Gear Guide 2012: The Ten Essentials

Get prepped with this core gear.

First Aid

Minimalist Kit: Adventure Medical Kits SOL Survival Medic



Sun Protection


Sunscreen: Elemental Herbs Zinc Sunscreen

Hat: Outdoor Research Revel Convertible Cap

Shirt: Columbia Solar Polar 1/2 Zip



Extra Food


Emergency Calories: Bridgford Ready To Eat Sandwiches



Knife/Multitool


Do-it-All: Gerber Steady Multitool



Illumination


Headlamp: Black Diamond Icon Headlamp



Hydration


SteriPen Freedom Water Treatment



Fire


Wenger Fidis Lighter



Navigation


Brunton O.S.S. 10B Compass

Custom Maps: MyTopo/BACKPACKER Pro Maps

Long-trail Maps: Pocket Profile Maps



Emergency Shelter


Minimalist Kit: Adventure Medical Kits Escape Bivvy Blanket



Trekking Poles

Alpine: Dynafit Broad Peak Trekking Poles

Packable:Leki Micro Stick Trekking Poles

Lightweight: Helinox Featherlite Trekking Poles

Apparel

Super-fit Pants: Helly Hansen Odin Quick-Dry Pant


Minimalist Pants: Stoic Microlith Softshell Pant

Mountain Hardwear Rifugio Trek Shorts

Puffy: The North Face Think About It Jacket

Baselayers

Heavyweight: E.C.W.C.S. Thermal Zone Polartec Power
Dry Baselayers

Midweight: Duofold Champion Varitherm

Underwear: Polarmax TransDRY Cotton Underwear

Socks

Midweight: Balega X Athlete Multisport Crew Socks


Lightweight: FITS Performance Trail Socks

Ultralight: Patagonia ULW Merino Crew Socks