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Leuke gadgets voor je outdoor avonturen

Een vakantie in de outdoors is zowat het leukste wat er is. Back to Basic. Of toch niet? Met zo veel verschillende leuke gadgets heb je tegenwoordig bijna evenveel luxe als thuis. In deze lijst willen we dan ook een samenvatting maken van de leukste – en handigste – gadgets die er beschikbaar zijn.

LifeStraw Go 2-stage filtration

Het belangrijkste wat je nodig hebt in de outdoors is drinkbaar water. Maar wat als je er geen kan vinden? De LifeStraw Go 2-Stage filtration zorgt met zijn filtersysteem dat alle waterbronnen drinkbaar worden. Hiermee kan je eenvoudig uit iedere rivier, sloot of zelfs plas water drinken. De LifeStraw heeft een levensduur van 1000 liter. Als je dan nog dorst hebt, dan kan je gewoon een nieuwe filter kopen.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor lifestraw go 2 set

Eagle Creek Compression Cubes

Als je je rugzak inpakt, dan stop je best nog eens je kleren en spullen in een plastic zak om het waterdicht te maken. Of… je schaft je enkele milieuvriendelijke en waterafstotende compressie cubes aan van het merk Eagle Creek die ervoor zorgen dat alles erg compact wordt verpakt. Erg handig om een overzicht te houden in je rugzak. Wij gebruiken niets anders meer!

De Eagle Creek Compression Cubes heb je in drie verschillende formaten: Cube (10L), Half Cube (5L) en Quarter Cube (1L)

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter™ Compression Cube - Handtasorganizers- Brilliant blue

Vuurstarter

s’Avonds gezellig bij het kampvuur zitten en spannende verhalen vertellen over wat je allemaal hebt meegemaakt die dag. Misschien wel het allerleukste van een vakantie in de outdoors. Maar je moet wel eerst een vuur kunnen maken natuurlijk. Met deze vuurstarter / magnesium stick kan je altijd een kampvuur maken en zal een lege aansteker of natte lucifers geen roet in het eten gooien.

Vuurstarter / Vonkenmaker Survival - Firestarter Magnesium Stick / Staaf  - 2 stuks

Paracord armband met 19 functies

Deze paracord armband heeft alles in one voor al je outdoorervaringen. Het heeft onder andere een mes, een schroevendraaier, een zaag, een blikopener, fluitje, kompas, paracord, enz.. Met deze armband rond je arm vergeet je niets meer.

Paracord armband met 19 functies!

Kompas

Als er iets is wat je niet kan missen tijdens je outdooravontuur, is het wel een kompas. Met een stevig omhulsel mag het duidelijk zijn dat dit een uiterst kwaliteitsvol en betrouwbaar kompas is voor al je navigatie. Zelf heb ik hem al een tijdje standaard in mijn rugzak zitten.

K&R Tramp - Touringkompas

Oplaadbare zaklamp

Wanneer je bezig bent met een trektocht en je ’s nachts in een tent of hut slaapt, dan kan je wel al eens licht nodig hebben ’s nachts. Met deze oplaadbare zaklamp heb je niet alleen een lichtgewicht zaklamp (73g), maar deze is ook nog eens oplaadbaar via usb. Hierdoor kan je hem dus altijd bijladen tijdens het reizen met behulp van een solar charger. Lichtsterkste is 450 lumen, wat neerkomt op zo’n 100 à 200m.

Oplaadbare USB LED Zaklamp - Herlaadbare Flashlight - Oplaadbaar

Zwitser zakmes

Geen gadget is zo handig als een echt Zwitsers zakmes. Dit houten Zwitserse zakmes heeft maar liefst 29 functies en past uitstekend bij al je outdooravonturen. Niet alleen beschik je over een groot mes, maar je hebt ook een schroevendraaier, combitang, loep, blikopener, flesopener, enz. En dat allemaal gemaakt met Zwitserse precisie en vakkundigheid.

Victorinox SwissChamp Wood Zakmes - 29 functies - hout

 

 

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Travel light with a backpack: what to take with you?

