It’s not easy to find exactly the right outdoor gear for everyone. Here we give a few tips to get you started on your outdoor gear collection!
Winter is coming, as we all know. Days are getting shorter and colder, still the outdoor enthusiast soldiers on. After the nature-shot that is summer, we simply cannot get enough. We want to trek through forests and glide along calm rivers. We never stop longing to reach the top of that mountain, even as the weather grows harsh. But harsher times demand more attention to gear. And not all people want the same outdoor gear.
Depending on who you are, you might want to adjust what’s in the backpack to fit your personal style. Here is a short guide with outdoor gear just for you!
The Gearhead concerns himself with one thing, and one thing only when it comes to outdoor gear – utility. He’s the guy who spends hours at the most well-assorted outdoor store, filling his cart with the portable 1-cup mini espresso maker and the next-generation Spork. His camp chair folds up on his backpack and his motion sensitive headlamp can switch between LED and UV-light. He’ll be the one you find yourself going to when you want to borrow a Teflon-coated trekking umbrella.
Haglöfs Combi, the perfect Gearhead bag, with that foldable chair he loves so much. What’s better than a backpack you can sit on, that also looks quite cool?
Pockets, pockets and pockets. If you’re ever in doubt about whether you should bring a piece of equipment or not, don’t be. Here we recommend the Fjällräven Smock No. 1. Loads of pockets and space.
The Gearhead thrives in large spaces with enough room for his Muurikka and then some. The Tentipi line offers him exactly what he wants, with tipi-shaped tents that allow for a campfire inside of the tent. Good for cooking, good for fixing after sunset.
Neon Orange Classic. The classic orange paracord bracelet is the textbook example of a functional accessory with its 2.4 meters of paracord. Perfect addition to your outdoor gear.
Don’t be fooled. The Woodland Hippie is not a classical 60’s style flower power hippie, but a modern descendant of the type. He’s annoyingly stylish, but with a timeless, outdoors-focus. He’s the one you can never spot a water bottle on, yet looks constantly refreshed. He’s the guy who will make you wonder how the hell he climbed that mountain in jeans and Dr Martens.
Fjällräven Kånken, the one piece of essential equipment for anyone who wants to make a fashion statement and have outdoor gear in style.
Denim, denim and denim. Preferably strong, sturdy, handcrafted jeans. Don’t forget the supple leather belt to go with your stiff Levi’s pants and shirt. For boots, go with leather. And again, go with form over function.
What’s more important than the actual tent is where it is set up. A good view is essential to the Woodland Hippie tent experience. Here we recommend the Home Alone Bivy by Marmot. Lightweight, compact, easy to set up.
Multi Camo Slim. The slim paracord bracelet is perfect as an accessory without needing to be practical. A statement that when it comes to style, quality is still a must.
Might be considered the minimalist of the group. He’s usually had, or dream of having, a military training. The one who’s found sharpening his obscenely large knife on a whetstone around the fireplace at night. The one whose beard aspires to rival the fur of a bear. Yeah, him. He outfits himself only with outdoor gear of highest quality. What good is a Spork against a pack of wolves, or even worse, during a zombie apocalypse? Sure, this guy might work as upper management during the week, but he knows that one day he will have to prove himself. And he will not be found wanting.
Fjällräven Friluft Forest, designed with hunting in mind, fits the Survivalist best. Comfortable and with straps for allocating weight, pockets for ammunition, he wouldn’t be found in the wild without it.
Tough and light materials. The Survivalist sees the importance of being able to cover long distances easily, and is capable enough to fashion shelter when warmth is needed. The Meindl Performance is a favourite among the military, and has proved itself many times over.
Here as well the approach is minimalistic. The Hilleberg Tarp is a lightweight shelter, perfect as it doesn’t take up much space in the backpack or weigh more than essential outdoor gear should.
Skydivers. For this guy, there is only the Skydivers paracord bracelet.