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Don’t Skimp on This Adventure Gear

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | October 06, 2016

Don’t Skimp on This Adventure Gear


When you are heading out into the elements, it’s important to be prepared and there is no faster way to ruin a fabulous adventure than to have bad gear. 

Let the folks at Outside magazine guide the way with their list of items you shouldn’t skimp on when venturing into the great outdoors. 

First, pay attention to the midlayer — especially when it’s cold. 

“It’ll add much-needed warmth when you’re cold and move moisture and heat when you’re sweating. Cheap midlayers, like, say, a cotton sweatshirt, don’t do either of those things well, leaving you wet and cold,” writes Joe Jackson. 

Look for breathable layers that wick moisture and dry fast. 

Second: for the skiers, don’t skimp on the boots. Cheap skis are one thing, but boots are the “drivers of your skis,” says Jackson. 

“I always tell people to buy their boots new from a local ski shop so they can try several pairs and have the fitter custom-mold the best one,” he advises. 

Another thing to splurge on, especially for those overnighting in the great outdoors, is your sleeping pad. 

“The friends I camp with often complain about their sleeping bag being too cold. But the issue is actually their pad, which is supposed to insulate you from the freezing ground,” says Jackson. 

One more super important element to enjoying an adventure in the wilderness — a great water filter. 

“I’ve had giardia, Montezuma’s Revenge, norovirus, and untold Peruvian bugs ravage my intestines over the past 12 years. Looking back, I would have drained my savings account on every one of those occasions for a better water filter,” Jackson shares. 

For more advice on what gear to buy for an outdoor adventure, read on here


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