Are you planning to buy new gear for your next hiking adventure in 2014? Here is a list of gear I am using or which I am planning to purchase in 2014. When I purchase gear, I usually look into functionality/technology, design and weight.

Katabatic Gear Chisos

Backpack

I am going to keep my HMG Porter 4400. This pack is awesome for packrafting as well.

Tent

Hilleberg Anjan 2 for trips with 2 person but I am also interested in the Hilleberg Soulo for solo trips.

Hiking pants

Arc’teryx Palisade Pants. They are light and dry fast.

Hiking T-shirt

Currently, I am using an Adidas Climalite T-shirt. I might consider an option from Arc’teryx in the future. However, I am trying to avoid shirts which have some sort of chemical anti-odor substances on them.

Rain jacket

Arc’teryx Tecto FL jacket with Gore-Tex Active Shell.

Hiking boots

Inov-8 Roclite 295 worked quite well. I might also look into Salomon shoes in 2014 e.g. the S-LAB FELLCROSS 2. Boots don’t need to be waterproof.

Sleeping Mattress

Exped SynMat UL 7

Sleeping Bag

Cumulus Panyam 450. Cumulus is a Polish manufacturer and the quality of their products is superb.

Wind jacket

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody. I love it!

Trekking Poles

I will stick with my Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles. They pack small and are light.

Water Filter

I am happy with my Katadyn Mini filter. It’s light and the water taste natural.

Stove

Jetboil Sol Ti.

Headlamp

Petzl Nao works very well. Might be a bit too heavy for some hikers but I like the option to charge it with my Anker Astro 3E battery.

GPS

Suunto Ambit 2. It’s simply the best device for me and can be charged as well with an external battery on the trail. I might also be in the market for a Spot Gen3 in 2014. When we went hiking in Sarek this year we had no mobile phone signal in case of emergency need. The issue with the Spot Gen3 is however the yearly subscription fee of 99 USD.

Down Jacket for warmer months

I will keep my Montbell U.L Down Parka. There might be also other options like the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket which has more down fill power.

Down jacket for winter

For the winter, a hydro-down jacket or a jacket with a coreloft/down would be interesting e.g. Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody, Berghaus IIam or Ramche or Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket.

Fleece

If am doing activities, I will rather use a fleece than a down jacket. Currently, I am using a Haglöfs Micro Top fleece which is quite light. However, it would be easier to put the fleece on/off if it would have a full zip. My current option for 2014 might be an Arc’teryx Delta LT jacket.

Socks

I will keep my Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini. They dry reasonably fast on the trail and keep my feet warm if wet.

Underwear

Icebreaker Anatomica Brief

Water bottle

Any simple water bottle will do it in 2014

Accessoires

Petzl Attache 3D for attaching stuff on the backpack while packrafting or hiking. Ortlieb Document bag to keep maps dry. Field notes and space pen to document the trip. Light my fire Swedish Steel as emergency matches and my Victorinox Swisslite pocket knife which is small and light.

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