Bear’s 2018 Backpacking, Camping, and Travel Best Gear



Big Agness Copper Spur UL 3 w/ mtnGLO w/ Footprint for Big Agness Copper Spur UL 3

Note: If you want to save some money on a footprint, Tyvek is great, lightweight, and cheap!

Nemo Asashi 4P (discontinued)

Nemo Losi 3p (discontinued)

Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

Sleeping Bags

Sea to Summit Spark SP III Sleeping Bag | 25F (Comfort 35F)
Though expensive, I think it might be the best one out there that packs as small as it does. As you know, I travel quite a bit, and luggage space is very important to me. The cost I can save in extra luggage can make up for the extra cost of this bag.

Marmot Pinnacle Sleeping Bag | 15F (Comfort 21F) Discontinued
Unfortunately this bag has been discontinued, but was probably the best bag I tested a few years ago and I still love it, since it’s still holding strong I haven’t looked into new bags, but I’ll ask around and update if I hear good recommendations.

Marmot Sawtooth | 15F (Comfort 28F)
Not as comfortable as the Pinnacle above , but it does well in cold weather.

Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad – Best pad I’ve used, and I’ve tried many, but sometimes it comes to personal taste.
REI Co-op Camp Bed 3.5 Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad XL – If you are car camping, this thing is amazing. Definitely not for Backpacking though


Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow – Very nice and packs tiny (Inflatable)
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow – A bit bulky for some, but they are incredibly nice to have after a long day of hiking


Osprey Atmos – Like I mentioned above, amazing pack. Get measured!
F-Stop Shinn w/ Cine Master ICU – I do videography andthis is the best pack I’ve found to carry my camera, lenses and gear along with my camping gear by using a smaller ICU, for those who might be interested in bags for cameras and such. If you want something a bit smaller try the Tilopa (I recently preordered one). Downside is they are expensive… but worth it.

Dry Sack

Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack – There’s also the Ultra-Sil version which is lighter, but I think the straps and buckles are tougher and compression works a bit better on these.

Packing Organizer


Camping Chair

Big Agnes – Helinox – Chair One – Great portable chair. This is one of those items you may not want to bring in a Long backpacking trip to shave off weight, but your back will thank you when you sit for a while in an area where you can’t lean your back on something. Also they recently released the Big Agnes – Helinox – Chair Zero, which I hear is a bit more comfortable and lightweight.


Black Diamond Storm Headlamp – I love this thing.




Trekking Poles

Whistle/Signaling Mirror

Coghlan’s Featherweight Mirror



Water Filter


Inflatable Boat

Supai Adventure Gear – Matkat Flatwater Boat – One of my favorite things to carry if I go somewhere with a lake.
Coghlan’s 0817 Battery Powered Air Pump


Duct tape rolled on a pencil – Grab some ductape and roll it on a piece of pencil
Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag, Charcoal, 50gm, Pack of 2 – If you want to avoid smelly shoes or bags.



Coffee and Tea

Aeropress – If you feel like carrying coffee beans and a grinder, this thing is lovely
Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder – There’s cheaper options out there, but this is the only one I’ve tried and it’s done its job well.
Zojirushi SM-SA48-BA Stainless Steel Mug – Not for Backpacking, but if you want something to keep your coffee/tea hot for HOURS, this will do the job.

Pots, Pans, Plates

GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Backpacker Cookware Set – This is the set I have and it’s nice for two people.
Lodge Cast Iron – Not for Backpacking, but when you get a chance to carry a cast iron, it’s worth it
Tovolo Mini Silicone Tongs – Avoid getting burned


Odor-free Bags


Coolest Cooler


ProBar Meal Bar – These are my favorite, but get what you like
Starbucks Via – Obviously not the best coffee out there, but damn practical
More info to come here.


Boots / Shoes

La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX Men’s Ultralight Hiking Boot
KEEN Men’s Newport H2 Sandal – Great for river walking. For example, they were absolute champs during my trip to Zion’s Narrows Trail
Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot


Rain Jacket

Fleece Jacket

Marmot Reactor Fleece Jacket

Down Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket – Expensive, but I love this thing.


Prana Stretch Zion Pants – I have not found better pants than these yet, and I’ve tested many.


Bandanda or Buff

Sun Shielding Hat / Ball Cap

Winter Hat

Warm Gloves & Mittens

Winter/Ski Gloves & Mittens



Hestra Heli Mitt – Not great for super wet conditions, but the best overall Mitt
Gordini Gore-Tex Down III

BURTON Women’s Gore-Tex Gloves

Cheap Option

Kinco Pigskin Leather



Sun Screen

NO-AD Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – Cheaper and better than other name brands





Quick Drying Towel

Toilet Paper / Wipes

Hand Sanitizer

Insect Repellent

Ziploc Bags

First Aid Kit

Adventure Medical Adventure First Aid Series Medical Kit – Usually buying a kit isn’t worth it, but I like this one. Later on I’ll write the things you may want to carry with you.


Field Notes
Field Notes Expedition – Waterproof, but make sure to not use gel pens

Video & Photo Tech


Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera – Not many people doing 360 yet, fun little camera to capture areas where you visit