The Best Hike Tech of 2015
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Tools to improve backcountry adventures.
—By Joe Jackson
Primus Eta Lite XL stove
The XL’s one-liter aluminum pot ($130) is double the width of the version that comes with Primus’s tiny fuel-efficient Eta Lite, but it’s the same height and features the same sturdy locking platform. The result? There’s little chance you’ll upset your dinner. Nice: it boils one liter of water in close to three minutes. primuscamping.com
Goal Zero and Venture 30 recharger
This 8.8-ounce packet of power ($100) extends the life of your gadgets when you’re off the grid, charging your smartphone three times or your GoPro five. Two USB ports allow you to connect multiple devices, while serious weatherproofing means it can tolerate the nastiest summer storms. goalzero.com
Gerber Skyridge knife
A crafty spring-loaded mechanism on the Skyridge ($45) lets you easily flick open the three-inch stainless-steel blade with one hand. The G-10 handle won’t absorb water, and the modified drop-point shape is equally adept at finely slicing meat and vegetables or whittling sticks around a campfire. gerbergear.com
MSR AutoFlow Gravity water filter
This featherweight filter system ($120) purifies 1.75 liters of water per minute without pumping—just fill the four-liter reservoir, hang, and relax until your bottles are full. Bonus: you don’t have to take it apart for cleaning. cascadedesigns.com
Jetboil MiniMo stove
It’s nearly impossible to simmer anything on a camp stove. But the new MiniMo ($130), which features an extremely sensitive valve and regulator that let you bring the flame down superlow and hold it there, manages to achieve the insurmountable. And in case you’re worried about what this might mean for your morning coffee, it’ll still boil a half-liter of water in about two minutes, just like the original. jetboil.com
Exotac FireSleeve lighter case
Transform your ordinary Bic into a floating, waterproof, life-saving hero with this heavy-duty thermoplastic body and cap ($16). A smart flap goes over the button when you want to keep a flame going without burning your thumb. exotac.com