Camping

Art of the Grill

Snow Peak Baja Burner LI

Here’s a new twist on an old dictum: dissatisfaction is the mother of all invention. This illustrates well what set accomplished mountaineer Yukio Yamai on the path to a superior stove that could meet all his needs without unnecessary clunkiness. His Baja Burner LI ($160) is simplicity and humbleness made tangible. Composed of stainless steel,...

Celebrating 100 years as working man's best friend

Stanley 100th Anniversary Vacuum Bottle

If you’ve ever ventured into a cold winter morning with your old man, there’s a good chance you’ve drunk coffee the best way it’s served: piping hot, with steam rising out of the top of an old Stanley Thermos’s cap cup. To celebrate 100 years of that stoic pea-green metal friend, Stanley is releasing its...

Some good pot

Vargo Titanium BOT Bottle Pot

Light and compact is the mantra of anyone schlepping gear from a to b on their own two feet. You have to be able to cook, eat and drink without looking like you just raided a Williams-Sonoma store. Vargo’s Titanium BOT Bottle Pot does just that, despite having been named by a less-than-poet-laureate. Made of...

Baggy brewin'

Grower’s Cup Coffee

We’ve covered plenty of solutions for drinking Barista-grade coffee out in the bush, but European brand Grower’s Cup should win the lazy bon vivant’s stamp of approval. Each of their Coffeebrewer bags are self-described as a disposable french press. Every bag contains a filter with 26 grams of specialty coffee — good for brewing up...

This kind of space would run you around $1,800/month in the city

Stoic Arx XL 2 Tent

If you’ve avoided enjoying the great outdoors because you can’t stand being cramped into a stifling claustrophobic tent, check out Stoic’s Arx Xl2 ($188), a tall camper 2-person tent that’s as lightweight as it is spacious. Although the entire structure takes up just 28 square feet of ground, the long and wide dimensions allow for campers...

Swiss Army light

Mammut T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag

Mammut understands pack space is a premium when it comes to ultralight camping and designed the T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag ($50) to pull triple duty. Like most dry bags, it protects your gear from the elements, or conversely, safely carries up to three liters of liquid to and from your base camp. At night, the bag earns its name when paired with the included T-Trail headlamp -- serving as a soft diffuser and makeshift lantern that provides enough ambient light to set the mood in all but the largest of tents. More importantly, it frees up a vital space in your equipment pack -- leaving you with just enough room for some speakers and a little Marvin Gaye. Buy Now: $50

Oh you fancy now

Buck Custom Knife Builder

Buck has been making knives since 1902. You’ve been making knives since, uh, never. That shouldn’t stop you from combining your extensive talent with Buck’s 100 years of experience to create a unique blade via their new Buck Custom Knife Builder ($62+). Using the online tool, buyers can choose between two knife models (the 500...

Cool Out(doors)

BaseCamp Refrigerator & Freezer

Love camping but hate truly roughing it? BaseCamp’s monster 42-quart Refrigerator/Freezer ($860) plugs right into your car’s 12V DC power system and can keep food/beverages/fresh kills cold at a 0°–45°F in one of two storage bins — leaving you to sit by the fire imagining whether you’d make it as a cowboy in the old...

Brunch. Anywhere.

Nau Luxe Cafe Kit

Camping requires plenty of tradeoffs, but your morning routine is one area where you shouldn’t have to sacrifice. Highly functional and highly stylish brand Nau felt your pain and collaborated with Snow Peak to create the Nau luxe cafe kit ($125). It’s a lightweight set that provides most of the comfort of a typical brunch...

Leave it to Cleaver

Woodman’s Pal Military Premium 284

If you’re itching to reenact an episode of Lost, husk coconuts, or just clear brush, the Woodman’s Pal Military Premium 284 machete should come in handy. The made in the USA concave axe blade, forged in high carbon steel (hardened to Rockwell C47+2 for you knife aficionados), “catches” branches and vines, reducing the glancing blows...

