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Saturday, December 7, 2013
$969 from OuttaGEAR »

If my family were to bug out, probably the first thing we'd do is tear apart this bag of supplies in search of the Xanax and Scotch it does not contain to help calm ourselves down. Luckily, in the event that one of us got...

Saturday, May 10, 2014
$749 - $779 from Tentsile »

Here's a tip about stingrays: if you fear getting slapped or impaled by one while walking across the ocean floor, shuffle along the sand instead of taking normal steps. Rays like to lay low, and your disturbance of the environment...

Monday, March 18, 2013
$18.99 from Rocky S2V »

Pull the pin and Rocky S2V's Survival Grenade blows up a cornucopia of Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School tools for the outdoor conquistador. Enveloped in 10' of military grade 550 paracord are everything from a fire starter and tinder to stay warm or signal for help, to a piece of tin foil for reflecting heat and taking home leftovers. Uh, yeah I want some flank steak and gooey butter...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Funny how a mere 90-degree turn can transform this wearable Japanese futon from a reasonably comfortable night's sleep into an awkward, stifling onesie that probably goes swish, swish between your thighs with every step. Though...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
$144.93 from Amazon »

A tent cot. It's the combination of a covered and raised shelter. It's the midpoint between sleeping on the ground and sleeping in a tree. It's the lightweight, portable companion to your ventures into the wild. Or the back...

Thursday, December 27, 2012
$12,900 from Tree Tent »

I wish it didn't look like the wasp nest I fell on as a result of being clumsy when I was kid, but other than that the Tree Tent seems pretty cool. An environmentally-friendly suspended abode that can comfortably accommodate up to two adults, the spherical tent emerges from years of Luminair Creative Engineering research in sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures, and Tarzan-style living....

Sunday, October 20, 2013
$20k from Optics Planet »

Optics Planet, the same purveyor of hunting, sport optics, tactical, military, and all-around Man Gear that brought us the $24,000 Z.E.R.O. Zombie Apocalypse Kit, is now testing Alpha interest in another supernatural musing:...

Saturday, May 17, 2014
$299 from BioLite »

The BioLite Base Camp Stove uses wood both to power and make power. It will massage fruits of the forest into fuel for grilling hot dogs and charging smartphones. Similar to BioLite's original leaf-and-twig-powered Camp Stove...

Thursday, April 17, 2014
$65.75 from Amazon »

A folding metal cot covered in heavy-duty polyester fabric. You wanna crash at my place, that's what you're getting. It's pretty comfortable though. Body-contouring. And at 77" x 25", with legs reinforced with steel pipe inserts...

Saturday, May 31, 2014
$49.95 from Amazon »

While a backpacker's true culinary dream is probably something along the lines of Padma Lakshmi awaiting at each day's destination with a 4-course gourmet meal of filet mignon, lobster tail, and piles and piles of naan bread...

Thursday, September 5, 2013
$275 - $410 from Sierra Madre »

The Jetsons-approved Nube [insert fancy French acute accent over the "e" and say "New-bay"] awards people who like to sleep outside with the benefits of a hammock: suspension, simplicity, motherly rocking; without the tribulations...

Sunday, September 8, 2013
$99.99 from Amazon »

If the car's a-rockin', don't come a-knockin'. And even if the car is sitting completely still, please do not disturb because it probably means I am sleeping like a cherubic child of Zeus on my Fuloon inflatable back seat...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
$19.95 from Amazon »

LifeStraw, a Time Magazine Invention of the Year Winner, removes a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. In areas plagued with dirty and unsafe drinking water, it filters up to 1,000 liters per apparatus into potable...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
$73.35 from Amazon »

I can't decide which I'd use my genie wish for: Klymit's Inertia XL superlight ergonomic camping mattress, which almost looks like it could double as part of an intricately carved mummy tomb, or the beard of the dude demonstrating...

Monday, August 4, 2014
$57.98 from Amazon »

I know Alite designed its Monarch chair for easy-carry, low-rise camping and festival comfort, but with back to school time upon us all the poor bastards who actually have to go back to school, I was thinking this might make...

