There are some pieces of hiking and camping gear that you’re never without.  Whether it’s your favorite headlamp for reading at night, your trusty GPS or something as simple as your favorite bandana, there is always one thing you hate to be without.

Here are some of the pieces of gear we’re most thankful for this year:

Jeff:  I’ve had my Marmot Leadville soft shell jacket for several seasons now and every year around this time I realize just how versatile this jacket is. The Gore Windstopper material keeps the chills out and is even up for light rain duty. But my favorite feature–and the thing I’m most thankful for–is the durable polyester shell. This jacket still looks new despite near constant use in the winter months, a truly solid piece of my outdoor wardrobe!

Marmot Leadville Softshell Jacket


I am most thankful for my Hydrapak Aqualine Backpack. It allows me to do two very important things when hiking.
1. Stay hydrated. With an easy access tube for drinking straight out of your pack, getting enough water is easy and convenient.
2. Carry small items with me like a compass, food, maps, keys, chapstick, etc.
You can see Sarah’s review of this pack here.
Mtbikerchick:  I’m most thankful this year for my REI Revel Cloud jacket.  It has synthetic insulation instead of down and is super light.  I have taken it on several backpacking trips this year and even slept in a few times!  It’s warm, comfortable and lightweight – only 10.5 ounces!
What piece of gear are you most thankful for this year?
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  • JimP2288

    Two summers ago I bought a Little Guy Trailer and I couldn’t be happier! Even my wife enjoys it so you know it’s good. My only regret is I didn’t get one with a stove. They are sold here: http://www.golittleguy.com.

    Does anyone else have one of these? I’m surprised I don’t see them around more often.

  • mtbikerchick

    We’ve looked at ones like that and also at the little hardsided A-Frame popups they have now. Those are so cute! It’s great, especially for areas with lots of grizzlies, to just have a place with slightly more protection than a tent…We’re still pondering what to get, but it’s good to hear a review of these!

  • JimP2288

    I understand completely. If you end up getting one, I promise you’ll love it!

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