Flyweight

Timberland LiteTrace Hiker

Eschewing the goliath, steel-toed, curb-stomp readiness of hiking boots of yore, the LiteTrace Mid Waterproof Hiker ($150) are the funked-up kick you’ve been looking to hit your next trail with. Three-ply laminated waterproof membrane, durable upper mesh and climbing rubber overlays, Pebax midsole foam for durability and comfort; and Green Rubber lug soles for outstanding...

Pigs too can fly

Flying Pig Fly Rods

When Larry Damore isn’t rocking audiences behind the mic touring with punk band Pegboy, you can usually find him somewhere upstream, in a calm and quiet section of the Mississippi. The Chicago based lead also happens to be an avid fly fisher and craftsman to boot. Flying Pig Performance Fly Rods are the result of...

Knot Your Average Rope

ASR Tactical Kevlar Survival Cord

It’s a fact: technological improvements make simple survival tools more effective. There’s no shame in using a lighter rather than flint and steel, water purification tablets over straining through a sweat-soaked T-shirt, or spraying some deet versus smearing cool, putrid mud all over yourself. In the same vein, ASR Tactical Kevlar Survival Cord ($7) is...

Diamond in the roughin’ it

Heimplanet Cave

With a design based on the crystalline structure of the diamond, the Heimplanet Cave inflatable tent provides a stable structure with a large square footage. Seating six and sleeping three adults, the five air chambers make raising the tent fast and easy. No fumbling with poles or pins — just unroll and inflate, and let...

Ready when you need it

REI Camp Table XL

REI’s Camp Table XL ($100) knows its place — out of sight and out of your way until it’s called out for action. The aluminum / steel legged heat-resistant slat top unfolds into a large-surfaced table perfect for all the pots, plates, grills and whatever else you need for that campsite party. The individually adjustable...

As flexible as it is portable

Handpresso Wild Hybrid

We’ve already established that the Handpresso is a great security blanket for coffee fiends with a penchant for outdoor adventures. It’s one achilles heal is a dependence on Easy Serve Espresso pods. Handpresso clearly heard the gripes of purists everywhere and addressed the situation with their new Handpresso Wild Hybrid ($130). Unlike its predecessors, this...

Take it all and then some

BigFoot Cargo Bags

The utility of a BigFoot Bag wouldn’t be lost on a wiseguy like Tony Soprano. They’re designed to lay completely flat for quick loading and unloading of everything from large bundles of cash to liberated merchandise, or even the recently “disposed of” competition. Once the dirty work is done, the bags zip up and securely...

Roaming? Yes, please.

IsatPhone Pro

Looking like a hefty version of an everyday cell phone, the IsatPhone Pro packs a well-designed punch. Features include: a case resistant to any harm that might befall it, reliable global coverage, and most importantly, a battery that actually has a life — 8 hours talk time, 100 hours standby — and it can function...

Keep your eye on the prize

Bushnell 10×42 Legend HD Ultra Binoculars

Bushnell boasts that if their award-winning waterproof 0x42 Legend HD Ultra Binoculars ($217) aren’t the best damn bino’s you ever used in your life, the company will happily refund every dime you spent. No questions asked. Do they have any right to be so cocky? Absolutely. The set’s ED Prime Extra-Low dispersion glass and Ultra...

Fire in the holes

Primus Firehole

Our collective taste buds have been maturing at a rapid rate, and no longer will charcoal laden processed meats satisfy the hunger achieved after a long day of hiking the wilderness. The Primus Firehole is the essential tool for any outdoor enthusiast who also knows the secret to a great meal is a controllable, consistent...

Bivy Be Gone!

Easton Kilo 1P Tent

We all get to the point where we just want to be alone. For those who use camping excursions as that outlet, rejoice. The Easton Kilo 1P ($348) is here. Weighing in at a hair over two pounds with short folding poles, it fits in nearly any pack perfectly and unnoticeably. It’s time to replace...

Out, Damn Pots!

Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink

Make like Lady MacBeth when you get tagged for KP during your next foray into the “wild” with the Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink ($50). This camp cleaner sports a pressurized spraying system, powered by either the included battery cartridge and four “D” batteries or Coleman’s CPX 6 rechargeable battery pack (sold separately) that provides a...

Summer Rain

Nemo Helio Pressure Shower

Perfect for remote work sites, camping, a day at the beach, or after muddin’ on your favorite trail, the Nemo Helio Pressure Shower will have you smelling like a rose on your birthday deathbed (end lyrics). The Helio shower boasts an 11 liter (2.9 gal) capacity, good for 5-7 minutes of steady water pressure, and...

Putting the camp back in camping

Poler Camping Equipment

One look at Poler’s product line which includes phenomenal names such as the Duffaluffagus ($80), and items like the Napsack ($130), a wearable sleeping bag with sleeve holes and a hood, and you’ll quickly understand this is no Patagonia in the making. Instead, they’d rather focus on creating some hard-hitting camping gear with a pinch...

For pressing needs in the outback

GSI Personal Java Press

There’s nothing like the great outdoors, and for your money, that first cup of coffee on a cool wilderness morning is as good as it gets. But such serenity is easily undermined by a flat, bitter cup of instant coffee. Your delicate French press doesn’t really fit in the woods, but that shouldn’t keep you...

Pottermore

Kickstarter: PowerPot X

As any seasoned backpacker will tell you, charging electronics while far from electrical sources is not yet a perfected task. With solar technology getting more efficient, and external batteries getting more powerful, the solutions are growing. However, the options are still bulky and heavy – the biggest adversaries for outdoorspeople. Enter the PowerPot, the most...

Do good while drinking well

Miir Drinking Bottles

Did you know that more people die from drinking contaminated water than all forms of violence? What if you could help those people simply through your gear acquisitions? Now you can, with the exceptionally stylish and sleek-looking Miir Waterbottle ($15+). For every bottle you purchase Miir’s one4one initiative donates one full dollar to those who...

Rain or shine, you'll be fine

Patagonia Stormfront Pack

The Stormfront Pack ($279) is any simple outdoor adventurer’s dream. Its beefed-up backpack form is made of 840-denier double polyurethane-coated nylon fabric (that’s science-speak for “super waterproof stuff”) and features a waterproof zipper system, an internal custom-fit padded gear case complete with adjustable divider, and even a separate zippered mesh pocket. The Pack’s backpack harness...

Relax, I'm a professional

Nargear Backcountry Ski Civilian Backpacks

It’s a pretty safe bet that a backpack designed to haul 45 pounds of gear into debris-spewing, quadruple-digit infernos can also handle muling a shovel, miscellaneous clothes and tools up a sleepy peak. That’s the way Nargear figures, anyway. The company has been manufacturing burly backpacks for parachuting firefighters for more than a decade and...

Summer's portable penthouse

Tepui Roof Top Tents

Now that summer’s just around the bend, it’s time to start thinking about making the most of your weekends again. But, if your idea of car camping is heading for the nearest KOA with a Honda Civic jammed full of Sports Authority clearance rack tents, it might just be time to rethink your strategy. Instead,...

Scribble and survive

Tanner Goods Clay Notebook

Journals have always played a prominent and intimate role in the history of great adventurers. In spite of the seemingly endless proliferation of i-madness, even Steve Jobs couldn’t duplicate the tactile joy of putting pen to paper. While we’ve recommended many options for this gear staple in the past, the hand-made Tanner Goods Clay Notebook...

Form meets function

Nemo Equipment Losi 3P Tent

The great outdoors is both something to fear and something to cherish. While exploring, one of the most frustrating challenges can be sleeping comfortably. This renders a good tent a truly valuable asset, and a lot of details contribute to that quality. As comfortable as it is beautiful, the NEMO Equipment Losi ($450) is a...

Laundry without borders

The Scrubba Portable Wash Bag

Looking good should never be your first priority when trekking, but that doesn’t mean feeling dirty is fun. The Scrubba Portable Wash Bag ($30) is a new project started by Ashley Newlandon on the Kickstarter competitor IndieGoGo. The idea came to her while prepping for her summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. As she saw it, soaking...

