Sonos Play:1 Bluetooth speaker
The Sonos Play:1 ($199) packs an acoustic punch in a pineapple-size package. The Bluetooth-capable speaker uses a tweeter and midwoofer to achieve killer sound that would impress a member of Iron Maiden. While the Sonos app isn’t particularly intuitive (it took us an hour of futzing before we connected with our phone and computer), once it’s set up, you’ll have access to your entire music library.
This dog bowl–size dish is in fact a kettle designed to charge your electronics as it boils water. Fill the stainless-steel, 10-watt BioLite KettleCharge ($150) with water, place it over a flame (a campfire or stove will do), and wait: It uses the heat energy to generate power for your phone or tablet. Eight simple light gauges on the handle indicate how hot the kettle is and how much electricity it’s producing.
Victorinox Swiss Army RangerGrip 74 multitool
To call the Victorinox Swiss Army RangerGrip 74 ($104) a multitool doesn’t do it justice. It’s more like ninja knife meets survival tool with its razor-sharp 3.9-inch blade and sturdy rubberized handle. While we were most impressed with the blade, the RangerGrip’s 15 additional tools proved invaluable around the house for anything from fixing light fixtures to rewiring a stereo.
Zippo All-Terrain Grill
While the wheels aren’t designed for rugged terrain, the Zippo All-Terrain Grill ($400) is one of the coolest tailgating and car camping grills we’ve ever seen. Folded down, it’s 14 inches high and three feet long—perfect for the back of a pickup. Its heavy-duty aluminum and porcelain construction should withstand seasons of abuse. The grate is huge (it held three racks of ribs with room to spare), and the grill is easy to use and ignite. We also found that the two-burner system slow-cooked big cuts of meat (like tri-tip) to perfection.
Ticla Good Love lantern
Ticla makes simple, fashionable, pragmatic car camping products—and the Good Love ($40) is no exception. At its brightest setting, it emits a soft, diffused light that’s perfect for fireside reading. You can also rotate the lantern’s base to adjust the amount of light. The rechargeable Good Love is easy to hang from a tent or tree thanks to an integrated D-ring on the base.
Tetsile Stingray Tree Tent
One part tree house, one part technical backpacking tent, and one part hammock, the Tentsile Stingray ($749) makes setting up camp and hitting the sack the highlight of any trip. Access this three-person tent through a zippered opening in the floor, and then take in the unobstructed views through the mesh roof. Campers can also shelter below the tent’s 80-square-foot floor space while relaxing outside.