Gear Gide
Image: Kurt Hettle

Juice CS4 knife $70

Get it: REI locations; rei.com; leatherman.com
The Juice’s 15 tools let you slice summer sausage, saw deadfall for the campfire, and pluck out splinters, all without having to launch a search party for the right tool.

Butte shoes $90

Get it: keenfootwear.com
We’re all for Chacos on the trail—until we stub our toes. Luckily, Keen’s aerated Butte lets feet savor the breeze while digits stay safely stowed. A toothy sole bites through slick moss, and there’s enough ankle support to power up rocky switchbacks.

Alpinlite sleeping bag $410–440

Get it: Oregon Mountain Community; 2975 NE Sandy Blvd; 503-227-1038; e-omc.com; westernmountaineering.com
Crammed with 850-fill down, the handmade 20-degree Alpinlite keeps high-country layovers worry-free. A snug draft collar wards off late-night breezes, and when you break camp, the bag, which weighs just under two pounds, stuffs down to the size of a loaf of bread.

 

Half Dome 2 tent $179–199

Get it: REI locations; rei.com
REI’s redesigned Half Dome—with 35 percent more interior space—offers hikers a bomb-proof retreat when storms strike. At nearly five pounds, it’s not the lightest option. But at less than $200, the price tag won’t torpedo your wallet.

Oregon 550t GPS $600

Get it: REI locations; rei.com; garmin.com
Garmin’s latest navigational whiz comes with hundreds of preloaded 3-D topo maps, an intuitive touch screen, an electronic compass, and an auto-focusing digital camera. They even threw in the batteries. ?Your only worry is remembering to forward your pics to Mom.

Mobex backpack $100

Get it: Columbia Sportswear Company; 911 SW Broadway; 503-226-6800; columbia.com
Weighing in at less than two pounds, the Mobex boasts porous shoulder straps to help vent body heat, a hydration sleeve, and interior webbing that keeps doodads in place. Plus, its tentlike exoskeleton prevents crumpling—and smooshed lunches.