In this final article of our three-part series, we compile a list of the best and the most luxurious outdoor gear available in India. If you’re the kind of person who buys the best gear, we definitely recommend browsing through this curated list. However, if you’re on a stricter budget we have you covered as well. Check out our twin list of amazing outdoor gear gifts under ₹ 1500 and ₹ 5000.
BEST GPS WATCH – SUUNTO AMBIT3 PEAK
The Suunto Ambit3 Peak represents the latest in outdoor wearable technology. With a 200-hour battery life (also independently tested by Andrew Skurka) and a built-in barometer, this watch is a hiker’s dream. It is incredibly durable, feature rich and looks great. This beauty also runs skin deep in form of a sapphire glass dial which keeps the watch scratch free on your adventures.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 31,000
BEST 2 PERSON TENT – MARMOT CATALYST
Roomy, livable and lightweight. The freestanding Marmot Catalyst two person tent is a comfortable, versatile choice for camping and backpacking trips when you want to shave precious weight. This 3-season, 2-person tent features a seam-taped catenary cut floor, color-coded poles for easy setup, 2 D-shaped doors and 2 vestibules with plenty of room to stash gear
Available at Amazon for ₹ 15,323
BEST BACKPACK MEN – LOWE ALPINE CERRO TORRE 65:85
Named after the beautiful Patagonian Peak, Cerro Torre is part of the Lowe Alpine catalogue for over 30 years now. In its latest reincarnation, it features front and lower entry, a tough tri-shield coated fabric, and the undisputed king of carrying technology, the axiom 7 back system. The bag comes with well thought out features, including; quick-and-easy access to your essentials with front and lower entry points, a removable 6-litre hydration pack, hip belt pockets and our unique pole tip grippers.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 18,999
BEST BACKPACK WOMEN – OSPREY AURA AG 65
This women’s pack outshines other packs in trip length versatility. It is light weight but without compromising support. The Osprey features a simple, feminine design with women’s specific shaping in the shoulder straps, hip belt, and overall fit. From the attention to detail with each pocket and compartment to the adjustability, this pack is easy to use and easy to organise your gear in. The Anti-Gravity technology is incredibly comfortable in summer heat and beneath a heavy weight load.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 38,000
BEST WINTER BOOTS WOMEN – LOWA WOMEN TIBET SUPERWARM
Lowa’s top-of-line backpacking boot, is ideal for carrying a large pack over rugged off-trail terrain. This special a feature-laden version is designed for cold weather hiking. A water repellent Nubuck and buffalo upper is lined with both GORE-TEX® Duratherm for waterproofness and breathability and PrimaLoft® insulation for double warmth. The Masai Tech outsole incorporates G3 slip resistant sole technology. A combination of soft rubber lugs and proprietary textile increases grip by up to 32% over other kinds of material combinations. The large stud pattern follows the natural line of foot motion with a minimum of one stud in contact with the ground at all times during the roll-off motion, improving stability on snow and ice. The outsole is crampon and snow spike compatible and features a PU midsole package. The shaft offers maximum ankle support and a rubber rand increases durability and abrasion resistance. The Tibet Super warm also features Lowa’s patent-pending FlexFit/Tongue Stud, Balance Insole, Climate Control System, C4 Comfort Tongue System, AWP (Asymmetric Walking Position), and Spring Lace Hook System.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 13,000 – 31,000
BEST WINTER BOOTS MEN – VASQUE SNOWBURBAN ULTRADRY
The Vasque Snowburban UltraDry tops in comfort and fit. Here’s a boot ready for frigid temps, but with the performance, fit, and feel of an alpine hiking boot. The doubled up insulation (400g 3M Thinsulate), a fleece collar lining, and ColdHold compound sole keep your feet toasty. Think of the Snowburban as capable, deft mountain boots, just pumped up for your coldest days. Waterproof and exceptionally warm, forget about your feet when you pull them on.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 15,000 – 33,000
BEST LANDSCAPE DSLR – NIKON D810