IT’S A COMMON PROBLEM NOVICE HIKERS OR BACKPACKERS FACE. A TOO HEAVY BACKPACK IS TURNING YOUR WALKING HOLIDAY IN A REAL DEATH MARCH. WHILE PACKING YOUR BACKPACK, EVERY GRAM COUNTS. IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO TAKE TOO MUCH WITH YOU AND BUY SOME LIGHT, HIGH QUALITY GEAR.

Tent (2.24kg)

When we go hiking in the mountains or in remote landscapes our first thing to pack is our the-north-face-assault-2-summit-seriestwo person North Face Summit Assault tent. This four season tent is one of the lightest on the market weighing only 2.24kg. It is often used in high altitude mountaineering.

Sleeping bag (1.092kg)

aciorThe Millet Dreamer is a perfect sleeping bag for hiking and trekking in alpine conditions. This mummy-shaped sleeping bag still is my first one since I bought it. I used it on mountains like Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Aconcagua as well as during trekkings in the Alps. With a comfort temperature of 6 degrees Celsius you’re fine for any hike! Weight: 1,092kg

Sleeping pad (510g)

The self-inflating Therm-a-Rest Prolite sleeping pad is your mattress for any outdoor adventure. I started by buying a thin one but changed this recently to a  3cm thick one.  With a weight of only 510g (regular size), they are designed to be used by the ultralight backpacker.

MSR MicroRocket Stove (122g + 306g)

When you hike, you need a lot of food to provide your energy. TheMSR MicroRocket Stove onecolis ultralight (122g) to bring along and is everything you need to make yourself a warm meal in the evening. In little less than four minutes you can boil a liter of water. You can buy aMSR Alpinist 2 Pot (306g) made of aluminium to cook soups, pastas and much more.

Bowls, cups and cutlery (80g + 45g + 42g)

To eat your food you need offcourse, bowls, cups axset3and cutlery. From the first moment I purchased them I’m a big fan of the Sea to Summit X-Bowl Collapsible Bowl (80g) and Sea to Summit X-Cup Collapsible Cup (45g). They are easy to eat from, ultralight and easy to be stocked in your cooking pot together with your stove. They also have ultralight cutlery (42g).

Other necessary fun-to-have gadgets

Survival set including fire starter, waterproof bag, micro whistle, razor saw, compass, led light. (total weight: 85g)

Five tips to make your backpack lighter

Making a long-distance hike carrying nothing but you backpack with you can be a unique experience. But not if your backpack is so heavy thay you need to drag yourself to your destination. Whether you’re staying in mountain cabins or pitching a tent every night, you will need to bring a lot of gear with you. Take in account your food and water and you’ll be carrying above 15kg, easily. Reasons enough to have critical look at the content of your backpack.

Here are five tips to make your backpack lighter:

Tip 1: Make a gear list

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Hiking in the mountains can be an unique experience

The only way to have a look on how to save weight in your backpack  is to make a list of all the gear you need. Write the weight of every item next to it to get an idea what is making your backpack heavy. It is better to weigh everything yourself and not just read the description of the product. To get an idea on what a gear list should look like, you can have a look at our gear list.

Tip 2: Only take what you really need

Taking to much with you is a mistake every novice hiker makes. When packing your backpack, always ask yourself: ‘Do I really need that?’ Only pack the necessary items and avoid luxury items such as chargers or beauty products.

Bringing too many clothes has no use. Try to estimate what you will need. Picking many lighter layers is better than bringing different outfits. With lighter clothes you can add layers depending on the weather conditions.

When planning your hike, check the possibilities regarding resupplying. Carrying seven days of food when you have the option to visit a store everyday is waste of energy. Only take what you need and add one day extra of supplies. Water can be found (and purified by boiling) in every river or lake.

Tip 3: Choose light gear

Some gear is essential. Tent, sleeping bag and even a cooking stove. However this does not mean you haven’t got any options left. There is a huge amount of gear available online. When you have alternatives, choose the lightest option. But when adapting your list, keep these things in mind:

  • Pack what you need and then look a the weight.
  • Weight is important but so is quality!
  • Lighter gear doesn’t mean inadequate quality.

