Nature Calls. We Packed for You.

The best new local camping gear

By The Editors
April 5, 2016 9:00 am

To paraphrase the immortal words of one John Muir:

The mountains are calling. And you must go.

Thanks to Muir, the mountains are still there.

Thanks to technology, our gear’s improved a lot in the last 100 years. This is our shopping list to the year’s best designed-in-S.F. camping and outdoor fitness gear.

For starters: the Olema daypack. Daypacks are hard to get right, forever victims of the Goldilocks dilemma: too big, and we end up packing more stuff than we need. 

Too light, and we’re jamming Clif Bars in our pockets. 

This one, at 25L, gets the job done perfectly. 

Our spring hit-the-trail shopping guide:

01. Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket
It’ll add a pound to your carry weight — but it’ll be worth it around the campfire.

02. Fitbit Alta
Add a leather band for a rugged, Muir-approved upgrade.

03. Sunski Dipseas
The new tortoise-frame Dipseas, crafted in a rubberized polycarbonate, are the right match of form and function.

04. Yellow Leaf Hammock
Lazy days require superior relaxation. The Montauk is our favorite.

05. Boreas Olema
When a flyweight just won’t do the job, a tuckable foam hip belt and perforated shoulder straps allow for comfortable carrying. 

06. Endorfin Dark “Mylk” Chocolate Bar 
This is organic chocolate with absinthe and worm wide and just about every ethical harvesting bona fide. 

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