Thank you for visiting our website. This is an ongoing work in progress.

Gear in Subaru


List of gear we recommend:

Please reference REI’s  "10 Essentials" list  for more ideas: 

We recommend the following at a bare minimum for most trail runs, no matter the time of year:

  • A smile and a positive attitude

  • A basic first aid kit including any medication (Insulin, Inhalers, etc; whatever medications you may need away from home)

  • At least 1 ABC fire extinguisher somewhere easily accessible. 

  • Basic car kit (tire iron, jumper cables, etc)

  • Tire-Deflator and a means of airing up (Compressor, CO2 bottle, etc)

  • Food and drink for lunch, and extra food and snacks for the day/night for yourself and any passengers (don’t forget your pets!)

  • Weather-appropriate clothing, including but not limited to; warm clothes, extra socks, warm and waterproof shoes, extra shoes/boots if possible, hats/beanies, gloves, raincoat, sweatshirt, winter coat (as needed), snow pants (as needed), sunscreen, bug spray, etc. 

  • Flashlight, lantern, headlamps, etc

  • A warm blanket for you and any passengers

  • Walkie-talkies with spare batteries and/or charger

  • A tool kit consisting of basic hand tools (sockets, screwdrivers, wrenches, zip ties, hose clamps, torque wrench, etc)

  • Tire-repair kit, Colby emergency valve stems, spare cores, starter fluid+lighter for re-beading a tire, etc. 

  • Shovels

  • Jack with supporting base if necessary (for lifted Subarus, a couple blocks of wood and the factory scissor jack should suffice in most cases)

  • A full-size spare tire (same brand, size, and tread wear if at all possible to reduce potential damage to AWD system)

  • Spare fluids (oil, coolant, power steering fluid/ATF, brake fluid, etc)

Highly Recommended Gear To Add: 

  • 72 hr pack with basic survival supplies for yourself and any passengers

  • Offline maps downloaded to your phone using Avenza Maps or other offline GPS maps app. (Paper maps and a compass are always recommended as well)

  • Another communication device with charger and/or extra batteries (CB, Ham radio, etc)

  • Satellite Messenger/GPS (Garmin InReach, SpotX, etc)

  • Spare parts: At least (1) outer tie rod, at least (1) inner tie rod, (1) front CV axle, (1) rear CV axle, (4+) lug nuts, (4+) wheel studs

  • Recovery gear suited to your vehicle. This includes at a minimum the following:

  • A solid recovery point (Receiver hitch with shackle adapter is the easiest and cheapest for most of us for the rear, and using two shackles with a tow or tree strap to bridle the front is the best option for the front. The stock screw-in tow eye if available can work as a last resort, although it is strongly not recommended for hard snatch recoveries.

  • MaxTrax or other traction boards

  • 20 to 30 ft long tow strap (no stretch) NO METAL HOOKS, loop style straps only

  • 20 to 30 ft long recovery strap (2-3 times the GVWR of your vehicle or ~17k lbs max -- These stretch to reduce the shock load on recovery points and your vehicle) 

  • 10 to 15 ft long “tree saver” strap (for bridling between points if necessary)

  • (4) or more 3/4 inch rated hard shackles and/or (4) or more rated soft shackles

Find some of our recommended gear on Amazon:

More stuff is added all the time!