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Backpack

We prefer Osprey packs for their superior comfort, quality and features, including convenient gear accessibility.

Click here for sizing information.
(Take measurements, then scroll down to Kestrel series sizing.) Kestrels come in two sizes: S/M and M/L


Kestrel 38 (SARpack)

Osprey Kestrel 38

This is the ultimate "go anywhere, do anything" day pack, also great for light overnighters.  Two torso sizes and an adjustable harness provide a custom fit, while the Airscape backpanel and a peripheral steel spring rod frame give superb comfort.
The Kestrel 38 has a 2200ci (S/M) to 2300ci (M/L) capacity.

Features include:

  • Unique Stow-On-The-Go™ trekking pole attachment
  • Stretch lycra mesh front and side pockets
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Integrated raincover (stowed in outside lower pocket)
  • Hydration compatible
  • Front daisies with bungee tie offs
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Osprey Kestrel 28

The Kestrel 28 is a streamlined pack with an attractive all-around feature set.  A fixed top pocket with top loading design keeps gear organized efficiently.  Two torso sizes and an adjustable harness provide custom fit.
The Kestrel 28 has a 1600ci (S/M) to 1700ci (M/L) capacity. 

 Features include:

  • Unique Stow-On-The-Go™ trekking pole attachment
  • Stretch lycra mesh front and side pockets
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Integrated raincover (stowed in outside lower pocket)
  • Hydration compatible
  • Front daisies with bungee tie offs
See this Osprey Backpack on Amazon

 GPS

Garmin is the preferred GPS brand of NASAR, the National Association for Search & Rescue .

Please take out the user guide and practice, especially setting waypoints and doing Go-To's before hitting the trail. Don't be an out-of-the-box user in the backcountry.


Garmin eTrex 20 (SARpack

See our 24-Hour Pack Store for other recommended, higher-end GPSes

Garmin e-Trex 20

The e-Trex 20 comes loaded with a full basemap of North and South America, with position accuracy to less than three meters.  The basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines.

Additional features include:

  • Expandable memory and a micro-SD card Slot
  • Sunlight-readable 2.2-inch color display
  • Includes PC cable for downloading or uploading maps
  • HotFix and GLONASS support for faster positioning and a more reliable signal
  • Compatible with topographic, marine and road maps
  • Runs for 20 hours ore more on 2 AA batteries (or rechargeable NiMH or Lithium batteries)
  • Compatible with a variety of spine mounting accessories
  • Waterproof
See this GPS on Amazon

Garmin eTrex 10 GPS

The E-Trex 10 is a dependable, easy-to-use GPS unit without a bunch of unnecessary bells and whistles.  The improved e-Trex now offers better accuracy in heavy cover or deep canyons with its new high-sensitivity receiver. 

Features include:

  • Storage space for 500 waypoints and 20 routes
  • WAAS-enabled
  • Garmin exclusive TrackBack feature to find your way home
  • Hunt/fish calculator
  • Sun/moon-Rise/set times
  • Runs for up to 20 hours on 2 AA batteries
  • 2.2-inch monochrome display
  • Waterproof to survive an accidental dunk
See this GPS on Amazon

 Compass

We include the same model in both packs, preferring a compass with adjustable declination and a sighting mirror that can double as a signal mirror.

Click here to look up an area's current declination.


Suunto MC-2DLIN Navigator with Mirror

This top quality mirror lid compass features:

  • Adjustable declination
  • Clinometer
  • Large, easy to read bezel w/ self-cleaning bearings
  • rubber non-slip feet
  • measuring scales
  • luminous points
  • lanyard
  • Weight: 2.65 oz.
See this Compass on Amazon

 

Suunto MC-2DLIN Navigator with Mirror  

This top quality mirror lid compass features:

  • Adjustable declination
  • Clinometer
  • Large, easy to read bezel w/ self-cleaning bearings
  • rubber non-slip feet
  • measuring scales
  • luminous points
  • lanyard
  • Weight: 2.65 oz.
See this Compass on Amazon

Multi-tool 

All Leatherman multi-tools come with a 25-year manufacturer's warranty.
Click here for more information.


Leatherman Blast (SARpack)

Leatherman Blast

The 6.9 oz., 4-inch Blast is equipped with locking blades and Zytel contoured handle inserts for comfort.

Features include:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Clip-point knife
  • Scizzors
  • Wood/metal file
  • Saw
  • Large and small screwdrivers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 8-inch ruler
  • Lanyard attachment
See this Mutli-Tool on Amazon

 

Leatherman Squirt P4

The 2 oz, 2.25-inch Squirt P4 is ultra-compact and protected by anodized aluminum handles.

