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Going out on a long trail or for an extended hiking vacation isn’t like heading out for the weekend. You need light gear than can still stand up to the rigors of life in the backcountry. These three trail-tested and proven products are ready for your biggest adventures.
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2
Ultralight Adventure Equipment Ohm 2.0
Therm-a-Rest Vesper 32°F Quilt
Want to cut your base weight, but don’t want to entomb yourself in a mummy bag every night? Get the Vesper. It weighs just 15 ounces and packs down to the size of a one-liter water bottle thanks to 900-fill hydrophobic down. Buy Therm-a-Rest Vesper 32°F Quilt Now / Read the Full Review
Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Trail-Running Shoe
Thru-hikers’ feet take a beating. Keep yours (relatively) happy with the Lone Peak 4.5, an update of the tester-approved Lone Peak 4.0, which offers a combo of support, traction, and weight that’s unmatched for sneaker-type hiking shoes. Buy Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Now / Read the Full Review
Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
Lightweight, long-lasting, inexpensive—all words that are music to a thru-hiker’s ears, and all of which describe the Mini. It weighs just 2 ounces and is a shorter than a beer can, but can filter up to 100,000 gallons of water. Buy Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System Now / Read the Full Review