The designers of Drinktanks Growlers ($69) surveyed bartenders around their beer-centric home base of Bend, Oregon, to find out which questions customers asked when they came in for a refill. The most common: "How long is this beer going to last?" So the company set out to make a growler that would extend the life of a fill, with a double-walled stainless-steel body and an optional Keg Cap ($45) that maintains the carbonation for up to five days.
Best Made first-aid kit
Best Made's OSHA- and U.S. Forest Service–approved first-aid kit ($89) is housed in a dust- and water-resistant travel-ready steel case. The 14-piece set comes with all the equipment you need to deal with common injuries on your next backpacking trip.
Blue Bottle Coffee and Timbuk2 coffee travel kit
Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee recently got together with packmaker Timbuk2 to design a coffee travel kit ($179), stocked with filters, cups, and a tiny pour over. It's all arranged in a convenient satchel, so you can brew your favorite beans anywhere you travel.
Chocolate Smith Backpacker's Pocket Paté
Chocolate isn't the most weatherproof food to take into the backcountry. Chocolate Smith solved this problem with its Backpacker's Pocket Paté ($9), a ganache dipped in Dutch cheese wax that prevents melting and stands up to rain or snow better than a paper wrapper.
Goal Zero Switch 10 USB multitool kit
Charge it in the sun for four hours and Goal Zero's Switch 10 USB multitool kit ($120) stores enough energy to repower an iPhone. Also included: travel accessories like a 160-lumen flashlight and a tiny detachable fan.
Leki Photosystem Carbon trekking pole
Leki's Photosystem Carbon trekking pole ($160) is featherlight (11.4 ounces), adjusts from 69 to 170 centimeters, and does double-duty as a camera mount.
Outdoor Tech Kodiak USB Power Bank
The Outdoor Tech Kodiak USB Power Bank ($50) is only about the size of a smartphone but can store 6,000 milliamps of electricity— enough to fully juice anything that charges via USB. Bonus: it'll still do its job after it's been underwater for 30 minutes.
Patagonia Provisions Salmon
Patagonia has successfully upgraded the dehydrated meals of most backpacking trips with its Provisions Salmon ($12). Sourced from sustainable fisheries and ready to eat straight from the package, it's good for the planet and far tastier than any freeze-dried chili mac.
Vapur Incognito flask
Vapur's 0.3-liter Incognito flask ($7) is the perfect size to tuck into a pocket for cold chair-lift rides.