Whether you are hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, or birding, having the proper equipment (and quality equipment) can make the difference between having an enjoyable experience or a bad one. Here we highlight gear and tools to help you make the most of your adventures in nature- we only show you the best of the best.
Pictured above: Early autumn campsite at John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs
Bare Bones Tool
Everything you need in a multi-purpose camping tool.
.This is the Bare Bones version of the Japanese Hori Hori knife. It features a 6" cutting blade and a saw blade. On one side is a rope/paracord cutter that also functions as a bottle opener. The back side is concave, making it great for digging, and is marked with one-inch increments for precision. Perfect for planting, we promise! The blade is hardened steel with a comfortable, solid bamboo handle and pommel. The butt end of the handle is solid, hardened steel, making it perfect for pounding tent stakes or nails. It comes in a heavy, wax coated duck sheath with a stainless steel belt clip on the back. The Bare Bones is available through bespoke.com among their camping box selections. All of the bespoke.com boxes are $50.00.
Opinel Folding Knife No.8
The Opinel folding pocket knife model #8 is the best daily carry I have ever owned. As a longtime USA Buck owner that's a statement! Opinels have been made by the same family in their small workshop in the French Alps since Joseph Opinel designed his first posket knife in 1890. At just 1.5 ounces, and with a 3.25-inch carbon-infused stainless-steel blade, oak handle, and twist lock sleeve, it's pocket portable. This knife was voted one of the top 100 best designed objects in the world in 1985 by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I have used mine in camp, when fishing and kayaking, for opening boxes and packages, cutting rope and cheese, whittling, cutting electricl whire, even trimmming branches on my Christmas 2021 live pine tree! It came razor sharp and doesn't need sharpening yet desite how I've put it to task. $48 fom their website and worth every penny!
Husky 1500 Lumen
This Husky flashlight provides 1500 lumens of LED light in three different modes. It is beefy, and well-made, at 11.5 inches in length, a 2.24 inch lens width, and a weight of just over a pound. With an operating range of 360 feet, we have found it is bright enough to light up an average back yard like daytime. It features zoom and has a USB rechargeable Li-ion battery with the charging cable included. It also comes with an adapter for using D cell batteries, for instances where you don't have the ability to recharge it via USB. Battery life on a charge is 1.5 hours total. Could it get any better? Well, yes. It is waterproof to one meter and can survive a drop of 30 feet. It sells for $39.51 online, but we got ours on sale at a big box home store for $19.99. This is a must-have for anyone who needs a larger flashlight for camping, fishing, night hikes, power outages, and more. Keep one in your vehicle and one at home.