WHAT: Timeless canvas-and-leather rucksack
WHY: As indispensable as what you put in it
Equipped with an 18-inch-long sleeve to carry an axe (and keep the head safely stowed), pockets for a folding saw and blades, and nylon webbed compression straps to expand or contract based on your needs, the Duluth Pack Bushcrafter ($415) is the expedition pack of choice. Created with long treks in mind, the pack is loaded with features but not fluff. The low profile and narrow design allow you to keep moving without getting snagged. The durable 15-ounce canvas is trimmed in leather (including padded leather-and-canvas shoulder straps and an all-leather sternum strap), for a timeless-looking pack that is also sturdy and functional. The pack is guaranteed for life, made in the United States, and available in olive drab or in waxed canvas (for $65 more); other colors are available by special order.