Outside Shop—Our Favorite Gear Under $50
These are our favorite pieces that won’t break the bank
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There are a lot of sweet perks that come with Outside+, the membership program we launched last summer. But this season, we’re particularly excited about the Outside Shop, a place to browse all of the best gear we’ve tested and reviewed in the field. New and existing Outside+ members receive 10 percent off at the store, and we’ve rounded up our favorite bang-for-your-buck items under $50. Happy shopping.
Kelty Bestie Blanket ($25)
“Compact enough to stow in a tote for most outings, the Bestie is durable and affordable,” wrote Holiday Gift Guide contributors Gabriela Aoun and Joe Jackson about this blanket. “Lay the tough poly-taffeta side down on rough surfaces, or wrap yourself in the soft brushed poly. Either way, this blanket will become your BFF.”
Eureka Sprk Camp Stove ($40)
If you don’t have enough space at your camp kitchen for a twin-burner stove, consider the compact Sprk. “This stove sets up in seconds, and its 11,500-BTU burner brings a liter of water to a boil in four minutes,” wrote Summer Buyer’s Guide tester Evan Green. “More impressive is the precise temperature control that kept our pancakes fluffy and our eggs over easy.”
Buff CoolNet UV+ Multifunctional Headwear ($24)
It seems like every week one of our writers praises the performance qualities of the Buff. Made from soft polyester microfiber, you can use it as a neck warmer, twist the ends together to make a hat, or even wear it as a bandana. “It’s so comfortable, I often forget I’m wearing it,” Outside gear director Will Taylor says.
Nite Ize NiteDog Rechargeable LED Collar ($25)
We featured the NiteDog LED collar in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best dog gear. “Keep track of your fur baby at your campsite with this light-up collar. It’s water-resistant and lasts just over six hours on a charge,” wrote senior editor Luke Whelan.
Nite Ize Radiant Rechargeable ShineLine ($30)
“If you camp with kids, you need at least one of these ten-foot string lights,” wrote columnist Jakob Schiller in his review of new, useful camp illumination. “I use mine to line the top of the tent and leave it on while they fall asleep. Other times I’ve laid one of the lights down the middle of our camping table to help with ambiance during dinner.”
Gerber Armbar Cork Multitool ($39)
We featured the Armbar Cork in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “This eight-tool, 3.1-ounce device is a solid base-camp assistant, with scissors, a hammer, and a 2.5-inch blade for an array of chores,” wrote gear editor Maren Larsen. “Bottle, can, and wine openers keep food and drink flowing, and the stonewashed finish adds class.”
Matador FlatPak Toiletry Bottle 3-Pack ($35)
Frequent gear reviewer Janna Irons considers these bottles travel essentials. “Five times lighter and 3.5 times more compact than the average travel bottle, this TSA-approved container has a large opening for filling, a waterproof outer coating, and a snap loop tag for quickly identifying the contents,” she wrote.