Shopping Picks in Camping & Hiking
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Pack up your fishing gear in a Fishpond Sweetwater Reel Case and head out for a day at your favorite fishing hole. These sturdy, nylon carriers have interior pockets for smaller items, and can hold up to four reels. With sizes from small to extra large, there's a case for every fishing fan. The exterior is padded for protection and there are optional padded dividers to further safeguard each reel in the case.
Memorial Day means picnics, swimming, and lots of cold beverages. This Coleman 54-Quart Classic Steel Belted Cooler will hold enough cold drinks and food to feed a small army. The cooler's inside liner can easily be cleaned, and features a leak-proof and rust-resistant drain to empty any liquids. With its durable steel lid and case, you don't have to worry about it getting damaged should it fall off the back of the camper.
Whether you're heading out to fish, or just paddling on the river, you'll find a canoe that's right for your water adventures at L.L.Bean. We like the Camper Canoe Package, which includes a sturdy canoe that can hold up to 900 lbs., along with paddles and two removable seats that the L.L.Bean "paddling staff" says are the most comfortable they've ever used. It's the perfect setup for stowing food, drink, and other essentials... more
Whether you're planning on spending the Kentucky Derby in the infield or barbecuing with some friends in your backyard, a picnic blanket is essential for relaxing and enjoying the day. Picnic Time Siesta Blanket's nylon exterior is waterproof and protects the blanket while on the ground. The fleece interior makes it extra comfy for lying in the sun. It also folds into itself and comes with a shoulder strap for easy portability.
Pack simple for your next camping trip with the compact Snow Peak Titanium Solo Cook Set. It includes a durable pot and cup -- all you need for basic cooking. The set is compact and lightweight at only 5.5 oz. It also comes with its own carrying bag. Trade out your bulky cookware set and make room for other gear. If you have a Snow Peak GigaPower Stove, you can save even more space... more
There's a Swiss Army Knife to fit any pocket, purse, or backpack. They last for years and come in handy a surprising number of times, even if your only outdoor adventure is a day at the zoo. Our favorite is the Swiss Army Champ, which has everything. Open any bottle or can, strip wire, saw wood, scale fish. This knife has enough gadgets, tools, and blades to help you out in any situation.
Our 10-year-old tent is perfect for campground camping. It says to the world we're the kind of campers who need their car and bathrooms with showers nearby. Cabela's XPG Expedition 4-Season Tent, on the other hand, says you are a person of adventure. On Cabela's site, they claim "these tents can stand up to heavy snowfall, violent wind, pounding rain and sleet." If, like us, you'd never actively seek out camping opportunities involving violent... more
The Mountain Hardwear Men's Sub Zero Down Jacket is designed for sport climbing, but this warm outwear can help if all you're climbing is the walls because you haven't been outside in a week. This no-nonsense 650-fill down jacket takes itself very seriously. It's just what you want for severe winter weather, because frostbite isn't fun, but neither is foregoing your weekly Sunday breakfast at the cafe that's three blocks away.
Backpacker magazine recently did a feature on how to make perfect coffee while camping. The MSR MugMate got high marks because it's so small and easy to use. The MugMate weighs less than an ounce and works for both coffee and tea. Just put it in your cup, load it up with your favorite (ground) coffee beans, and pour in hot water. No muss, no fuss, no filters. And you can store the MugMate... more
As seen in the July issue of the Oprah magazine: Creative Living's roll up beach mats. Available in several color combinations, each mat measures 24" x 56" and is made of a breathable, lightweight foam. Roll it up, secure it with the fabric ties, and sling it over your shoulder for easy transport to and from the beach, leaving your hands free to carry more important things (like the cooler). The mats certainly look... more
What do you get when you cross a hammock and a tent? (Raccoon bait? --Ed.) A camping hammock. Apparently you need one of these for when you're really going off the map and camping on the sides of mountains or other hard terrain. Backpacker and Outside magazines both recommend Lawson camping hammocks, specifically the Blue Ridge model. The 3-season camping hammocks are lightweight (4-5 pounds), weather-resistant, and protect you from flying insects. They look... more
With the Dualist cooking system, everything you need for outdoor cooking for 2 people fits inside one pot, and the whole thing weighs just over a pound. This set includes 2 insulated cups, 2 bowls, 2 Sip-It tops, a 1.8-liter pot with a lid that has small holes for straining pasta, and a carrying sack that doubles as a sink or water-hauling container. Backpacker says: "The nine-piece cookset simply disappears into itself." The
Backpacker magazine recently gave GoLite's Adrenaline sleeping bags an Editors' Choice award, saying "These sacks are warm like the Grand Canyon is big: You gotta experience it to understand it." The lightweight bags have a trimmer mummy shape that ensures a close fit, warmth efficiency, and core temperature regulation. Available in men's and women's sizes, they're made with premium 800-fill goose down and are waterproof at the head and feet to protect against... more
If you only go camping once a year, a basic tent from Target's probably all you need. But if you're a Serious Outdoors Type and camp a lot, you night want to check out the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3-person tent. Backpacker magazine says "you simply won't find anything else this light, roomy, and weatherproof." The 3-season tent sleeps 3 people comfortably, protects you from heavy wind and rain, and comes with the... more
Camping in freezing temperatures? Not quite our idea of a good time, but if you must, take along a pair of these Big Agnes mountain booties. Insulated with PrimaLoft Eco (made from 50% recycled materials), the booties have drawstrings around the ankles to keep them on, and a no-slip fabric on the soles so you won't slip while walking in them. And, according to Backpacker magazine, they "pack down to coffee-cup size" so they'll... more
Personal locator beacons, those gadgets that transmit distress signals to search and rescue teams, used to be your best bet for dangerous situations. But now there's something even better (and a lot more affordable): The SPOT satellite messenger. This handheld device works where cell phones don't (because it uses regular satellite technology), and communicates like GPS units can't. Say you're out in the wilderness and you need help. You can push the Help or... more
We just got the latest issue of Backpacker magazine, which has a feature on daypacks. The editors' top ultralight pack is the Osprey Talon 33, a toploading pack that weighs under 2 pounds, has 1900 cubic inches of packing space, and holds up to 25 pounds of gear. Outside magazine also likes the Talon 33 because it's "designed so that gear is easy to organize, and it has an excellent suspension that contours to... more
There's a scene in Little Women where the girls carry hot turnovers in their pockets to keep their hands warm in cold weather (and eat for lunch later). Hand warming technology has come a long since the 1800s. The Zippo hand warmer uses 0.4 ounces of lighter fluid to produce a radiant heat (without flames, of course) that provides constant warmth for 24 hours (but you probably shouldn't eat it for lunch). The hand... more
It's no Leatherman or Swiss Army knife, but for something so tiny (it weighs just an ounce and measures 1" x 2") and affordable, this Buck Metro knife can do a lot of work. The knife has a super sharp, stainless steel blade that you can open and close with one hand. And it's also got a built-in bottle and can opener and fits easily onto a keychain. Some models even come... more
iPod? No, iPood. It's a travel trowel to help outback or backcountry campers dispose of, well, waste. Designed by Sea to Summit, makers of well-made but affordable outdoor equipment, the iPood supports the Leave No Trace ethic of minimizing humans' impact on the great outdoors (principle #3: Dispose of Waste Properly). The 3.5-ounce iPood has a hollow handle that stores toilet paper, Purel, etc., and collapses to fit inside the shovel's blade. Thankfully Sea... more