Gearing up to hit the backcountry takes a lot of research, preparation and, ultimately, money. Realistically, the gadgets you choose to carry with you should be of the highest quality and latest design.
The outdoor tech industry is experiencing rapid growth and newer, shinier gear seems to be popping up at every turn. This can be both wonderful and dreadful for the tech-obsessed outdoor junkie as they filter their way through products they can pass up until finding the product they can’t live without.
If you have an outdoor enthusiast in your life, or you’re looking to buy yourself a treat, here are some of the latest and greatest gadgets of the outdoor industry.
If you’re looking for a top of the line GPS watch capable of withstanding the harshest outdoor elements and that will easily transition between your fast-paced training and navigational needs, then look no further than the tactically advanced, ultra stylish tactix Bravo by Garmin. There are plenty of multi-sport training GPS watches floating around today’s market, all with costs ranging from high-end to rock-bottom. Yet none of those brands can boast such tactical versatility and rugged durability as the tactix Bravo.
The enhanced domed sapphire lens is designed specifically for working in the field and works flawlessly in both daylight and night vision scenarios. Its delicately machined bezel is designed to resist abrasion with a durable, diamond-like carbon coating. So no matter what backcountry expedition you take it on, you’ll have the full functionality of a high-end GPS watch without having to worry about it keeping up.
Olympus Tough TG-4
Don’t be fooled by its size, the Olympus Tough TG-4 rugged outdoor camera produces incredible shots without the bulk of a full-frame DSLR in your bag. If you’re familiar with trekking into the backcountry then you know that when it comes to gear, less is more.
Olympus acknowledged the demand for minimalism while maintaining maximum image quality and responded accordingly. If you’re looking for a durable, easy-to-pack camera that still packs a punch, check out the Tough TG-4. It features built-in Wi-Fi and advanced GPS capability.
PD35 Tactical Flashlight
A flashlight is an essential piece of gear for any wilderness explorer (and an obvious one at that) but in the backcountry, you need more than just your standard issue flashlight, you need a tactical grade flashlight that’s built to withstand the elements and custom designed with usability in mind.
Fenix came to the rescue and produced a handheld, military grade tactical flashlight that boasts an aluminum alloy shell with a textured no-slip-grip with 6 output modes for indoor and outdoor use. The pocket-sized light pushes out 1000-lumens, can last up to 50,000 hours and remains fully functioning when immersed up to 30 minutes.
Solar Recharging Kit
When you spend extended periods of time out in the field, especially if you’re geared up with all your favorite tech gadgets, you will inevitably find the need for power. Luckily, the lightweight, packable solar power industry has advanced over the years and alternative power is hotter than ever.
The Goal Zero Guide 10 Solar Recharging Kit is the go-to power package every outdoor enthusiast needs. It’s compact and lightweight, perfect for day trips or longer excursions, and the charging speed is lightning fast. Goal Zero has a wide range of solar power products if you want something smaller or with more features.
Mountain Hardware’s OutDry Duffel is one of the best options when it comes to storing and protecting all your gear. With 75L of room, you’ll have plenty of space to keep your gadgets safe and secure from the elements. The main compartment is guaranteed waterproof but the best part of this gadget is that the OutDry Duffel moonlights as a portable cooler!
A monocular is a must for various types of backcountry expeditions, especially when you’re scoping out game or traversing the high country looking for wildlife and trails. The Vortex monocular is extremely compact in comparison to its bigger, bulkier brother, the binocular. You’ll appreciate the minimal carrying weight and it’s robust optic resolution.
Vortex has worked hard to perfect the weatherproofing of their products so you won’t need to worry about rain, excessive heat or freezing temperatures. The Recon has proven durable, shockproof and crisp, making it a top choice for your backcountry optic selection.
Leatherman Super Tool
You won’t be let down by Leatherman’s latest improvement to their multi-tool line. The Super Tool features every option a hiker could desire without the added weight. The blades are stainless steel, matching the overall quality of the body and build design, making this a very reliable choice for your pack.