Mountain Biking and Camping Weekend In Moab

The must-have gear for exploring Utah's desert playground.

Curated by Jake Young

With easy access to some of our nation’s most diverse national parks, a reputation for some of the best mountain biking in the world and more red rock landscape than you could explore in a lifetime, Moab has solidified its position as one of the top outdoor recreation towns in the U.S. With the diversity of activity, also comes diversity in the gear that is needed to explore this wonderful area. In my opinion, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons, which means the weather can be unpredictable. This is my kit for hiking, biking and camping in and around Moab.

Personal Water Filter

$17.99

Cheap, light and effective. The LifeStraw is small enough and light enough to find a place in my mountain biking and hiking pack for emergencies or to obviate the need for carrying extra water.

Sunski Headland Sunglasses - Polarized

$47.95

For biking, I usually just wear cheap gas station shades until they inevitably get smashed. But for the drive to the trailhead, I love me a pair of Sunskis. The Headlands are a solid choice and super affordable.

Garmin Oregon 700

$399.99

It's never a bad idea to have some kind of handheld GPS device with you when exploring the desert. Especially if you're headed to Moab in the shoulder season when the weather is shifty, the Oregon 700's weather support can really come in handy.

CLIF BLOKS Energy Chews

$35.82

ClifBar Shotbloks are my go-to energy food for high output activity. They taste awesome and are easy to eat when on the move. Some of the varieties also have caffeine in them which is another added bonus. The price above is for a 16-pack.

Bell Super 2 Helmet

$134.95

The trails in Moab can get pretty rowdy and it’s important to protect your skull. I use the Bell Super R2 with detachable chin piece. This helmet provides full head protection, vents well, and even comes with an attachment to mount your GoPro.

CamelBak Mule Hydration Pack - 549cu in

$76.26

Camelbak’s M.U.L.E is my go-to for storing water, holding tools and protecting a mid trail beer. This pack is light enough to not be bothersome, but can also hold three liters of water. It also has mountain bike specific features like helmet hooks.

Specialized Stump Jumper Evo

$3,400.00

From smooth slick rock to technical sandstone blocks, Moab has some of the most interesting and exciting trails in the world. Although a wide variety of bikes can handle the terrain, I prefer the Specialized Stump Jumper Evo. This bike has the perfect mix of suspension and climbing abilities.

The North Face Ultra Fastpack Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoes

$140.00

I am now on my third pair of The North Face’s Ultra Fastpack Gore-Tex trail running shoes. These shoes can take any challenge you throw at them. They also have the added benefit of being waterproof.

Ibex Seventeen.5 Nelson Shirt - Long-Sleeve - Men's

$120.00

I am a huge fan of merino wool. The temperature regulation of this amazing fabric is unbeatable. Merino wool can be worn for days on end when showers aren’t always on option and will tend to stink less than other fabrics. Whether its high intensity hiking or just chilling around camp, I like to use my Seventeen.5 long and short sleeve shirts from Ibex Wool.

Patagonia Nano-Air Insulated Jacket - Men's

$249.00

The Patagonia Nano Air is probably one of the most versatile pieces of clothing that I own. Its weight is almost a non-issue, it’s warm and it’s very breathable. It’s a perfect layer for when the sun goes down and the warmth of the desert subsides.

MSR PocketRocket Stove

$39.95

Whether it’s making coffee or cooking up some dank burritos, you can’t go wrong with the MSR Pocket Rocket. This thing rocks. I have had mine for over 7 years now without a single issue. It is also relatively inexpensive.

Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack - 3967cu in

$299.95

For backpacking, I like to use my Gregory Baltoro 65 Pack. This pack has everything that you would want out of a backpacking pack. Super comfortable, great organization compartments, and a built in rainfly. I usually care a lot of camera gear and this bag can really take heavy loads with ease.

REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent

$299.00

If I am going backpacking into Canyonlands National Park and trying to cut weight, I’ll use the REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent. This tent is only about 3lbs and wont break your bank.

Marmot Never Summer Sleeping Bag

$289.00

The desert can actually get pretty chilly in the shoulder seasons so it is important to have a warm sleeping bag. I use the Marmot Never Summer. It is probably overkill with its 0° Degree rating, but this bag is extremely comfortable. It is also small enough and light enough to take on the trail.

Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pad

$168.95

The Exped Synmat 7 Air Pad is one my favorite pieces of gear that I have ever owned. Besides providing excellent insulation, this thing is ridiculously comfortable. It’s small and light enough to take backpacking and also comes with a built in hand pump.

Marmot Limelight 3P Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

$298.95

I use two different types of tents depending on the activity. If I am just car camping along the Colorado River, I’ll use my Marmot Limelight 3P. This tent is super roomy, easy to set up and has great internal storage mesh for storing lights or other items.