Gear of the Week: Fall Backpacking
Equipment to enjoy the last light and warmth of 2016
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As the leaves begin to turn and temperatures drop, fall is one of the best times to hit the trails. Check out some of our favorite products below to keep your pack light and spirits high.
Osprey Exos 48 Pack ($190)
The Exos is light and fast, without compromising comfort. A combination of the AirSpeed back panel and the light yet durable 6065 aluminum frame let air move easily through the pack. The main 48-liter storage area has enough space for overnight gear, with external straps for your sleeping bag and ice-axe loops. Large hip belt pockets provide easy access to snacks and maps.
Hennessy Expedition Asym Hammock ($140)
The Expedition Asym is the ultimate sleep system for those who want to get off the ground. At 41 ounces, it's very lightweight, and the nylon shell is treated with DWR to some water resistance.
Klymit Hammock V Sleeping Pad ($140)
The Hammock V is one of the first sleeping pads designed specifically for hammocks. The V-chamber design limits air and heat loss while offering a uniquely ergonomic body map. Side wings offer wind protection and help spread the hammock, while non slip regions help keep the pad in place.
Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent ($289)
If you’re more of a ground dweller (or just a side sleeper), the Double Rainbow has enough room for two and weighs less than three pounds. Two doors make midnight bathroom runs easy, while ample mesh allows for maximum airflow. It also sets up in under two minutes, thanks to an integrated fly and single-pole design.
Klymit KSB 20 Down Sleeping Bag ($180)
There’s nothing better than curling up in a sleeping bag on a cool fall night. The KSB 20 will keep you warm at a price that won’t break the bank. The 650-fill down delivers exceptional warmth for its weight and packs small, while a draft collar, overstuffed foot box, insulated mummy hood and flexible baffles all work together to minimize heat loss.
Black Diamond Iota Headlamp ($40)
The rechargeable Iota headlamp is small, but uncompromising in form and function. It packs a solid 150 lumens but can easily be dimmed by merely tapping the case with your finger to save battery when in camp. A lockout feature safeguards against accidental use when stored in a pack or pocket.
Snowpeak Bipod Stove ($68)
The Bipod is lightweight and compact, but the unique design creates a tripod when attached to a fuel canister, creating an ultra-stable cooking platform. The stove connects to any sized canister while the proprietary igniter eliminates burned fingers.
Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Knife ($136)
The ambidextrous handle of the Manix 2 is reinforced with fiberglass, so it's strong but light. Alloys in the 3.37-inch stainless steel blade give it exceptional wear resistance and higher corrosion resistance than many other stainless steels.
Western Rise Granite Camp Pants 2.0 ($109)
Constructed with a tightly woven, durable double-weave nylon outer face and finished with a DWR treatment, the Granite Camp Pants 2.0 will protect you from dirt, abrasions, and weather. With a Cordura knife wedge, paracord drawstring waist, and substantial four-way stretch, these pants are comfortable on and off the trail.