GSI COOKSET SM

A welcome relief for backcountry grubbing—GSI’s Cookset SM set kept up its end of the no-stick bargain. The aluminum pots pack together for easy lightweight (1 lb. 11.5 oz.) mobility, while the three layers of non-stick coating terminated the often annoying camping clean-up process. $64.95.

SEA TO SUMMIT POCKET SOAP

Just add water and each strip of pure soap turns into a handful of frothy shampoo, body wash, or dish soap. $4.99.

PRIMUS ETAEXPRESS STOVE

Fuel efficiency now extends to your camping stove—as the EtaExpress has an amazingly fast boiling time with less fuel use than your average camping stove. A specifically positioned coil focuses heat where it needs to be to increase efficiency by almost double that of other stoves. $90.

MOUNTAINSMITH LUMBAR DAY RECYCLED

Mountainsmith’s classic lumbar day packs are perfect for short hikes when you don’t need to carry a full load. The waistbelt system proved to be comfortable on a fast afternoon jaunt, while one of the best attributes was the quick access to two mid-size water bottles without hassle. Best of all: these stalwart hip-packs are now made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. $80.

SEA TO SUMMIT IPOOD!

This pocket trowel could finally get all backpackers to clean up after themselves. The 3.5-ounce mini-shovel collapses into itself, taking up no space in your pack, and is so easy to use, there’s no reason not to dig a cat hole. $16.95.