Whether or not you want to admit it, fall is right around the corner. That means there’s just a few months left to enjoy the great outdoors before winter shuts the door on our hiking, cycling, and camping plans. Luckily, fall is the perfect time to get out in nature and enjoy the not-too-hot, not-too-cold temperatures, changing leaves, and diminishing crowds. Getting the most out of fall, however, means equipping yourself with the right gear.
Matador Network’s editors venture into nature every chance they get, and are sharing their top picks for fall outdoor gear. From kayaks to hydration vests and camping lanterns, this is what our editors are buying for their outdoor adventures this fall.
Hydro Flask 20 oz Water Bottle
The summer heat might be gone, but hydration is still as important as ever. This water bottle holds 20 oz. of water, has slip-free powder coating, and is made with sustainable metal. The Hydro Flask is perfect for keeping your water cold and your warm drinks warm, even in extreme temperatures.
TAHE Sit-On-Top Double Kayak
Just because kayaking is a favorite summer pastime, that doesn’t mean it can’t spill over into fall too. This double kayak has a triple-hull design that provides maximum hydrodynamics and stability and features nonslip seats and integrated foot braces. It’s also treated with anti-UV protection and has a spacious storage area and bungee straps for extra gear.
Patagonia Black Hole 32L Travel Pack
Pretty much everyone could benefit from a new hiking backpack every once in a while. This is especially true for those of you who spent the summer wearing your hiking gear down to the bone. This Patagonia backpack has a spacious main compartment, internal padded sleeve, internal mesh pocket, front and top stash pockets for small electronics, and daisy-chain lash points to secure extra gear. Its comfort and durability make it a must-have for your fall outdoor gear wish list — especially for seasoned hikers.
Patagonia Nano Puff Vest
Made with 55 percent recycled material, including a 100 percent recycled polyester riptop shell, this vest’s insulation will keep you warm even on the most brisk fall evenings. The vest is also water repellent, retaining 98 percent of its insulation even when wet.
Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern
Whether you’re going for a night hike or just trying to keep a light on at your campsite, LED lanterns are essential — especially as the days get shorter. These waterproof lanterns are essential fall outdoor gear and have battery life lasting over 90 hours, and are compact enough to easily fit in your backpack or emergency kit.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Anyone who hikes regularly knows that water is even more important than being in shape. You might have packed a few water bottles, but on longer hikes and in emergency situations, water might become scarcer than you’d like. Enter the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. This water filtration device filters out 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria and parasites, giving you clean drinking water wherever you might be.
Salomon Active Skin 8 Set Hydration Vest
You can’t put a price on being able to hydrate on the go. The Salomon Active Skin 8 Hydration Vest allows you to do just that, including two 17 fl. oz. soft flasks you can drink simply with the touch of a finger. There are also two front stretch pockets, and two front flask pockets with secure loops.
Helly-Hansen Mens Team Crew Midlayer Jacket
Fall weather is unpredictable. That’s why our editors love this fleece-lined jacket that’s both waterproof and windproof. Made with breathable Helly Tech fabric, the jacket is quick-drying and insulated with 100g fleece lining, with hand warmer pockets.
Price: $160.00 — $260.42
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