From this article you will get information about my top backpacking gear 2021. I will show you what I enjoyed to take with me every time I went camping in 2020. So it will be a sort of backpacking gear review.
Number 10 is the ALTRA Men’s AL0A4PE5 Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe. To be honest that has been my favorite shoe that ALTRA has ever made. Here is a really simplified upper part and added durability in the midsole. That makes the walk much more pleasant and comfortable and also your feet are dry. This is the revolution of trail. The shoes have also improved sticky rubber outsole. It is durable, it grips to all sorts of trail.
These men’s ALTRA shoes can be useful for through hikers and for runners as well. They are suitable just for average outdoor use. Three in one! I think it is not bad and so versatile.
I’ve been rocking this shoe a lot and not just on weekend backpacking trips and day hikes and this has been my shoe of choice mainly because of that extra cushion in the back. That’s great for my knees.
I hopeI will get some more long distance hiking miles on it. This shoe has really exceeded my expectations of what the ALTRA men’s shoes could be. It definitely makes my list for 2020.
Number nine is actually a new piece of gear that I’ve been interested in for quite some time, but didn’t get a chance to try it out until my buddy Dug gave me his. And that is the gossamer gear – a thin and lite neoprene sheet. Now you might recognize this as being an ultra-light foam pad that a lot of through hikers use as their main sleeping pad.
You may use one of these as a sit pad and to put it under your sleeping pad at night to add some warmth. It also can be used as a siesta mat. So in the middle of the day when I’m on the trail, it’s hot, and I’m tired, I want to take a small nap after lunch, I can use this to throw it out.
I can have some protection from the ground, also at the end of a day I like to stretch; I like to do a little bit of yoga, maybe a little bit of meditation, use my Lacrosse Ball Massage set for my muscles. This is great for that as well, and I can also put it under my sleeping pad to add a little bit of protection from the forest or desert floor and add some warmth. And the best thing about it is it basically weighs. This one piece of gear basically turns into four pieces of gear and gives four different purposes. It definitely makes my list for 2021!
Number eight is actually a piece of gear that I’ve been prototyping since 2019, and that is the brand new carbon cork trekking pole. I highly recommend Trailbuddy Trekking Poles. For years I used their previous pole, but I ended up ditching them after I broke a bunch of them in the sierra in 2018.
So I decided to test this new gear and check it out. And now I am going to say I love the new trekking pole.
The manufacturer went with the classic telescoping flick lock design and they really focused on making a trekking pole that is easy to repair while you’re out in the field. Every single part on this pole from the shaft to the grip, from the flick locks to the carbide tip can actually be taken off and replaced while you’re out on a hike. There are all of those parts for replacement, so I think I bought one trekking pole for the rest of my life.
Number six is an oldie but a goodie, and that is the BRS ultra-light stove. So for years I went stove less, I ditched everything, I ditched my cooking cup, and I ditched my stove to use a jar with cold soup.
Last year in 2020 I decided to go back to the stove and started using this little BRS again. Ii use it this year on all the small backpacking trips. This thing made me a hot cup of coffee every morning and a warm meal at night, so since this thing has come back into my life it has provided me with hot food all year on all these different trails and all these different types of conditions.
Mini Stove Kit
Or you can also try an ultra-compact cook-and-eat stove kit PocketRocket. The kit Includes PocketRocket 2 stove, .75-liter aluminum pot, 16-ounce bowl, clear lid with straining ports, ultralight mini pot lifter and a stuff sack.
6. Katadyn BeFree 1.0L Water Filter, Fast Flow, 0.1 Micron EZ Clean Membrane for Endurance Sports, Camping and Backpacking
The Katadyn BeFree Water Filter is a perfect smash-and-go filter. It fits for every adventure traveller who packs for weight saving and for me as well. The filter will be stable in your luggage and it will be your most innovated companion.
For me it is the best camping water filter. With that item you no longer have to worry about where your next drink will come from.
1) It gives you fresh water anywhere.
