We’d want to try four multi-tasking pieces of outdoor gear.

Versatility frequently comes at the expense of performance. The age-old conundrum: gear can either do one thing really well or a lot of things rather well. However, after perusing the wares on display at this summer’s Outdoor Retailer exhibition, we discovered a number of items that promise to defy the norm. Here are the ones that piqued our interest the most.

Big Agnes Lost Ranger ($500) and Roxy Ann 3n1

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For the past two decades, Big Agnes has been producing some of the most innovative—and some of our favorite—camping gear. Following in that lengthy line of growth are the Lost Ranger and Roxy Ann 3n1 bag systems. Both the men’s and women’s versions are essentially two sleeping bags in one: a looser outer sack for warm nights beneath the stars and a tighter inner mummy that may be used alone or in combination with the outer for a temperature rating of down to 15 degrees. (For the warmest temperature rating, simply slide the former over the latter—no zippers required.) The outer bag is one pound eight ounces, while the inside bag is one pound four ounces, for a total weight of little under three pounds. They compress to about the size of three litre Nalgenes side-by-side when packed together in one stuff sack. Why are we so enthusiastic about this? If you’re a three-season camper, you’ll need two bags. The 3n1 combo is more expensive than one high-quality bag, but it is far less expensive than two, and it will keep you comfortable in a range of situations. We also like that you may leave one at home if you want to go lighter. — Will Taylor is the director of equipment.

Makalu FX Carbon ($220) by Leki

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If you’re a real runner or hiker who goes out all year and uses poles, you probably have two pairs: one made of lightweight carbon and one made of heavier, but more robust aluminium. The Makalu FX Carbon from Leki might help you tidy your gear cupboard. Because of its modular design, the lower two portions of the shaft can be totally removed and replaced. This, according to the company, makes on-trail repairs easier (albeit you’d need to be close to a shop with replacement components or have spare parts in your pack). But we’re most enthused about the opportunity to purchase a single pole that can be used for both jogging and winter hiking by just swapping out a few spare pieces. — Senior editor Ariella Gintzler

All-Day Adventure Flask by HiBear ($85)

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There are a lot of stainless steel water bottles with a lot of features on the market currently. There are vessels with tea infuser tops and nesting coffee tumblers, not to mention a slew of claims that your cider will stay hot for hours and retain ice for even longer. However, we haven’t seen one quite like HiBear’s Adventure Flask. The 32-ounce container contains an inner stainless-steel filter that runs from the lid to the bottom, as well as a removable lid that, when inverted, transforms into a pour-over filter. The Flask’s lower half unscrews to reveal an 8.5-ounce mug, allowing you to pass your freshly brewed coffee or beverage around the campfire. It’s a true all-in-one container that eliminates the need to juggle three bottles, which is great news for your overflowing cupboard. — Editor of reviews, Jeremy Rellosa

($230) Bridger Highline Helmet

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Performance that doesn’t make you miss your specialist piece of equipment is the secret to a good piece of multipurpose gear. With safety equipment, that performance is even more important (a helmet is definitely not an item you want to compromise on). We’ll be first in line if Bridger delivers on its promises with the new Highline helmet—a customised model suited for both bike and snow activities. It has two replaceable shells (one for bicycling, the other for skiing), as well as a variety of features such as ear cushions and an insulated liner for freezing powder days, and a brim and large vent sliders for hot afternoon rides. Prepare to make extra place in your gear closet if you’re a helmet hoarder. — Editorial assistant Natalia Lutterman

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