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December 18, 2016 Royal Arch Loop, Grand Canyon National Park.

Gear Review: 12 Essential Backpacking Accessories

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By Michael Lanza

Sure, your backpack, boots, tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, and other core gear matter a lot, and you should put serious thought into your choices when buying any of them. But little things matter, too. Various necessary accessories, convenience items, and small comforts accompany me on backcountry trips. Many years of field-testing gear have refined my sense of what I like on certain types of trips and what I will not do without anytime.

Here’s my list of essential backpacking accessories, ranging from basics like my favorite stuff sacks and water filters, to great values in a headlamp and knife, and what I lay my head down on every night I sleep in the ground. I think you may find some things in this list that you can’t go without. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Cocoon Ultralight AirCore Pillow

December 7, 2011  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Cocoon Ultralight AirCore Pillow

Cocoon Ultralight AirCore Pillow

Camp Pillow
Cocoon Ultralight AirCore Pillow
$25, 4 oz.

File this one under “There’s no reason to rough it too severely in the wilderness.” Many a night I’ve lain my head upon this very comfy inflatable pillow, which more than justifies its paltry weight and baseball size when stuffed. The microfiber shell on one side makes for a soft surface against my cheek. It’s one of those luxuries that is a no-brainer.

—Michael Lanza