Ramble On: Classic Day-Trip Gear

Arrive prepared no matter where the trail takes you.

Well-made pieces with thoughtful features—like a plush all-terrain shoe or packable power camera—are no-brainers for anyone who likes to spend time in the great outdoors. (Tim Tomkinson)

No matter where in the 59-park-strong system your explorations take you, there are some nonnegotiable things you’ll need to bring along. 

Topo x Howler Klettersack 15L

(Tim Tomkinson)

A collaboration between pack maker Topo Designs and apparel designer Howler Brothers, the Topo x Howler Klettersack 15L ($179) features 1,000-denier Cordura, leather lash tabs, and side pockets for fly rods. Stash a hydration bladder in the padded inner sleeve. 

Howler Brothers H Bar B Snapshirt

(Tim Tomkinson)

The cotton-poly blend in this shirt ($65) is quick drying and wrinkle resistant, meaning you won’t look like you just hiked a bunch of grueling switchbacks, even if you did. A microfiber hem helps you keep your sunglasses smudge-free. 

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

(Tim Tomkinson)

Canon squeezed a three-inch screen into the slim PowerShot SX710 HS camera ($350), so you won’t have to squint to see your 21-megapixel nature shots and 1080p video. The Story Highlights function pulls your photos into a reel that you can share via Wi-Fi.

United by Blue Ultimate American socks

(Tim Tomkinson)

United by Blue’s socks ($38) are made with bison wool—its downy fibers make it lighter than sheep’s wool. It also regulates temperature better.

Rogue Medium Backpack Journal

(Tim Tomkinson)

The high-grade leather cover and thick, grainy saa paper fashioned from sustainable mulberry bark make Rogue’s Medium Backpack Journal ($38) the ultimate adventurer’s log.

Maven B.3 10x30 Binoculars

(Tim Tomkinson)

Maven’s B.3 10x30 binoculars ($530) are made with phase-correction coating and extra-low-dispersion lenses for crisp color contrast and images. The 10x30 pair delivers high-end light transmission even in twilight—perfect for snooping on unsuspecting wildlife. 

Forsake Mack

(Tim Tomkinson)

The plush padding in the heel and tongue reminds us of the kicks we wore to ollie curbs in high school. The Forsake Mack ($110) has breathable mesh sides, a foam midsole, and thick tread that transform it from a street shoe into a lightweight all-terrain monster. 

Esee Knives Esee-3

(Tim Tomkinson)

Made of high-carbon steel, the Esee-3 knife (from $170) has a four-inch fixed blade designed for hardcore special ops and survival missions. It laughs at whatever you put it through, whether that’s cutting paracord or slices of salami.

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