Monday, July 7, 2014
$50.39 from Amazon »

The Wonderbag. Huh. It looks like a dog bed, but they say it cooks food. So well, in fact, that the portable slow cooker can serve as a a simple, inexpensive, and effective means of reducing energy costs and usage worldwide...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
$5.78 - $17.80 from Amazon »

Palm-sized and 3.9 ounces. That is a tiny stove. It's like the Danny DeVito of stoves. No wait, he's kind of rotund. Maybe it's the Danny DeVito's wife of stoves. The Carla from Cheers stove. JOGR's ultralight canister camp...

Saturday, February 23, 2013
$159.95 from Amazon »

Sweet, a onesie for temperatures even colder than my parents keep their house. Selk'bag's wearable sleeping bags cater to all outdoor enthusiasts looking to stay warm without the constriction of a traditional rectangular or...

Saturday, July 14, 2012
$32.12 from Amazon »

Carry the SOL Origin Survival Kit, and the next time you're up shit creek it will supply all the tools you need to build a paddle. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the survival kit is housed in an indestructible...

Monday, April 16, 2012
$11,882 from Firebox.com »

Ahhh, the Tentanic is cruising towards shore just in time for both camping season, and the 3D re-release of Leonardo DiCaprio's most humiliating 3 hours on the big screen. A 1:2 scale replica of the luxurious Titanic, this...

Saturday, April 26, 2014
$49.95 from OKO »

OKO, pronounced "ooko", means "eco" in Swiss German. The company's line of water bottles with built-in filtration systems incorporate a customized blend of food-safe, BPA-free plastics and water purification technology originally...

Friday, March 29, 2013
$422.80 from Amazon »

A tent that sets up in 15 seconds by way of human lung power and compacts to a size small enough to stuff into a water bottle when not in use. What egghead thought of this? Whomever you are, how's about heading over to my...

Sunday, June 8, 2014
$29.97 from Amazon »

Why cook up homemade biscuits & gravy in your underwear in the kitchen this weekend when you can use Coleman's Camp Oven to make them buck naked in the great outdoors? Set atop a 2- or 3-burner camping stove, the aluminized...

Thursday, May 15, 2014
$41.75 from Amazon »

There's nothing I want more after traipsing through the whirling dust and scorching sun of a summer festival than a seat, a cold beer, and maybe one of my mama's chicken salad sandwiches. So I'm glad to see there's a Spectator...

Monday, October 17, 2011
$22 from Firebox.com »

For some, the rush of peace and relaxation associated with smoking marijuana are unparalleled. So when innovative people who are desperate to toke out find themselves without a prefabricated bong or pipe, they improvise using...

Friday, March 8, 2013
$2,499 - $4,999 from AutoHome »

I was just thinking how awesome it would be if for once I could wake up on the roof of my car on purpose. Good lookin' out, AutoHome tents. The roof top--or truck bed--pop ups store flat overhead while driving, and then (allegedly)...

Friday, April 19, 2013
$1,799.95 from Amazon »

The Mojo UFO is a Jetsons/Back to the Future II/Doctor Who/impenetrable shelter from the zombie virus outbreak sort of tent. Made of virtually indestructible space-age textile Cuben Fiber, the 2-person Mojo condenses to a...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A campfire in a bag. Green Light Fire Bags include all of the ingredients you need to get one roaring in 30 seconds or less. Sealed inside the re-purposed paper livestock feed sacks are cuts of USDA-approved kiln dried firewood...

Monday, September 5, 2011
$499.79 from Amazon »

Hey man... like wanna come hang out in my bus? I wonder what goes on in a tent like this? I doubt there would be any drugs that's for sure. And probably nobody with a guitar or patchouli smell. Definitely no rastafarian hats...

Thursday, June 5, 2014
$399.95 from Amazon »

Goal Zero's Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit consists of a Sherpa 50 lithium battery power pack and a Nomad 13 solar panel. Depending on weather conditions, it charges fully from solar power in 5 to 10 hours, or from man's harnessing...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
$31.96 from Amazon »

After I gave a rundown of this ultralight, and ultra-cheap, canister camp stove, I received a message from a reader about how I should have focused more on the ultra-cheap part. My understanding now is that it is a knockoff...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Sold Out from eartheasy »

Think Fast LifeStraw Go Promotion: In honor of their debut, LifeStraw Go water bottles will be available for 43% off their normal retail price through December 11, 2013 ($19.95 vs. $34.95). Follow the link to vendor eartheasy's...

Monday, February 6, 2012
$129.99 from Amazon »

No gas, no juice, no problem. Reserve BioLite's petrochemical-free CampStove and USB device charger now, and be burning hot with full battery power in time for the 2012 season of backpacking, camping, and chillin' hermit-like...

