For digging cat-holes while camping and other off-grid scooping jobs, the compact & ultralight Prairie Dog camp shovel is a rugged minimalist tool designed for backpackers. At .7 grams, it weighs the same as a Bic lighter & about 1/3 the weight of a standard plastic trowel. It is made of aerospace aluminum and features resealable nylon cable ties for attaching it to a stick or hiking pole to add leverage for digging your little poo pit.
When it comes to warmth, wool is what’s up. As the world’s best natural insulator, its warming properties are second to none. Arcturus, a hunting and outdoor brand from Washington creates blankets from this amazing material, and they’re legit. Weighing in at 4.5 lbs., with a density of 550 GSM, their 64” X 88” blankets feature a 80/20 wool and synthetic blend and are loom-woven and hemmed on all sides with contrast lock stitching. Choose from a range of solid colors and stripes.
From the park to your patio, Kammok’s Swiftlet hammock stand is the perfect place to hang. Hammock at the beach, campout, or tailgate with no trees needed. Use it in lounge or chair mode with all Kammok model hammocks and most others. This portable, aluminum tube-framed stand weighs just 15 pounds and breaks down to fit easily in your trunk with its handy travel bag.
The Seventy2 Survival System might just be the ultimate bug-out bag. Designed to keep you alive for the first 72 hours of any emergency situation, it contains everything you need for shelter, sustenance, hydration, fire, & signaling, all packed into a waterproof backpack with clear, simple printed instructions for how to properly utilize everything inside.
If things get crazy over the holidays, these two tins could save your life. One contains 8-feet of SurvivorCord, the ultimate replacement for standard paracord. SurvivorCord has paracord and snare wire, fishing line, and waterproof tinder all inside each line. And paired with VSSL’s 8-hour pure Canadian beeswax candle—for light and even a bit of warmth, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the adventurer on your list.
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The Crua Modus system is a 6-in-1 camping kit that includes a tent, integrated quilt, insulated and self-inflating mattress, a hammock, a porch, a picnic blanket and more. And they all connect together. Use them together or on their own; all packed up the system weighs just 8.5 lbs. A funded Kickstarter.
Whether you need to start a fire for outdoor cooking, warmth, or light, this gel fire starter makes it easier than ever. It is waterproof, weather-resistant, non-toxic & will burn at the coldest temps: down to -20º. This patent-pending putty is pliable & sticky, simply take a pinch & put a flame to it. In minutes you’ll have a crackling fire, even with wet wood in bad weather. This stuff goes!
For chilling hard at outdoor events, Kelty’s Low Loveseat is a road-ready two seater. The collapsible, portable design features rugged steel frame construction, adjustable armrests & insulated cooler pockets for keeping cold ones cold. Choose from 3 spouse-friendly colors.
At 750ml capacity, High Camp’s Firelight flask can hold a full bottle of wine or fifth of liquor. Smart! It is constructed of double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel and features a pair of integrated tumblers for sharing a toast; they attach to the flask magnetically. It is BPA and phthalate free.
Designed to eliminate another single-use plastic from your life, GoSun Flatware is a portable utensil kit that fits in your wallet or pocket for plastic-free eating anywhere, anytime. Infinitely reusable, they’re made of dishwasher-safe stainless steel & PE, are BPA-free, clean easily, and store in a slim card case. Another funded Kickstarter.
YETI continues to blur the line between need & desire with their new V Series cooler. It keeps stuff cold longer and better than other YETIs & that’s saying something. As this is the first ever vacuum-insulated hard cooler, the V-Series marks another industry first for the brand—a 55-quart plastic cooler wrapped in kitchen-grade stainless steel; designed to last a lifetime & look great doing it.
48 million single-use green propane bottles end up in landfills each year. The refillable Gas Growler is a way to do better. Designed for car camping & outdoor cooking anywhere, it holds the equivalent of 5 green bottles worth of propane for firing your camp stoves. The deluxe set includes the heavy-duty tank & hose as well as a convenient carry-case.
An electric sleeping bag? Your friends might laugh but only until they’re shivering and you’re throwing a leg out to cool down. The Bundl electric-heated sleeping bag features smart sensor technology that lets you power up, heat up and control your sleeping temp via the Bundl app. With 3 internal carbon fiber heating panels it also offers zone-controlled heating offering a wide-range of warmth from -10º – 30ºf. A funded Kickstarter.
For camping, survival or just running the rapids for kicks, the Uncharted Rapid Raft is the world’s lightest pack raft. It weighs less than 3 pounds, inflates in seconds and holds 400 pounds. Packed down, it’s the size of a loaf of bread, so definitely light enough to fit in your pack. And it’s made of nylon TPU, so it’s rugged enough to withstand river bottoms, rocks, & debris. Inflates in 3-seconds with no pump or tools needed. A funded Indiegogo.
Combining the features of a camping hammock with the comfort of a flat, cushy bed, the one-person Haven Tent is suspended above the ground with a single anchor-point on each tree and has an inflatable mattress inside that keeps you from rolling up like a burrito. The whole weatherproof system weighs under 5-pounds, making it a great option for both backpacking & car camping. A funded Kickstarter.
Oru’s new single-person Inlet kayak is the brand’s lightest and most portable boat yet. Oru’s origami-style fold-up design takes it from the trunk of your car to floating on the water in just 5 minutes. It weighs 20 pounds and can be easily checked as luggage for your flight. With its open cockpit design there’s space to bring along your dog, a cooler, or fishing gear. A funded Kickstarter.
Technical blanket maker Rumpl has added two new blankets to their Post-Consumer Recycled Collection. Look for their re-designed Original Puffy and the all-new NanoLoft. Both featuring polyester made with 60 plastic bottles worth of post-consumer waste. The brand has set a target of diverting 3 million plastic bottles from landfill by the end of the year.
Designed & built to be the ultimate lightweight seat for outdoor adventure, the BTR stool is a collapsible, packable seat that features 7001 aluminum alloy construction and telescoping legs that snap into position with the Phantom Lock mechanism. The seat is 100% nylon mesh. Available in several colors, 2 sizes & the total weight is less than 13.5 ounces. A funded Kickstarter.
Depending on where you play, there are lots of restrictions against building an open fire at beaches, parks, and campgrounds. To hack these rules & regulations, the crew at Wolf & Grizzly created the Fire Safe, an envelope-sized, portable fire pit and cooking companion that allows you to start a fire almost anywhere. The fire stays off the ground so unlike a regular campfire, it won’t leave behind a scorch mark or blackened rocks. It is made of stainless, features patented collapsible design, & weighs less than 2 pounds. A funded Kickstarter.
The re-designed RhinoWolf 2.0 makes this modular tent system even better. It’s a lightweight, super-packable one-person tent with a design that allows you to link up with other RhinoWolfs & zip them together into a larger single shelter. The system also offers optional built-in air mattress and sleeping bags for a complete all-in-one camping kit. A funded Kickstarter.