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Tackle Any Hike with This Lightweight Gear

Shedding ounces can make a difference on the trail. If you want to move fast and light, consider these items

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“It’s easy to spend upward of $500 on field binoculars, but for the beginner or intermittent enthusiast, Nocs makes a solid pair at an affordable price,” our tester wrote. “[The Nocs] are the pair I reach for when I’m scoping out a new face at the birdbath.”
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Outside columnist Jakob Schiller penned an ode to these shorts and praised them for their versatility. “Buy two pairs, and I promise that they’ll be all you need from June through October for the next five years,” he wrote.
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There’s no better way to aprés than with this set of four hand-blown whiskey glasses. Each glass features a raised topographic map of the Rocky Mountains.
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Outside contributor Jason Heaton loves this Huckberry line: “Flint and Tinder, a collection made entirely in the U.S., enables lots of mixing and matching right through shoulder season." The Crossback Work shirt is built from a burly looseweave twill flannel.
$170 from HOKA ONE ONE
Finally, a comfortable hiking boot that’s sustainably crafted and versatile. HOKA ONE ONE took recycled materials, its acclaimed HOKA cushion and Vibram® Megagrip outsole and brought us the next go-to day-hiker: the Anacapa. Plus, it comes in a low or mid-rise, letting you customize your shoe to your comfort.
$130 $98 from Backcountry
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After 315 demanding miles in the Bushido II, tester Andrew Skurka praised it for its “superb traction” and “excellent durability for a 10.5-ounce shoe.” Tip: it does run a little small, so we recommend trying a half-size up.
$89 $71 from Stio
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This is one of our favorite travel totes. “Most totes this big hold too much stuff to be carried comfortably,” wrote our tester. “But this bag’s straps are thickly padded, so they didn’t bite into my shoulder or hand.” It’s currently 20 percent off for Outside readers with the code OUTSIDE-STIO-S21.
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“Built to be supportive but also comfortable (credit the thick, signature Hoka sole), these kicks have kept my back happy and allow me to put in 15 to 20 miles each week,” wrote Jakob Schiller. “At under nine ounces per shoe, they feel flimsy out of the box, but even after a couple hundred miles they still have plenty of life.”
$20 from Amazon
“This stainless-steel injector looks like an industrial-grade hypodermic needle designed to insert deliciousness into whatever you’re grilling,” wrote contributor John Brandon. “Forgot to marinade in advance? No worries, this device is equipped to pass ‘herb solids’ and other thick marinades and juices.”
$270 from Backcountry
Contributor Amy Marturana Winderl called the Roadtrip 285 the best portable grill for a crowd: “We tested this 20,000-BTU propane grill when we had family visiting and were able to cook enough chicken thighs and legs for six people,” she wrote. “Two foldout side tables were convenient for accommodating condiments and plates.”
$29 from Backcountry
Made from the same polyester that Patagonia uses in its breathable shirts, this neck gaiter has UPF to protect your skin from the sun. We like to use it as a bandana or face covering to mop up sweat on sweltering days.

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