Cutting-Edge Camping Gear

The outdoor accoutrements that made the cut for our second annual celebration of the best in design and technology.

(Photograph by Shana Novak)
O-Grill

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IRODA's 24-pound, propane O-GRILL is a briefcase for cookout impresarios. It's designed for portability—the grill folds up into a thin, elegant clamshell—and offers a whopping 225 square inches of cooking area, enough to keep up with a famished beach party. $190; pro-iroda.com

Big Agnes Tumble Mountain 20

Big Agnes Tumble Mountain 20

The problem with baffles on sleeping bags? The down can shift around inside, creating cold spots. But on the TUMBLE MOUNTAIN 20, BIG AGNES 's designers are using a new technique: injecting down into the fabric sleeves along with small, internal mesh barriers that keep it in place. The process requires longer baffles, so Big Agnes ran them lengthwise, making it unlike any performance bag we've seen. Available spring 2010, $290; bigagnes.com

Alite Cloverware

Cloverware
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For ALITE 's nesting CLOVERWARE , designers Christine Marcelino and Sam Homans livened up typically utilitarian camp utensils with a sculptural aesthetic. The results are elegant, lightweight aluminum pieces that are as appropriate on the patio table as they are around the campfire. Available March 2010, $25; alitedesigns.com

Alite Monarch Chair

Alite Monarch Chair

A two-legged chair sounds like a prank product, but ALITE 's MONARCH CHAIR uses your center of gravity to balance effortlessly (on just those two black knobs). The airy design keeps it light—barely over a pound—and makes the package just small enough to bring on an over­night trip. $59; alitedesigns.com

Best Made Axe

Best Made Axe
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Peter Buchanan-Smith's album design for Wilco's A Ghost Is Born won a Grammy. But it's his work on BEST MADE 's colorful artisan axes that won us over: Each Tennessee-hickory shaft is hand-painted with Smith's bold designs and topped with a fine-grain steel head forged in northern Maine. No, this isn't just gallery candy; it's ready to chop. From $200; bestmadeco.com

Fuego Element Grill

Fuego Element Grill

FUEGO 's ELEMENT GRILL may look like a rocket booster, but its 15,000- and 9,000-BTU propane burners are all about terrestrial convection. You can grill savory ribs, fry pancakes on the griddle, slow-roast chicken in two temperature zones, or rest your beer on the attached wooden tray while taking a fresh-baked pie off the pizza stone. From $449; elementbyfuego.com

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