Who says you can't take it with you?
—Sam Moulton and Grayson Schaffer
Alite Designs Bison Chair
Weighing in at just under five pounds, the collapsible, oversize Bison chair ($200) is perfect for car camping, and it’s rugged (and stylish) enough to leave up on your deck. The chair’s steel stays and wide stance flexed like shock absorbers when big boys flopped down, and always held.
This ingenious product ($60) holds 64 ounces of hot or cold liquid in its double-steel-wall, vacuum-sealed belly. The lid snaps down without threads and holds the air in, which means your beer won’t just be cold at the end of a long day, it’ll still be fizzy.
Gerber Freescape Large Lantern
Big groups call for a lot of light, and the Freescape ($72) has you covered with a light-up-the-bocce-court 200 lumens. LED indicators let you know how much battery life you have left, and a touch-screen-like dimming ring lets you fine-tune the ambiance with a gentle squeeze.
Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Rechargeable Speaker
Plug in your phone or iPod, seal up the bungee-cord-equipped case, affix it to your pack or bike, and take off ($60). Exterior controls let you adjust volume and skip tracks on the fly. The downsides: sound is so-so, and this being 2014, it should be Bluetooth-enabled.
Alps Mountaineering XL Table
Once you go table, you never go back. The lightweight and sturdy aluminum XL ($120) seats four and collapses down to the size of a fence post when not in use.
GSI Outdoors Halulite Pots
These hard-anodized-aluminum pots (from $36) are nonstick, with no risk of coatings flaking off. Pouring and draining are a snap, thanks to silicone thumb pads, coated handles, and strainer holes in the lid.
Coleman Hyperflame Gladiator Stove
With new burner and pot-support designs, the Hyperflame ($180 ) boils water much more efficiently than classic Coleman models, saving you time and fuel. We boiled a liter of water 30 percent faster than a stove with the same BTU count (12,000) per burner.
NEMO Mezzo Loft Luxury 30 Sleeping Bag
With stretch stitching, an oversize hood, and a flap of insulated fabric that can be tucked in at chin level, this wide-body bag ($250) is about as cozy as it gets. Even better, full-length zippers mean it mates seamlessly with a second bag if you’ve got company.
GSI Backpack Bocce
The only thing better than playing bocce in the backyard? Playing at a sweet campsite. This set ($16) is so light—the entire kit, including eight PVC balls, one jack ball, and a measuring cord, weighs just seven ounces—it’s a great backcountry diversion, too.