For Hikers

Every serious backpacker should own a Jetboil, which remains our favorite integrated cooking system. The Flash's one-liter cooking cup screws easily onto the burner; the flame-shaped heat indicator on the side of the insulating neoprene sleeve turns orange when your water is almost boiling; and the bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup. And when you're done, everything (including the fuel canister) tucks neatly away inside the main cooking pot. $100; jetboil.com (Michael Karsh)
Jetboil Flash cookstove

Jetboil Flash cookstove

Every serious backpacker should own a Jetboil, which remains our favorite integrated cooking system. The Flash's one-liter cooking cup screws easily onto the burner; the flame-shaped heat indicator on the side of the insulating neoprene sleeve turns orange when your water is almost boiling; and the bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup. And when you're done, everything (including the fuel canister) tucks neatly away inside the main cooking pot. $100; jetboil.com

Hydro Flask insulated bottle

Standing out among the dozens of hydration products that pass through our doors every year is a challenge. Hydro Flask made an impression with a next-day shipment of its insulated stainless-steel bottles, which arrived with ice inside. In summer. That functionality—which works equally well keeping liquids piping hot—paired with simple, good-looking design won us over. From $20

Hydro Flask insulated bottle
(Michael Karsh)


Therm-a-Rest NeoAir pillow

Because the ultralight (two ounces) NeoAir Pillow works like one of the brand's tried-and-true sleeping pads, it's one of the lightest, tiniest pillow options for the backcountry. They'll thank you at night, when they'd otherwise be cramming rolled-up clothing under their head. $34

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir pillow
(Michael Karsh)


Leki Micro TourStick Vario 4-Season trekking poles

Leki's poles are as lightweight and collapsible as competitors', but with more durable aluminum in the lower shaft, they'll last longer. The armor is especially nice in winter: it'll stand up to a ski's edge. $199; leki.com

(Michael Karsh)

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