For Nikon shooters, the D810 remains the company’s high-resolution body of choice and is characterised by an FX-format 36.3MP CMOS sensor whose design omits the optical low-pass filter entirely for notable sharpness and resolution. An electronic front-curtain shutter reduces the risk of mirror slap for maintained sharpness and the D810 holds the distinction of having a truly low native sensitivity value of ISO 64 to aid in working with slower shutter speeds, to blur movement more easily.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 1,62,868 (Body Only)
BEST COMMUNICATION & GPS DEVICE – DELORME INREACH EXPLORER
The inReach Explorer operates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite communications and high network reliability anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas. The brand new inReach Explorer can help you create, plan, and navigate routes with an easy to use waypoint system and the ability to view bearing and distance to destination. With the ability to maintain satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments, the inReach Explorer also offers global SOS capabilities, adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to 4 hours, and remote real-time follow-me/find-me tracking and ping-me locating. In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to describe and update their situation so proper resources can be deployed. With 90% of the world’s surface lacking mobile phone coverage, inReach Explorer is essential gear for the traveller or outdoor adventurer to keep them connected and safe anywhere in the world. The inReach range of devices are the only affordable satellite communication devices that can both send and receive text messages.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 50,000 – 63,485
Best Men Cold Weather Jacket – RAB Infinity Endurance
A very warm and lightweight water-resistant down jacket, built for expeditions but ideal for everyday winter wear.
Rab’s Hydrophobic Down is their usual high-quality European down but treated with a water-repelling coating so it’s more water resistant and will maintain its loft. It performs more effectively in damp conditions than untreated down – it absorbs less water, dries faster, retains loft and is fluorocarbon free. Stitch-through baffle construction helps to keep the down in place, preventing cold spots from developing. The down insulation continues in the helmet-compatible hood, which has a positionable wired peak to shelter your face from swirling rain or snow. Couple this with the twin Pertex fabric outer face, and you get a very weather-resistant barrier that performs incredibly well for its low weight and bulk.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 24,999
Best Women Cold Weather Jacket – Patagonia W Downtown Loft Jacket
The Patagonia Women’s Downtown Loft Jacket is a down filled jacket for warmth while walking the streets in winter. The Downtown Loft is packed full with 600 fill power duck down to insulate your upper half as you explore downtown, uptown, and everywhere in between. The 100% polyester shell protects the down with a stylish satin finish and a durable water repellent coating to repel water from soaking into the surface. The hood is insulated so you can pull up over your head when the wind whips through, or stealthily zip it in to create a shawl collar for a completely different look. Small belongings such as your wallet and gloves can be zipped safely inside your hand pockets or internal chest pocket. Winter’s chill and snowflakes don’t stand a chance against this toasty hip length jacket.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 23,749
BEST HIKING MATTRESS – THERM-A-REST NEOAIR XLITE
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Mattress is an inflatable air mattress for lightweight backpackers. The whole thing packs down super small and into the included stuff sack. It weighs only 340 grammes, yet boasts an R-value of 3.9. It expands to 2.5 inches when inflated. The 20-inch width and 66-inch length fit an Indian hiker The many ThermaCapture layers on the inside of the mattress trap your very own body heat, for a toastier night of shut-eye.
Available at Amazon for ₹ 22,681
BEST SLEEPING BAG – RAB NEUTRINO 600
The Neutrino 600 is a light-weight, minimalist down-filled sleeping bag, designed for light-weight end users, where warmth-to-weight is a prime concern. The Neutrino 600 is styled in a ‘mummy taper’ shape, to dramatically reduce pack size, and features YKK zips throughout. Other key features include an internal collar and hood drawcord, anti-snag zipper webbing tape and a unique trapezoidal baffle chamber design, to eliminate cold spots. Weighing in just under 1015 grammes and rated all the way to –12°C this sleeping bag is an excellent option for the colder months
Available at Amazon for ₹ 65,896