You need the right gear to go trail running, skiing, or mountain biking. You really need the right stuff if you spend weeks fighting infernos in the middle of a forest. To find out what wildland firefighters rely on, we hooked up with Kevin Mecham, a 12-year veteran with the Tahoe Hotshots.
International Crew Haul
Mecham and the Tahoe Hotshots named their 2006 two-wheel-drive crew hauler Eight Ball. The squad boss drives, the captain rides shotgun, and the eight crew members sit in the back, with the most senior toward the front and the newest guys in the back. All of their tools go into side compartments, while their personal gear fits in racks and nets above the seats.