Baby Got Back

The Doubleback

At first glance, the Doubleback looks like your average VW Transporter van. Pushing a single button, however, completely transforms the popular European passenger carrier into a home away from home in just under a minute. Thanks to the extra room provided by the extendable pod, the central cabin serves as a fully functioning kitchen, complete...

Well hung

Grand Trunk Hammock Compatible Sleeping Bag

The 24-hour news cycle can keep your head spinning if you don’t take some time to escape. Heck, the fact that we know who Justin Beiber is upsets us. Viscerally. Nonetheless, when the time comes for a relaxing weekend get-away, think about packing the Hammock Compatible Sleeping Bag from Grand Trunk ($180) next to the...

Your campfire's officially fired

Coleman Outdoor Portable Oven & Stove

The antithesis of ultralight backpacking? Hauling your own oven to bake 12′ frozen pizzas in the great outdoors. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with the drag-your-home-into-the-bush mentality (we’ll wolf down a DiGiorno as fast as the next desperate soul after days of dehydrated meals), but at 41 lbs, Coleman’s new outdoor portable oven and...

Go try a Kyte

Holtkamper Kyte Tent Trailer

Who doesn’t love car camping? All the benefits of the outdoors without having to forego some vital creature comforts. But it can still be a royal pain setting up and breaking down camp. Plus, moving from tent to eating/sitting/chillin’ areas can be not so seamless. The Holtkamper Kyte tent trailer can change all that and...

Amble on

Keen Ambler

KEEN is the master of versatile footwear (though they have yet to make a killer pair of wingtips), shoes that effortlessly go from trailhead to casual Friday to happy hour. And just when we thought they couldn’t possibly make another cool day hiker, they come out with a new one – the Ambler. Rather than...

From drive to desk, with nary a drip

Stanley Adventure Multi-use Bottle

Stanley’s classic all steel vacuum bottles have been a fixture of campsites and worksites for decades, thanks to their durable design and excellent sealing. The Adventure Multi-use Bottle ($10) is a natural progression from those classic roots. The versatile screw-off body makes the bottle easy to clean and also pulls double duty as a 24...

Heat your meals, charge your phone

BioLite CampStove

They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks — but the same axiom apparently isn’t true for the wood burning camp stove — the oldest camping gear dog of all. Like any other timber burnin’ stove, the BioLite CampStove is great for cooking, since there’s no risk of fire-starting chemicals flavoring your grub. Lugging...

Lite a fire

SlatGrill

For grilling in the great outdoors, lightweight construction and portability are a must, but without durability and a flexibility, there’s really not much point (or culinary joy) in lugging one around. Oddly, there aren’t that many great options out there. Newcomer SlatGrill ($110), designed by Chris Weyandt of St. Paul Minnesota, offers up a solution...

What down side?

Sierra Designs DriDown Sleeping Bags

The next time you think Mother Nature has lost her edge to science, consider this fact. Despite all of the advanced synthetic insulators on the market today, no material boasts a better warmth to weight ratio than down. The trouble is that down’s got a serious achilles heel. As most outdoor enthusiasts know, its thermal...

Gourmet kitchen in nature's motel

GSI Pinnacle Base Camper Cookware

Just because you can’t (or won’t) lug your Calphalons along with you doesn’t mean your bivouac has to be barren of cookware. At least not with a set of GSI Outdoor cookware like the Pinnacle Base Camper ($110). Built with durability and easy stowability in mind, the set includes everything you need for your next...

One glove that works better than two

Camp G Comp Wind Gloves

Most winter gloves force adventure seekers to choose between protection and dexterity. If you’re sick of dealing with mummy-like hand skills for the sake of keeping warm, then take a gander at the G-Comp Wind Glove ($80) from Italian outdoor brand Camp. The medium weight base glove features a durable, synthetic leather palm and Grip’R...