Spring is here and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Now that the days are longer and most of the country has already thawed, those trails that were impassable just a few months ago are calling your name. Thankfully, our favorite online megastore has great gear for trudging through those muddy trails and for keeping warm on chilly mornings around the campsite.
For those who aren’t willing to wait until that cold bite leaves the air, we’ve rustled up some great pieces of gear from Amazon that’ll be sure to make your hikes – and daily life – all the more enjoyable. From boots to books, caps to coffee – all of these are great items to throw in your pack or keep around the house for reading, snapping shots, or shining light in those dark places. Take a scroll through and add some gear to your stockpile.
Nite Ize Reflective Cord
If you are a regular camper, you know that when you are up late at night answering nature’s call it isn’t bears, coyotes, or mountain lions you should be afraid of – it is tripping over your tent chord. Thankfully, the Nite Ize chord is much easier to see due to the reflective material woven into its body. So when you shine your headlamp in its direction – it shines right back. So long collapsed tents.
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to The Art of the Wilderness
This New York Times best seller covers all of the basics of survivability and breaks them down into “The 5 C’s”; cutting tools, containers, combustion devices, cordages, and covering. It’s a boiled down to the basics book that aims to give you all the know how to use your tools so you can focus on enjoying the great outdoors.
Word Notebooks Adventure Log
One of the nice things about a simple notebook and pen is that they don’t require a charge. These 3.5 by 5.5 inch pocket notebooks from Word are perfect for sliding in to your back pocket or bag for quick note taking while on the trail, heading to the grocery store, or for taking quick notes at work.
Fjallraven Byron Thin Hat
Even if you are in the warmest jacket and pair of pants during chilly mornings – you’ll still be cold as hell if you don’t throw on a warm cap. Fjallraven’s Byron hat is a classic ribbed beanie that can be picked up in six different colors so you can match them with any outfit while keeping warm.
Stanley 6-cup Adventure Percolator
Coffee drinkers are a special breed. No matter where you find them in the morning – whether deep in a valley, or high up on some windswept ridge – they’ll be brewing themselves a pot to get the day going. For these folks, Stanley has built a special rust resistant and BPA free percolator that is rugged enough to go wherever coffee fiends want to take it.
Matador Freerain24 Backpack
Who thought you could make a pack packable? With the ability to fold down into a pocket sized sack, this ultra lightweight, puncture and waterproof bag is ready for quick day trips or use in the city. With a 24-liter capacity, this bag can fit all you need for a day into its main rolltop compartment and outer vertical zippered pockets. As if that wasn’t enough, the straps on this bag are both adjustable and breathable for comfortable use.
Timex Weekender Chronograph
Combining the simple design of Timex’s weekender watch series with a blacked out military look, this chronograph is a great watch for everyday wear. Coming complete with a calfskin band and metal clasp buckle, it is a straight up classic chronograph that isn’t scared to roughed up on the trail.
Adidas Outdoor Fastshell
Perfect for trudging through the spring snowmelt, these boots are seam sealed for water resistance and insulated with hollow-core fibers to keep you toasty warm. To make sure you keep a solid grip on the trail or off- these boots come with Continental outsoles for serious traction.
Barebones Living Canyon Lantern
Whether you are trying to work your way through the dark, or just set up a bit of ambient light in your tent before you call it a night – this throwback lantern from Barbones is fit for the task. Made from real metal and powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries, this light pumps out up to 200 lumens and can charge devices via its USB port.
Alchemy Equipment Pertex Overshirt
Warm but light, wind-proof but not stifling – this overshirt is the perfect mid-layer. Made with a teflon treated Portuguese wool blend filled with PrimaLoft Silver insulation, it’s a great blacked-out piece that can keep you warm during the winter or early spring.
With a fixed blade made from S30V stainless steel rated between 58 and 60 on the HRC scale, this is a great knife to take with you into the woods or just to keep on hand for who-knows-what. The Bushcrafter comes with a grippy G10 handle and a minimalist kydex sheath so you can keep it on hand while you’re trekking up a trail or while just kicking it at your campsite.
The further you get away from every day life when you are out hiking – the more fun it is to record what you are seeing. Olympus’ TG-870 digital shooter is built to stand up to the demands of the trail and engineered to be waterproof for up to 50 feet, and shock proof for up to 7-foot drops. Throw this one in your pack for taking 16 megapixel shots and 1080p video of your adventures.