The Garmin InReach Mini is the best satellite communicator for users primarily concerned about size, weight and safety. It provides all the basic communication functions needed when in the wilderness, without a lot of bells and whistles. Users who like to save detailed tracks of their routes with their GPS, and therefore require constant communication with the satellite network, may find the Mini’s battery is drained quickly.
The MSR Reactor Stove System is exceptional at boiling water quickly and in the wind. It is heavier and has fewer features, such as simmering, than other integrated systems. If fast hot water is what you want above all else, this is the right stove system for you.
The MSR WindBurner Stove System boils water extremely fast. Although getting the stove lit in the wind can be tricky, once burning, it is nearly impervious to wind. It is a bit heavier and doesn’t simmer very well, but when it comes to boiling water fast in the wind, it can’t be beat.
The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2, UL3 Tent is incredibly lightweight while still providing a good level of comfort. Due to its lightweight construction, it is not the most durable or full featured backpacking tent, but for those concerned with weight and packability, it is hard to beat this tent.
The Marmot Never Summer 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag provides outstanding performance for the price. While other bags may be warmer and lighter, the Never Summer won’t break your bank account and still provides impressive warmth with a smart design.