Gerber Kick Axe

gerber-kick-axe Much like the name suggest, this axe is definitely kick ass. In their latest reincarnation of the camping axe, Gerber used their vast knowledge of folding knives to make this axe fold down to a compact, lightweight form factor, weighing in at only 1.15lbs. The black teflon coating on the axe head will also insure that this axe is corrosion resistant and will perform for years to come. It chops exceptionally well too.
$90 BUY IT!

Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3 Tent

mountain-hardwear-light-wedge-3-tent Light and affordable, there is not much to hate about Mountain Hardwear’s Light Wedge 3. When you do not need an expedition class tent but you still want a tent you know can take a beating, the Light Wedge may be your best bet. This tent is perfect for 2 people plus gear or doable if you need to squeeze three in, its solid build and easy set up will give you no trouble on the trail. It keeps you dry on the inside and the rain and wind on the outside which is exactly what you want out of a tent like this.
$240 BUY IT!

Katadyn Vario Water Filter

katadyn-vario-water-filter Lets face it, water weighs a lot and carrying it with you is a hassle. But with the Katadyn Vario Water Filter, you no longer have to worry about such things. There are a few things that set this filter apart from the pack though. One, it uses a dual filtration method which is easily field maintainable to clean on the go. Two, its innovative dual action pump allows you to quickly refill your bottle or pot. And three, it works amazingly well, even in the dirtiest of water allowing you 500 gallons of fresh water before the filter needs replacement.
$90 BUY IT!

Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4 Sleeping Pad

therm-a-rest-prolite-4-sleeping-pad When staying warm is as important as packing light, the Therm-a-rest ProLite 4 is the perfect solution. This pad allows you to achieve a wonderful nights sleep in even the harshest of conditions. Self inflating and extremely compact, there is no reason to not bring this pad with you. Weighing in at only 1lb 8oz., ask yourself what a good night sleep is worth to you. Great for mountaineering, winter camping, backpacking, multi-day adventures, or just laying around.
$85-$110 BUY IT!

Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall Mugs

snow-peak-titanium-double-wall-mugs The winner of the “Great Mug Test” presented by Backpacker magazine, Feb. 2003, these mugs have passed the test of time. These mugs will keep your drink hotter longer and look the best doing it. Feels good, looks great, very light, very handy but a tad expensive. But what the heck, start your day off right with a hot drink and splurge a little on the finer things in life from time to time.
$30-$50 BUY IT!

Brunton Vapor AF All Fuel Expedition Stove

brunton-vapor-af-all-fuel-expedition-stove After winning about every major award last year, Brunton went ahead and took their Vapor AF stove a step further to create the ultimate backpacking stove. Most other stoves require you to either replace jets or fiddle with loose parts when you want to switch between liquid and gas fuel, but not the Vapor AF. With a simple twist of the burner cup, it allows you to switch between the two fuel types so that you literally burn just about any fuel you have including Butane, White gas, Kerosene, Diesel #1, Auto Fuel, Jet Fuel & others. It’s convenience from a device that, until now, was never designed to be convenient.
$200 BUY IT!

Leatherman Skeletool-CX

For this multitool, leatherman completely redesigned their standard full sized multitool and went back to the basics… very cool basics. Attempting to shed as much weight as possible, they kept only the most necessary features. With a 154CM combo stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver, pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener, you’re set. And as if they had not shed enough weight already, they upgraded the handle inserts to carbon fiber to make sure no strength was lost in their pursuit. Weighing in at only 5 oz, it is by far the lightest multitool Leatherman has and a necessity in your life.
$80 BUY IT!

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