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Sea To Summit 65L Duffel Bag

$140 $90 from Backcountry 35% off

We crowned this hauler the best duffle bag of last year. Our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, wrote: “It is rare that a product is as dominant in a head-to-head test as the Sea to Summit 65-liter duffel was in this one.” Its comfort, packability, water resistance, and durability is far ahead of the competition.

Mohinders City Slipper

$145 from Huckberry

We featured these slippers in our 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide. The braided and tanned water buffalo upper stays true to its heritage roots in India, but the goat-leather lining and natural rubber outsole deliver a much needed dose of modern comfort: “The City molded to our feet for a truly custom fit,” our tester writes.

Mountain Summit Gear Hard-Anodized Cookset

$70 $49 from REI 30% off

A solid option for car camping and backpacking, this aluminum set includes a pan and two pots—perfect for cooking on a twin burner or an ultralight stove. When it’s time to pack up, the cookware nests into itself for easy transport.

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Mystery Ranch Hip Monkey

$49 from REI

If you need to carry a lot of stuff, look to this eight-liter pack and its massive main compartment that’s big enough for all your day-hike necessities. An additional zipper pocket keeps smaller items separate, compression straps cinch the load close to your body, and the burly 500-denier Cordura fabric can take plenty of abuse.

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Osprey Talon 6

$75 from REI

The Talon has everything you love about Osprey’s backpacks, just shrunk to fit around your waist. It comes with smart details like padded bottle holsters, small zippered pockets on the sides for quick access, and external compression straps that let you carry an extra layer. Osprey also makes a women’s-specific version called the Tempest.

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Mountainsmith Dry Tour

$144 from Amazon

Mountainsmith has been synonymous with hip packs for years, and it updated the classic Tour by making it waterproof: built with TPU-coated nylon, welded seams, and waterproof zippers, it ensures everything inside stays moisture-free. A mesh back panel and compression system keep the load comfortable and compact, while detachable bottle holsters, webbing loops, and D rings allow customization.

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High Above Lookout


Based in Bellingham, Washington, High Above specializes in waist packs for mountain bikers. We dig the Lookout’s camo body, which is waterproof and durable as hell, thanks to the Dimension Polyant VX material. Three interior pockets make for simple—not fussy—organization.

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Kavu Spectator

$25 from REI

Nothing says “I’m here to party” quite like Kavu’s Spectator, with its bright stripes and streamlined two-pocket design. It’s just big enough to fit festival essentials like a tube of sunscreen, a phone, and a wallet.

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Nathan Trail Mix Plus

$50 from Amazon

Nathan moves the water storage (two ten-ounce bottles) to the sides of the hips to disperse the load and keep the running-specific Trail Mix Plus from bouncing too much. While storage is minimal, the belt is made from a stretchy nylon-polyester blend for a snug but comfy fit, and there are reflective hits all over the pack to boost visibility.

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TRX Small Space Set

$215 $160 from Huckberry 25% off

We’ve been raving about how the TRX can provide one of the most efficient ways to get a full body workout. This set includes the TRX, an Xmount, a jump rope, and resistance bands to give you everything you need to quickly set up a small home gym.