What’s in my backpack?
MSR Hubba– I purchased this tent because of its size, weight, and the craftsmanship. When backpacking, I am always carrying camera equipment and that equipment isn’t the lightest. I have to work hard to keep weight down where I can, and carrying a tent that weighs less than 2 lbs. makes a big difference. The floor area inside the tent is perfect for one person and the vestibule is large enough for camping and photo equipment. There is plenty of headroom which makes the tent feel much larger than it is. The UV treatment on the rainfly is another reason I purchased this tent. The last thing you want is for you and your gear to get wet due to weathering on the fly. MSR does a great job with their craftsmanship.
MSR Pocket Rocket– The MSR Pocket Rocket is a fantastic personal cooking system. It weighs in at just 3 oz. and takes up basically no room in your backpack. A small ISOPRO canister is all you need for your weekend getaway. It’s simple to use, boils water in an instant, and packs down to almost nothing. I highly recommend for the person looking for a lightweight and easy to use personal cooking system.
Katadyn Hiker Pro- I’ve been using Katadyn products for the past ten years and have never been disappointed. The Hiker Pro continues to be a great micro filter for all my hiking/backpacking needs. I’ve used the Hiker Pro on solo trips and with groups. With its quick attach system, I can quickly fill Nalgene water bottles with the fitted top and hook up to Camelbak bladders with ease.
Thermarest NeoAir All Season– I purchased the NeoAir because of its weight, durability, and R- Value. It is not the lightest sleeping pad on the market, but it is a contender. The denier on this pad is a little higher making it a tough pad, but it adding a little extra weight. I don’t mind because the added weight is negligible and it really increases the durability. Also, for an all season pad, the R-Value is at a comfortable value for summer camping and those cool to cold nights in the winter.
Prana Stretch Zion Pants– These pants from Prana are by far my most favorite pants I have ever owned. I have worn these pants religiously for the past four years. They are triple stitched, have a gusseted crotch, the four-way stretch is fantastic, remarkably durable and they are incredibly comfortable. They are the perfect go to pant whether I am hunting, fishing, hiking, or just wearing them to work.
Patagona Nanopuff– I bought my Nanopuff to serve as an all-purpose synthetic lightweight jacket. It is warm enough on the cool/cold days to use as a standalone piece and it also fairs well against the wind. The Nanopuff is also thin enough to work great as a mid-layer combined with a nice lightweight vest, such as the Atom from Arcteryx, when the temperature starts to fall below freezing. This jacket comes with me wherever I go. It packs down small, keeps me warm, looks great, and has made it through a gauntlet of torture.
Arcteryx Atom Vest– This is another staple piece I always have in my backpack. It’s lightweight, very warm, and layers very well. The four way stretch on the sides of the vest allow for easier movement and a more comfortable fit. The Core-loft synthetic insulation from Arcteryx is right on the money. It’s surprising how warm the vest is able to keep you without overheating. A highly recommended piece if you are looking for a good looking vest that will work hard for you.
The North Face VaporWick T-Shirts– I bought these T’s because of the VaporWick technology and because they are very comfortable. The Vaporwick technology disperses moisture which allows the clothing to dry much faster. Keeping yourself dry in cool to cold weather is extremely important and these shirts did the trick. The shirt does also have some UPF protection which is helpful at the higher altitudes when backpacking.
Eric Svendson joined the Backpacker Team in 2009 and is currently the Manager of our River Ranch store. His favorite brands are Patagonia, prAna, and Salomon. He is responsible for assisting employees, helping customers, and merchandising clothing and equipment around the store. When not in the store, he pursues his passion of photography and helps maintain the studio that he shares with his mother in downtown Lafayette, Svendson Studios. He also enjoys hunting, fishing,kayaking, biking, and exploring the southern Louisiana wilderness.