Friday, May 10, 2013
$249 from earl »

Built for the extreme outdoors, the Earl survival tablet combines Android 4.1 technology with a low-energy E-Ink screen to enable complete (and useful--no Angry Birds here) functionality where other smartphones and tablets...

Thursday, February 20, 2014
$119.99 from Amazon »

I've been looking for an oven I can carry around like a ladies' purse. And this one looks like the contraption my grandma used to use to get a suntan, so it even has some nostalgia built into it. Sunflair's portable solar...

Friday, August 9, 2013
$249.99 from Amazon »

Having not tried one myself, so far my favorite attribute of Nick Scroggs and Fred Bane's hammock-backpack combo, the HackedPack, is that if you go to the naptime buddy's Facebook page, you'll see that Linda Scroggs, who I...

Monday, August 27, 2012
$13.01 from Amazon »

Well I for one would much rather open up a sardine can to find a Zombie Apocalypse survival kit containing 25 items for use in fending solo in the face of the end of days than a malodorous row of actual sardines. This sardine...

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

At this point we all know that if I have the opportunity to circumvent or finagle my way out of manual labor, everyone better settle in for a sweeping display of circumventing and finagling. So the news that setup of Kelty's...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
$25 from Etsy »

While I would trust the paracord to help me in my times of need--jimmying a suspended shelter during floods or stepping in for my broken shoelace during the 3-on-3 playoffs at the YMCA--I have to admit its Vader component...

Friday, March 30, 2012
$185.99 from Amazon »

Is it sun-blazin', mosquito-laden, river-floatin', mountain-bikin', pop-a-tent-in-the woods season yet? Segue from winter into the months of the year that don't make people want to jump off highway overpasses with the terrifically...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
$79 - $119 from The Boilerwerks »

The Backcountry Boiler is a portable, lightweight chimney kettle--the first of its kind, according to creator, Devin Montgomery--that gives campers, backpackers, and those with very mild cases of pyromania the pleasures of...

Monday, March 19, 2012
$784.03 from Field Candy »

Pop art enthusiasts, soul foodies, and vegan grizzly bears, prepare to have your minds blown. The Watermelon Tent is a fantastically realistic slice of summer's finest, that's more than just a kitschy showpiece. Designed by...

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

What makes a compass military grade? WELL, WRITING THE AMAZON PRODUCT DESCRIPTION IN ALL CAPS SEEMS TO BE ONE ATTRIBUTE. Geez, I know America has the biggest and boldest and best of everything, but I don't think the self-proclaimed...

Sunday, March 24, 2013
$601.60 from Field Candy »

Whoa, a trippy space tent. I'm not sure I need to be any more tripped out while camping, what with the potent ganja and even more potent Blair Witch memories and all, but I'm happy to look at pictures of Field Candy's latest...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
$19.95 from Amazon »

LuminAID creators Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta spent a lot of time catching fireflies and moonbeams in glass jars as children. Also, they were born with whatever genes make people interested in and capable of helping others...

Friday, February 22, 2013
$295.96 from Amazon »

The worst water I've ever had comes out of the taps in southwestern Florida--it tastes like someone spiked it with eggplant and a mild thickening agent--and I hope to keep it that way. If I encounter anything less potable...

Thursday, August 15, 2013
$43.18 from Amazon »

UV light: it might give you cancer, but so too will it save you from intestinal worms and a night of Montezuma's revenge. SteriPen's water purifier for travelers arrives as a pocket-sized, half-pound wand with a 4-pack of...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
$146.99 from Amazon »

I am embarking on a journey soon, and if things proceed as per usual I will somehow get stuck in the Dallas airport for numerous unanticipated hours. At which point I will wish I had a hot water travel shower. But, due to...

Friday, April 26, 2013
$499.95 from Sierra Designs »

I believe the DriDown sleeping bag weighs only 1lb 12oz because when I picked one up and hit my friend Cornelius over the head with it he hardly even flinched. It took him, like, 8 seconds before he realized what happened...

Saturday, September 1, 2012
$26 from Best Made »

Typically, I prefer stuffing my face to cutting a bitch, so Best Made's Hobo Knife definitely earns a spot on my Cool Shit list. Both retractable and detachable, the utensil set includes a fork, knife, and spoon whose compact...

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