Top 5 Backcountry Gadgets

Top 5 Backcountry Gadgets

Gadgets in the backcountry? There are those that will say that technology doesn’t belong in the wilderness and that the whole point of getting out there is to get away from it. While we agree that it’s good to unplug and get back to basics, there are definitely outdoor adventures that can benefit from a few small pieces of gear. Here are our top 5:



Whether you are after the scenic landscape or capturing the moment with your GoPro, a camera is always worth packing. Capturing your experience to share and remember is worth more than gold. You always want to be able to show your kids how badass you used to be.




This two way satellite communicator can put your loved ones mind’s at ease and even save your life. It is the world’s first satellite communicator with built-in navigation. You can plan your route, create waypoints, share your journey, send texts and activate a custom SOS plan.




The watch that isn’t just a watch. Suunto has created a family of watches that can track your heart rate, GPS coordinates, altitude and just about everything else any active human being could dream of. It will even link to your phone and show who’s calling or texting.





If you’ve ever had a case of giardia you’ll know that a reliable water purification system is mandatory. SteriPEN uses UV light to kill harmful bacteria in less than a minute.





Light can be the most comforting thing to have when heading into the backcountry. Keeping your batteries charged with backups on hand can get you out of potentially hazardous situations.


Need to recharge this gear off the grid?

You can keep the batteries topped off by charging with our portable power or even directly from a solar panel. You can learn more about how our products can help you stay out at


  1. Eric_G 3 years ago

    Another useful “gadget” for the back country is a ham radio. Not just for emergencies, it is something that can help pass the time in the evening or on less than optimal weather days. Radios can be as small as an Altoid’s tin (but require knowing morse code) and many are starting to use Android phones for some of the processing.

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      goalzero 3 years ago

      Hey Eric. Yes, we’ve heard from a lot of HAM enthusiasts lately, and we love hearing how our product can help in emergencies or for passing the time while you’re off-the-grid. Thanks for checking out our post!

  2. Eugene Garcia 3 years ago

    Goal Zero products are not only for use in the wilderness. I know that I will not totally recoup my cost in these products, but since January of 2014, I have used the Guide 10 along with the Nomad 7 to keep my iPhone 5 and Bluetooth wireless headset charged without using the commercial ac grid.

  3. Jack Kraft 3 years ago

    I also use my Guide 10 and/or Nomad 7 to charge my Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

  4. Rik Damin 3 years ago

    Yes, the Switch 8 with the flashlight head, a Guide 10+ with an extra set of batteries, and a Sherpa 50 (v2) with a light a life and your set for the outdoors. By the way you’ll need a Nomad 7 and/or Nomad 13.5 (v1) to keep it all charged. I also have
    AA and AAA batteries to charge in some of my older electronics that I use.

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