Features include:

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Straight knife
  • Wire cutters
  • 3 Screwdrivers
  • File
  • Opener
  • Awl
  • Lanyard attachment
See this Multi-Tool on Amazon

 

 Headlamp

While SAR personnel often find themselves on night missions, requiring a long-lasting, bright beam, recreational day-hikers usually plan to be home before dark. We chose a SARpack headlamp with frequent use in mind, while the PREpack includes a light one can rely on even if it hasn't been used in years.


Princeton-Tec Apex (SARpack)

Princeton-Tec Apex

This headlamp can be adapted to your lighting needs. And SAR personnel almost always need reliable light for extended periods of time.

Features include:

  • Choose between a super-bright (130 lumens), optically enhanced, Maxbright Rebel LED for long distance spotting or 4 standard LED's for close range flood lighting;
  • Two buttons make mode selection easy;
  • Proprietary heatsink technology allows the LEDs to burn brighter and longer;
  • Illuminates up to 86 m away;
  • Power: 130 lumens (4 AA);
  • Waterproof to 1 meter;
  • Burn time: 72-150 hours (low-high)

Click here for more information.

See this Headlamp on Amazon

 

Petzl e+Lite

Emergency lighting should be part of any preparedness kit. The light should be compact, lightweight, dependable and high performance. In addition, it should be ready for use today, tomorrow or next year. You may never need it, but it's good to know that it's there.

This light is the exception to our general rule that all gadgetry should take the same battery type, for interchangeability and convenience. Why the exception? Because dayhikers generally don't intend to be out past dark. Given the long shelf-life of the e+Lite's CR2032 lithium batteries, it'll work when needed unexpectedly or on that rare night-hike.

Features include:
  • Headlamp can be used in all conditions and can be stored with batteries for up to 10 years and still be operational
  • Shines up to 19 meters
  • Practical and easy to use

Click here for more information and to watch a video about the e+Lite.

See this Emergency Headlamp on Amazon

 Flashlight

Because one light source isn't enough in our book, we've included a hand-held in both packs. For SAR, we've included a more substantial flashlight for help with tracking, for instance.

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Infinity Ultra Task (PREpack)

Princeton-Tec Amp 4.0

The streamlined design and high power Rebel LED make the Amp 4.0 a versatile workhorse of a handheld light. With a beam capable of reaching 75 meters and a low setting extending burn time to 150 hours, it is powerful yet refined. Like the GPS, the Amp 4.0 runs on 4 AA batteries, which means you'll need to carry just one battery type and can interchange them if necessary. 

Other features include:

  • 1 maxibright LED, 50 lumens
  • Weight: 206 grams
See this Flashlight on Amazon

Gerber Infinity Utra Task

The Ultra's patented Diode Step-up Regulator technology provides superior luminosity, a bright 30-foot beam, and up to 100 hours of burn time on just one AA battery. The flashlight comes with a lanyard and clip for hands-free use.

Other features include:

  • Waterproof to 10 feet
  • Size: 3.25 inches
  • Weight: 2 oz.
See this Flashlight on Amazon

 

 Medical supplies

We've included a somewhat more extensive first aid kit in the Search & Rescue pack, but just enough to treat fairly minor injuries. We'll leave it to the medical professional to add more supplies as deemed necessary.

Backpacker Medical Kit
& 18" Sam splint

Contents of the medical kit include:

  • Zippered case
  • Backcountry First Aid Book
  • Emergency action card
  • 2 3"x5" Plastic bags
  • Nitrite gloves, 1 pr.
  • 2 safety pins
  • Tweezer in vial
  • 6 antiseptic towelettes
  • Iodine ointment
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • 12cc irrigation syringe
  • 5 sterile butterfly wound closures
  • Sting relief pad
  • Tincture of benzoin
  • Adhesive tape, 10 yards
  • Pressure wrap
  • Trauma pad, 5"x9"
  • 6 Fabric bandages, 1"x3"
  • 4 Sterile gauze pads, 3"x3"
  • Moleskin pad, 2"x3"
  • 2 Knuckle bandages
  • Telfa non-adherent pad, 2"x3"
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • 4 Ibuprofin tablets

See this First Aid Kit on Amazon

 

Personal first aid kit 

Contents of the medical kit include:

  • Zippered case
  • First aid instructions
  • "Ask the Expert" free membership
  • Splinter grabber forceps
  • Iodine ointment
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • 2 sterile butterfly wound closures
  • Sting relief pad
  • Tincture of benzoin
  • Adhesive tape, 1/2" x 2-1/2 yards
  • Conforming gauze, 2" x 4 yards
  • 5 adhesive strips, 3/8" x 1-1/2"
  • 4 sterile gauze pads, 3"x3"
  • 2 telfa non-adherent pads, 2"x3"
  • Acetaminophen tablets
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Ibuprofen tablets

See this First Aid Kit on Amazon

Whistle 

Since SAR often has to blow, that kit gets the lanyard so the whistle can be worn around the neck for easy access.
For day-hikers, the emergency whistle is in the pack in case it's needed.


