BACKPACKER Editors' Toughest Gear

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

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 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