Camping

Military Issue Water Canteen

$22.10 from Amazon »

Two quarts, Army issue, OD Green. Not a whole lot else to say about this water canteen. Except that two quarts of water isn't really enough for a long, strenuous hike or desert offensive. Two quarts of whiskey might be...

ThorFire USB & Hand Crank Lantern

$39.99 from Amazon »

Thor. God of Thunder. God of Lightning. God of Rechargeable LED Lighting. ThorFire's darkness accessory is a collapsible accordion lantern/flashlight with a built-in battery rechargeable via regular 5V USB or its fold-out...

Hydro Hammock Hot & Cold Tub

$280 - $1,310 from Hydro Hammock »

A hot tub hammock? Even better than a hot tub time machine! Relaxing, swinging, sexy, and using one won't force me to relive my days of wearing acid-washed pleated jeans. And the coup de grace: a hot tub hammock actually...

evrgrn Crash Sack

$119 from REI »

REI gets into the wearable sleeping bag business with their new vowel-hating product line, evrgrn. The versatile evergrn Crash Sack combines the full body warmth and comfort of a standard sleep sleeve with the full body...

BCB Crusader Cooking System

$71.45 from Amazon »

BCB Adventure's Crusader Cooking System is military- and NATO-approved. So the next time you're making Ramen on a backpacking trip, you can rest assured that the military and NATO are cool with it. Really though, this...

Fistral Compact Inflatable Tent

$435 from Hemiplanet »

You might remember Heimplanet's other inflatable geometric wonder, the Cave tent. For its 40" interior height and 54 square feet of floor space, it still manages to break down to a manageable pack size, adding just 11-1/2...

Osprey Anti-Gravity Suspension Backpack

$250 from Amazon »

One thing I know about ospreys the sea hawks is they are some loudmouthed birds. You think pigeons cooing or crows cawing at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning is a torment to your hangover? Try a pair of nested ospreys squawking...

Lotus Belle Luxury Canvas Tents

$1,800 - $2,800 from Lotus Belle »

I recently learned a new word from my girlfriend, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and although I swore I would never use it, it's all I can think of when I look at these canvas tents from Lotus Belle. The word is "glamping."...

Atacama Expedition Motorcycle Tent

$499 from Redverz Gear »

The Atacama Expedition is a tent fit for a king. Of the road. This is the latest version of the brand's 3-person plus 1-motorcycle sleeper. The center bay is large enough to fit a full-size adventure tourer with panniers...

Tentsile Trillium Hammock

$250 from Tentsile »

You might have previously seen another of Tentsile's hanging dens, the Stingray tree tent, around here. The Trillium hammock shares the Stingray's dangling disposition, with more portability, more variable usage options...

Anti-Bear-Attack Pack

$149.99 from UDAP »

Obviously the best thing to do when a grizzly is attacking you is punch it in the face or, if you're a lady, kick it in its twig & bear-ies. But if for some reason when the moment comes you can't remember how to make...

BioLite NanoGrid Lighting & Charging System

$99.95 from BioLite »

Three years ago BioLite very successfully took its CampStove with device charger to market as a compact, clean energy approach to outdoor cooking. They followed up with the larger, equally popular BaseCamp Stove. Today...

Portable Bug-Free Hammock

$90 from Amazon »

One thing that sucks about camping...no, the outdoors...no, life...is bugs. Really all bugs, but mostly mosquitoes and those godforsaken devil's minions of the insect world, no-see-ums. Those F'ers. They skulk around...

Titanium Spork

$12.60 from Amazon »

The Tater Twister came and went. So did the Salad Shooter. The electric knife. The electric can opener (my mama had one of those!) But the spork, the spork will never fall into oblivion. One of our country's finest examples...

SteriPEN Handheld UV Water Purifier

$89.95 from Amazon »

You can purify your water just like you can purify your laundry. The SteriPEN Adventurer Opti is a compact, handheld device that emits UV light to clean up to 8,000 liters of water. Designed specifically for outdoor/expedition...

Firebox 5" Folding Campfire Stove

Sold Out from Amazon »

From minimalist survival treks to broke down cars in the middle of nowhere to the squirrel I took out with my Big Bore blowgun that my mama won't let me cook up in her house, Firebox's 5" Folding Campfire Stove will provide...

The Camping Doughnut

Ooh, a tent that looks like one of those obstacle course tubes I used to crawl through in gym class and the fat kids used to get stuck in crawling through in gym class. The Camping Doughnut, an easily collapsible and...

Garmin Foretrex Hiking GPS

$159.95 from Amazon »

Not that I really want to go outside at all until June rolls back around, but if in February Bear Grylls were to invite me on a televised trekking adventure like he did Deion Sanders, I would probably get Garmin's Foretrex...

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The Cave Inflatable Tent

$615 from Hemiplanet »

I used to climb on a structure shaped like HEIMPLANET's Cave on the playground when I was kid. The Dome of Death me and Cornelius and Victor called it, on account of our attempts to knock off anyone who tried to use it...

SunJack CampLight USB Bulb

$12.95 from Amazon »

Sure you could use a flashlight. Or a lantern. Or I guess even an iPad. But SunJack's CampLight looks and acts like a real live 4W LED bulb, delivering a 270-degree beam angle of ambient lighting when plugged into any...

Marvel Superhero Wearable Sleeping Bags

$149 from Amazon »

I've seen Selk'bags around here before. Wearable sleeping bags that fit and move like onesies, but snooze like a sack rated for chilly slumbers in the great outdoors. Pretty sweet. And now, with this new Marvel line of...

Wearable Japanese Futon

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....

Alite Designs Monarch Chair

$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...

Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker

$57.71 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...

Coleman Camp Oven

$28.41 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...

Solar Recharging Kit with Inverter

$296.99 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...

Backpacking Food Kit

$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...

Campfire in a Bag

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...

BioLite Base Camp Stove

$299.95 from Amazon »

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...

Spectator Cooler Chair

$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...

Pocket Rocket Stove

$39.30 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...

Tentsile Stingray Tree Tent

$675 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...

Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot

$174.86 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...

OKO Odyssey 6-in-1 Water Filter Bottle

$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...

Military-Style Crash Cot

$199 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...

Ultralight Canister Camp Stove

$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...

Portable Solar Oven

$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...

LifeStraw Go Water Filtration Bottle

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...

Family Bug Out Bag

$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...

Klymit Inertia Camping Mattress

$75.04 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...

The $20,000 Invisible Man Kit

$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...

Inflatable Back Seat Mattress

$89.99 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...

Nube Hammock Shelter

$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...

SteriPen Traveler Water Purifier

Sold Out 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...

HackedPack Hammock Backpack

Sold Out 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...

Hot Tap Travel Shower

$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...

Kelty AirPitch - Inflatable Tent

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...

Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet

$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...

Military Grade Compass

$66.53 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...

DriDown Sleeping Bag

$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...

Mojo UFO Cuben Fiber Tent

Sold Out 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...

Gogo Elite Blow-up Tent

$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...

Space Tent

$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...

Survival Grenade

$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...

AutoHome Roof Top Tents

$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...

Wearable Sleeping Bag

$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...

Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

$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...

LuminAID - Solar-Powered Inflatable Light

$36.14 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...

Darth Vader Paracord Bracelet

Discontinued

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...

The Tree Tent

$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...

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

$19.97 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...

Hobo Knife

$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...

Sardine Can o' Zombie Apocalypse Survival

$11.23 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...

SOL Survival Kit

$34.99 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...

The Tentanic 1,000-Person Tent

$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...

The One-Person Bike Tent

$328.68 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...