Grayl Geopress ($89.95):
With a press of the bottle, this portable water purifier cleans water instantly to clear it of waterborne pathogen (virus, bacteria, protozoan cysts), pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals and even microplastics. In a comparison against LifeStraw's similar portable purifying products, LifeStraw's filtering system doesn't protect you against viruses such as Hepatitis A or Norovirus, which is a huge deal that no one is mentioning, if you ask me (and you're here, so I assume you are). Buy on Grayl.com.Mammut Women's Protect Down Sleeping Bag -18C ($499.95):
Erik said it best when he called this sleeping bag the boujeest of them all after we tested an early sample of the bag for a week last October on our Eagle Hunters adventure
. It's fluffy. It's warm. It has zippered arm slots, extra insulation around the hood, magnetic closures and even comes with a pretty swanky sleeping mask and ear plugs. So yeah, this is a bag worth every penny if, like me, getting a good night's rest is a top priority on the road (which, it should be). Buy on Mammut.com.Patagonia Black Hole Duffel ($139):
This weather-resistant, 55 liter bag can be carried like a backpack or a duffel, it can withstand the elements and it's made from recycled materials. Basically, you'll be hard pressed to find a reason to not like this bag. Buy on Patagonia.com.Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 Classic Tent ($379.95):
Personally, Big Agnes is always my go-to tent brand. I've pretty much put my tent through the toughest situations (tying it to pack horses... setting it up in downpours in Mongolia) and it still looks and goes together as if I just bought it yesterday. While it isn't exactly small weighing in at just over three pounds, it's a classic, well-loved tent for hikers and backpackers for a few reasons - it's durable, comfortably fits two, can withstand three seasons and has plenty of storage pockets inside (which are also my favorite feature). Buy it on REI.com.Straightlace Gerber Knife ($35):
A foldable, easy to carry and even easier to open 3" blade that you can use on just about anything. And trust me, you will. Buy on GerberGear.com.Yeti Rambler with Lid ($19.99):
It's a cup. It's a bowl. It's a GoPro case between adventures. This 10 ounce rambler is one of those pieces of gear that you never regret bringing with you. Because whether it's a mug for your morning coffee or a bowl for your lunch, it's always a life saver. Or maybe I should say, adventure saver. Buy on Yeti.com.
Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Bank ($299.95):
Were you sitting down when you read that price tag? Because, yeah, this power bank is anything but cheap. But you know what? It's expensive because it's that good. Weighing in at two pounds, it isn't light either, but it's THE thing to charge all of your gear, from camera equipment to laptops thanks to the Qi 5W max, USB A 5V 2.4A, USB C 5V/9V/12V/15V/20V 3A 60W max and AC inverter 110V .9A 100W max outputs. Buy on REI.com. BioLite Headlamp 200 ($44.95):
I have something to confess. I hate wearing headlamps. I just can't get on board with them. Mostly because they're usually ugly and clunky. Well, that was mostly until BioLite came out with their Headlamp 330, which, after one use I fell in love with. The 200 is the newer, slimmer version of the 330 without the bulky battery pack on the back of the strap, so it's even more comfortable and - dare I say - pretty damn good looking. Buy on BioLite.com.