The crew at We Are Explorers aren’t strangers to outdoor adventure, and we know that a piece of great gear can help take a trip from a “Yeah nah,” to a “Hell yeah!” Not only do we share your adventures, but we’re out there living them too.

So this month we got the gang together and rummaged through our adventure shelves to share with you some top pieces of gear that we’ve used, abused and highly recommend.

Budget Friendly Bangers (under $50)

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We Are Explorers x MUVE  —- limited-edition insulated drink bottle $49.95

A 950ml lightweight, high-performance beast that will keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.

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Le Bent — Le Sock Run Ultra Light Micro Tab $29.99

If you’re going to get socks for Christmas, they might as well be ultra light, breathable and odour free. (Trail destroyer Lucy Bartholomew has a pro model coming out soon, keep an eye out!)

Platypreserve™ — Portable Wine Storage Bottle 800ml $9.95 – $29.95

Keeps your wine tasting like wine (good for water too) while out and about on the trails.

GSI Outdoors — Ultralight Java Drip $9.95

Compact, lightweight and solves your backcountry coffee woes.

Ready For Adventure ($29.95 – $349)


Ticket To The Moon — Double Hammock $79.95

A must pack item for any microadventure, comfort for one but always more fun with two.

The Multitool Master // An Interview With Tim Leatherman, photo from PR agency, old penknife, sheath, gear, hands

Leatherman — Limited Edition PST $349

Based on Tim Leatherman’s original design and including a limited edition heritage leather sheath you’ll be doing more than opening a tin of beans with this beauty.

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Lifesystems — Dual Action Fire Starter $29.95

Compact and dependable, get your fire going in the cold and wet, you’ll be cooking up a feast in no time.

Petzl Bindi — 200 Lumen Headlamp $84.96

Light your way back to camp with this super lightweight (just 35g) and USB rechargeable headlamp.

Tried And Tested Big Ticket Items (around $400)


SCARPA — Kailash Trek GTX Boots $399.95

Durable, lightweight and WAE Editor Tim’s boot of choice.

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Osprey — Atmos 65 Backpack $379.95

With plenty of space to pack for a cheeky overnighter or a week long expedition, this pack will see you doing it in comfort.

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NEMO — Galaxi 2P Tent $399.95

Spacious and practical, the NEMO Galaxi is perfect for car camping, particularly in warmer months when you can sleep with the roof off.


Mont — Zero Ultralight Sleeping Bag $389.95

When Mont says ultralight, they mean ULTRA-light; this summer bag, or season extender fits can slim down into your drink bottle!

Last Minute Gift Hacks

Kathmandu x WAE — An Outdoor Experience $70 – $449

Check out our Kathmandu Hike Club series for guided experiences across NZ and Aus, perfect for upskilling your adventure buddy (or as a treat for yourself).

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‘The Dawn Wall’ — Online Gift Voucher $5.99 – $14.99

Forgot to go shopping (or just too busy on adventures), gift someone an outdoor adventure from the comfort of home.

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National Parks Pass $45 – $335

Score entry to National Parks throughout Australia without stopping at the gates. You’re basically gifting unlimited adventures!


Hey! We reviewed some of these products — check them out…

Sleeping Like A Star – NEMO Galaxi 2P Tent // Gear Review

Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX // Gear Review

The Barriers To Getting Outside (And How To Hurdle Them!)

The Multi-tool Master // An Interview With Tim Leatherman