10 essential pieces of outdoor gear for Canadians

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Miwok 18 backpack

First off, you’re going to need a pack. For day trips, we like the Miwok 18 by Gregory. It’s compact and minimal, but is still spacious enough for water, food, and gear. The shoulder and hip straps are designed for a comfy grip and the expanding front pocket means extra space for extra snacks.

Garmin Fenix 2 trail watch

The ideal hiking watch should work triple duty as a GPS, compass, and barometer. It also needs to be tough, durable, and able to withstand a range of weather conditions. The Garmin Fenix 2 covers all of the above, while also working as an altimeter, thermometer, and heart rate monitor. As an added bonus, it’s super sleek.

Helly Hansen Loke jacket

The Helly Hansen Loke jacket is waterproof and windproof, yet super breathable, which means you won’t suffer from the clammy sweats that are so common with raincoats. The coat features long armpit zip vents and a fully adjustable hood, and it’s so lightweight that it can easily pack into a pocket.

Petzl Tikkina headlamp

This headlamp, which is a steal of a deal at $20, is perfect for proximity lighting, whether you’re setting up the tent or reading inside of it. Powered by AAA batteries, the lamp features two lighting levels and can burn for a whopping 180 hours.

Bobble Sport water bottle

Whether you’re embarking on a five-day trek or just going for a walk in the local park, you’re going to need to stay hydrated. Bring along the Bobble Sport water bottle, which features a built-in carbon filter that removes chlorine from ordinary tap water. It comes in plenty of stylish colours, too.

OFF!® Deep Woods® insect repellent

Don’t let mosquitoes, black flies, ticks, and other pests ruin your camping trip. Be sure to pack some OFF!® Deep Woods® insect repellent, a line of spray that will protect you from mosquitoes for up to eight hours.

MEC Wanderer 2 tent

If you’re looking for your forever tent, this is it. The MEC Wanderer 2 is a favourite amongst hardcore campers, who will happily brag how they’ve used the durable tent in rain, sun, and snow. This two-person tent is super spacious—it easily fits a queen-size blow-up mattress.

Farm to Feet socks

Farm to Feet makes socks that are both stylish andsustainable. Made of Merino wool sourced from American ranches, these comfy socks come in a variety of styles for running, hiking, biking, climbing, and fishing. Keep an extra pair in your pack for when your feet undoubtedly get wet.

Solio Bolt solar charger

Even when we’re getting off the grid, it’s nice to have a couple of pieces of helpful technology, whether it’s a Kindle, iPod, GPS watch, or GoPro. The Solio Bolt solar charger will keep your USB-powered devices charged even when you’re in the wilderness. The charger is incredibly lightweight and it can hold a charge for up to a year, making it a staple on any multi-day trip.

GoPro camera

Let’s face it: no pack is complete without one of these durable, waterproof cameras. From trekking in the Rockies to surfing in BC to waterskiing in Muskoka, you can easily relive the adventure over and