Best Lightweight Gear for Backcountry Hunting

Best Lightweight Gear for Backcountry HuntingHow do you define what is the Best?

How do you begin the search for the “best” camping, hiking or hunting gear? This question and the results are a bit subjective and personal. As everyone has a different way of “researching”. Some may just use referrals, read their favorite magazines, blog or forums to get their information and let’s not forget the “gearheads” as they try everything themselves! And the results may not suit everyone as what my fit or exceed my needs and wants, may not fit or exceed yours.

I personally like to use a collaboration of these resources. Meaning, I may use all of the resources to me for a high-level research on items, and then narrow it down to 2-3 items, and then I personally try them out to make my final decision. And sometimes, to my wife’s dismay, may feel that all of them fit my needs for different circumstances! The flip-side is you may find that none of these will fit your needs and wants. I find this very common in footwear; I will wear my new footwear in the house for a week or two. Never removing the tags from the garment and never stepping outside. If my feet aren’t comfy, then it’s back to the drawing board!

Some find great pleasure in buying gear, trying it out or using it for a season and then sell it or trade up for some other gear! I know I do! Or there are some companies, which rent gear. This is a great way of testing gear out without putting all of your hard earned cash down at once! Winded Bowhunter will begin renting some tents, mats, stoves this summer. Just contact them here to get the details.

While this may be subjective, here is my “Best List”

Here are some of my favorite online resources for gear:
24 Hour Campfire
Backpacking Light
Monster Muleys
On Your Own Adventures
Wapiti Talk

Here is some of my “best” gear to that I use:

Archery Gear
APA Bows
Custom Bow Equipment TEK-Hybrid Pro
Gold Tip
G5 Montec
Tightspot Quiver

Bugling Bull calls
Elknut Production Videos on Elk Communication
Outdoorsmans Optical accessories
Vortex Optics

Hilleberg Soulo
Exped Downmat 7
Exped Airmat Basic UL 5 
Jetboil MicroMo
Katadyn Vario
Outdoor Edge SwingBlaze
Valandre Bloody Mary
Valandre Mirage

Garmin Fenix3
Garmin GPS
HUNT by onXmaps
Mystery Ranch Crew Cab backpack (Mystery Ranch has upgraded the Crew Cab with Mystery Ranch Cabinet)
Mystery Ranch Dragon Slayer backpack (No longer in production, Scapegoat is an upgrade in my opinion)

Heather’s Choice
Mountain House
Hammer Nutrition Bars
Hammer Nutrition Tissue Rejuvenator
Homemade Jerky and sticks
Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recovery
Wilderness Athlete Energy & Focus

Sitka Gear – best selection in fit for use! Available in solid colors as well as GORE Optifade.
First Lite – most comfortable wool you will ever wear next to your skin! This is great clothing, especially during the early seasons as it keeps you cool when it’s hot and warm when the temps drop. Plus, its offered in the ASAT camo pattern!

Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
Salewa Wildfire Pro GTX
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX (No longer in production, replaced with X Ultra 2 GTX)
Salomon QUEST 4D 2 GTX

Post what is your best gear!

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