Es­sen­tials for sleep­ing un­der the stars

Motorcyclist - - Shift - —Matthew Miles

camp­ing and mo­tor­cy­cling go hand in hand, but when you strike out for the great un­known, leave the lux­u­ries at home and fo­cus on the es­sen­tials. Here are sev­eral sug­ges­tions:

Hands full? Use your head. Pow­ered by three AAA bat­ter­ies, the Ledlenser SEO 5 ($50) con­verts with the twist of a dial from a broad swath of light for closeup use to a 180-lu­men “pen­cil” beam for back­coun­try stare­downs. A red-light mode aids night vi­sion. All in, in­clud­ing the ad­justable strap, 3.7 ounces. When mil­i­tary types praise fea­tures and dura­bil­ity, com­mon man can rest easy. Spec’d in black, of course, the Leather­man MUT EOD ($170) has 10 tools—from the usual needle-nose pli­ers and var­i­ous cut­ters to an oxy­gen-tank wrench and even a ham­mer, all with a 25-year guar­an­tee—with 39 known uses. Pocket one for your next mis­sion. For those who pre­fer a big­ger gulp, Hy­dro Flask makes a Wide Mouth ver­sion of its in­su­lated stain­less-steel drink bot­tles. Wa­ter stays ice cold for as long as 24 hours and half that with hot stuff. All sizes (32-ounce shown, $40) are com­pat­i­ble with Hy­dro Flip and Straw Lids, which makes get­ting your drink on eas­ier. Just be­cause you’re on the road doesn’t mean you have to put aside your fa­vorite rit­u­als, like eat­ing. MSR Wind­burner 1.0L Stove ($140) has an en­closed, wind­proof burner that boils wa­ter fast so you can en­joy a hot meal quickly and ef­fi­ciently. Wind­burner Cof­fee Press Kit ($20) turns said stove into a per­sonal brew­ing ma­chine. Therm-a-rest Neoair Xlite MAX SV ($190) boasts a unique Speed­valve that per­mits ul­tra­quick in­fla­tion (and de­fla­tion) with a frac­tion of the usual mus­cle. Plus, its “Tri­an­gu­lar Core Ma­trix” con­struc­tion and re­flec­tive “Ther­ma­cap­ture Bar­rier” ups com­fort, sta­bil­ity, and warmth for a bet­ter night’s sleep. A stuff sack and re­pair kit are in­cluded.

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