962 and it all is still in perfect condition..So lets have a real list of time tested gear from the Readers and Posters instead of a marketing person...

Kevin
Jun 09, 2010

Kelty Tioga external frame pack 1979 edition 4000 plus nights and 6 seasons at Philmont Scout ranch.

North Face Expedition Guide tent (VE 25 heavy duty version) Four continents, 15 years of extended use, still going strong!

Benjamin Pries
Jun 01, 2010

As a photographer, I wouldn't necessarily call the Nikon D70 a 'super tough' camera. I have nothing against Nikon, and I think they are great cameras, but as far as rugged bang-proof and weather-proof cameras go, Pentax DSLRs are significantly better.

tim
Jun 01, 2010

Good tuff stuff:
Kayland boots
Osprey aether packs
Black Diamond Trekking poles
MSR windpro stove

d.hitchcock
Jun 01, 2010

Here are my two nominations for tough gear. I'm still sleeping warm and toasty in the navy blue North Face Superlight down bag my parents bought me for my 16th birthday. I'm 52 now. I also still own my old Kelty pack and frame, but I've outgrown it.

Jo
Jun 01, 2010

I got my thermarest Ridgerest when I started doing outdoor stuff - 16 years ago. still going strong and goes on all my trips - winter, summer, spring, fall. my boyfriend got his ridgerest in 1991 - so almost 20 years of frequent use!

d.hitchcock
Jun 01, 2010

Here are my two nominations for tough gear. I'm still sleeping warm and toasty in the navy blue North Face Superlight down bag my parents bought me for my 16th birthday. I'm 52 now. I also still own my old Kelty pack and frame, but I've outgrown it.

Shawn
May 13, 2010

For the toughest grill...Check out the tough tripod grill. They have a website - www.ToughTripod.com

Shawn
May 13, 2010

For the toughest grill...Check out the tough tripod grill. They have a website - www.ToughTripod.com

Shawn
May 13, 2010

For the toughest grill...Check out the tough tripod grill. They have a website - www.ToughTripod.com

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