2) protects from bacteria even in the most challenging water conditions
3) cleans easily
Free flow channels can provide you with clean drink water, if you just squeeze.
Katadyn BeFree l has measurements. That allows to measure and refill the bottles and helps to cook dishes in a camp.
Number five is a sleeping quilt that I tried in 2020. Before that I used a sleeping bag, if you decide quilt vs sleeping bag, do not hesitate and go for a sleeping quilt.
Ultra-light Cold Weather 3 Season Quilt is just perfect for backcountry camping, it can be used for hammocks. The quilt is made of nylon, it is incredibly lightweight and takes up very little space in a backpack.
That sleeping quilt is in my backpack every time, since I tried it in spring 2020. I used it on some recent bike packing trips, that I’ve done and basically every little camping and backpacking adventure this year.
Number four is actually a piece of gear that I sort of laughed at for quite some time, until I tried it and it completely changed my hygiene game on the trail. This is my backpacking travel bidet.
This little thing is awesome. I’m not going to go into a description of how to use it, I’ll leave that up to your imagination, but I can tell you that by using this portable travel bidet it has definitely upped my hygiene game on the trail by keeping me cleaner overall, when I’m out there for multiple days.
Now I do not have to worry about packing out dirty toilet paper, I can just throw this little bitty light item in my pack. I can use it with a water bottle, and it keeps me cleaner. This travel bidet sprayer is my favorite backpacking gear for 2021.
Number three is The North Face Terra Backpacking Backpack. I like to have a small kit, but I like a lot of comfort, I like to hike big miles, but I want something that can carry a good amount of weight. So I was interested in a suitable backpack for camping.
You can choose a size to fit you, if I’m not mistaken in the line of about 5 sizes. The patented Dyno Lift System provides self-alignment with adjustable elevators on the fly. The backpack is made of nylon with a dense water-repellent coating.
This year I’ve used this on so many different hikes, long through hikes and on shorter through hikes. I used it in super wet environments, I’ve used it at high elevation and I’ve used it in the desert doing some hiking around Arizona and it’s been great. It’s my best camping backpack 2021.
Number two is actually a piece of gear that I picked up back in 2019. It’s a memory foam sleeping pad. Now there are hikers out there that are claiming that it popped really easy, and that it leaks, and then it didn’t keep them warm. Well after using this pad exclusively this year I tried to come to some conclusions.
I used it down in the wilderness; I used it on various bike packing trips and small backpacking trips. This pad has been great for me and I haven’t had a single problem with it so far last year.
I’ve put over 800 miles on this pad and slept on it about 32 nights without a single leak. It’s kept me warm every single night and no problems. The other thing that I really like about that sleeping pad is because the material is much thinner and it feels softer. So overall I feel much more comfortable on this pad, it’s also not as loud and crunchy as the traditional yellow neo air pad.
My number one favorite piece of gear from 2020 is my outdoor research echo hoodie. I was wearing this thing a lot and have basically been living in this sun hoodie all year long for years.
I’ve always hiked in a button-down long-sleeve shirt, but last year I that old hiking shirt to the side and hiked all of my miles in this outdoor research transcendent hoody.
It’s a really great layer, because if you’re doing a lot of hiking at high elevation or in the desert, where the sun is very harsh, having something like a sun hoodie is a really versatile. A great option I love is the thumb holes on it. I think that outdoor research hoody is super breathable, it’s super light and it’s just a really great layer.
Going forward I’m actually probably going to be having this be my main hiking top versus my classic button-down shirt that I’ve always worn, because I have basically lived in this thing for what about 700 miles this year, I’ve slept in it every night, I’ve hiked in it every day, I’ve rode in it, I even wear it sometimes just around the office and at home. This outdoor research ascendant hoody is my number one, my favorite piece of gear for 2020.
So that concludes my list of all of my favorite gear for this year. Now remember just because all this stuff is my favorite gear, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to try it and it’s going to work out for you. We all hike differently, we all like different things, but if you want to check any of this stuff out, I left some links.