Whether you’re a thrill seeker shopping for yourself, a worried parent trying to protect your baby, a best friend looking to help a buddy shred it up, or a tagalong seeking some extra comfort, the best thing about the gift of outdoor gear is that it serves all those purposes simultaneously. These are the best adventuring gifts money can buy.
Because There's Always More to Explore
Slightly Less than Roughing It
Car camping is all about possibilities, whether it’s in the Adirondacks out East, the lakes of the Midwest or the empty spaces of the BLA land out West. Getting to a campsite on four wheels means you can take along a mountain bike, kayaks, hardcover pulp fiction and a cooler of microbrews. This is the camping you remember from childhood, replete with great, cushy gear — a hissing propane lantern, creaky camp chairs and someone strumming a guitar.
Everything old is new again
There was a time, believe it or not, when you could walk into an REI and buy camping gear without boning up on terminology — what the hell is cuben fiber?! — ahead of time. Feeling nostalgic?
Stock up for Woodstock
Ah, the music festival. Concert after concert under the hot sun, huge fields of camping fans, available yet astronomically priced food, and port-a-potties stretching to the horizon combine for a strange breed of “roughing it” with large doses of civilization mixed in. Prepare properly and you’re in for the weekend of a lifetime; shirk the prep and you’ll be poor and plenty grumpy come Sunday night. Here are ten pieces of gear — appropriately fitting the chaotic and not at all fashionable atmosphere you’ll come to know and love — to get your music festival experience on track for “Epic!” status. We’ll leave the collapsible peace pipe to you.
Out, Damn Pots!
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…
Your campfire's officially fired
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…
There are plenty of ways to get your coffee on in the great outdoors. The Coleman Propane Coffeemaker ($90) just happens to look and operate like most home java makers, which can reassure less savvy campers worried about missing their fix. Unlike other alternatives, this brewer can also produce a full 10 cups in one…
Foursomes, Coleman Style
The Coleman Micro Quad Lantern ($36) is a creative product that spares you expense of buying four separate flashlights (though long time readers should know we’re of the opinion you can never own too many). It includes four light pods that function as emergency hand-held lights or together act like a 360-degree lantern when combined…
The Cooler Cooler
Still made in the USA, the Wichita, Kansas-based Coleman company has been producing the Coleman Steel Belted Cooler ($130) since the 1950’s. An ever-classic staple of Americana, this 54 quart cooler will carry 85 cans of your friend’s and family’s favorite drinks with heavy-duty construction that you can pass down. Yes, a generational cooler. The…