As much as we love nature, one of the best things about exploring the great outdoors is playing around with cool new gear. And these days, a lot of that stuff is, dare we say, over-engineered to help you thrive in the wild. So grab a beer, sit back in your outdoor chair, and check out our favorite new products for your next adventure.
Brooks-Range Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag: The Elephant Foot is filled with warm comfy goose down, treated with a patented DownTek™ formula to keep it from absorbing moisture and body oils and streamlined to weigh just north of a pound. It even comes in an attractive butterscotch hue. This is not your average summer camp sleeping bag. $299.95
Concentrated Tent & Gear Solarproof: Tents and gear are subject to all kinds of damage. Synthetic fabrics can degrade quickly when exposed to moisture and UV rays, but this waterproofing and UV-blocking tech wash increases fabric strength, repels water and protects against UV deterioration. Think of it as sunblock for your tent. $13-$39
Brooks-Range Tension 40 Tent: Three’s not a crowd in this spacious, super-lightweight three-person 40-square-footer. It weighs less than four pounds, leverages optimal tension for maximum stability when out in the elements and is a snap to assemble at any campsite. $459.95
Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 LED Lantern: Finally there’s a lantern that doubles as a hub for all your electronic devices. This model features a built-in rechargeable battery that can last up to two days, adjustable brightness, and both solar and USB recharge capabilities. Talk about a magic lamp. $79.95
Sweetwood Jerky Sampler: What’s a camping trip without some sweet, smoky beef jerky? Sweetwood’s jerky sampler is made of hand-cut, dry-aged steak and features original, peppered, hot and teriyaki flavors. It’s perfect for an impromptu hike or to pair with a brew near the fire. $19.99
Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More: No matter how much of an outdoorsman you are, a particular muggy, buggy day can still get you down. The ultra-lightweight No-See-Um No More hammock encloses you in a 2100 hole-per-square-inch mesh netting with the ability to keep out even the tiniest of winged critters, so you can sleep soundly. Think of it as bug spray without the spray. $86.95
Soto Pocket Torch: With the ability to turn any disposable lighter into a wind-resistant burner that can reach blistering temperatures of up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, the Soto Pocket Torch is for the pyro in all of us. Or, you know, just the dude trying to roast a marshmallow in all of us. $19.95
CamelBak Ultra LR Hydration Vest: CamelBak’s Ultra LR vest features a secure air mesh harness, cargo and stash pockets and a center cinch with dual-adjustment waist belt for maximum comfort when crushing mountain trails. Most important, there’s room for a substantial 2 liters of sweet, life-giving nectar. We recommend water. $110
Cabela’s Camp Rocker: Rugged steel and polyester construction, adjustable armrests, an insulated drink pocket and a breathable air-inviting mesh back are just a few things that help this chair top the competition. Did we mention it rocks? $59.99
Gregory Z 55™ Backpack: The Gregory Z 55 keeps things light and tight so your important gear, snacks and gadgets are easy to reach when you’re on the go. Standout features include a padded waist belt with quick-access pockets, an integrated rain cover, two exterior stretch water bottle pockets and CrossFlo™ Suspension to provide airflow between back and pack. $199.99
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