A16 Staff Picks

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Best of the Best

A16 carries a lot of really great products, so we asked our Gear Experts to tell us about the gear they don't backpack, hike, climb, leave home – without.

Prices shown throughout this website are MSRP and do not reflect sale prices that may be offered in-store.

david and pants

Prana Men's Stretch Zion Pant – $85  (Women's Halle Pant--Not Shown)
These stretchy, fast-drying pants are really versatile. They have the technical chops for a rugged hike or bouldering outing, but don't look out of place at the local brewery if you want to enjoy some IPA afterwards. 

Available at A16 Stores – not online. Come in and try on a pair to get the proper size and fit.  

Light, durable and breathable, the Stretch Zion pant is also wrinkle resistant, quick drying and DWR coated to repel water and spills. This standard fit pant has a ventilated inseam gusset, and roll-up leg snaps maximize air circulation. Complete with cargo pocket and UPF50+ sun protection.

Recommended by David Kurneta, A16 San Diego Manager 
David enjoys trail running/racing, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking and gets out on the local trails several times a week – especially if he's training for a race. "Any trail is a good trail, but the more remote the better! The harder the journey, the greater the reward." A veteran outdoor industry professional, David loves being able to help Customers prepare for their own adventures. "I've gotten so much enjoyment and satisfaction out of my time in the outdoors, I want other people to experience that, as well." 


mitchell and headband

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
Not only is this headlamp super bright, it's also one of the most durable and water/dust resistant lights out there. You can really put it through the ringer!

Recommended by Mitchell Nazaroff, West L.A. Sales Associate 
Although Mitchell enjoys climbing, surfing and camping, his most serious outdoor pursuit is photography. The "fire" started when he was 18 after his grandfather handed down an old Pentax film camera and taught him basic techniques. Some of Mitchell's work can be seen on his Instagram account @mnazperspective  along with his motto, "Mother Nature is the artist – I am just the witness." Check it out! 


Travas and jacket

Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket
This jacket looks cool and stuffs down small into it's own pocket, making it super easy to pack.

Recommended by Travis Osborn A16 San Diego Assistant Manager 
An avid backpacker and aspiring climber, Travis' latest adventures involved "taking on the Tetons with ice axes and shorts!" 


Marty and shorts

Patagonia Baggies Shorts
These lightweight, colorful, old school style shorts are great both in and out of the water. Manufactured of recycled nylon means they're easy on the environment too.

Recommended by Marty Williams, A16 West L.A. Sales Associate 
An avid trailrunner, Marty loves running in the local Santa Monica Mountains and Laguna Beach canyons. On the side, Marty is an artist (including acting, drawing and painting) and has appeared in several short films, television shows and plays. 


Jamie and CamelBak

CamelBak Reservoir 2L
The easy locking system allows you to fill it and lock it with ease. Just fill it, click it and go! Another great feature is the new bite valve that gives you 20% more water per sip!

Recommended by Jamie Athey A16 San Diego Sales Associate 
Hiking, climbing, skiing, fishing, camping, kayaking, birding, botany – Jamie loves just about everything outdoors. Her goal is to hike every National Park and monument in the U.S. Her favorite so far is Zion NP where she's hiked EVERY single trail. 


erika and RuffWear Approach Pack

Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack
Your dog can carry all his own water and supplies in this versatile dog pack. It's a great size for long day-hikes or light, multi-day hikes and the comfortable design of the harness design doesn't rub or chafe.

Recommended by Erika Fiksdal A16 West L.A. General Manager 
Erika has been camping since before she could walk and has many fond memories of heading off with the family in the VW camper and old-school motorhome. The LA-born daughter of two adventurous and active Scandinavians, Erika is just as likely to be found hiking in the fjords in Norway or in the wilderness of New Zealand as she is to be found kayaking in Oregon or enjoying her native Santa Monica Mountains with her outdoor adventure buddies Mark, Poppy and Loki. 


amy and western mountaineering bag

Western Mountaineering Alpinlite Sleeping Bag
If you want the warmest, widest and lightest, this bag’s for you! Made almost entirely by hand in the U.S.A., the craftsmanship of this brand is unmatched.

Recommended by Amy Simmons, A16 Assistant Manager 
A world traveler, Amy enjoys climbing throughout the United States and Internationally and has traveled all over the world including Thailand, Bali, Spain, Nicaragua, South Korea, and the Seychelles.


Josh and thermarest pad

Thermarest Neo-Air XLite
The comfort-to-weight ratio of this pad is outstanding. Its generous 2.5” thickness boasts an incredibly low weight of 12oz, while still maintaining an R-Value of 3.2! Whether you’re an ultra-light thru hiker or a car camper, this is the perfect sleeping pad.

Recommended by Josh Pisciotti, A16 San Diego Sales Associate 
Josh is a prolific sport climber and backpacker who loves combining the two hobbies in Yosemite, Big Bear and the local deserts.


Pablo and Osprey backpack

Osprey Aether Pro 70 Backpack
“Aesthetically awesome!” This pack is the PERFECT size and has great back/shoulder support.

Recommended by Pablo Fitten, A16 West L.A. Sales Associate 
Hiking, cycling, ocean kayaking and backpacking are among Pablo's favorite outdoor activities. His favorite backpacking trips include, "the amazing Skyline to Sea Trail," the JMT, Havasupai and Butano State Park.


peter and eagle creek duffle

Eagle Creek National Geographic All-Purpose Duffle
The tough, weatherproof construction, removable backpack straps and clamshell opening make this a true adventure travel bag.

Recommended by Peter Gaspar, A16 West L.A. Sales Associate 
"I will hike almost anywhere, especially if it’s for a good cause. I've hiked Mt. Baldy to benefit disabled Veterans (Climb for Heroes), organized the Annual Night Hike to Help the Homeless in L.A., and I'll even sing a Heavy Metal tune to benefit Autism charities."


talya and Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket

Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket
A perfect layer for hiking, this jacket weighs nothing and is ultra-packable!

Recommended by Talya Diri, A16 West L.A. Sales Associate 
A hiker, backpacker, and climber, Talya can be found cooking up a storm on most weekends to fuel her mountain adventures.


tim and superfeet insoles

Superfeet Insoles
Superfeet are an amazing tool for improving and perfecting the fit of any footwear. The added support and cushioning reduces foot strain and keeps you feeling energized.

Recommended by Tim Kang, A16 West L.A. Master Bootfitter 
Tim's outdoor interests include "anything under the sun and stars."  With over 17 years of footwear experience, and as a former high-level athlete, Tim has a deep understanding of  the importance of matching the activity with the proper shoe and fit in order to prevent and/or recover from injury.