The Best Base Camp Gear of 2021
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REI + West Elm Outward Rope Chair ($70)
This surprisingly comfy folding chair won’t collect dirt, and the handle makes transport easy.
NEMO Roamer Self-Inflating Double Mattress ($400)
A full-size sleeping pad is the height of camp luxury. This one is firm and not crinkly. A tester said it was “the best sleep I’ve ever had camping.”
The North Face Dolomite One Duo Sleeping Bag ($199)
The double-wide Duo bag will keep you and your partner cozy. Two zip-off top pieces customize it to temperature ratings of 50, 30, and 15 degrees.
GoalZero Lighthouse 600 Lantern ($70)
This adjustable light can illuminate your whole campsite with uni- and omnidirectional settings. For emergencies, it has a red flasher, a hand crank, and a USB port so you can charge your phone.
Ledlenser MH5 Headlamp ($49.95)
Spend more time outdoors with the MH5. The Ledlenser MH5 delivers up to 400 lumens of white light and has an innovative head mounting system that allows you to quickly transform the headlamp into a handheld light.
Ledlenser Flex7 Power Bank ($80)
You can charge your phone several times over with the water-resistant Flex7. A lighted indicator shows how much juice you have remaining.
Hults Bruk Agdor 28 Felling Ax ($109)
We love midsize axes because they’re beefy enough to split small logs yet nimble enough to make kindling. This one has a high-carbon blade and a hickory handle.
Birkenstock Sahara Sandals ($160)
Birks have always been great camp shoes. The Sahara simply adds to that legacy, with a grippier, more robust sole that stands up to short hikes and Velcro straps that are easy to adjust.
Ravine Card Game ($28)
Adventures build friendships; so do cooperative games. In this one, three to six players work together in the aftermath of a plane crash. The goal is to survive long enough to be rescued.
Exped Outer Space III Tent ($499)
Most tents are made to be portable bedrooms. The Outer Space III brings the living room, too. Set up normally, it offers comfortable sleeping and hangout space for three. You can also pitch the fly on its own to create a shelter for six campers.