Camping

Reuss, Dave
Brought to you by the same folks who make the Swiss Army knife, the Rothorn 2 is a beefy four-season tent that’s ready for anything. Read more >>
Davies, Colton
I found the idea of an A-frame tent moderately intimidating when recalling father-son campouts in the ‘90s with my dad’s puke-green, 20-pound “portable” behemoth. Nevertheless, I rose to the challenge and tested out the Eureka Timberline SQ 4XT. The result? Read more >>
England, Mike
With no weight restrictions, car-camping should involve some creature comforts—and no sleep pad I’ve used is as comfortable as the ThermaRest DreamTime. Read more >>
Davies, Colton
I’ve never kept up with gear trends too well. I blame my college and post-grad budget—or maybe I’m just cheap. Nevertheless, I’m quickly learning the importance of quality products. Take the North Face Gold Kazoo, an ideal candidate for backpacking excursions. Read more >>
Howlett, David
I’ve always complained about the weight of all the water bottles I have to pack into the backcountry, and to make matters worse, I tend to deplete my supply quicker than anticipated. These problems have been solved by the kickass Reactor Stove System from MSR. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
My son was more than happy to test out the Floyd sleeping bag with the Insulated Air Core sleeping pad by Big Agnes. Built for teens not yet ready for grown-up mummies, this bag features 600-fill goose down and is good to 15 degrees. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
I’ll never roll off my sleeping pad again. The Big Agnes System, which features a Grouse Mountain mummy bag and an Insulated Air Core sleeping pad, is three-season with 600-fill goose down and rated for a chilly 15 degrees. Read more >>
England, Mike
There’s nothing better than a cool product, made right here in our cool little town, by a cool local. Read more >>
England, Mike
For warm nights, car camping, or when you need more space than your snug mummy bag allows, the Mountainsmith’s Boreas 40-degree sleeping bag is a great choice. Read more >>
England, Mike
If you've ever spend a restless night with your head rolling across a lumpy pile of sweat-soaked clothing, you know how important a good backpacking pillow can be. Problem is, most of them suck—they either take up half the pack or are so slick that your noggin slides right off. Read more >>
Sundborg, Caitlin
The Copper Spur UL3 tent has a trail weight of a little over four pounds and its floor space (44 square feet) is big enough to fit a queen-size air mattress. Read more >>
Ebeling, Chris
For many years, if a backpacker wanted a solo shelter under three pounds, he or she had to choose between a two-pole tunnel tent, a hooped bivy sack, or a tarp-style shelter. All of these left either livable space or weather-proofing to the imagination. Read more >>
England, Mike
For multi-day backpacking trips where space and weight are major concerns, a lightweight, minimalist shelter can turn an otherwise arduous slog into a pleasant stroll through the summer woods. Options abound these days, but we like the NEMO Meta 1P. Read more >>
England, Mike
If you’re a casual backpacker or just learning to explore the backcountry, you may not want to drop several hundo on a tent that’ll only get used a few times per year. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
Do not underestimate the need for a bomber sleeping bag when spending time outdoors this winter. Long, frigid days and cold, stormy nights take their toll without a solid refuge from the elements. Read more >>
Sullivan, Megan
Let’s face it, being wet while camping sucks—especially if you're sleeping in a hammock. Thankfully there’s the ENO ProFly Sil rainfly, which allows you to enjoy dry and worry-free nights. It's super lightweight and has a low-bulk profile for backpackers on the go. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Super packable, lightweight, and tough, the Crazy Creek Crazy Crib can transform any beautiful forest or mountainside into an instant lounger’s paradise. Just unroll, sling between two sturdy objects with the adjustable straps, and get your lounge on. Read more >>
Editors
The Sierra Designs Veranda 3 Tent is the perfect crash pad for three weary travelers—or in our case, two people and two dogs. This snazzy three-season shelter is designed for comfort, with two doors, two vestibules, a high ceiling, and a panorama window to enjoy the view. Read more >>
England, Mike
When it’s time to throw your own backyard bash, remember that convenience is a key ingredient for success. From park to back lawn, portable tables and shelters can make the difference between an uncomfortable afternoon and a carefree day outdoors. Read more >>
Editors
Food is the all-important consideration when car-camping—and the Primus Atle BBQ Stove facilitates some fine lakeside dining. Lightweight, durable, and easy to set up, this camper’s mini-kitchen has a standard burner for boiling and a grill for steaks and burgers. Read more >>
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