The Best Base Camp Gear of 2020
Gear for big outings
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ReVessel Adventure Kit ($125)
This bento-style box’s five stainless-steel containers are campfire-safe. The bamboo lid doubles as a cutting board.
Goal Zero Yeti 200X Power Station ($300)
A no-brainer for photographers and a wise choice on long trips too, the Yeti 200X is Goal Zero’s lightest power station yet. It’s simple to use and stores enough juice to charge a laptop four times.
Snow Peak Iron Grill Table System
Snow Peak’s modular system lets you piece together the galley of your dreams. Choose a table length and height, then kit it out with an array of accessories. We like the single-burner stove, bamboo counter, and grill. (Price varies with configuration.)
Stanley Adventure Full Kitchen Base Camp Set ($80)
This 21-piece, durable cookset with tableware for four nests into the large pot. (If you forget how, the directions are etched into the lid.)
AeroPress Go Coffee Press ($37)
We loved the original AeroPress for its simplicity and its ability to make coffee how we like it. The Go adds another skill: it packs into a mug-size bundle for easy transport.
Baby Taylor BTe-Koa Guitar ($549)
This Baby Taylor has an elegant koa-wood finish and sounds great for such a compact design. Be ready for fireside gigs with the built-in tuner.
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair ($200)
Camp chairs can be hell on your back. Not the Big Six, which has a gentle swell at shoulder-blade height to keep posture on point whether you’re looking down at the fire or up at the stars.
Eighth Generation All My Relations Blanket ($208)
Designed by Native American artist Bethany Yellowtail, this queen-size blanket is made from 100 percent New Zealand wool for serious durability and snuggliness.
Onewheel XR Board ($1,799)
Shred singletrack or explore fire roads with Onewheel’s ruggedized, off-road-ready board. Just use it responsibly.
Pelican Ruck R60 Utility Case ($65)
Water- and dustproof, Pelican’s Ruck R60 case is a sound option for safeguarding electronics, a first aid kit, and other important stuff when rafting, paddleboarding, or backpacking.
Hest Sleep System Mattress ($399)
Turn your tent into a luxury retreat. Hest’s cush mattress has two layers of padding: a chunky slab of memory foam over a blow-up base. The washable cover adds an additional dose of cozy.
NEMO Helio Pressure Shower ($100)
The 2.9-gallon Hello Pressure provides up to seven minutes of steady flow via a foot pump. Take a shower, do the dishes, spray down the kids (or a muddy dog)—no hanging required. The transparent end cap lets you see how much water is left.
Sierra Nevada Fantastic Haze Imperial IPA ($12 for six)
Sierra Nevada’s new IPA is citrusy, with a fine balance of sweetness amid the five varieties of hops. It’s an incredibly drinkable beer, despite the 9 percent ABV. Testers were never satisfied with just one.
Dometic CFX3 55IM Refrigerator ($1,100)
Ditch your old-school ice chest for this efficient fridge. Smart features reduce cold-air loss and save your car’s battery when it gets low. You can even deep-freeze meat.
Moon Fabrication MoonShade Awning ($350)
This brilliant awning design suction-cups to any vehicle and packs down to the size of a camp chair.
Light My Fire Grandpa’s Firefork Utensil ($10 for two)
Turn any old stick into a master roaster with the Firefork. It handles sausages and marshmallows with equal aplomb.
Kuat Pivot V2 Bike-Rack Extension ($329)
Pair this clever swing-out arm with one of Kuat’s rear-mounted racks (from $249) to gain quick access to the back of your vehicle without having to unpack your bikes.