Recommended Adventure Gear

We have covered many miles and race courses using a variety of gear over the years. Along with great feedback from our MPF team, clients and friends, we have narrowed it down to the essentials and what simply works. 

Petzel REACTIK+ Headlamp 300 Lumens  - This is one of there newer versions and offers re-chargability using a USB cable which is great if your constantly using it. It is also comparable with lithium batteries and rechargeable Ni-MH using a separate battery case. You can also buy additional rechargeable battery packs for around $30,  click here .

Petzel REACTIK+ Headlamp 300 Lumens - This is one of there newer versions and offers re-chargability using a USB cable which is great if your constantly using it. It is also comparable with lithium batteries and rechargeable Ni-MH using a separate battery case. You can also buy additional rechargeable battery packs for around $30, click here.

Petzl REACTIK Rechargable Battery  - The spare Lithium-Ion 1800 mAh rechargeable battery guarantees high performance for the TIKKA R+ and TIKKA RXP headlamps, even at low temperatures. It recharges directly with the integrated USB port.

Petzl REACTIK Rechargable Battery - The spare Lithium-Ion 1800 mAh rechargeable battery guarantees high performance for the TIKKA R+ and TIKKA RXP headlamps, even at low temperatures. It recharges directly with the integrated USB port.

Ultimate Direction Adventure Vest 4.0  - Featuring over 10 storage pockets to hold all your gear - 4 front pockets for bottles or phone including the beloved “burrito” pocket, 1 front zippered storage pocket for fuel or essentials, 2 zippered hip pockets, 2 zippered back pockets and personal locator beacon pocket for secure FKT attempts. Back compression cords keep loads from shifting and hold layers in place when on the fly.

Ultimate Direction Adventure Vest 4.0 - Featuring over 10 storage pockets to hold all your gear - 4 front pockets for bottles or phone including the beloved “burrito” pocket, 1 front zippered storage pocket for fuel or essentials, 2 zippered hip pockets, 2 zippered back pockets and personal locator beacon pocket for secure FKT attempts. Back compression cords keep loads from shifting and hold layers in place when on the fly.

Nathan HPL 020 Vest  - This is a great pack that got better. They updated the adjustment straps which was needed and they are much easier to use. This pack can be used for quick outings or long adventures that have aid a long the way. You can't carry everything but you can carry enough for most runs.

Nathan HPL 020 Vest - This is a great pack that got better. They updated the adjustment straps which was needed and they are much easier to use. This pack can be used for quick outings or long adventures that have aid a long the way. You can't carry everything but you can carry enough for most runs.

Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles  - These are extremely lightweight and very durable. They fold up nicely with a little know how and are easy to bring along on any adventure. They are worth the price!

Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles - These are extremely lightweight and very durable. They fold up nicely with a little know how and are easy to bring along on any adventure. They are worth the price!

Frontiersman Bear Spray - Maximum Strength - 7.9 oz (30-Foot Range) or 9.2 oz (Industry Maximum 35-Foot Range)  - Nothing ruins a good hike as fast as a large, menacing bear. Now you can protect yourself on hikes wherever you go with this Frontiersman bear attack deterrent, which is proven effective against grizzlies, brown and black bears, and a variety of other large mammals. Available in 7.9- and 9.2-ounce sizes, Frontiersman deterrent boasts a range of 35 feet--up to 3 feet further than other bear sprays. This is a huge advantage when hiking, as charging bears can cover more than 30 feet per second. To use, simply spray the dual-propellant system in the direction of the bear. Each one-second blast of Frontiersman contains up to 84 percent more spray than other brands, putting a large barrier between you and the charging bear. Within five seconds, the can will be empty and you'll be protected by a heavy fog of oleoresin capsicum--a natural, resin-like substance derived from hot peppers.

