Editor’s Note: Grit & Gear is our recommendation of what to take with you on your microadventures.
Summer has begun, and it’s time to get outside! If you haven’t read this week’s microadventure inspiration, I suggest you take a quick perusal before we dive into the gear. All gear listed below has been tested and reviewed either by us or by professionals.
- Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bag. The Hunka bivvy bag converts your sleeping bag into a shelter for the evening. The Hunka is compact at under 400 g; perfect for all adventurers from alpinists and big wall climbers to minimalist campers and expedition leaders. Multi-award winning, the Hunka frequently tops the Best Buy and Best Value awards for bivvy bags.
- The North Face Cat’s Meow. I’ve personally used this sleeping bag for years. The quintessential synthetic, 20-degree bag can be used for three seasons in the backcountry, and features an efficient Cyclone design to maximize warmth and compressibility while reducing weight.
- Klymit Static V. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors. The affordable, inflatable Klymit Static V sleeping pad cushions you from the hard ground on summertime backpacking adventures. Stuff sack and patch kit included.
- Condor Microfleece Watch Cap. Yes, a watch cap. In summer. We know it’s crazy, but we’re thinking ahead to the chilly night you can probably expect in a lot of climates (remember, bivvy bags are cooler than tents). Plus, the Condor watch cap is so darn cool.
- J5 Tactical Ultra Flashlight. This a good, affordable, small flashlight. Pretty tough. It packs 300 lumens but only requires a single AA battery. Great for a microadventure!
- Weather appropriate clothes. Remember, you’re dressing for nighttime comfort.
- Toothbrush. Put the toothpaste on before you leave home and wrap the toothbrush head with cling wrap.
- Toilet Paper. Need I explain.
- Food and Water. Because you have to survive. I mean, gosh, I could almost literally starve to death in 12 hours!