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The 1.7-ounce Ion ($25) is an adventure-ready insurance policy: Throw the little light into your pack and forget about it until you need it. At 80 lumens, the Ion’s brightest mode is enough to guide you through a dark forest and will last 200 hours on two AAA lithium batteries. (Nick Kelley)
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Black Diamond Ion headlamp

The 1.7-ounce Ion ($25) is an adventure-ready insurance policy: Throw the little light into your pack and forget about it until you need it. At 80 lumens, the Ion’s brightest mode is enough to guide you through a dark forest and will last 200 hours on two AAA lithium batteries.

Brunton Torpedo 2600 portable charger

The Brunton Torpedo 2600 ($40) is a simple, rugged power solution for road trips. On a seven-hour drive to the Sierra Nevada, we plugged it into the car’s 12-volt socket; the Torpedo simultaneously charged two dead iPhones to 100 percent power. The charger saved enough energy in its lithium battery to rejuice both phones again during our next camping trip.

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(Nick Kelley)


Oris BC4 Chronograph

The large face and numbers on the Oris BC4 Chronograph ($3,920) make it easy to keep track of time in the backcountry. The Swiss company built this stainless-steel pilot’s watch to withstand whatever uncontrollables Mother Nature throws its way. Plus, when you return to civilization, the BC4 is stylish enough for a night on the town.

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Outdoor Tech Buckshot Speaker

The Outdoor Tech Buckshot ($50) has become our music go-to on backcountry trips. This rugged, rubberized, water-resistant speaker is about the size of a roll of quarters and easily slips into your pocket. We’re impressed with how quickly and easily the device syncs with music libraries on our phone and computer.

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Delorme InReach Explorer Satellite Communicator

The Delorme InReach Explorer ($380, plus network fees) lets you communicate with loved ones (texts must be 160 characters or less) wherever you are in the backcountry. You can also use it to navigate by setting waypoints and tracking your progress and coordinates. It connects to the Iridium network, which boasts 100 percent global coverage—and costs extra.

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