Osprey Exos Ultralight Multi-day Pack
With the thousands of acres of public lands available in Central Oregon, it stands to reason that hiking and backpacking continue to gain popularity. With excellent trailhead access to our wilderness areas, more people than ever are exploring these backcountry treasures. Modern equipment helps, too. Years ago it wasn't uncommon for overnight hikers to carry 40-60 pounds of gear on their backs to secluded areas. But, with today's ultra-light gear, there's no need for that. This multi-day backpack is one of the best ultra-lights. Manufactured by Osprey, the Exos 58 carries a compact 25-30 pounds.
Mountain Supply, 834 NW Colorado Ave $219.95
Biolite Wood Burning Camp Stove
When you get to your overnight hiking destination you're likely starved. So, cooking becomes paramount in the hiker's mind. There are hundreds of ways of cooking; none of them are wrong. But some are more convenient than others. Yesteryear's explorers would have loved the ease and size of what is available for the backcountry cooking experience today. The BioLite wood burning camp stove blends classic form with modern function. No need to pack in fuel—a few twigs fed into the core of this stove will boil water and cook up a fine meal quickly. You can also use its USB board to charge small electronic devices. Take that, campfire.
REI, 380 SW Powerhouse Dr. $129.95
Titanium French Press
Second to food, coffee is high on the list of essential needs. But there's no need to go instant when Snowpeak makes a French press this light. Coming in at just 6.3 ounces, the titanium press can be heated up directly over the camp stove, further reducing the load and the cleanup. And despite the light weight, this press holds a generous 24 ounces of the good stuff—enough to fuel a long day on the trails or, if you're feeling generous, to share with a friend.
Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St. $56
Selk'Bag Sleeping System
Most everyone enjoys a good drive through our scenic countryside. But as the recent storm reminded us, it's best to always be prepared for the worst. Rapid weather changes and other unforeseen events can potentially force one to become stranded. Some people will throw an old sleeping bag in the back of the car for just this reason. But there's a better—and more mobile—way to go. The Selk'Bag is like a cross between a mummy bag and footie pajamas. Perfect for staying toasty—and upright—stranded in a snowbank or sitting around the campfire on a chilly night. Rated to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, they even come in superhero designs for kids, and the young at heart.
Sportsman's Warehouse, 63492 Hunnell Rd $99-$159