ADVENTURE OVERNIGHTER MUST-HAVES
Essentials for sleeping under the stars
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.