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Camping

Helinox Chair Zero

$120 from REI

Helinox nails the backpacking camp seat with its Chair Zero, which is light (one pound) and compact enough (collapsing to the size of a Nalgene bottle) to justify taking on multi-day trips but comfortable enough to use while car camping. The shock-cord aluminum poles require minimal setup, and the chair keeps you 11 inches off the ground, not too low to sit down and stand up out of easily.