What's the Best National Parks Gear?

Celebrate (and support) the National Park Service's birthday with these 7 products

Aug 31, 2016
Outside Magazine
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This year, the best gear not only commemorates but also helps support our public land.    Photo: Brandon Nimon/iStock


We’ve been celebrating the National Park Service’s hundredth birthday all year at Outside, and many of our favorite gear brands have joined the party. Here are six items that not only commemorate but (in most cases) also help support our public land. 

Parks Project Grand Canyon Sunset Tee ($36)

Parks Project
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I love the simple vintage logo and slim fit of this easy-wear T-shirt. Even better: A portion of the proceeds goes toward educational programs at the Grand Canyon Association, a nonprofit that directly supports the park. 

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Pendleton Yosemite National Park Socks ($13)

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Pendleton has long made its iconic striped blankets with parks patterns. Now it’s also making national park socks. The Yosemite design is my personal favorite.

Since these sock are made from mostly cotton, I wouldn’t recommend these guys for backpacking trips. But they do add nice flare under your pants at work.

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Columbia Flashback Windbreaker Park Edition Jacket, Rocky Mountain ($60)

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I love the old-school design of this polyester windbreaker, which is perfect for adding extra warmth and a bit of extra style for great-looking selfies. I also like the totally reasonable price (it’s easy to spend twice as much on a quality windbreaker), and that Columbia will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation for every jacket sold.

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Coleman National Park Commemorative FyreKnight Stove ($150)

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Two 12,000-BTU burners with customizable cooking surfaces (grill, griddle, or regular burner) mean you can cook just about anything on this stove. Plus, I dig the tan color, which makes the stove stand out at any campsite and will be fun to explain when I pass it on to my kids in 30 years.

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CamelBak Chute .75 Arches Water Bottle ($13)

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Beautiful national park graphics adorn the outside of these BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, no-leak, easy-fill bottles from CamelBak. The company is also donating $2 from each bottle to the National Park Foundation. Extra bonus: Each bottle comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Osprey National Park Foundation Trip 20 Backpack ($60)

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I like to keep daypacks simple, so the Osprey National Park Foundation Trip 20 is one of my favorites. It weighs less than a pound and has just a few pockets but provides plenty of storage for a long day on the trail. And, because it’s an Osprey, it also carries well loaded down. Five percent of each purchase goes to the National Park Foundation.

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