Marie Kondo’s cult of minimalism has arrived outside. Advances in design and materials allows gear to confidently function in multiple situations. Rather than a jacket for every condition or a shoe for every trail, we now have one that does many things.
Instead of wasting time debating which tent to bring and then second-guessing the choice, it’s just pack and enjoy. As Kondo teaches, less can be satisfyingly simple. These six products prove you don’t need a quiver anymore.
The Session Shorts use a hidden zipper to convert from bike-short snug to loose and free for trail running and hiking. A bit of stretch and a flat waist keeps them comfortable and fast drying fabric means they’re ready for a swim. They’re the multisport short.
Kondo Cred: Always in style.
With sturdy architecture, guy-out points direct from the poles and a tapered, wind-drafting shape, the Kunai shelters from winter’s worst. But it also weighs less than two kilograms and has multiple venting options, making it a worthy option for lightweight backpacking trips in the heat of summer.
Kondo Cred: Backcountry shelter, any time of year.
These kicks buck the trend of every activity requiring a unique shoe. Built to endure the abuse of the mountains, the Dropline has the cushioning, rebound and sole shape of a trail runner and the stability and comfortable fit of a light hiker. However fast, they’ll keep you moving for miles
Kondo Cred: Run, hike or both.
Big Agnes Torchlight 20
Efficient mummy or roomy rectangular bag: the 1.27-kilogram Torchlight is both. Zippers on both sides of the bag act like insulated baffles, adding up to 20 centimetres of girth without a hit to warmth. Keep them closed to sleep cozy. Crack the top to add shoulder room. Or unzip the whole way and sprawl.
Kondo Cred: Shape-shifting down cocoon.
Most 85-gram shells do a good job of shielding wind, but get soggy in prolonged wet. The Phantom weighs the same but its waterproof-breathable membrane deflects hours of rain. The roomy cut slides over layers and the weight means you’ll never have reason to leave it behind.
Kondo Cred: A legitimately waterproof wind shell.
Osprey Farpoint Trek 55
Double up with this suitcase that carries like a backcountry hauler. On the travel bag side is a zipper that splays the main pocket wide-open for easy packing. For schlepping, there’s Osprey’s cushy adjustable torso, airy back panel and soft straps. Bonus, the rain cover doubles as an airplane sack.
Kondo Cred: Backpacking, travel or trail.