Being outside is bar none one of our favorite places to escape the torture and grind of everyday life. Part of enjoying the outdoors is ensuring that you have a proper gear to ensure your comfort and survival. Below we have listed our favorite tech that always goes with us when we head out.
- Garmin eTrex: We have used different variants of the eTrex series for over ten years and we can attest to their reliability. Ranging from inexpensive basic versions up to high end color mapping models, the eTrex series is a proven navigation tool for the outdoors.
- Ambient Weather Radio: This small device is the newest addition to our outdoor gear collection. We discovered the merits of having such a radio when we became stranded without power in the middle of the desert. Not only does it function as a crank radio and light, it can also charge your other portable electronics. This can be a savior if you are relying upon your cellphone as an mp3 player or back up rescue device.
- ITS Tactical Blow Out Bag: While not technology in the traditional sense for Unplggd, the tactical blow out bag is the ultimate in high technology first aid. QuikClot is a rapid clotting material made for puncture of other traumatic wounds. It will stop the bleeding when little else will and it trusted by the military. The ITS kit includes all of the requisite materials to use QuikClot and we can think of a number of simple day hikes where a simple fall might have necessitated the usage of something like the Blow Out Kit.
- Surefire Flashlight: You will not catch up on a hike without our Surfire. This is partly due to its durability and because of its brightness. Anytime we head out even for a day hike, we make sure to stick out light in just in case.
- Suunto Watch: At watch is a must when you are out tromping through the woods. We are very fond of Sunnto watches for their rugged reliability and outdoor design features such as barometers and compasses.
While in no way is this a perfect list, there are some of the pieces we rarely leave home without be it a day hike or 21 day trek in the mountains.