17 Must-Have Tools for Backcountry Adventures

Field & Stream just published its list of 20 dream hunts for the ultimate big-game adventure. But before you strike … Continued

Field & Stream just published its list of 20 dream hunts for the ultimate big-game adventure. But before you strike out into the wilderness, you’ll need gear that’s tough enough to handle whatever hell you put it through. Here are 17 items that are up for the task.

Freeman Outdoor Gear Model 451 Field Knife

Freeman Outdoor Gear Model 451
$250 Cliff Gardiner & John Keller

Atop any traveling big-game hunter’s gear list is a no-fail fixed-blade knife. With a 1⁄4-inch-thick, 51⁄2-inch-long D2 tool steel drop-point blade, full Cerakote finish, and textured CNC-machined G-10 or Canvas Micarta grip panels, the Freeman Outdoor Gear Model 451 “Little Beast” Field Knife will outlive you, no matter where your adventures take you.

Cabela’s ­Instinct Euro HD Spotting Scope

Cabela’s ­Instinct Euro HD Spotting Scope
$1,800 Cabela’s

One of the best deals in optics, the Cabela’s ­Instinct Euro HD Spotting Scope has the clarity, sharpness, and low-light performance of German glass, for less.

Sea to Summit Long Spork

$9 Sea to Summit

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There are many utensils out there, but the Sea to Summit Long Spork has enough reach to scrape the crusty deliciousness from the bottom of a Mountain House bag.

Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters

$85 Outdoor Research

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The original jimmy for your boot tops, the ­Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters are a backcountry classic that have stood the test of time.

Stone Glacier Solo 3300

$574 Stone Glacier

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Ultralight, yet able to haul more weight than any one person should carry, the Stone Glacier Solo 3300 is the ideal backcountry hunter’s pack.

Leatherman Rebar Multitool

$60 Justin Appenzeller

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A multitool is a traveling hunter’s must-have. The Leatherman Rebar has 17 tools including a knife, saw blade, file, pliers, and several screwdriver bits.

Yeti Panga 100 Duffel Bag

$400 Yeti

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Get all your gear to camp with the Yeti Panga 100 waterproof duffel. Ideal for river trips, fly-in drop camps, and looking like a badass at Chicago O’Hare.

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharging Kit

$180 Goal Zero

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With access to direct sunlight for the solar panels, the 7800 mAh battery on the Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharging Kit will keep base camp charged.

Rossi Matched Pair .410 / .22 LR

Rossi Matched Pair .410 / .22 LR
$189 Rossi

The Rossi Matched Pair .410 / .22 LR doesn’t take up much more room than a handgun (which you can’t take to Canada) but is much easier to shoot.

Stone River Gear Survival Belt

$60 Justin Appenzeller

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This Stone River Gear Survival Belt is made of more than 50 feet of paracord for when you, inevitably, have to rappel to safety. And it looks cool.

Kammok Thylacine Sleeping Bag

$627 Kammok

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With an outer shell rated for 20 degrees, a matching down liner, and optional comforter, the ­Kammok Thylacine Sleeping Bag is a three-in-one modular sleep system.

UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

$10 UCO Gear

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Each splashproof match in the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit burns for 25 seconds, and the waterproof container houses extra strike pads and tinder.

Garmin InReach Explorer+

$450 Garmin

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A GPS, two-way messenger, satellite tracker, and SOS locator, the Garmin InReach Explorer+ has your butt covered should it all go very bad.

Jetboil MicroMo

$130 Jetboil

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The Jetboil MicroMo is the lightest, fastest way to boil water in the backcountry for coffee, oatmeal, and that freeze-dried gruel you call dinner.

Hilleberg Akto

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$530 Hilleberg

Proven bombproof, the classic Hilleberg Akto is a lightweight, single-pole, double-walled solo tent designed to keep the inside dry even if set up in the rain.

Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .5

$19 Adventure Medical Kits

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For minor injuries, the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .5 has all the basics in a tight, light package.

Crocs Classic Realtree Xtra Fuzz-Lined Clogs

**$45*** Crocs

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No one will ever mistake the ultracomfortable Crocs Classic Realtree Xtra Fuzz-Lined Clogs for loafers, and the insulation keeps your dignity from leaking out.