Windstorm whistle with lanyard 

Windstorm whistles are twice as loud as most popular whistles and capable of being heard above howling wind or competing sounds. It even works underwater.

 The comfortable, long-lasting Chums cotton lanyard comes with a swivel ring hook.

See this Whistle on Amazon
See the Lanyard on Amazon

 

Windstorm whistle

Windstorm whistles are twice as loud as most popular whistles and capable of being heard above howling wind or competing sounds. It even works underwater.

See this Whistle on Amazon

Map case

Since you should never leave home without a map...


Map case
with All-in-One Map Tool

The zippered, waterproof pouch has self-binding loops on all four corners, with two additional microcord loops. The case is constructed of soft vinyl and 1.1 oz. silicone impregnated ripstop nylon.

Included with your map case is an All-in-One Map tool with all scales for topo maps in North America, UK, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. 

Other All-in-One Map Tool features include:

  • UTM readers for all above-referenced scales
  • Slope indexes
  • Compass Rose and cardinal directions plotting lines
  • Compact 4"x7" pocket-size
  • Accurate within 1%
  • Illustrated instructions for each element included

See the Map Case on Amazon
See the Map Tool on Amazon

 

Map case

The zippered, waterproof pouch has self-binding loops on all four corners, with two additional microcord loops. The case is constructed of soft vinyl and 1.1 oz. silicone impregnated ripstop nylon.


See the Map Case on Amazon

Emergency Bivvy  

Since SAR personnel are often out all night, we've included a heavier-duty bivvy in that kit, but both bivvies are better than nothin' in a pinch. Combine with the All-Weather Blanket (below) for added warmth and protection from cold, wet ground.


Heatsheets Bivvy (PREpack)

S.O.L. Thermal Bivvy

An ideal survival/emergency bag with an improved thermal material on the bottom to withstand rocky ground and hard snow pack.  This bag is easily repaired in the field with duct tape.  The design allows you to open the side, bottom and top for moisture and heat to escape.
Weight: 6.5 oz. 

See this Bivvy on Amazon

Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy

Ideal for the rare occasion you take a wrong turn and are forced to spend the night, this emergency bivvy is made of reusable, repairable polyethelyne bright orange material and reflects up to 90% of your radiated body heat.
Weight: 3.5 oz.

See this Bivvy on Amazon

 

Space blanket 

A multi-purpose piece of gear


All-Weather Blanket

This amazingly tough laminate of fiber scrim and aluminized plastic reflects back up to 80% of body heat and can be used as a ground cover or a shelter, as well as to prevent hypothermia. There are grommets in all four corners, so you can use your nylon cord to rig the blanket up as a tarp, then use your emergency bivvy (above) to keep the cold out.
Weight: 12 oz.

See this All Weather Blanket on Amazon

 

All-Weather Blanket 

This amazingly tough laminate of fiber scrim and aluminized plastic reflects back up to 80% of body heat and can be used as a ground cover or a shelter, as well as to prevent hypothermia. There are grommets in all four corners, so you can use your nylon cord to rig the blanket up as a tarp, then use your emergency bivvy (above) to keep the cold out.
Weight: 12 oz.

See this All Weather Blanket on Amazon

Ground pad 

We feel this is a must for any SAR member, not only for yourself but possibly for your patient, so we've included it in that kit. We do also recommend day-hikers add at least a section of pad to their own packs.

Z-rest foam pad

This accordian-like, closed-cell foam pad may not be as cushy as a blow-up mattress, but its purpose really is to provide insulation between the cold and/or wet ground and you (or your patient). This pad is light-weight and easy to clean. No need to worry about getting it wet or springing an air leak either. (We suggest strapping the pad to the bottom of the backpack.)

See the Z-Lite Pad on Amazon

 

Foam pad insulation

You may not want to carry a longer pad, but at least a section of closed-cell foam is recommended. It can be very handy for resting or a lunch break, when the ground is wet, cold, or just plain uncomfortable.

You might consider using a small Z-seat by Thermarest.

