The perfect assortment for all manner of out-and-backs.
Grayl Ultralight Purifier ($60)
This sleek dual-canister filter basically French-presses viruses, bacteria, and protozoan cysts from your water in just 15 seconds. Simply fill it, press down on the inner cylinder, and drink up.
Marmot Knife Edge Jacket ($225)
Despite its gauzy weight (just 11 ounces), this waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex PacLite shell kept us dry in dreary Minnesota sleet. And the details are spot-on, like an adjustable hood with an elastic drawstring.
Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper Light First Aid Supply ($15)
Packed with everything for two hikers on a quick trek, this kit helps make emergency decisions easier, with clearly labeled pockets full of remedies for everything from cuts to burns.
Royal Robbins Jammer Shorts ($58)
Free your legs with these superlight shorts. The simple cut doesn’t snag or bunch, and the nylon-spandex blend offers UPF 50 protection.
Cotopaxi Luzon Connect Pack ($65)
Made from high-quality recycled nylon, the 18-liter Luzon Connect has a drawstring closure up top, an internal hydration sleeve, and ultralight mesh straps. Bonus: you get to choose your own colors for each panel.
Ortovox Rock N’ Wool Short Sleeve Shirt ($99)
This perfectly technical top is a step up from a plain-Jane base layer. Poly-merino fabric boosts ventilation and stretch.
Leki Cressida DSS Trekking Poles ($160)
Poles save knees. Use them. Rubber shock absorbers near the tips of Leki’s aluminum Cressidas combine with internal stainless-steel springs to soak up impact force.
Keen Terradora Mid WP Boots ($140)
A rare hiker built from the ground up for the female foot, the Terradora has a narrow last and a high arch. We took it straight from the box on a steep six-mile climb and remained blister-free.