Gear Picks

Comfortable Chairs for Every Kind of Camping

From the overbuilt to the überlight, these are great seats for taking a load off at the end of the day

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$190 $66 from Backcountry
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The Thorpe is one of our favorite vests for high-output days in the mountains. “Just substantial enough to maintain a comfortable core without sending my body temperature into overshoot,” said one Buyer’s Guide tester.
$270 $202 from Moosejaw
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We gave the Switcher MIPS a Gear of the Year award. “After more than a dozen testers placed the Switcher on their noggins, all agreed that it was the most comfortable helmet they’d worn,” we wrote. The helmet ticked all the boxes we wanted (like a MIPS construction and a magnetic closure on the strap).
$319 $207 from Moosejaw
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The Masao is one of our favorite waterproof jackets because it's both lightweight and packed with features. The pockets in the front are compatible with a harness and your helmet will fit snug under the hood. Plus, there are zippers built into the armpits of this jacket—ideal for dumping heat.
$119 $83 from REI
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We crowned this romper the MVP of summer. Former editor Axie Navas wrote, “Over the course of the past year, I’ve worn this one-piece for work, gardening, pub crawling, traveling, and hiking.” The recycled polyester-spandex fabric is comfortable and non-restricting. Plus, the stylish cut keeps your look polished without getting too fancy.
$40 from ATG by Wrangler™
Bring comfort and style with you on your next outdoor adventure. The Women’s Mixed Material Shirt made with 85 percent recycled materials is quick drying with UPF 50 to keep you cool and protected from the sun. The comfortable stretch and zipper pockets add the functionality you need to play (or work) hard outside.
$89 $62 from REI
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Senior gear editor Ariella Gintzler praised these tights for their extreme comfort and durability. “After more than four months of weekly use in the gym and on the gritty sandstone boulders near my home in Santa Fe, these bottoms hardly look worn,” she wrote.
$13 $10 from Backcountry
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Ultramarathoner, coach, and mom Meghan Laws swears by five-toe socks from Injinji. “Without them, I get blisters between my toes,” Laws says. Injinji has a patent on its popular five-toe design, and the lightweight mini crews are made with synthetic, breathable Coolmax and nylon.
$180 $117 from Backcountry
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The Altus MIPS won a Gear of the Year award in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide: “Testers wore the Altus for multiple self-powered laps up southern Oregon’s Mount Ashland on a 50-degree afternoon, never wanted to take it off, and came away with dry hair,” we wrote.
$15 $11 from Huckberry
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This polyester microfiber neck gaiter is printed with a map of Grand Teton National Park. There are a dozen ways to wear sweat-wicking neck tubes like this one—we think it’s handy as a headband, too.
$56 $39 from Huckberry
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The timeless Crazy Creek is still one of the best camp chairs on the market. “My Crazy Creek is an essential part of my adventure kit that has literally saved my butt more times than I can count,” wrote podcast producer Maren Larsen. “Its classic design isn’t going anywhere—except on every outdoor excursion I take.”
$24 $18 from REI
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If you’re a skier who wants less cushioning, these are the socks for you. “Icebreaker’s take on the superthin ski sock features moisture-wicking merino wool, nylon, and Lycra,” wrote associate editor Abigail Barronian. “It has little cushioning to speak of, but it still feels substantial, striking a good balance between weight, warmth, and breathability.”

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