Here I wanted to create a list of 10 cool hiking gadgets, listed in no particular order, for your delight and perusal! This list will be updated on an ongoing basis as cooler hiking gadgets earn their way onto the page!
There's a quick snapshot of each gadget followed by a summary of any relevant information and a short preview if you want to look into any of them further.
So, without further ado, let's get started ...
#1 The Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Pocket Knife
This bad boy is the perfect companion for any niggly jobs that need fixing while out on the trail or especially if you are planning on some camping while hiking.
With fifteen stainless steel tools including a saw, screwdriver, bottle opener, can opener, scissors, tweezers and many more, the classic Swiss army knife is like having a mini toolkit in your pocket. At only 3.5 inches long it also fits neatly into any pack. This is a great little fella to have packed away in your pack for fiddly emergencies. It’s also a simple and neat little gift for someone passionate about the outdoors.
Read the full Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife review to learn more!
#2 Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Watch
The Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS is a premium multi-sport GPS watch and is a perfect fit for For the serious outdoor enthusiast. Its rugged design features stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case that puts key stats at your fingertips in all conditions.
As well as standard watch functions, it features multiple outdoor sensors for GPS and GLONASS satellite reception, as well as a 3-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter to give accurate elevation data as you move. There are bunch of apps and supporting software with it too.
The Fenix 5 also features heart rate monitoring and work out tracking. The watch is multi purpose so it can be used to cater workout monitoring for lots of other outdoor activities e.g. running, swimming, etc. An impressive little gadget for the trail!
#3 Garmin GPSMAP 64st
Ok, well if you’re looking for the upper echelons of gadgets, this has to be it. This tool gives you a whole new world of mapping and positioning using the latest GPS technology from Garmin. With TOPO US 100k maps as well as a global basemap preloaded, you have mountains, excuse the pun, of information available at your fingertips.
The maps are also interactive so you can get a hands on feel for the terrain. With a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, built in camera and optional Bluetooth this is a top end piece of technology!
#4 Changhu Emergency Survival Kit
So, where to start with this box of tricks! The Changhu Emergency Survival Kit contains 11 multi tools, specifically: flintstones, a multi-function scraper, and emergency tungsten steel pen, an emergency thermal blanket, a tactical torch flashlight, a multi-function compass, a portable mini light, a tactical Military Knife, a saber card, an emergency whistle all coming in a Shockproof case. As you can see, there is a lot in this!
Each individual tool has multiple uses e.g. the Swiss card easily fits inside your wallet, pocket and has 11 Functions: Can Opener, Bottle Cap Opener, 4-Position Wrench, 2-Position Wrench, Butterfly Screw Wrench, Direction Ancillary Wrench, Screwdriver, Knife Edge, Saw Blade, Ruler, Key chain Hole. It can be split apart to have items stored up in a pack, or kept in a car so as always to be ready for an emergency. It’s potentially a very fun gift for any outdoor enthusiast, not just a hiker.
#5 Solar charger Power Bank
This gadget probably isn’t as applicable to the day hiker unless day hiking from a base camp is involved. The solar charger power pack features a power Bank of 24000mah, so you should never have to worry about running out of power. A full charge will charge an iPhone 7 over 7 times, Galaxy S7 Edge for 5 times, iPad mini for 3 times so when it's fully loaded, it will last a for long time.
It offers 100% safe charging: over-discharge and short-circuit protection to ensure the safety of your device. It also features an auto-stop function, so when the phone is full charged, it stops charging which helps protect your device against over-heating and over-charging. It also comes with a 2 year warranty which is pretty nice to have too!
#6 Light My Fire Titanium Spork
Ah, the trusty Spork! What camping kit would be complete without a few of these to bring some table manners to the wilderness! I often bring pasta or rice on my day hikes too so the Spork is an invaluable tool to have in your day pack.
At 17 grams it’s lightweight and will fit snugly in your day pack too. I've never had a titanium Spork before so this well-established gadget gets the thumbs up from me! For those of you not in the know titanium is used to build aircraft and stuff of that ilk because it’s so tough, durable and light.
A titanium Spork will be with you for many years to come as long as you don’t lose it. The fact that this Spork is also named after a classic Doors song is a completely irrelevant point of note but hey, it’s a great song!
#7 Suunto M-3 G Pro Compass
What hiking pack would be complete without a trusty compass like the Suunto M-3 G! If you don’t yet know how to use a compass and read maps properly I highly recommend you learn as soon as possible. Having a good compass and the ability to navigate is a crucial skill to learn to help ensure you can safely plan your hikes and take alternative courses of action as required.
The serrated bezel ring on this compass will turn easily in any weather to ensure you can get a good bearing in any conditions. This compass is balanced for reliable readings in the Northern Hemisphere.
#8 Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
This water and weather resistant head lamp is perfect for when the sun goes down and you need to keep your visibility as optimum as possible. The headlamp consists of red and green single power LEDs for night vision modes and have dimming and strobe settings.
The head lamp features 1 Quad Power LED and 1 Double Power white LED which emit up to 250 lumens on max setting. also has a red night vision option. A 90 degree pivot allows you to aim and target light from the head lamp as required. The sturdy but comfortable head band means you can comfortably utilize thet lamp. It has a max burn time: QuadPower LED 150 H, SinglePower LED 80 H.I use this head lamp myself and it is a gadget of champions 😉
Read the full Black Diamond Headlamp review to learn more.
#9 Go Pro Hero 5 Black
One of all time hikes was to climb Mont Blanc. It was truly spectacular and the views were simply amazing. One of the guys on the trip had a Go Pro with him. Now I had of course heard of these but never really seen one in action up close.
After the trip we of course all shared our photo's, videos, etc. I was truly impressed with the footage he took with the Go Pro. As it was attached to his helmet he got the full final ascent on camera and it was just awesome. When we were chatting on the summit, you could hear everything really clearly too. Anyway, I digress 🙂
The Go Pro Hero 5 Black is one of the newest Go Pro models available on the market today. It's got oodles of features including being waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), designed to withstand very tough environments, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and enough camera functions to keep any gadget freak entertained for quite a while!
#10 Sawyer Products Mini Filtration System
This mini filtration system is ideal for practically all outdoor recreational activities. Whether you are heading on the trail hiking, planning a few days camping or if you are concerned about the water in a far flung location you are travelling to, this will help ensure your drinking water is safe to drink. It removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli as well as removing 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium.
The filter fits in the palm of your hand and weighs in a very comfortable 2 ounces. This attaches to a drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles as well as hydration packs. If you don’t have time for that, use the straw to drink directly from your water source. It will filter up 100,000 gallons so you shouldn’t go thirsty 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this short trip into the wonderful world of hiking gadgets! As you can see, there is a pretty diverse and interesting selection of them available, and for all sorts of practical uses while out on the trail.
It's a never ending and ever changing sphere. With technology always moving at the speed of light, as you can imagine, there will always be plenty of new gadgets and innovations coming online, so we'll do our best to update keep this page with new hiking gadgets as regularly as possible!