Frontiersman Bear Spray - Maximum Strength - 7.9 oz (30-Foot Range) or 9.2 oz (Industry Maximum 35-Foot Range) - Nothing ruins a good hike as fast as a large, menacing bear. Now you can protect yourself on hikes wherever you go with this Frontiersman bear attack deterrent, which is proven effective against grizzlies, brown and black bears, and a variety of other large mammals. Available in 7.9- and 9.2-ounce sizes, Frontiersman deterrent boasts a range of 35 feet--up to 3 feet further than other bear sprays. This is a huge advantage when hiking, as charging bears can cover more than 30 feet per second. To use, simply spray the dual-propellant system in the direction of the bear. Each one-second blast of Frontiersman contains up to 84 percent more spray than other brands, putting a large barrier between you and the charging bear. Within five seconds, the can will be empty and you'll be protected by a heavy fog of oleoresin capsicum--a natural, resin-like substance derived from hot peppers.

Avenza PDF Maps for iPhone & Android Devices  - The Avenza PDF App is a leap forward in navigation and can reliably guide you out on the trails. However, this app should never be used as the only way to navigate and should always be accompanied by a hard copy version of the map because it will burn through your battery life pretty quickly. We use it primarily as a backup and to pinpoint our exact location, which it does a great job at. Make sure your phone is fully charged, updated to the latest version and you have an additional power supply.

Avenza PDF Maps for iPhone & Android Devices - The Avenza PDF App is a leap forward in navigation and can reliably guide you out on the trails. However, this app should never be used as the only way to navigate and should always be accompanied by a hard copy version of the map because it will burn through your battery life pretty quickly. We use it primarily as a backup and to pinpoint our exact location, which it does a great job at. Make sure your phone is fully charged, updated to the latest version and you have an additional power supply.

New York / New Jersey Trail Conference Maps  - Official Trail Conference Maps are your best guides to exploring the great outdoors in the New York-New Jersey region, including Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks, the Catskills, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Mohonk Preserve, the Kittatinny Ridge and Delaware Water Gap, the Palisades, North Jersey Highlands, Storm King State Park, Black Rock Forest, Schunemunk Mountain, Sterling Forest State Park, East Hudson Highlands, Breakneck Ridge, Fahnestock State Park and the South Taconics.

New York / New Jersey Trail Conference Maps - Official Trail Conference Maps are your best guides to exploring the great outdoors in the New York-New Jersey region, including Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks, the Catskills, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Mohonk Preserve, the Kittatinny Ridge and Delaware Water Gap, the Palisades, North Jersey Highlands, Storm King State Park, Black Rock Forest, Schunemunk Mountain, Sterling Forest State Park, East Hudson Highlands, Breakneck Ridge, Fahnestock State Park and the South Taconics.

Petzl NAO+ Headlamp  - With 750 lumens of power, the Petzl NAO + Headlamp sets the standard for challenging night activities. It is intelligent, programmable, and entirely devoted to performance. With the MyPetzl Light mobile app, athletes can consult their smartphone or tablet in real time to check remaining burn time, and adjust headlamp performance accordingly. Users simply download the profiles provided or create their own personalized ones. REACTIVE LIGHTING technology: the light sensor automatically adjusts brightness and beam pattern, optimizing battery use depending on the chosen burn time (6.5 h or 15 h), brightness automatically self-regulates in one of two modes, optimizing battery use.  $200 on Amazon .

Petzl NAO+ Headlamp - With 750 lumens of power, the Petzl NAO + Headlamp sets the standard for challenging night activities. It is intelligent, programmable, and entirely devoted to performance. With the MyPetzl Light mobile app, athletes can consult their smartphone or tablet in real time to check remaining burn time, and adjust headlamp performance accordingly. Users simply download the profiles provided or create their own personalized ones. REACTIVE LIGHTING technology: the light sensor automatically adjusts brightness and beam pattern, optimizing battery use depending on the chosen burn time (6.5 h or 15 h), brightness automatically self-regulates in one of two modes, optimizing battery use. $200 on Amazon.

Anker PowerCore 15,000 Portable Charger  - The successor to PowerCore 10400. The same super-compact size, but with even more power squeezed into its robust casing, and a re-imagined design.

Anker PowerCore 15,000 Portable Charger - The successor to PowerCore 10400. The same super-compact size, but with even more power squeezed into its robust casing, and a re-imagined design.

