"I bought the black/gray H.A.W.G. NV a little over a year ago for day hikes and bike rides in Pittsburgh, and I highly suggest it. It's comfortable, holds everything I need, includes a 3L hydration reservoir, has a place for a helmet (or a dog bowl when I bring them) and has a built in rain fly. Additionally you can use straps or carabiners to attach additional gear to the cross lacing."
"I switched out the Camelbak reservoir with this one for two reasons. First, the 2-piece magnetic clip is a great way to hold the mouth piece close by and in place, making it much easier to access and keeping it from swinging around. I much prefer this over the available snap enclosure clips that are available. Secondly, the hydraform back adds a second layer of comfort."
"A good set of backup AAA lithium (or whatever size your flashlight takes) batteries are a necessity. Be sure to check your flashlight before leaving to make sure the ones that are already in your flashlight work."
"Excellent, excellent knife that comes out of the box super sharp and ready to go. The serrated portion is sharp enough to saw through small branches if needed. I chose the black/black for aesthetics, but any good knife with a serrated portions will work."
"Good basic lighter, but don't expect it to last forever, the wadding and wick will dry out if you don't use the fuel first. Always check the fuel level before heading out and use this as a secondary source of fire."
"I carry one of these with me on my left shoulder strap and I'm wanting to get a few more. The original use for this was being able to clip my dog's leash to itself around an object if I needed to take a break or wanted to clip it around my waist for hands-free walking."
"Especially useful if your hike includes planned lunch, or your destination is simply a scenic or out of the way spot to relax for awhile. Light and small enough to fit inside your pack or be hung off of it"