Seemingly pesky inconveniences turn into full-blown problems when the adventurous mad-man in your life is trekking through the wilderness and trying to complete simple tasks like hydrating, eating, and staying comfortable and dry.
Here’s a list of rock-solid gear any outdoorsy man will love.
The ideal compact hydration pack holding an impressive 100oz of water, supplying you with storage space, and weighing just 1.4lbs. This, plus its lightweight yet sturdy build has made it the go-to pack for bike rides, hikes, and nimble day treks.
This ultra durable wrist-mounted GPS features a sensitive navigation system that’s famously reliable and has been a favorite among athletes since 2004. It doesn’t have smart capabilities, and doesn’t have as many features as the 601.
Get a bottle with a water filter built in. This bottle filters water twice to remove bacteria, parasites, and any other unwanted substances, providing safe drinking water whenever you’re near a fresh source. The sustainable, lightweight, leak-proof bottle is just bonus points.
These are the shorts you get if you want premium-level performance without such a prohibitive price tag. They're an excellent value pickup for the guy who gets into the gym most days but doesn't devote his whole life to building a better deadlift.
The do-it-all drink cooler. This pack keeps 24 beverages cool while supplying 6 liters of chilled water. Ditch the clunky plastic coolers on wheels and show your buddies a better way to bring water and drinks at the next beach day, BBQ, or fishing or camping trip.
A multi-award winning sleeping bag that’s plush, cozy, and weighs an astoundingly light 12 ounces (less than 1lb). This bag is constructed with lightweight, packable materials and comes in various models for 40°F, 28°F, 18°F, and 5°F weather.
A mineral-based sunscreen and moisturizer with a natural list of ingredients like black tea, beeswax, coffee bean, rosemary, and cacao butter. Sealed in a compact metal tin, this stuff will protect your face from the elements while keeping it soft and hydrated.
Quickly becoming the de facto adventure hat makers, Melin’s classic A-game hydro is a breathable, moisture-wicking hat that floats in water and will perform far better than your beat-up baseball cap on your next outing.
What you get from this blend is a material that has a cool, airy, lightweight stretch, but one that also doesn't feel like it would split open if you snagged the fabric on a rock or sharp object. It sits right in the middle of lightweight and strong.
Adapt to every rhythm of life with this discreet wearable designed to help you de-stress, focus, and fight through that mid-afternoon sleepy period that hits all outdoor adventurers. Every. Single. Time. Conveniently wear it on your wrist or ankle or clipped to your clothing.
Reservoirs are big, lightweight packs that hold much more water than a bottle, and typically weigh less, too. Camelbak’s Fusion™ 3L carries 100oz of water and features a waterproof zipper for easy filling. Toss this into any pack or use the built in hanger on any of Camelbak’s hydration-compatible packs.
Having warm yet breathable layers is essential when traveling through changing temperatures. Vuori’s waffle crew is constructed with a 4-way stretch knit fabric blend of cotton, modal, and elastane. Cut with an athletic fit, you can take this pretty much anywhere.
Made with 80% recycled polyester and 20% nylon, this microfiber towel is buttery soft and extremely absorbent. This towel weighs a micro 0.15lb and comes in a compact mesh storage pouch. You’ll forget you packed this, but be extra glad that you did.
The Outpulse is a worthy and functional hiking shoe that looks much more stylish than something you’d wear on the trails. Designed with a knobby rubber toe and outsole and ample foam cushioning, this will help you stay on the trail and bounce gently over it.
Stop buying fresh battery packs every time you spend the night outdoors. Barebone’s rechargeable LED camping lantern holds a great charge and can stand up on its own or be hung up from the carabiner on top. It projects anywhere from 30-220 lumens depending on the dimmable setting you set it to.
A compact, portable dinnerware kit for two that includes bowls, insulated mugs, and full cutlery sets. At a little under 1lb, this will make your campsite dinner much more enjoyable than eating with your hands.
Cooking food is one of the biggest hassles to plan for while camping or backpacking. Most small camp stoves require propane or butane, which mean lugging another canister with you. BioLite’s mini wood-burning camp stove is battery powered and uses electricity to create a smokeless wood flame that can cook food or boil water in minutes.
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Get Him Equipped
The gear you lug with you can either make your adventure a breeze, or detract from your time to unplug and explore.
If the adventure man in your life only has bulky water bottles, start with one of Camelbak’s lightweight, time-tested hydration packs or reservoirs to be sure he has enough water on his trek. I recommend the M.U.L.E.® 12 Hydration Pack or the Fusion™ 3L Reservoir.
Then, consider smaller items like a compact first-aid kit, a hybrid facial moisturizer and sunscreen, and an insulated stainless steel mug.
Help him get out there and tackle the big, wide, wonderful world.
Sav has been covering men’s style, grooming, and fitness topics for The Adult Man since 2020 as both a writer and photographer. He describes himself as an overly active inkslinger with a touch of self-proclaimed style and an affinity for dark roast coffee. He believes, like the color black, being a gentleman never quite goes out of fashion.