LifeStraw  - Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters. Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns. Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It is perfect for the Ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. Unlike many similar filters on the market today, LifeStraw has met EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing. LifeStraw has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. Does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals, taste. Please NOTE: It takes roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter.

LifeStraw - Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters. Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns. Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It is perfect for the Ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. Unlike many similar filters on the market today, LifeStraw has met EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing. LifeStraw has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. Does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals, taste. Please NOTE: It takes roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter.

Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket (Men's & Women's)  - Not sure whether to bring a wind or rain coat? Don't worry - just bring the Ultra Jacket. It's waterproof and as light as most windbreakers!

Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket (Men's & Women's) - Not sure whether to bring a wind or rain coat? Don't worry - just bring the Ultra Jacket. It's waterproof and as light as most windbreakers!

Sawyer Mini Filtration System  - The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is a second generation filter that is the lightest and most versatile personal filtration system from Sawyer. With a total field weight of 2 ounces it fits in the palm of your hand. This tiny filter does the same job that the Sawyer PointOne filter does but now in a more compact, personal size. The Sawyer Mini filter is perfect for everything from camping with the kids to traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted. The filter removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria (like salmonella) as well as other harmful bacteria which causes cholera and E. coli and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. These removal rates equal or exceed other filter options. EPA guidelines allow ten times more protozoa left in the water than Sawyer PointOne filters allow. Attach the Mini to the included drinking pouch, use the included straw to drink directly from your water source, connect it to hydration pack tubing (sold separately), or screw it onto standard disposable bottles (28 mm thread). The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is rated up to 100,000 gallons. It comes with 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger.

Sawyer Mini Filtration System - The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is a second generation filter that is the lightest and most versatile personal filtration system from Sawyer. With a total field weight of 2 ounces it fits in the palm of your hand. This tiny filter does the same job that the Sawyer PointOne filter does but now in a more compact, personal size. The Sawyer Mini filter is perfect for everything from camping with the kids to traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted. The filter removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria (like salmonella) as well as other harmful bacteria which causes cholera and E. coli and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. These removal rates equal or exceed other filter options. EPA guidelines allow ten times more protozoa left in the water than Sawyer PointOne filters allow. Attach the Mini to the included drinking pouch, use the included straw to drink directly from your water source, connect it to hydration pack tubing (sold separately), or screw it onto standard disposable bottles (28 mm thread). The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is rated up to 100,000 gallons. It comes with 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger.

NiteRider Lumina 1200 Light  - A USB Rechargeable Cycling light with a run times of 1.5 hours on High (1200 lumens), 3 hours on Medium (350 lumens), 6 hours on Low (275 lumens) and 18 hours on Walk (75 lumens).  $95 on Amazon

NiteRider Lumina 1200 Light - A USB Rechargeable Cycling light with a run times of 1.5 hours on High (1200 lumens), 3 hours on Medium (350 lumens), 6 hours on Low (275 lumens) and 18 hours on Walk (75 lumens). $95 on Amazon

NiteRider Solas 100 Tail Light  - Daylight visible flash (DVF) 100 lumen super bright tail light. Group ride mode-be seen without distracting fellow cyclists Easy on and off seat post strap mount with quick release tab. Convenient USB rechargeable Super bright day time flash mode FL1 Standard IP64, dust and water resistant.  $40 on Amazon

NiteRider Solas 100 Tail Light - Daylight visible flash (DVF) 100 lumen super bright tail light. Group ride mode-be seen without distracting fellow cyclists Easy on and off seat post strap mount with quick release tab. Convenient USB rechargeable Super bright day time flash mode FL1 Standard IP64, dust and water resistant. $40 on Amazon

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 25  - Designed for everything from peak bagging to endurance running, the Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 Backpack gives you what you need to get it done without weighing you down with extra doodads. Holds 15-23 liters.  Check out our Gear Review . For more storage, check out the Fastpack 35 (20-30 liters),  click here .

