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Montbell U.L. Thermawrap

As with most Montbell products, the fit is athletic, there are no extraneous bells or whistles, and it’s highly packable.

Kelty Folding Cooler

Truth be told, we employed this foam-padded icebox while road-tripping as often as we did once we’d reached the campsite.

Primus FireHole 300

The coolest feature is the included utensil set (spatula, spoon, cutting board) that attaches to the stove via magnets.

Nemo Helio

Who says you can't eat, drink, and sleep in your car as well as you do at home? These products, from the three-gallon Nemo Helio portable shower to the low-profile, synthetically-insulated Montbell...

REI Camp Table XL

No picnic table at the campsite, you say? No problem.

Solio Clip-Mini

Headlamps, flashlights, and lanterns keep getting lighter, brighter, and smarter. Here are our picks for everything from bike commuting to car camping, including the 75-lumen Black Diamond Sprinter...

Eureka Warrior 230

The clicker works from up to 25 feet away and has its own LED, allowing it to double as a tiny flashlight.

Energizer High Intensity LED

Unlike most of its competitors at this price point, it sports a water-resistant aluminum body that should hold up to years of abuse

Black Diamond Sprinter

A feathery 4 ounces thanks to a USB-chargeable lithium battery, the 75-lumen Sprinter is the perfect headlamp to pack when you’re not sure you’ll be needing one.

Snow Peak Miner

The Tron-styled silicone covering on the Miner isn’t just for show: it’s an easily detachable lens.

Summer 2012 Gear of the Year

After months of torture-testing the latest crop of outdoor gear, we've compiled a list of our 14 favorite items, from the REI Igneo sleeping bag to the Blue AC1 road bike