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My Hiking Gear
Mens Merrel Moab 2 Vent Boots
I’ve been using these boots for years and have no complaints. They’re light, vent well, can’t feel rocks much under my feet, and have saved my ankles more times than I can count.
Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack
Best backpack I’ve ever owned. Super comfortable and adjustable. It’s a bit overkill for short hikes but I need it to carry all my camera gear. Great for longer hikes.
Columbia Pouration Jacket
I’ve hiked many times in serious down pours with this jacket, and was very impressed with how dry it kept me. It has underarm vents, the hood can be tucked away, and all of it folds into its pocket.
Extremus Microspikes Unisex
If you hike in the snow, these are a MUST. They make a huge difference in icy conditions, to the point where it feels like you’re glued to the ice while others are slipping all over the place.
TrailBuddy Trekking Poles
I’ve owned a pair for years and have put them to the test in snow, mud, dirt, and concrete. They’re affordable, have lived up to the test, and been especially handy in icy conditions.
Osprey Daylite Backpack
Better suited for short hikes yet super durable. I’ve owned this backpack along with the larger Stratos 24 for years and neither have a single tear even after bush whacking and boulder scrambling.
Darn Tough Midweight Socks
These socks are AMAZING. They’re super comfortable, durable, ventilate well, and prevent bad odors. The midweight padding prevents blisters and painful rubbing. They offer a lifetime warranty.
Best headlamp I’ve owned. It’s super bright, but can be dimmed, and zoomable. It’s a bit on the larger side but it’s a small price to pay. No batteries needed as its rechargeable.
Nalgene Tritan Water Bottle
I love this water bottle so much I use it everyday, not just for hiking. It’s lightweight, BPA free, and holds 48 oz (1.4 L). I’ve dropped it a few times so it’s definitely not fragile.
Columbia Silver Ridge Pants
I’ve owned three pairs of these pants. They’re super lightweight, excellent at moisture wicking, and comfortable. I’ve only ripped one pair, but that was after years of putting them through hell.
Columbia Long Sleeve Hoodie
Meant for fishing, but ideal for hot sunny hikes. The 100% polyester is super breathable, and the hoodie protects the neck. Carry an extra t-shirt for after the hike as it can absorb odors after a few hours.
CA Hiking Adventures Dad Hat
Shameless plug. I designed this hat specifically for hiking. They’re moisture wicking, super lightweight, breathable, and collapsible to make it easy to tuck inside your backpack.
My Camera Gear
Huge upgrade from the Canon Rebel T7. It’s smaller, lighter, and takes way better shots. The dynamic range is amazing so I rarely have to bracket my shots. This camera is a crop sensor.
HiiGuy Camera Strap
A much better alternative to the typical strap that wraps around the back of the neck. It’s comfortable and prevents soreness. I plan on combining it with the backpack strap mount to eliminate swinging.
Benro Slim Tripod
Lighter and more compact than most tripods. It easily fits inside my backpack, but is still sturdy for increased sharpness, especially when shooting long exposure shots at waterfalls.
Sony 16-50mm Kit Lens
This lens takes okay shots, but I rarely use it. I only kept it for shots where I have to zoom in, as my wide angle lens is very limited in that regard. I highly recommend getting a CP filter for it.
Rode Wireless Go T&R
The sound quality is subpar, and I really like how low profile they are. You can clip them to the inside of your pant’s waistline and no one will notice. 3 decibel settings for volume adjustment.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Combo
One of my all-time favorite purchases. It can take bracketed pics, long exposure shots, 8k video, autopilot, and have it follow me. ND filters are required. You won’t regret buying one.
Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Lens
This lens was an upgrade from the Sony 10-18mm wide lens. It’s sharper, has less chromatic aberration, performs better in low light, and is my primary lens. Perfect for crop sensors.
Rode Lavalier Go Mic
A must-have for the outdoors, as it blocks the sound of running water, wind, or other distracting sounds. The wire can be hidden underneath your shirt and the mic clipped on the inside.
GoPro Hero 10 Kit
A huge upgrade from the Hero 6. The dynamic range is way better and the stabilization has improved to the point where a gimbal is no longer necessary. A must-have for underwater shots.