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.
Western Mountaineering Antelope Sleeping Bag Patagonia Capilene Baselayer CamelBak Omega Hydration Bladder Garcia Machine Backpackers’ Cache and MontBell Handy Scoop Trails Illustrated Maps Arc’teryx Bora Backpack Smith Slider Sunglasses Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters LOWA Trekker/Lady Sport Boot Beyond Clothing Steel Shock Patagonia Regulator Series Ibex Icefall Jacket ThorLo Classic Hiking Socks Feathered Friends Helios Jacket Nikon D70 Camera Crazy Creek Original Camp Chair MSR XGK-EX Stove MSR Alpine Cookware and GSI Cascadian Bowls Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket Fox River X-Static Liner, Chaco Sandals, and MSR Dromedary Therm-a-Rest Z-Rest Sleeping Pad Magellan Meridian Leatherman Juice C2 Multitool Mountain Hardwear Transition Jacket Sierra Designs Tiros Tent & MSR Tough Gear