We thought the simplest way to do a best of gear review was to ask each member of our staff what gear they appreciated the most over the past year. So here it is, nothing to please advertisers or make curmudgeons wince, just the best stuff we beat up out there.
Osprey Daylite Pack
For day trips of any sort—peak bagging, cycling, touring, whatever—this pack fits me perfectly. It sits high enough to stay clear of my camera belt and easily carries water, a rain jacket, a warm layer, lunch and the other electronics and gizmos I need and use.
This is quite simply the perfect day-to-day pack for hitting the trails. At 10 liters, it’s compact enough for a quick spin on the neighborhood trails yet roomy enough for a full-day adventure. Big Plus: The lid latch carrier makes it easy to attach your helmet to the pack with no bouncing around.
Even the festival faithful need some swag. It’s an art to know what to bring to survive the show. Here we share our favorites to help enjoy the event in style….
This pack offers the rainproofing and quick opening flap top of a trendy messenger bag—but with padded, airy backpack straps and ventilating back suspension. It’s the perfect size for hauling a day’s worth of stuff from tent city to the show. Back in the real world, it’s ideal for Denver bike commuting. (The FlapJill is designed for a lady’s geometry. The men’s version is the FlapJack).
Elevation Outdoors magazine described how they were “shocked” at how well a pack as light as the Exos 46 could carry their gear, and as a result, chose it as the best fast and light pack on the market. The review was part of the June/July 2009 issue, and can be viewed here.
Reviews blown away by how such a light pack carried such heavy loads with such comfort. To read more, click here.
The Helix is considered as, ‘Gear I covet,’ in Elevation Outdoors. To read more, click here.