You will find an iPad Mini, Canon G7X, HERO 2 Go Pro and Samsung Galaxy in my Osprey Exos 58 Backpack. Now, none of the above is a shameless plug but rather to illustrate my genuine love for smart technology and electronic devices.
In fact, I would say that electronic devices along with Facebook, Instagram, and the online world have greatly enhanced my interest in getting outdoors. That being said, until it offers some form of superpower, I just cannot justify spending more than €1,000 ($1,200) on a smartphone.
I refer to the latest Apple installment, the iPhone X. While people will continue to buy the latest iPhone in record numbers, I wanted to put this into perspective for outdoor adventurers or those looking to experience their first microadventure.
Outdoor Gear You Can Buy for The Cost of an iPhone X
With this in mind, here is a list of outdoor gear and gadgets that can be purchased for the same price as the latest iPhone:
Believe it or not, you can purchase the entire list above for less than the cost of an iPhone X. Personally, I think Samsung will do for now, and at least then I can invest in some of this outdoor gear with the change!
More in-depth Information on the above Outdoor Gear
While I have never owned a smartwatch (or had any interested to own one), they are now firmly on my radar. I say this in lieu of my hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 but at the same time, this is a long-term investment.
After all, I have only ever owned three different watches and used each of them for at least four years.
At this moment, the Garmin Vivoactive is my top pick regarding affordable a smartwatch for outdoor adventures. Featuring a full range of tracking features and an attractive design, this is also one of the best GPS watches for hiking.
Simply put, this is the best head torch I have ever come across. While there are certainly options out there to match the Actik Core regarding Lumens (350), it features a rechargeable battery and a relatively sturdy design.
You can read my full review for the Petzl Actik Core Here
While I have reason to believe that a new Exos is arriving on the market in January, the current series is one of the best backpacks for microadventures. In fact, I wrote a full review for this backpack recently in which I described it as my number one purchase of the year.
You can read my full Osprey Exos 58 Review Here
MSR Hubba Hubba is probably the most popular backpacking tent for microadventures in Europe. I would love to have one personally, but there is another model in the United States which I have my eye on at this moment. Either way, the MSR Hubba Hubba would make an impressive piece of kit for your outdoor adventures.
It took me a long time to pick out the best trail shoes for the Pacific Crest Trail. However, having tested these out in various weather conditions in Ireland, I can fully recommend the Columbia Conspiracy Iv Outdry. They are super light, comfortable and dry out quickly.
If I did not already have my North Face Jacket, this is most definitely the one I would be taking on my next outdoor adventure. As you should know, Outdoor Research is a solid brand, but the online reviews for this rain jacket are impressive.
How would you spend the money and what would you buy instead? Please let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: Please note the trust my audience has for my advice is of utmost importance to me. Hence, I will only recommend equipment I love from brands that I trust. I was not paid to review the above items and I purchased my own equipment. I am also without obligation to leave positive reviews for these products, I just know that this equipment work really well for other outdoor adventurers and so they are likely to work for you too. This page contains affiliate links meaning I might receive a small amount from the supplier should you decide to purchase an item through one of my links. Thank you for supporting me.