A daypack has limited space – don’t waste a square inch with these essentials. Protect and charge your device – should you need to make an emergency phone call, use your GPS or snap an epic shot of what lies beyond the bend. Of course, all that’s for naught if you don’t stay hydrated…
E Case eSeries 9 Case: Weather Or Not
E Case impressed Active Junky with waterproof pouches for common devices. Beyond being rated for 30 minutes at 1 meter, testers clipped and strapped the Case’s die-cut lash points while in motion to Chile. The PVC-free construction was as much about defense against blowing volcanic sand as getting drenched or dunked. Buy several for smartphones, earbuds, back-up batteries and ever-important travel documents.
Best For: Actions sports, domestic and international travel.
Hydro Flask 40oz Wide Mouth Insulated: Holding Nothing Back
Active Junky testers loved this big bottle’s pebble-textured exterior. Wrought from 18/8 stainless and featuring expedition-grade color choices, Wide Mouth was easy to open and sure to seal, gloves or no gloves. In between, watch the hours tick by without concerns about what you’ll find inside.
Best For: Backcountry pursuits, overnight trips and international travel where clean water is in short supply.
Outdoor Tech Kodiak 6000: Stand Tall, Pack Small
With the Kodiak, testers kept topping off their smartphones along with bringing them back from the powerless abyss. Intense 2.1 amp output enabled full charging of a tablet, POV camera or wireless headphones as well. Burly and submergible, this compact powerhouse is sheathed in impact silicone; total weight is a pocketable 9.4oz. Dive in after a salmon with the sure-grip waterproof package designed to stay strong and go long.
Best For: Off-the-grid travel, back-up power in transit by plane or barge