Alaska hunters are passionate about their gear, and rightly so. When gear does not perform as advertised in other parts of the world, it might be a minor inconvenience. But in Alaska it can spell disaster. A lacerated tent can mean enduring hypothermic conditions for days until help arrives. A broken backpack strap or busted frame weld can mean that you have no practical means of getting those heavy moose quarters to camp. A shorted-out flashlight may mean an inability to see that bear that wandered into your camp after nightfall. Good gear is essential.