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 25 - Designed for everything from peak bagging to endurance running, the Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 Backpack gives you what you need to get it done without weighing you down with extra doodads. Holds 15-23 liters. Check out our Gear Review. For more storage, check out the Fastpack 35 (20-30 liters), click here.

Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife, Serrated Edge  - Serious, yet compact blade that is foldable, features: 1/2 serrated high carbon stainless steel drop point lock back blade, dual-sided thumb stud, ergonomic textured rubber grip, includes nylon sheath and 'Priorities of Survival' Bear Grylls survival guide, Overall Length: 8.5", Closed Length: 4.9", Blade Length: 3.6", Weight: 4.3-oz".

Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife, Serrated Edge - Serious, yet compact blade that is foldable, features: 1/2 serrated high carbon stainless steel drop point lock back blade, dual-sided thumb stud, ergonomic textured rubber grip, includes nylon sheath and 'Priorities of Survival' Bear Grylls survival guide, Overall Length: 8.5", Closed Length: 4.9", Blade Length: 3.6", Weight: 4.3-oz".

Kahtoola Microspikes  - These are essential for winter travel, especially when conditions are icy. We rely on this for most of our winter trail runs and hikes. This traction system allows anyone, of any age, to get out and safely enjoy winter. These slip-on spikes dig into all types of terrain — ice, packed snow, wet rocks, concrete, and scree. Extremely durable, they attach securely to your footwear and require no special buckles or straps.

Kahtoola Microspikes - These are essential for winter travel, especially when conditions are icy. We rely on this for most of our winter trail runs and hikes. This traction system allows anyone, of any age, to get out and safely enjoy winter. These slip-on spikes dig into all types of terrain — ice, packed snow, wet rocks, concrete, and scree. Extremely durable, they attach securely to your footwear and require no special buckles or straps.

UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers  - Stormproof Matches are windproof, waterproof, light up quickly and consistently in driving rain, heavy winds, and falling snow with a burn time of up to 15 seconds-plus they will relight after being submerged in water. Each kit includes 25 Stormproof Matches, 3 strikers, and a cotton ball inside a waterproof case that floats. The waterproof, durable ABS plastic case can hold up to 40 Stormproof Matches (alternate the match tips with some facing up and some facing down) for longer trips for when you need the added security to build a fire.

UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers - Stormproof Matches are windproof, waterproof, light up quickly and consistently in driving rain, heavy winds, and falling snow with a burn time of up to 15 seconds-plus they will relight after being submerged in water. Each kit includes 25 Stormproof Matches, 3 strikers, and a cotton ball inside a waterproof case that floats. The waterproof, durable ABS plastic case can hold up to 40 Stormproof Matches (alternate the match tips with some facing up and some facing down) for longer trips for when you need the added security to build a fire.

With the  Katadyn befree water filtration system , you no longer have to worry about where your next drink will come from. Just fill up the flask and let the ez-clean membrane do the work. Gently squeeze the flask for instant refreshment. Maintain the ez-clean membrane quickly and easily for longer life and more enjoyment. Simply fill the flask with water, attach the cover and Shake free the debris. Or, remove the Filter from the flask and swish in any lake, River or stream. And when you're ready to hit the road, the collapsible flask packs small to fit into tight spaces. Just smash, stash and go!.Hydrapak soft flask is longer lasting, rugged, high-tech, flexible, bpa-free..no backflushing and no clumsy tools.

With the Katadyn befree water filtration system, you no longer have to worry about where your next drink will come from. Just fill up the flask and let the ez-clean membrane do the work. Gently squeeze the flask for instant refreshment. Maintain the ez-clean membrane quickly and easily for longer life and more enjoyment. Simply fill the flask with water, attach the cover and Shake free the debris. Or, remove the Filter from the flask and swish in any lake, River or stream. And when you're ready to hit the road, the collapsible flask packs small to fit into tight spaces. Just smash, stash and go!.Hydrapak soft flask is longer lasting, rugged, high-tech, flexible, bpa-free..no backflushing and no clumsy tools.