May 16, 2007
Outside Magazine

1. Stuffsack » Store your sleeping bag in REI's FLASH UL PACK and you'll have a tough little daypack for base camping. $25, 9 oz; rei.com

2. T-shirt » ICEBREAKER's merino SUPERFINE 140 TECH T is to your old T-shirt what 400-thread-count cotton is to sheets: luxurious. $55; icebreaker.com

3. Flask » Decant a bottle of vino into KLEAN KANTEEN's WINE CARAFE. The lightweight stainless-steel container doubles as a water bottle. $18; kleankanteen.com

4. Lighter » Never be reduced to rubbing sticks together. BRUNTON's FIRESTORM is waterproof and windproof and almost as small as a pack of matches. $50, 1.6 oz; brunton.com

5. Shorts » Not that you would, but you could: MOUNTAIN HARDWARE's TALUS PACK SHORTS are tough enough to wear from Memorial Day to Labor Day without a break. $95; mountainhardwear.com

6. Cookware » OPTIMUS's two-pot TERRA COOKSET is cleverly packaged in a neoprene case that keeps food piping hot and organizes cookware and utensils for packing. $60, 23 oz; optimus.us

7. Windshell » You won't find a more versatile outer layer than OUTDOOR RESEARCH's CONTOUR WINDSHIRT. The tightly woven, DWR-treated Cordura pullover is lighter than a soft shell and tougher than a wispy windbreaker. $119, 10 oz; orgear.com

8. Water filter » KATADYN's VARIO uses both ceramic and carbon filters so you can adjust the filtration according to water quality. Result: a filter that's fast and long-lasting. $80; katadyn.com

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