1. Petzl Signal Emergency Light
It weighs just 8/10ths of an ounce. But this tiny “multidirectional performance safety light” can make you visible to traffic or signal your position while lost in the woods. A must-have product for $14.95.
2. Justin’s Nut Butter
My favorite energy-food discovery of the year. These peanut butter squeeze packs are filled with nothing but organic nut paste — a perfect energy source for long adventures and endurance events.
3. Adventure Medical Kits GlacierGel blister pads
These unique blister pads have a “hydrogel” that puffs up to cushion an abrasion underfoot as you walk. I wore one pad up several thousand vertical feet on Kings Peak in Utah, and the pad stayed in place for the whole climb.
4. CLIF Mojo energy bar
Nutty and granola-bar-like, the Mojo packs the necessary nutrients for an outdoors adventure into a highly-eatable rectangular package. This is the rare energy bar form that you may actually be moved to eat for a snack at home.
5. CRAZY Creek Hexalite camp chair
This lightweight camp chair costs $33 (close enough) and folds and rolls into a package so tiny that I am motivated to take it along while backpacking. Its comfort does not approach that of Crazy Creek’s beefier models, but the Hexalite is a wonderful alternative to sitting around the campfire on a sawed-off log.
6. RITE in the Rain Notebooks
They cost $6 and up, but these simple notepads are waterproof and bomber. With acrylic-based paper, water rolls right off the pages. Perfect for use as a journal on the trail.
7. Sigma Illux Bike Light
For $18, this light provides three white L.E.D.s to keep you seen while pedaling after dark. It has a twist-off feature to let you quickly remove it from the handlebar mount after you lock up the bike.
8. Bear Naked Trail Mix
The Pacific Crest Mix flavor has organic mangos, cashews, raisins and other high-quality constitutes. . . yum. It converted me back to trail mix after years of only eating energy bars in the outdoors.
9. CamelBak Podium bike bottle
Dubbed a reinvention of the bike bottle, the Podium has a self-sealing valve so users no longer have to slap a tab on their hip after a sip. Bonus: a switch seals it closed so you can safely store a full bottle inside a backpack without worries of it leaking.
10. National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps
Amazing feature detail, accurate trails, and superb topographical representation via shading and crisp printed lines on the page. I navigated off-trail to find a stream for a water source with this map deep in the Utah backcountry — it was dead on.