See the Z Seat on Amazon

Fire-starting supplies 

We suggest adding a flint or other type of lighter to your kit as another means of starting a warming campfire.


Stormproof matches, 1 box
Match case with striker
Emergency candles (2)

Unlike other "waterproof" or "windproof" matches, the UCO Stormproof matches are easy to light, and will stay lit for up to 15 seconds, even after being submersed in water.

See the
Stormproof Matches
Match Case
9-Hour Emergency Candles
and Emergency Fire Starter
on Amazon

 

Stormproof matches, 1 box
Match case with striker
Emergency candles (2) 

Unlike other "waterproof" or "windproof" matches, the UCO Stormproof matches are easy to light, and will stay lit for up to 15 seconds, even after being submersed in water.

See the
Stormproof Matches
Match Case
9-Hour Emergency Candles
and Emergency Fire Starter
on Amazon

 Water bottles


Nalgene Silo
(2) 48-oz. bottles
These bottles, with 63-mm Loop-Top caps, fit into the standard packs and backpack side pockets. The neck configuration works with most major water purifiers and filters.

See the Nalgene Silo on Amazon

 

Nalgene Silo
(2) 48-oz. bottles 
These bottles, with 63-mm Loop-Top caps, fit into the standard packs and backpack side pockets. The neck configuration works with most major water purifiers and filters.

See the Nalgene Silo on Amazon

 Water purification product

Because Giardia and other waterbourne nasties are nothin' nice....


Aquamira Water Purifier tablets

12-pack of chlorine dioxide tablets for emergency water purification
Each tablet purifies 1 liter.

See Aquamira Tablets on Amazon

 

Aquamira Water Purifier tablets

12-pack of chlorine dioxide tablets for emergency water purification
Each tablet purifies 1 liter.

See Aquamira Tablets on Amazon

Stuff sack 

For keeping your stuff and extra clothing organized and dry.


 

Outdoor Research Ultralight Dry Sack

Each pack comes with one large, waterproof stuff sack made of neoprene-coated nylon with fully sealed seams.

See this Dry Sack on Amazon
in a variety of sizes and colors

 

Outdoor Research Ultralight Dry Sack

Each pack comes with one large, waterproof stuff sack made of neoprene-coated nylon with fully sealed seams.

See this Dry Sack on Amazon
in a variety of sizes and colors

 

 Toilet items

So you don't have to dig a cat hole with your heel or hiking pole ... or use leaves.


 

Trowel
Bio-Wipe Toilet tissue
Hand sanitizer

See this Backpacking Trowel on Amazon

 

Trowel
Bio-Wipe Toilet tissue
Hand sanitizer

See this Backpacking Trowel on Amazon

Nylon cord 

Why nylon cord?
Here's a sampling of possible uses:

  • Emergency boot or shoe lace replacement and other repairs
  • Rigging your All-Weather blanket (see above) as a shelter
  • Lowering or raising your pack
  • Useful in making an improvised splint
  • To hang a "bear bag" if spending the night

Equinox Nylon paracord
50 feet


This is all-purpose, 1/8" camp cord with a minimum tensil strength of 550 lbs.

See this Nylon Paracord on Amazon

Equinox Nylon paracord
50 feet 


This is all-purpose, 1/8" camp cord with a minimum tensil strength of 550 lbs.

See this Nylon Paracord on Amazon

 Miscellaneous

including note-taking supplies, glow sticks for marking one's route or location (and, for SAR, a helo landing zone), a multi-use trash bag, and more

Pen, pencil and notepad
Heatmax Hothands (2)
Heatmax Foot Warm-ups (2)
Emergency Glow Sticks (4)
Extra AA batteries (6)
Sunblock
Storage Baggies
Heavy-duty Garbage Bag
 

Pencil and notepad
Heatmax Hothands (2)
Heatmax Foot Warm-ups (2)
Emergency Glow Sticks (2)
Extra AA batteries (6)
Sunblock
Storage Baggies
Heavy-duty Garbage Bag

 

Tracking and Marking Supplies 

For Search & Rescue

Measuring tape
Flagging tape, 1 roll
Sharpie permanent marker

For measuring prints and flagging tracks, clues and other important points

 

 

 

*Not included*

More Details 

Need additional information about the contents of these packs?

The SARpack

SAR members can use this gear as the foundation for their 24-hour pack, but any hiker can choose to use this equipment.

Read
SARpack: Search & Rescue Gear
for more details.

 

The PREpack

More than just a survival kit, it's a preparedness pack for backcountry hikers.

Read
The PREpack: A Pre-Equipped Daypack For Hikers

 


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