2019 Best Outdoor Gear for Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping
It’s summer and outdoor activities are in full swing. Many of us are using gear from years past and trying to decide if we should keep what we have or upgrade. If you’re stuck, you might want to consider what Sidebar ambassadors are saying this summer about their favorite outdoor products.
We ask Sidebar ambassadors to tell us what their favorite outdoor products are and they add them to their individual lists. They review those outdoor products, and also make themselves available to answer questions about them, which is something unique and helpful.
It’s been really interesting watching which outdoor products have risen to the top in terms of popularity. Here’s a quick rundown of the most loved outdoor products by Sidebar ambassadors to help you decide if you need new gear this year!
#1 MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Backpacking Stove
The MSR Pocket Rocket 2 backpacking stove is the most loved outdoor product on Sidebar for good reason. The backpacking stove’s versatility, reliability, and ease of use is hard to match. Sidebar ambassadors talk about the stove “performing flawlessly in every conceivable condition” and how they “can’t recommend it highly enough.” Based on their feedback, this backpacking stove seems like the overall best stove to use when camping, hiking, or backpacking, for everything from a warm drink to a full meal.
#2 Jetboil Zip Backpacking Stove
Yes, the second most loved product by Sidebar ambassadors is another backpacking stove. This time it’s the Jetboil Zip backpacking stove but for different reasons. Ambassadors are really impressed with how fast the stove can heat up water and food and say how they “absolutely love this piece of equipment.” This backpacking stove is bigger and more expensive than the Pocket Rocket backpacking stove above, but it makes life a little easier when backpacking, which is what a lot of people prefer.
According to Sidebar ambassadors who climb, the Grigri 2 Belay Device is a must have. It might be a surprise that the Grigri 2 makes it into the top 3 most loved products since it’s specific to climbing, but that just shows how important of a tool the belay device is. Ambassadors say things like, “any other device should be benchmarked off this” and “this piece is an awesome addition to your rack.” It sounds like you can’t go wrong owning the Grigri 2 if you like to climb.
If you’re going to be outside cooking with your stoves or climbing with your belay device, you’re going to need to stay hydrated. There are a lot of water filter systems available but the most loved by Sidebar ambassadors is the Sawyer Squeeze water filter. The common theme about most loved products is their simplicity and ease of use and the Sawyer Squeeze water filter follows suit. Ambassadors say things like, “it’s a no brainer to keep it in your pack” and “it’s super reliable and very versatile.” The Sawyer Squeeze water filter may not filter as fast as some other models on the market but it’s simplicity makes it a must have.
If you’re going to be filtering water for your adventure, you need a vessel to put it in, which is mostly likely why the Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth bottle comes in as the fifth most loved product by Sidebar ambassadors. There are lots of options out there for keeping your drinks warm or cold, but the Hydro Flask water bottle’s price point and effectiveness push it up to the top. Ambassadors say things like, “ice stays intact for hours” and “it’s just the perfect size.” If you’re looking for a great container for your drinks, this seems to be a good way to go.
#6 Jetboil Flash Backpacking Stove
It’s pretty amazing that 3 of the top 10 products that Sidebar ambassadors love are backpacking stoves. But it makes sense since a top priority when backpacking is eating food. The third most popular backpacking stove is also the most expensive, but offers the most ease of them all. The Jetboil Flash backpacking stove gets water boiling the fastest and works well in windy conditions. Ambassadors say things like, “it’s virtually windproof” and “fantastic… and boils super fast!” All three of the backpacking stoves are great, it’s just up to you to decide what extra comfort is worth.
#7 Osprey AG Aura 65L Backpack - Women’s
To carry all the backpacking, hiking, and camping gear you’re collecting from above, you’re going to need a great backpacking backpack and the Osprey Aura AG 65L comes out on top for Sidebar ambassadors. Osprey has always been loved for their amazing return policy, but the Osprey Aura backpacking backpack stands out based on its (again) versatility and durability. Ambassadors say things like, “I love the design, I love the size, I love the antigravity system.” If you like to get out and backpack, definitely consider this pack to carry all of your favorite gear in.
You now have your food, water, and pack taken care of so it’s time to think about what will best keep you warm when you’re outside. While the Patagonia Better Sweater isn’t made for backpacking, it’s a favorite for people who like to be outside based on its warmth, durability, and style. Ambassadors say things like, “what an amazing and useful sweater!” and “every member of my family has a better sweater.” Sounds like this is the piece of gear you need to stay warm when camping or back at home!
When you’re done hiking around and it’s time to relax, you want to do it in comfort. The #9 most loved product by Sidebar ambassadors is the ENO Double Nest Hammock. Ambassadors like the bigger size to fit more than one person and how the ENO hammock so light but still so strong. They say thinks like, “highly recommend!” and “will keep your kids entertained while you make dinner!” It sounds like the ENO hammock can be useful in many different ways.
The second backpack most loved by Sidebar ambassadors is also one of Osprey’s Aura backpacking backpacks and also a women’s pack. Osprey seems to be the favorite brand and women seem to be the most passionate about the packs they carry. Ambassadors say things like, “feels like a big bear hug” and cite its comfort and size as the reason they love it so much. If you’re in the market for a pack, start with Osprey’s Aura backpacking backpack line first!