Gear Guide 2011: Essentials

Welcome to accessory and apparel heaven: puffy jackets, stoves, windpants, knives, iPad apps, solar panels, GPS, hydration, first aid, socks, camp food, baselayers, and more.

APPS

BASELAYERS

Heavyweight: Ibex Shak Lite Half Zip Baselayer

Midweight: WinterSilks Long Sleeve Silk Wool Crewneck and Pant Baselayers

Lightweight: Patagonia L/S Polarized Tee Baselayer

Ultralight: Helly Hansen Pace SS Baselayer

BELAY DEVICE

Gear Review: Mammut Smart Alpine Belay Device

BINOCULARS

All-Purpose: Brunton Eterna Compact 10x25 Binoculars

Killer Deal: Pentax Papilio 8.5x21 Binoculars

BOTTLE

Gear Review: Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle

CAMERA CHEST PACK

Gear Review: Clik Elite Access Pack

CAMP CHAIR

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Trekker Lounge Chair

CAMP SHOES

Summer: Patagonia Advocate Shoes

Winter: Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Shoe

COMPASS

Gear Review: Brunton Pioneer 26DNL Compass

CAMERAS

Helmet Cam: ContourHD Camera

Video Camera: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102YL Camera

DSLR: Pentax K-5 Camera

Point-and-Shoot: Pentax Optio W90 Camera

CRAMPONS

Gear Review: Black Diamond Contact Crampons

DOG GEAR

Jacket: Ruff Wear Cloud Chaser

Gear Review: Planet Dog Natural Hemp Adjustable Collar and Leash

ESPRESSO

Gear Review: Handpresso Wild

ELECTROLYTES

Gear Review: Nuun U Natural Hydration Tablets

EYEWEAR

Gear Review: Zeal Tenacity Sunglasses

Gear Review: Julbo MonteBianco Sunglasses

Gear Review: Ryders Eyewear Vela Interchangeable Sunglasses

Gear Review: Smith Pivlock V90 Sunglasses

FIRST AID

Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits' S.O.L. 3 Survival, Medical & Gear Repair Pak

FOOD

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Desserts

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Dinners

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Lunches & Snacks

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Breakfasts

GLOVES

Gear Review: Stoic Welder Gauntlet Mitt

Gear Review: Black Diamond Arc Gloves

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Backstop Gloves

GAITERS

Gear Review: Black Diamond GTX FrontPoint Gaiters

GAME

Gear Review: Apples to Apples

GPS

Gear Review: DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicator

HAMMOCK

Gear Review: ENO ProNest Hammock

HATS

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Echo Cap

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Downpour Wide Brim Rain Hat

Gear Review: Chaos Dri-Release Multi-Tasker Pro Balaclava

IDENTIFICATION

Gear Review: RoadID's Wrist ID Sport

JUICE

Gear Review: Callpod Fueltank DUO

KNIVES

Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits Core Lite Knife

Gear Review: Baladeo 22G Knife

KIDS' GEAR

Socks: Lorpen Kids Light Hikers

Shell: Sierra Designs Hurricane Accelerator Shell

Pack: REI's Tarn 18 Pack

Baselayers: Patagonia Kid's Capilene 3 Midweight Crew Baselayer

KITCHEN GEAR

Kitchen Helper: GSI Crossover Kitchen Set

Cookpot: MSR Alpinist 2 Cookot

Jetboil Upgrade: Jetboil Sumo Cookpot

White Gas Stove: Soto Muka Stove

LIGHTS

Ice Chest: Coghlan's Cooler Light

Headlamp: Pelican HeadsUP Lite 2690 LED Headlamp

Rechargeable/Programmable: Petzl Core Headlamp

Flashlight: Primus PrimeTorch 1010

LIP BALM

Gear Review: Hurraw! Lip Balm

MONOPOD

Gear Review: Leki Aergon Photoadapter Kit

NATIONAL PARKS PASS

Gear Review: America the Beautiful Annual Pass

NIGHT SKY DECODER

Gear Review: Sky Tonight Star Charts

ODOR CONTROL

Gear Review: Loksak's OPSAK bag

PANTS

Gear Review: Kuhl Renegade Pants

PILLOW

Gear Review: Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow

PUFFY JACKETS

Gear Review: REI ecoSensitive Revelcloud Jacket

Gear Review: Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka

RAIN PANTS

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Stretch Pant

RECYCLING TOOL

Gear Review: Jetboil Crunchit

SHELLS

Gear Review: The North Face Leonidas Jacket

Gear Review: GoLite Malpais Jacket

Gear Review: Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket

Gear Review: Stoic Welder Lo Jacket

Gear Review: Rab Boreas/Aurora Pull-on Jacket

SCALE

Gear Review: Balanzza Mini Scale

SHORTS

Gear Review: Helly Hansen Muru Short

SOLAR POWER

Fastest: Goal Zero's Nomad 7M

Toughest: Brunton Restore Solar Charger

Lightest: Energizer's Xpal SP2000 Power Pack

STUFFSACK

Gear Review: Granite Gear Uberlight eVent Stuffsack

SOCKS

Loftiest: Dahlgren Backpacking Sock

Friction-free: Bridgedale X-Hale Light Hiker with NanoGLIDE Socks

Seamless: Darn Tough Vermont True-Seamless Socks

SUN SHIRT

Gear Review: Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody

TUNES

Portable: Portable Sounds Laboratories iMaingoX Speaker System

Solar: Eton Soulra iPod Dock

UMBRELLA

Gear Review: Davek Traveler Umbrella

TREKKING POLES

Gear Review: Easton CTR-80 Trekking Poles

UNDERWEAR

For Him: Icebreaker Beast 150 Boxer Brief with Fly

Sports Bra: Patagonia Switchback Bra

For Her: Stoic Merino Boy Boxer

VINO

Gear Review: Bandit Wine

WATCH

Gear Review: Tech4o Data Center II Watch

WATER CONTAINER

Gear Review: MSR Dromlite Bag

WATER TREATMENT

Gear Review: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant

WATERPROOF STORAGE

All-purpose: Outdoor Research Lateral Dry Bag

iPhone: Magellan iPhone ToughCase

WHEELED DUFFEL

Gear Review: GoLite TraveLite 30" Wheeled Duffel

WIPES

Gear Review: Grease Monkey Wipes

XC NAVIGATION SKILLS

Gear Review: XC navigation skills

YARNS

Gear Review: Yarns

ZIPPER REPAIR

Gear Review: Flip An Zip Zipper Repair Kit