1 CamelBak daypack, $156, Mountain High Outfitters, 1248-B West Paces Ferry Road, 404-343-1764 2 Ahnu Sugarpine women’s boots, $140, Half-Moon Outfitters, 1034 North Highland Avenue, 404-249-7921 3 Benchmade 585 knife, $135, High Country Outfitters, 3906 Roswell Road, 404-814-0999 4 Hydro Flask water bottle, $26, Mountain High Outfitters 5 Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody, $299, Patagonia, 34 East Andrews Drive, 404-266-8182 6 Black Diamond ultralight hiking poles, $150, High Country Outfitters 7 Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 LED lantern, $80, REI, 1800 Northeast Expressway, 404-633-6508 8 Suunto Ambit GPS watch, $400–$650, High Country Outfitters 9 Jetboil MiniMo stove, $125, High Country Outfitters 10 Petzl Tikka R+ headlamp, $80, REI 11 Sawyer Mini water filter, $25, Mountain High Outfitters 12 Wetterlings hatchet, $150, High Country Outfitters
What the experts said
On the Petzl Tikka R+ headlamp “When reading a map or searching for a trail, the built-in light sensor automatically adjusts beam pattern and light output, leaving your hands free.” —David Adcock, sales manager, REI Atlanta
On the Sawyer Mini water filter “Small, inexpensive, and hefty! Filters water up to 100,000 gallons, fits in your pocket, twenty-five bucks, and no pumps.” —Tyler Legg, general manager, Mountain High Outfitters
On the Benchmade 585 knife “Whether spreading Nutella on a bagel or creating a shelter from scratch, this American-made workhorse of a knife will get you through the good and bad.” —Glenn Orton, head buyer, High Country Outfitters
This article originally appeared in our October 2014 issue.