Top picks from local outfitters

Photograph courtesy of Gossamer Gear

hen the time comes
for your next Adirondack adventure, you’ll need the right equipment to be safe and comfortable. Luckily, the go-to experts at Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, in Saranac Lake (518-891-7450,; Pedals & Petals, in Inlet (315-357-3281,; and High Peaks Cyclery, in Lake Placid (518-523-3764,, are happy to share their top picks for gear in 2020.   

Nemo Hornet 2
The Hornet 2 tent puts the “light” in ultralight, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on details. Weighing in at a mere two pounds, six ounces, this three-season, two-person tent’s two access doors take all the fun out of crawling over your partner in the middle of the night. Set up the rain fly and there are two vestibules—that’s right, each camper gets one—which maximizes living space and keeps everyone’s gear protected. $370

Bontrager WaveCel
Sleek, stylish, and it can really take a hit. This helmet protects from side and rotational impacts, significantly reducing the risk of concussion—and putting it on has never been easier, thanks to a magnetic chinstrap clasp, which makes pinched skin a thing of the past. Add in great airflow, and protection and breathability are together at last. $150–$300

Trek Domane SL 5
Whether you’re gliding across pavement or crunching along a backroad, a Trek Domane bike will get you there. This new and improved version has a re­­designed lightweight frame that’s sure to shave minutes off your race time, while less competitive riders will appreciate the bike’s ample clearance, which can handle wide rubber tires as well as slicks. The tool-kit compartment under the water-bottle cage is a nice touch, and the disc brakes ensure optimum control on any surface. $2,900

Arc’teryx Alpha
Our favorite gear can be used for a variety of outdoor activities, and this packable pullover fits the bill nicely. The upcycled-Gore-tex shell and adjustable hood keep things warm and dry in severe weather, and the half zipper makes it easy to cool down on a shoulder-season hike. The Alpha also takes the marsupial out of anorak-style pullovers by trading the typical kangaroo pouch for two side pockets—that’s one for each opposable thumb. $499

Gossamer Gear G4-20
The Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight might be the perfect backpack. This 42-liter, frameless pack keeps things compact and light, and don’t worry about lugging it—the beefy shoulder pads are screaming to be taken on a long through-hike. The exterior is studded with deep mesh pockets, and there are straps in all the right places, making adjustments clean and effective. For the pickiest ’packers, modular accessory items are available for customization. $180

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods
Tired of digging through a bloated backpack to find that one thing you need? Hyperlite Mountain’s Gear Pods are here to help. These flat-backed stuff sacks have an oval-shaped opening on the side, so everything is right there when it’s unzipped. And since there are no seams and they’re made out of waterproof fabric, these organizational essentials are perfect for any day hike, weeklong trek or paddle—rain or shine. $50–$60

Swift Cruiser 12.8
The Adirondacks and paddling go to­­gether like a duck and water, but diehard flatwater enthusiasts know the most idyllic places to float require portaging. Enter the Swift Cruiser 12.8, a performance-oriented solo pack boat that combines the sleek maneuverability of a kayak with the stability of a canoe. The Cruiser’s open deck makes getting in and out easy, and its 20-pound weight means pond hopping is a cinch. It also comes in 14.8 and 15.8 inches, as well as alternate laminates that add a handful of pounds. $3,400 and up

NRS Boundary Boot
NRS’s excellent Boundary Shoe just grew up and, boy, did it get better. The new Boundary Boot still boasts the comfort of a sneaker, except a sneaker doesn’t rise above the knee and keep your feet bone dry. The boot’s lacing system provides a snug, waterproof fit and a shim in the sticky rubber sole means those dry feet won’t be jabbed by roots and pebbles during a portage. $100 

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