The Car Camping Essentials of 2015

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Pitching the ultimate base camp has never been easier.
Sam Moulton

Car Camping Essentials
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Primus FireHole 100 stove

There are no fancy features and few moving parts on the FireHole ($150)—and that’s precisely why we like it. The paint chipped a bit after a long summer of abuse, but the piezo igniter still fired up the 24,000-BTU burners every time.


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Tentsile Stingray tent

Think portable treehouse. The three-person Stingray ($675) is designed to be suspended between three trees by heavy-duty straps with ratcheting buckles. Setup is surprisingly quick and easy. Your kids will absolutely love it.


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Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman saw

The 4-in-1’s ax head ($80) is sturdy, and the bow saw makes quick work of (small) logs. You can also use it to pound in tent stakes, and there’s a metal loop for pulling them out.


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Miir Vacuum Insulated growler

This 64-ouncer ($59) keeps soup hot for hours or beer cold all night.


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Fugoo Tough speaker

The Tough ($230) is water- and tumbleproof and pumps 360 degrees of impressive sound.


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Yeti Rambler Colster thermos

According to our totally unscientific tests, the double-wall, stainless-steel Colster thermos ($30) kept adult beverages cold about a thousand times longer than a koozie.


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REI Hang Time Low table

At 15 inches high, the bamboo-topped Hang Time Low ($65) is game for everything from an evening of high-stakes poker to a round of post-hike cocktails.


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Brunton Revolt 4000 charger

With enough juice to charge your phone twice, the water- and shockproof Revolt 4000 ($50) is just the right size for weekend trips.


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Kelty Little Flower 20 sleeping bag

It may be sized down, but this synthetic bag ($75) is built to the same specs as the company’s grown-up ones, with a thick draft collar and full-length zipper. 


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Disc-O-Bed Cam-O-Bunk cots

Steel frames and 600-denier polyester? Yes, these bunkable beds (from $299) are overbuilt—and awesome. Optional pockets ($29) keep stuff organized, and the whole thing converts to a bench.

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