Some equipment is more reliable than others | Outside
The evolution of outdoor equipment has changed the way people interact in nature and with each other. Having the right gear can make or break an outdoor adventure, but it can be difficult to decide what to buy. My outdoor gear wardrobe ranges from the things I love to items that have seen better days. These are some of my favorite and most trusted outdoor gear items.
Cooking in nature can be difficult to plan. If you are going for a day hike or a long trip into the backcountry, carrying a stove and fuel can seem overwhelming.
The Jetboil Zip Cooking System has been a staple in my hardware collection for many years. It is light, easy to use and very reliable. Whether on a multi-day backcountry excursion or during an afternoon cross-country skiing session, it is an excellent component for preparing hot meals or a hot drink.
Certain clothes seem to be the favorites in a variety of conditions or social contexts.
For me, it’s the Patagonia Nano Puff Bivy sweater. I love this jacket because it is functional in many outdoor environments, whether as a layer on the ski slope or sitting by the fire.
Although Patagonia tends to be a bit pricey, I was able to send this jacket to the company for free repair when I broke the zipper or caused other damage, which was a big hit. great incentive.
It can be difficult to find a well-fitting, durable, waterproof and comfortable pair of shoes over varying distances and terrains. I have covered a lot of miles running, hiking and backpacking. I used different shoes for each activity, making the decision to buy based on equipment reviews and trial and error. In recent years, I have relied on the Hoka Speedgoat. I’ve worn them on backcountry outings, trail runs, and day hikes, and they’re the most reliable and comfortable shoes I’ve come across.
I have a love / hate relationship with GPS watches. They are perfect when the miles go by easily. They can also be really annoying when you’re feeling bad and the last thing you want to see is how slowly you move.
For long-distance runners, Saturday or Sunday mornings are often exclusively reserved for long races. For a long time, my biggest pet peeve was hearing my running partner’s GPS watch beeping every mile these mornings.
With those things said, I’ve grown to love the Fitbit Sense smartwatch. It doesn’t have a giant watch face, is easy to use, and uploads data to the Strava app if you want to. It is also a watch that you can wear on a daily basis and which records steps, sleep and heart rate, among others. As someone who has worn the same style of Timex Ironman 30 laps watch for over 10 years, I have been pleasantly surprised with the Fitbit Sense.
I am far from being a professional guide and I certainly do not have a sponsorship contract with any of the product companies mentioned in this column. These are just items of equipment that I have found to be reliable in a variety of settings.
You don’t need the most expensive or the newest equipment on the market to enjoy the outdoors. Find out what works for you and motivates you to go out.
Seth Ulvestad is Executive Director of the Sheridan Recreation District.