February 06, 2019
By Kali Parmley
The Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank + Nomad 7 Solar Kit keeps you at full charge when you’re off the grid. The Venture 30 has two high-speed USB ports and one Micro-USB cable to power your GPS, headlamp, phone, and other electronics. The rugged weatherproof design lets users focus on the hunt rather than unexpected rainstorms, and at 8.8 ounces it doesn’t weigh down your pack. When low on juice, plug the Venture 30 into the foldable Nomad 7 Solar Panel and set it in a sunny spot to charge. MSRP: $180; goalzero.com
The Klymit 0° Sleeping Bag was designed for warmth in extreme conditions and comfort even if you’re shorter than the Average Joe. Stuffed with 650 fill power white duck down, the KSB doesn’t sacrifice weight for warmth. Flexible baffles stretch when you move but keeps insulation close to trap heat in. Adjustable Length Locks allow you to reduce the size of the bag to accommodate a short stature, while stash pockets store midnight snacks. MSRP: $300; klymit.com
The Camp Chef Stryker 200 Multi-Fuel Stove makes cooking gourmet in the backcountry easier. Compatible with either propane or butane, the pot and burner system heats half a liter of water in two minutes. For more cooking options, the Mountain Series 4-Piece Cook Set pairs with the Stryker and includes a lightweight aluminum pot and fry pan with folding handles for easy storage. Fry up eggs or simmer a stew—the options are endless. Stryker: MSRP: $105, Cook Set: $60; campchef.com
Keep gear secure—and dry—when heading afield this fall with the Sitka Drifter. Available in 45-, 70-, and 95-liter options, the Drifter is made with 600-denier coated nylon to withstand brush, briars, and TSA agents. Side carrying handles make for grab-and-go convenience, while backpack straps offer an additional carry option. Internal straps allow you to compress contents to squeeze in your lucky shirt—and more than enough gear for your next adventure. MSRP: $149–$199; sitkagear.com
When the sun sets, illuminate your surroundings with a long-lasting flashlight. The Streamlight ProTac HL-X blasts 1,000 lumens to brighten things up to 330 meters. Powered by USB rechargeable Li Ion or two disposable batteries, the ProTac offers three selectable programs, including: high/strobe/low, high only, or low/medium/high. The flashlight is made of durable aircraft aluminum with a mil-spec anodized finish and is impact resistant up to 6.5 feet. MSRP: $135; streamlight.com
The Essentials Gear Box.
Our editors have hand-picked these essential pieces of gear to make you a more successful hunter when you hit the game trails this season.