We crowned this hauler the best duffle bag of last year. Our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, wrote: “It is rare that a product is as dominant in a head-to-head test as the Sea to Summit 65-liter duffel was in this one.” Its comfort, packability, water resistance, and durability is far ahead of the competition.
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“There are plenty of puffy blankets on the market, but the Rumpl Down Puffy takes the cake,” our tester wrote. This compressible, 600-fill down blanket will keep you warm on your next stargazing outing. It's versatile, too: “The Down Puffy can be your sleeping bag stand-in on a summer backpacking trip,” he writes.
The 69-liter BAD (Best American Duffel) remains one of our favorite gear haulers. Made with 1,000-denier Cordura nylon and two-inch, 6,000-pound break-strength seat-belt webbing, it’s built to withstand a beating.
Keep your food and beverages fresh in your powered cooler, your mobile devices charged, or the lights on for longer. From camping trips to the most rugged expeditions, the portable battery pack keeps your gear charged for any adventure. Ideal for use with powered coolers—it can power a Dometic CFX 40W cooler for up to 40 hours on a single charge.
Soft-shelled coolers aren’t supposed to work this well. The Hopper Two collapses nearly flat and will keep brews cold for a really, really long time. It’s not light (almost six pounds when empty), but let’s be real—nothing from Yeti is. If you want cold beer for hours, and a lot of it, opt for the Hopper Two.
The Luci Outdoor Pro impressed us with its built-in lithium-ion battery, which allows you to charge other devices. Ten LED lights put out a bright, 150-lumen glow for 24 hours. When you're done, just deflate it and slip it into a backpack pocket.
This is what we wrote about the Black Hole tote in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide: “Two words sum up this bag: tough and simple.”
The Trtl weighs less than a third of a pound, is small enough to fit in your luggage, and is far more comfortable than anything else we've tried.
Fold the Pack Away completely flat when you’re not using it—it’s much easier to stow in the back of your car that way, ready to deploy when you make a pit stop for beer en route to the campsite. It holds 24 cans and is fully seam sealed, so don’t worry about leaks, even when the Pack Away is loaded with ice.
Camping with a partner? Our Gear Guy recommends the Apollo, which uses a QuadPower LED light that pumps out 250 lumens, and features a non-glaring case and fold-down legs. It's ideal for lighting up your camp kitchen or tent.
This stainless-steel bottle will keep your coffee hot and your iced tea chilly, thanks to its double-walled vacuum insulation. Yeti’s thick cap makes it leakproof, so don’t be afraid to toss it in your pack with other weekend sundries.
The Garmin InReach Mini weighs only 3.5 ounces and keeps all the functionality of the full-size Garmin InReach. According to our tester, Andrew Skurka, “It retains the core InReach functionality (two-way messaging, location tracking, weather updates) in a package that is more portable.”
We featured these slippers in our 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide. The braided and tanned water buffalo upper stays true to its heritage roots in India, but the goat-leather lining and natural rubber outsole deliver a much needed dose of modern comfort: “The City molded to our feet for a truly custom fit,” our tester writes.
A solid option for car camping and backpacking, this aluminum set includes a pan and two pots—perfect for cooking on a twin burner or an ultralight stove. When it’s time to pack up, the cookware nests into itself for easy transport.
If you need to carry a lot of stuff, look to this eight-liter pack and its massive main compartment that’s big enough for all your day-hike necessities. An additional zipper pocket keeps smaller items separate, compression straps cinch the load close to your body, and the burly 500-denier Cordura fabric can take plenty of abuse.
The Talon has everything you love about Osprey’s backpacks, just shrunk to fit around your waist. It comes with smart details like padded bottle holsters, small zippered pockets on the sides for quick access, and external compression straps that let you carry an extra layer. Osprey also makes a women’s-specific version called the Tempest.
Mountainsmith has been synonymous with hip packs for years, and it updated the classic Tour by making it waterproof: built with TPU-coated nylon, welded seams, and waterproof zippers, it ensures everything inside stays moisture-free. A mesh back panel and compression system keep the load comfortable and compact, while detachable bottle holsters, webbing loops, and D rings allow customization.
Based in Bellingham, Washington, High Above specializes in waist packs for mountain bikers. We dig the Lookout’s camo body, which is waterproof and durable as hell, thanks to the Dimension Polyant VX material. Three interior pockets make for simple—not fussy—organization.
Nathan moves the water storage (two ten-ounce bottles) to the sides of the hips to disperse the load and keep the running-specific Trail Mix Plus from bouncing too much. While storage is minimal, the belt is made from a stretchy nylon-polyester blend for a snug but comfy fit, and there are reflective hits all over the pack to boost visibility.
We’ve been raving about how the TRX can provide one of the most efficient ways to get a full body workout. This set includes the TRX, an Xmount, a jump rope, and resistance bands to give you everything you need to quickly set up a small home gym.
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