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8 Backcountry Essentials

These 8 items are essential for a successful trip into the mountains

8 Backcountry Essentials

BENCHMADE 156000R RAGHORN

$370 | benchmade.com

For the hunter who counts every ounce, the new Raghorn from Benchmade will be your new go-to fixed blade. A carbon-fiber handle makes this knife extremely lightweight without sacrificing durability, while a CPM-CruWear steel blade with SelectEdge application keeps this fixed blade razor-sharp and is made to field dress big game. A bright orange Cerakote finish helps you find your knife even during late night butchering in the dark timber. Available October 2022.

8 Backcountry Essentials

AXIL GS EXTREME 2.0

$200 | goaxil.com

Hearing protection isn’t often thought of when big game hunting—but it should be. Not only can it save your ear drums from abuse, but it can also enhance them. The GS Extreme 2.0 from AXIL shuts out sounds that exceed 85 DB while also enhancing the sounds of nature to help you hear a bull bugling in the distance. Switch between hearing enhancement and protection mode to Bluetooth Audio Mode—or use both at the same time. Best part: Each mode features independent volume controls.

8 Backcountry Essentials

STONE GLACIER EVO 6900

$694 | stoneglacier.com

Born out of necessity for extended backcountry excursions, this pack has a 6,400-cubic-inch main bag and an additional 500-cubic-inch hood. With that amount of space, you shouldn’t have any issues loading all your gear. In case you need extra room, you can put additional supplies into the 2,500-cubic-inch load shelf, which doubles as a meat shelf for the pack out. Empty, this bag weighs just over five pounds when attached to the Medium Evo Frame, and it can carry 150+ pounds comfortably.

8 Backcountry Essentials

SAWYER BOTTLE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

$36 | sawyer.com

Filtering water in the backcountry just got easier with Sawyer’s new 24-ounce bottle that features the Sawyer MINI filter directly inside. You can use the bottle to fill up from any freshwater source and drink instantly thanks to the 0.1-micron absolute hollow fiber membrane filter. This filter removes 99.99999 percent of all bacteria. And don’t worry about your filter going bad—you can filter up to 100,000 gallons before needing to clean it.


8 Backcountry Essentials

SIG SAUER Sierra6BDX 3-18X44MM

$1,333 | sigsauer.com

Ballastic Data Xchange (BDX) technology provides hunters with a range/shot instant solution. With BDX 2.0 onboard and mated with a KILO BDX rangefinder, BDX calculates and then dis- plays a precise hold on your reticle to tell you exactly your point of impact on your target. The 3-18x44mm is lightweight and made with a one-piece 30mm tube. This Sierra6BDX scope offers extraordinary capability with wide-spectrum versatility.


8 Backcountry Essentials

KLYMIT KLYMALOFT SLEEPING PAD

$150-250 | klymit.com

Comfort is key to a good night’s rest while off the grid. The new Klymaloft Sleeping Pad combines air and foam to bring you a pad built with comfort in mind. A plush foam topper supports your body while I-beam air chambers help to stabilize the pad. Don’t be fooled by the foam topper, this pad packs down to the size of a Nalgene bottle and weighs in at just 38.5 ounces. Everything you’re looking for in a pad: comfortable, lightweight, and packable.

8 Backcountry Essentials

KUIU KENAI HOODED JACKET

$259 | kuiu.com

Spring hunting weather can vary by the minute—comfortable during the day only to get chilly by the evening. The KUIU Kenai Hooded Jacket is made to be worn over a base or mid layer for an extra degree of warmth. Made with a DWR 3DeFX+ active insulation, the Kenai is made to resist saturation so you can maintain insulation even when hit with a spring shower. A stretch fabric makes the jacket quiet, while heavier insulation is sewn into the core and lighter insulation on the sides to keep your body temperature perfectly regulated.

8 Backcountry Essentials

LEICA GEOVID PRO 32

$2,899 | leica-camera.com

No longer just a rangefinding binocular, the Geovid Pro 32 from Leica now features on-board Applied Ballistics—the first ever bino to feature this technology. Rifle and bow hunters (and long-range shooters) now have a three-in-one device for glassing, distance ranging, and elevation and wind corrections (out to 875 yards). Utilizing Bluetooth technology, hunters can transfer their specific ballistic profile from the Leica Ballistics App to the Geovid Pro 32 for exact, real-time adjustments in the heat of the moment. Available in 8x32 and 10x32.

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