The Osprey Packs Aether AG 85L Backpack is a durable, heavy-duty, and comfortable pack that is well-suited for those who carry heavy loads and want a fully functional backpack. Despite being expensive when compared to other options, the numerous pockets, removable top-lid day pack, and efficient weight transfer make this a high-quality choice for those who want to carry heavy weight without sacrificing comfort and durability.
The Marmot Tungsten Tent: 1-Person 3-Season is a convenient, waterproof, and functional tent that is well-suited for those who want ample space. Despite not being the lightest on the market, it is still a reasonable weight for a solo backpacking trip. The tent is easy to set-up, protects against inclement weather, and has plenty of pockets.
The Marmot Trestles 0 Sleeping Bag: 0 Degree Synthetic is a high-quality, warm, and comfortable option that is well-suited for those who need a reasonably priced 4-season bag. Despite being bulky and heavy, the comfortable materials, durability, and good price-point makes it a great choice for those who want a long-lasting all-year-round bag. This bag is likely too heavy and bulky for anything but the shortest backpacking trip.
The Marmot CWM Sleeping Bag: -40 Degree Down is an extremely warm, durable, and waterproof option that is well-suited for those who will be sleeping in absolutely brutal conditions. The bag is well designed for ample foot space, prevention of condensation, and distributed baffling. While this bag is too warm for moderate temperatures, it is a personal oven for Himalayan-type weather conditions.
The Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season is a easy-to-set-up, durable, and weather protective tent that is well-suited for 1-2 people for 3-season use. Despite being a little snug for two people and being a little heavy for a lightweight backpacking trip, this is a great choice due to the ventilation, high-quality construction, and protection offered. This is a great tent for one person who doesn’t mind the extra weight, or for two people who don’t mind sleeping in a snug layout.
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest 55L Backpack is a lightweight, surprisingly durable, and comfortable option that is well-suited for those who want a minimalist pack that can carry gear comfortably. Despite not being the best option for heavy loads and lacking some ventilation, this is a great option for shorter trips where you don’t need to carry as much gear, or for minimalist-backpackers who like to travel light.
The Hydro Flask 22L Soft Cooler Pack is an easy-to-use, transportable, and functional option that is well-suited for camping trips and single-day trips for the whole family. Despite being more expensive and having a smaller capacity, the comfort of using when transporting, the ample pockets and wide top-lid, and the convenience factor of the pack makes it a great choice for any person who wants to be able to bring food and beverages for a single-day or weekend trip.
The GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Dutch Oven is a practical, convenient, and long-lasting option that is a great alternative to heavier cast iron pots. Despite not being able to get as hot or cook as evenly as cast iron options, this aluminum dutch oven is good for those who want a lighter-weight, durable, and fast-cooking choice.
The Eureka Gonzo Grill is an easy-to-use, versatile, and durable option that is well-suited for camping. Despite being heavy and awkward to carry, this would be a good choice if two people were transporting the grill, or if you didn’t have to carry it long distances to a campsite. We would recommend this grill for those who want a simple, durable, and easy-to-clean option.
The Eureka K-2 XT Tent: 3-Person 4-Season is a easy-to-use, ventilated, and durable option that can withstand heavy rains, winds, and snow. Despite being expensive, heavy, and a little snug for 3 people, this is a great tent to use during inclement weather when sharing the weight-load with 2 or 3 others. This tent may be expensive for Eureka, but for a rugged, warm, and easy-to-set-up option, we think the price and weight are ‘outweighed’ by the positives.