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. (Photo: Tim Tomkinson)
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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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From Outside Magazine, May 2015
Filed To: Hiking and BackpackingBackpacksClothing and ApparelDigital CamerasSocksBinoculars and TelescopesHiking ShoesKnives
Lead Photo: Tim Tomkinson
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