REI Flash 18
Use the REI Flash 18 as a day pack for short hikes or as a stuff sack that fits into a larger backpack or duffel simply by turning it inside out. Gear is loaded through the top with a draw cord cinching it closed. There’s a hose exit port and internal sleeve for holding a hydration reservoir (sold separate). The lightweight shoulder straps make the bag more comfortable to carry, plus they’re adjustable and there’s a sliding sternum strap for added stability. A storage sleeve inside has organizer slots for extras. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: REI, (800) 426-4840, www.rei.com.
Keep track of your whereabouts with the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. The 5.2-ounce device can send brief messages and transmit your position to those who need to know where you are. The device is capable of communicating nearly anywhere in the world, even in places where cell phones don’t work. Among the key features is the “SOS/911” button that will transmit GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts and provide your position in case of a life-threatening emergency. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: SPOT, (866) 651-7768, www.findmespot.com.
Petzl MYO RXP
When the sunlight fades, keep sight of the trail wearing the Petzl MYO RXP headlamp. You can customize the light settings based on the type of activity and length of use. Three power modes offer 10 light levels, ranging from eight to 140 lumens, as well as an SOS strobe. A boost mode delivers 160 lumens, and it has a programmable flashing mode for signaling. A wide-angle lens allows you to quickly switch from flood beam proximity lighting to long-distance, focused lighting. The headlamp is compatible with lithium batteries for extended life and automatically switches to reserve power mode when the charge gets low. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Petzl, www.petzl.com.
The North Face Atlas Triclimate Jacket
Whether it’s raining, snowing or just plain cold, The North Face Atlas Triclimate has your back regardless. This three-in-one jacket is waterproof, breathable and seam-sealed with an adjustable removable hood that keeps you dry when wearing just the shell. When the temperature goes down, a midweight fleece liner can be paired with the shell for more warmth. Other features include a center front storm flap with zip and Velcro® closures, pit-zip vents, two hand pockets, an internal chest pocket and Velcro®-adjustable cuffs. Estimated Street Price: $229 to $249. Contact: The North Face, (888) TNF-1968, www.thenorthface.com.