The Best Camping Gear on Sale Now at Backcountry

There is still time left in summer to squeeze in last-minute camping trips

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There’s nothing quite like waking up in a tent in the woods. Here are our favorite camping products on sale now during Backcountry’s Labor Day sale, which runs through September 3. 

MSR WhisperLite Universal Stove ($105; 25 percent off)


After testing 29 different stoves, our gear editor deemed the WhisperLite one of the best, thanks in part to its ability to run on multiple types of fuel (including isobutane, white gas, and unleaded gasoline). It’s virtually indestructible and every piece can be either replaced or repaired.

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MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent 2-Person 3-Season ($300; 25 percent off)


The Hubba Hubba NX has the best mix of light weight and livability of any two-person tent available. The tech that makes it possible: light zippers, which also allow big doors and thinner fabrics. And durability? The Hubba Hubba tolerated three weeks of abuse without a scratch. As one tester summed it up, “It’s the perfect backpacking tent.”

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Osprey Lumina 45L Backpack ($187; 25 percent off)


The Lumina is a marvel of ultralight design. Weighing in at just 1.8 pounds, it’s the lightest pack we’ve seen with legitimate hauling capabilities. And Osprey achieved that without sacrificing features: there’s an aluminum frame, a fixed top lid, a stash pocket on the front, removable side compression cords, and ample lash points.

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Platypus PlatyPreserve ($7; 25 percent off)


Leave the glass bottle at home and pack your wine in this collapsible wine-preservation system. The bag is specially designed to eliminate exposure to oxygen by creating an airtight seal. (Oxygen can tarnish the taste of your wine.) It weighs under one ounce, so it doesn’t add much heft to your kit.

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Osprey Packs Hydraulics LT Hydration Reservoir ($25; 25 percent off)


We find the 2.5-liter bladder to be the perfect size for backpacking. It carries a large amount of water without adding too much weight. We love Osprey’s hydration bladders for the magnetic sternum-strap hose holder, which keeps the hose attached firmly to the chest so we never have to search for it.

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Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef ($7; 20 percent off)


Satisfy your hunger far from the comforts of home with the Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef. The 2.5-serving entree makes backcountry cooking a breeze, thanks to its streamlined carrying and just-add-water simplicity. It contains a hearty 12 grams of protein per serving, as well as 31 grams of carbohydrates to replenish your tired muscles after their hard day on the trail.

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Adventure Medical Ultralight and Watertight Series Medical Kit (from $6; 25 percent off)


Adventure Medical’s Ultralight & Watertight Series consists of four differently sized medical kits specifically designed for multisport adventures that last anytime between a couple of hours and four days. The largest and second largest (.9 and .7) kits accommodate four people on trips that last for four days, and the .5 and .3 sizes are suitable for solo trips lasting one to two days. Every kit contains bandages, instruments, medicines, and treatments for burns, blisters, cuts, scars, headaches, and broken bones.

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Black Diamond Apollo Lantern ($45; 25 percent off)

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The 80-lumen Apollo shines bright enough to illuminate a picnic table. By pulling on the dome lens you can adjust the spread of the illumination. It also has two hooks on top for hanging.

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GSI Outdoors Java Mill ($24; 20 percent off)

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Take this backpacking if you value your morning coffee over weight savings. At nine ounces, it’s an indulgence that more than makes up for the amount of space it takes up with the joe it puts out. 

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Kammok Roo Hammock ($69; 30 percent off)


Rated to hold 500 pounds, this hammock is big enough for two backpackers. Plus, the Python straps are also 30 percent off right now. 

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