What You Need for Your Next Hut Trip

Eleven must-haves for living off-the-grid


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From snowshoes to headlamps to slippers, here's everything you need to get to, and enjoy, that backcountry hut.

Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System ($130)


Tiny but powerful, this stove weighs a mere 12 ounces, packs into its own container, and can boil two cups of water in just over two minutes. Pair it with the Pot Support ($9) and it will also fry up a pan of eggs and bacon.

PackTowl Personal Towel ($10)


Crafted from a blend of polyester and nylon, the compact Personal soaks up four times its weight in moisture, then wrings out nearly bone dry—perfect for wiping down everything from damp equipment to dishes. 

Bernzomatic 3-in-1 Outdoor Micro Torch ($35)


Sure, matches are great. But for those times when you need serious firepower, the Micro torch produces a concentrated flame that will have your woodstove roaring in minutes. The heated blade attachment lets you cut lengths of rope for rapid gear-repair jobs in the field. 

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Pack and AC Inverter ($400)

(Goal Zero)

With 98 watt-hours of juice, the Sherpa 100 can easily charge all your devices—phone, tablet, laptop, Bluetooth speaker, GPS, and DSLR. When the power runs out, refill the portable battery with Goal Zero’s über-packable Nomad 13 solar panel ($160). 

Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Trekking Poles ($140)

(Black Diamond)

Folded down, these 1.3-pound aluminum sticks disappear in your pack. Bonus: switch baskets and they’re your summer trekking poles. 

Bobble Presse Coffee Brewer ($30)


This compact metal French-press-and-cup combination delivers your morning boost faster and easier. 

Vasque Arrowhead UltraDry Boots ($170)


The 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation in Vasque’s svelte, waterproof winter hiker provides tons of warmth without much bulk. And the speed-lace system is easy to manipulate with cold hands. 

MSR Lightning Explore Snowshoes ($260)


The ratcheting straps on these four-pound platforms are exceptionally easy to cinch down, and the frame and crampons provide excellent traction for heading uphill through the deepest powder. 

Mountain Hardwear Ratio 15 Sleeping Bag ($260)

(Mountain Hardwear)

This 650-fill down sleeping bag compresses to the size of a camping pillow and weighs only 2.5 pounds, yet it provides enough warmth for chilly nights after the fire is out. 

Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp ($40)


Petzl packed 160 lumens into the three-ounce Tikka Plus. It features a white light setting for normal visibility and a softer red one for moving about without waking your bunkmates. 

Glerups AG-01 Slippers ($135)


These 100 percent wool booties will keep your feet comfy and warm while lounging around the cabin. They also have durable rubber soles for outdoor wear, so you can slip them on for midnight pee runs. 

From Outside Magazine, January/February 2016

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