Looking for hiking gear and gadgets for your fall outdoor adventure? Here are some items worth-adding to your backcountry essentials.
7 Must-Have Hiking Gear
1. GoPro Hero7 Black
Our pick for the ultimate hiking camera is the GoPro Hero7 Black. Its compact size and durability allow you to take gorgeous videos of your adventures, wherever they may take you.
- HyperSmooth Video Stabilization
- Waterproof and rugged
- Livestreaming capabilities
- 8x Slow-Mo Videos
- Shoot better time-lapse videos with Time Warp Videos
- Can shoot 4k60 video and 12MP photos
- Now supports voice commands like “GoPro, take a photo” for hands-free shooting
- Dimensions: 1.8 x 2.4 x 1.3 in.
- Weight: 4.2 oz.
- Photo: 12MP (With SuperPhoto)
- Video: 4K60
2. Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Watch
The Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire is a rugged multi-sport GPS watch perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. It comes with a stainless steel bezel and a rear case that can show you keys stats in all conditions.
On top of its standard watch functions, it also boasts of multiple outdoor sensors for GPS and GLONASS satellite reception. It features a 3-axis gyroscope compass and barometric altimeter, too, to give users accurate elevation data while on the move.
Additionally, it’s also designed to keep track of the user’s important health stats.
- Watch Face Size: 47 mm
- Display Size, Resolution: 1.2 in., 240 x 240
- Weight: 9.3 oz.
3. Petzl Bindi Headlamp
With 200 lumens, the Petzl Bindi is one of the brightest compact headlights in the market. At only 1.2 ounces, it’s already as powerful as the Tikka, the company’s most popular model, but less than half its weight.
Its body is the size of two dice pressed side-by-side and comes with a sleek shock cord strap. It offers three white light modes and a red beam.
This is a rechargeable lightweight headlamp with a battery capacity of 680 mAh that can last up to three hours on its 100-lumen setting. For longer trips, don’t forget to bring power packs.
Lumens Definition: This is the official measurement for the amount of visible light emitted by a source per unit of time.
- Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 in.
- Weight: 1.23 oz.
- Brightness: 200 lumens
- Beam Pattern: Flood
- Energy: 680 mAh rechargeable battery
- Watertightness: IP X4 (weather-resistant)
4. Sawyer Products Mini Filtration System
Whether you’re out to camp for a few days off the grid or headed to a trail hike, the Sawyer Products Mini Filtration System can be a real lifesaver. Employing high-performance 0.1 Micron absolute inline filters, it can remove 99.99% of all bacteria from water including cholera, salmonella, and E.coli and 99.99% of all protozoa like giardia and cryptosporidium.
It’s lightweight and portable at just 2 ounces and can fit in your the palm. This handy mini filtration system can also be attached to standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, and drinking pouches.
If you don’t have the time to transfer filtered water, you can directly drink from the water source using the straw.
- Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 8 in.
- Weight: 3.52 oz.
- Filter: 0.1 micron squeeze filter
- Container: 16 oz. pouch
5. BigBlue 5V 28W Solar Charger
Even if you’re in the middle of the woods, you’d still need your gadgets but how will you charge them? Rather than bring dozens of power banks that’ll eventually lose power anyway, just bring along the BigBlue 5V 28W Solar Charger.
Smartly designed with outdoor enthusiasts in mind, this solar charger comes with four hooks so you can attach it to trees, tents, or even outside your backpack so you can power up the panels while on-the-go. Its innovative SmartIC technology enables the device to deliver the fastest and most stable possible charging based on your device.
- Dimensions (Folded): 11.1 x 6.3 x1 x34 in.
- Weight: 21.94 oz.
- Charging Ports, Output: 2 USB ports, maximum of 5V each
- Water-Resistant: IPX5
6. Garmin InReach Mini
Garmin’s InReach is undoubtedly one of the best two-way satellite messengers there are. The Garmin InReach Mini revamps it into a size that’s just slightly larger than a pack of floss.
The Mini can access the Iridium satellite network to provide the best coverage available and works at any latitude, globally. Even at the most notorious dead zones like the Fourteener in Southern Colorado and canyon in the Rockies, the Mini can send and receive texts effectively.
By pairing it with your smartphone via Bluetooth and the Earthmate app, you can access weather charts, topo maps, and your contacts for texting and emailing even when the cell service is down.
It comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a lifespan of 50 hours when waypoint tracking every two minutes. It can last for 20 days without tracking.
- Dimensions: 2 x 1.3 x 3.9 in.
- Weight: 3.52 oz.
- Display Size: 0.9 x 0.9 in.
- Display Resolution: 128 x 128 pixels
- Wireless Compatibility: Bluetooth
- Battery Life: Up to 90 hours at 10-minute tracking (default); up to 35 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 24 days at 30-minute tracking power save mode; and up to 1 year when powered off
7. Phoozy XP3 Series
Extreme temperatures can ruin your gadgets’ batteries. Thanks to the Phoozy XP3, you can now protect your smartphones from the elements without using too many layers.
The sleeve of the XP3 resists cold, heat, and sun. It can prevent sudden turnoffs and power drains caused by the weather.
The XP3 is made with proprietary insulation that keeps your phone at safe temperatures. It has a shock and impact-resistant foam-like core that can protect your phone from drops up to 9 ft.
This awesome product also features a hydrophobic outer later to guard your gadgets from mud spatters and light rains.
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When in the wilderness, preparedness can mean the difference between life and death. Miss one essential gear or gadget and you’ll face difficulties during the trip.
Make sure to always double-check your hiking gear list to ensure you’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy the great outdoors.
Do you have other recommendations for cool hiking gadgets? Let us know in the comments section below!
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