Upventur 2017 Best of: Gear

 

We break down our favorite gear from this past year, some of them from well-known brands and some from up-and-coming brands in the outdoors space. Maybe it's time to replace that worn-out backpack or dull knife. Let us know your favorite pieces of gear of 2017 down in the comments, and don't forget to share this out. Enjoy.

 

Nomatic Backpack/Travelpack:

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With over $10 million from more than 10,000 backers on Kickstarter, this backpack has, seemingly, infinite pockets and support. This bag is not Nomatic’s first rodeo either, just last year they had another product called the travel bag that raised over $1.7 million on Kickstarter as well, and before that, they crowdfunded a wallet and a notebook.

Why you need it:

Like I mentioned, this thing has pockets galore, but it has some innovative features as well like the retractable key leash; three different Velcro attachments that can either hold paper, or shoes; and expandable storage via a zipper. There’s also a hidden pocket—spoilers—and an RFID secure pocket for credit cards, or a passport. For everyday carry, there’s the backpack, but for longer trips and more storage, there is the travel pack, which according to Nomatic, is good for one to three days.

 

Benchmade Bugout:

What knife is helping you out in the kitchen today? #MyBenchmade #535Bugout #Thanksgiving2017

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It is from Benchmade, need I say more? This lightweight knife comes in that killer blue color with a 3-inch blade made from S30V steel. The blade is being marketed towards ultra-light backpackers and hikers, but it is usable in more situations than that.

Why you need it:

It is the kind of knife that is the perfect size for almost anything, and reviewers mention that its slim profile gives it the feel of disappearing into your pocket. My favorite aspect of the knife is the color it comes in. Currently, the knife industry is flooded with black and brushed metal colored handles, and something about that blue just speaks to my heart. Finally, that price tag--$135  without any engraving—might seem like too much for a blade, but remember that Benchmade makes quality blades and that this is one of their more affordable models.

 

Leatherman Signal: 

Have you seen our new Signal? Now available in all-black at the link in our bio. #Leatherman #ForRealLife

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Multi-tools are a dime a dozen and almost every knife maker has one on the market but don’t forget about Leatherman, the company that founded its whole business on them. Their new iteration, the Signal, has 19 tools in its compact frame and comes in stainless steel or black.

Why you need it:

Apart from the more traditional tools in a multi-tool, such as the knife and bottle opener, it also comes with a ferrocerium rod to create a fire, a safety whistle, and a diamond-coated sharpener for the blade. This edition fits right in with the Leatherman brand, but it also sets itself apart as the multi-tool for adventurers.

 

ENO Doublenest Hammock:

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ENO may not have invented the hammock, but they sure have perfected it. The Doublenest is wide enough for two people and plenty comfortable for wider body types like myself. It packs into a small bag that is attached to the hammock and can hold up to 300 pounds if using the Atlas straps. The straps are sold separately, but their ease of use and load-bearing capabilities make them a must-buy.

Why you need it:

It is a hammock that sets up in less than 10 minutes, and it is easily stored. For camping purposes, some accessories make the hammock a viable alternative to sleeping in a tent. I set mine up after Thanksgiving dinner and had myself a little nap. Totally worth it.

 

Polar Insulated Steel Bottle:

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Like water itself, water bottles are abundant, especially in the outdoor industry but Poler makes some of highest quality bottles. Their insulated steel bottle keeps liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours, and it has a lifetime warranty.

Why you need it:

From performance drinking to casually sipping at your desk, this bottle is perfect. Fill it with coffee before you hike and you can be a portable Starbucks for you and your hiking partners. Whether you want a hot drink or a cold one; the Polar insulated steel bottle keeps it at the right temperature.