You can find our recommendations about light gear in our blogpost Traveling light with a backpack: what to take with you?.

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Preparing dinner with a light cooking stove

Tip 4: Test your backpack at home first

When you’ve hiked your first kilometers of your walk and feel your backpack is too heavy, you’re already too late. Your first hike with your backpack should be at home, where you still have time to adjust. While making this ‘test hike’, don’t forget to use all of your gear. It is better to test new gear in advance.

Tip 5: Gear is one thing, stamina another

You can decide how obsessed you want to be when it comes to a light backpack but weight is only one thing. When venturing a long-distance hike be sure to prepare yourself well. Plan your hike or expedion well, work on your skills and don’t forget your body. Make some training hikes carrying your backpack to prepare yourself physically well for the challenge. A decent stamina is more important than a light backpack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel light with a backpack: what to take with you?

It’s a common problem novice hikers or backpackers face. A too heavy backpack is turning your walking holiday in a real death march. While packing your backpack, every gram counts. It is important not to take too much with you and buy some light, high quality gear.

Tent (2.24kg)

When we go hiking in the mountains or in remote landscapes our first thing to pack is our two person North Face Summit Assault tent. This four season tent is one of the lightest on the market weighing only 2.24kg. It is often used in high altitude mountaineering so is a great choice if you’re planning to go on many expeditions.

However, it turns out it’s not always rainproof. If you happen to plan a hike in a rainy destination (Scotland anyone?) a better choice would be to purchase the Vaude Arco 2P.

The Vaude Arco 2P is available for 230€

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Sleeping bag (1.092kg)

The Millet Dreamer is a perfect sleeping bag for hiking and trekking in alpine conditions. This mummy-shaped sleeping bag still is my first one since I bought it. I used it on mountains like Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Aconcagua as well as during trekkings in the Alps. With a comfort temperature of 6 degrees Celsius you’re fine for any hike! Weight: 1,092kg

The Millet Dreamer is available for 169.90€

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Sleeping pad (480g)

The self-inflating Therm-a-Rest Neo Air Trekker sleeping pad is your mattress for any outdoor adventure. I started by buying a thin one but changed this recently to a  6cm thick one.  With a weight of only 480g (regular size), they are designed to be used by the ultralight backpacker.

The Therm-a-Rest Neo Air Trekker sleeping pad is available for 129.95€

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MSR SuperFly with Autostart (322g + 306g)

When you hike, you need a lot of food to provide your energy. The MSR Superfly is ultralight (322g) to bring along and is everything you need to make yourself a warm meal in the evening. In little less than four minutes you can boil a liter of water. You can buy a MSR Alpinist 2 Pot (306g) made of aluminium to cook soups, pastas and much more.

The MSR SuperFly with Autostart is available for 79,95€
The MSR Alpinist 2 Pot is available for 51.55€

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Bowls, cups and cutlery (80g + 45g + 9g)

To eat your food you need offcourse, bowls, cups and cutlery. From the first moment I purchased them I’m a big fan of the Sea to Summit X-Bowl Collapsible Bowl (80g) and Sea to Summit X-Cup Collapsible Cup (45g). They are easy to eat from, ultralight and easy to be stocked in your cooking pot together with your stove. There also exist ultralight cutlery (9g).

The Sea to Summit X-Bowl and Cup is available for 29.95€
Light My Fire Spork is available for 6.55€

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Hygiene (102g)

Since hygiene is important during a trekking, it would be great to have some ultralight towel. And fortunately it exists! The Sea-to-Summit series is a must have addition to your gear. Ultralight and fastdrying. Sea-to-Summit also has biodegradable soap and hand sanetizer. A fun extra is the Sea-to-Summit Laundry bag.

The Sea-to-Summit pocket towel is available for 17.59€
Get Hand santizer for 8.70€

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Other necessary fun-to-have gadgets

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