Shopping Picks in Essential Camping Gear
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Backpacker claims that a lantern isn't a necessity, but we love having light that doesn't always have to be strapped to our heads. They picked the ultra-sturdy Black Diamond Orbit Lantern as this year's Editor's Choice, and with good reason. The adjustable LED lets you pick the right amount of light for your campground and you won't need to worry about switching it off to conserve the battery. Backpacker found it ran "11 hours... more
It's great to take the kids along when you go hiking and camping, but not so great hearing them complain about packing their gear. The Osprey Sprint series, which includes the Ace, Jib, and Imp, are specially made for kids but have all the features found in adult-sized backpacks. In Backpacker's tests, these backpacks were an easy choice with "a hydration sleeve, water-bottle pockets, lashing/compression straps, an integrated raincover, rugged fabrics, and a pear-shaped... more
Nothing derails a hike faster than ill-fitting or poorly-made boots that leave your feet blistered and tired. We give a big shout of thanks to the gear testers at Backpacker, who did the work for us to find the boots least likely to have you packing up your gear and it calling it quits after day one. This year they gave the Kayland Zephyr top marks for support and stability, but, more importantly, for... more
If Peggy Hill wanted the right hiking boot, Backpacker would recommend the New Balance 1500 Ranier. In case you don't watch "King of the Hill," the otherwise tiny Peggy has Yeti-sized feet that are hard to fit. Or maybe your feet are more like Fred Flinstone's wide enough to power a pre-historic stone car. Either way, this Backpacker Editor's Choice "changes everything for the hard-to-fit crowd." Aside from a few minor issues, the... 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
GoLite's Adrenaline sleeping 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, the lightweight bags are made with premium 800-fill goose down and are waterproof at the head and feet to protect against condensation. Choose bags rated to 0, 20, or 40 degrees. Backpacker says: "These sacks are warm like the Grand Canyon is big: You gotta experience it to... more
You can pack up to 45 pounds of stuff into the Gregory Baltoro 70 backpack, and still have easy access of all of it, thanks to openings in the top, front, and bottom of the pack. More importantly, the pack's harness and suspension system are designed for superior comfort, with a padded waistbelt whose sides pivot independently to match your hips as they move. Says Backpacker, "it makes 50 pounds feel downright feathery."
With the Dualist cooking system, everything you need for cooking for 2 people fits inside one pot, and the whole thing weighs just over a pound. The 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 Soloist... 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
Although the Rab Latok Alpine jacket was designed as a summer climbing jacket, the Backpacker editors wore it "through snow squalls, cold wind, and downpours" and still stayed dry. The jacket has a water-resistant front zip and an internal storm flap, with an adjustable wire-brimmed hood that fits over a climbing helmet and keeps water off your face. There are 2 pockets on the outside and 2 on the inside, but no "pit zips"... more
Here's another jacket that's so breathable, thanks to its eVent fabric, it doesn't have "pit zips." But the Westcomb Specter, a shell designed for "last minute weather protection," is meant for more moderate temperatures than the Rab Latok Alpine jacket. The Specter is lightweight (10 ounces), waterproof, with an adjustable hood, adjustable waist, and articulated elbows.
Backpacker says the Mammut Lucido TX-1 headlamp's "brightness is in a class by itself," and one satisfied customer says it "throws (light) like a freight train." The Spotlight function has a range of 105 meters for 145 hours, while the Flood-Light function has a range of 7-14 meters, on "high" and "low," respectively. Although the headlamp is designed for "serious Alpine use," we know a few bicyclists who could one. The Lucido has an... more
Does your big, um, agnes get sore from sitting on the ground? Hate carrying heavy chairs with you? There seems to be a middle ground in the Big Agnes Cyclone SL chair kit. It weighs all of 6 ounces, but has lightweight aluminum pole sections that help give the chair structure, which supports your back. Comes with a mesh stuff sack.
You don't want to haul around several gallons of clean water, but you can't drink out of that lake/river. What do you do? Get the MSR HyperFlow, an ultralight (7.4-ounce) water filter that works fast - up to 3 liters a minute - and removes bacteria and protozoa (but not viruses) from outdoor water. It also comes with a bottle adapter, so you can filter water directly into other containers.
What's even more useful than a carabiner? Two carabiners in one. The Nite-Ize S-Biner is a unique double-clip carabiner with clips on both ends, so you can easily link 2 things together, like your Tevas to your backpack, for example. It's made out of stainless steel and comes in 5 sizes (the largest can hold 100 pounds) and 3 finishes. You can even attach something to that bar in the middle. Note: This product... more
The Marmot DriClime Catalyst jacket won this year's "Green Award" because it now comes in a version made from 88% recycled fabric. Other features include wind resistance, stretchy and breathable fabric, a soft DriClime lining that wicks away moisture, and a sleeve pocket with a headphone port. It also packs down really small. Available in men's and women's sizes, in several different colors.
Reduce your carbon footprint with the Mountainsmith Phoenix pack, another "Green Award" winner, because the fabric for each pack is recycled from plastic bottles. The Phoenix is as comfortable as it is eco-friendly, thanks to its suspension system, which distributes the weight of the pack evenly, up to 60 pounds. Other features include adjustable shoulder straps, a padded and pivoting waistbelt, collared storm shield, and separate sleeping bag compartment.
One Backpacker tester referred to the 3-person Big Agnes Emerald Mountain SL3 tent as the Plaza, because it's so big. With 2 vestibules and 44 square feet of space, the waterproof tent still manages to weigh less than 6 pounds because of its unique reverse combi design and Featherlite NSL poles. Other features include 2 doors for easy access, clip design for fast pitching, excellent cross-ventilation, and taped seams.
Keep ropes tight - without knots - with the Nite Ize Figure 9 rope tightener. Made out of lightweight aluminum, you can use it to rig tarps and clotheslines, secure mattresses/canoes/Christmas trees to the top of your car, and more. Instructions are laser-etched onto both sides. Rope tension is easily adjustable, and high tension is easy to achieve and maintain.
Made out of rubberized polyurethane, CamelBak's leakproof Omega HydroTanium hydration reservoir (which sounds so much better than the word "bladder") is so strong, the Backpacker editors were able to drive a car over it, and it wasn't damaged. Available in multiple sizes and guaranteed for life, it has a huge access port for easy filling and cleaning, an anti-microbial film that eliminates common bacteria and fungus, and a locking bite valve - just bite... more