This Year in Gear
The Top Camping and Outdoor Gear of 2018
Whew! That all seemed quick. Somehow, the end of the year always takes us by surprise. It’s easy to feel that it all went by so fast and yet when we look back at everything that’s happened in the past 12 months, we realize that we really have come a long way. In camping and outdoor gear, 2018 was both reassuringly predictable and delightfully surprising.
Sleeping bags got lighter, and coolers got portable; old standbys like the spork received a welcome redesign; companies old and new embraced the continually-growing lifestyle trend while doubling down on producing technical pieces for hardcore adventurers. If anything can be gleaned from reviewing all of the camping and outdoor products that came out in 2018, it’s that companies are working harder than ever to get more people out into nature and to make them as comfortable as possible — so that they can focus on enjoying the experience.
Yeti's base camp takeover starts with a chair that can support a Honda Civic.
Perhaps most importantly, there are bottle openers on both coolers.
PrimaLoft's Gold Cross-Core insulation was developed for NASA and provides more warmth without increasing overall weight.
Key features — like a seamless six-inch upper — promise all-day comfort in the field.
All the tech from Bombas's running socks in a midweight hiking sock.
The 1101 Collection sleeping bags are the only bags available with PrimaLoft's newest heat-retaining insulation.
Sometimes it's best to treat yourself to the finer things in life, like a copper spoon and a responsibly-sourced wooden camp stool.
The SolarHome 620 is a portable, easy-to-install off-grid lighting kit. The SolarHome is equipped with three overhead lights and a wall-mounted panel that contains USB charging ports and doubles as a radio.
Every piece of the Forge is designed for customization, most notably so the upper, which is available in both synthetic ripstop and Nubuk leather.
The extra-long Morsel is a fully-equipped outdoor dining and cooking utensil with uses far beyond the backpack.
Fishing trips, tailgates or lake outings, Filson's new compact cooler was bred to come with you.
The UNA Tree Tent was made for those who despise having a good hiking trip ruined by a soggy tent. Or if you just like hammocks.
Most who trek into the woods aim to keep their backpacks as light as possible. Here's a 10-ounce exception to the rule.
Balega goes all-natural with its latest blister-resistant fabric — do they work?
A collect-'em-all modular camp cooking setup that will make you the envy of any campground or beach.
Mountain Standard and VSSL have teamed up to create an all-encompassing first aid kit for survivalists who want more resources in a smaller package.
OtterBox just released its All-Terrain Wheels, which are a set of two three-inch wide and ten-inch diameter attached to a reinforced axle and an expandable chassis that can accommodate both the 45- and 65-liter Venture...
This 90th Anniversary Box is decked out with flies tied by a legendary fly shop.
With tide information from over 500 beaches around the world, it's time to hang ten.
The North Face Homestead Collection includes packs, totes, tents and sleeping bags — essentially everything you need to get outdoors in style.
Finally, a collapsible and reusable straw you can take with you anywhere.
Don't have enough desk space for a lamp?
The most picturesque campsites in the world are often booked months in advance, and unlike fancy hotels, there is no national park Expedia to send you an alert when a site suddenly becomes available. Now...
There doesn't need to be an update to the classic Bic lighter, but in Power Practical's forthcoming Sparkr lighters we have one anyway.
There's nowhere this cooler can't go.
Snow Peak's newest cooler comes with the backing of Grizzly Coolers — one of the toughest and coldest coolers out there.
When Special Forces veterans and the inventor of the Reebok Pump team up to make a boot, you know it'll be something.
Getting into a new hobby can be daunting - especially one like fly fishing, which requires an exhaustive list of specific gear. A new company, Reyr Gear, is simplifying the process with its super-packable and...
A rotomolded cooler that actually has a feature to accommodate a parachute landing.
Hint: It was announced at the ICAST trade show in Florida this week.
Yeti has proven that its willing to over-engineer more than just coolers. Its new product collection includes a dog bowl and a picnic blanket.
Of the over 20 hiking boots that we reviewed this year we rated Vasque's Saga GTX at the top of the list. Now, it's getting a welcome update.
From a treadmill to a triathlon bike, these are some of the most beautiful outdoor products of the year.
It's like a bicycle built for two, but it's a kayak.
When a well-known bike maker experimented with titanium welding he created a new product: ultralight pipes that are perfect for the outdoors.
Carhartt WIP is Carhartt's younger, cooler brother.
Saturdays NYC collabs with another Japanese brand to push out a wetsuit we can't wait to get our hands on.
Kammok's Bobcat trail quilt is designed with features that make it versatile enough to replace that old camping standard. (It works great for lounging at home too.)
The Hestra Army Leather Couloir gloves are constructed for maximum warmth and dexterity with minimal excess materials.
Lorpen's T3+ ski sock is the first sock to use Polartec's Alpha Insulation, which was originally developed for US Special Forces.
The brand that knows how to build a high-quality water bottle — and they brought that technology to a coffee mug.
Mammut's history of producing mountain safety equipment took another step today with the release of the Wall Rider MIPS.