The weather is warm and the trails are inviting. It’s camping season, high time to strike out for a few days of life in nature, but first you have to gear up. Use this guide to pick the best new (and some classic) essentials for your next excursion.
REI Kimtah Jacket
Light and strong, the REI Kimtah jacket keeps the elements at bay without packing too much bulk. The wind and waterproof nylon shell is built to take a beating, while eVent technology lets the sweat out to keep you breathing easy. $239, rei.com
Osprey Atmos 65 Pack
It’s never easy going when you’re hauling a pack full of gear, but the Atmos 65 features lightweight materials and a sturdy alloy frame to help offset some of the strain you’re bound to feel on a daylong trek. The full-adjustable torso lets you customize the pack to your height, and there’s plenty of space for all your belongings with over 65 liters of capacity in the main compartment. $239, osprey.com
Exotac Nano Striker
An updated version of the traditional flint and tinder, the Exotac Nano Striker features a tungsten carbide insert for efficient spark production and a grooved handle to maximize control. It boasts over 1000 strikes for each replaceable ferrocerium rod, so you won’t be lacking for fire out on the trail. $27, exotac.com