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Tents Should Have Had Built-in Air Mattresses Since Day One

A comfy air mattress can make roughing it feel a little less rough, although wrangling one inside a tent that's a little too small for your queen size bed can be a huge pain. And that's exactly the situation that inspired Dan Robertson to create the Aesent: a tent with a built-in air mattress on its base that's always the perfect size. Read More >>

design
This Minimalist Outdoor Grill Rolls Open Like a Sleeping Bag

There's nothing quite like roasting a meal you just caught while you're braving the great outdoors. It's an experience made all the better with a campfire grill that doesn't feel like a sack of bricks in your backpack. And while designer Roee Magdassi's Stakes grill doesn't exist just yet, we're hoping at least one manufacturer sees the brilliance of this design. Read More >>

tools
An Ultra-Thin Camping Shovel For Discreetly Burying Your Indiscretions

When you're heading out into the wild with nothing more than a backpack to carry all of your supplies and gear, packing light and compact is your number one priority. And when mother nature is serving as your outhouse, a shovel has to be at the top of your packing list—preferably one as light and slim as the GG Camp Shovel which looks no bigger than a shoe horn. Read More >>

tools
Forge Your Own Path With This Collapsible Trail-Clearing Multi-Tool

If you'd rather take the path less followed when you hit the great outdoors, it might need a little TLC along the route. And that's where the lightweight collapsible Trail Boss will serve as your perfect hiking partner. It lets you carry four long-handled tools in a compact pack, so you can make short work of fallen branches, exposed roots, or whatever else hinders your progress. Read More >>

design
A Sleeping Bag That Ditches Zippers So You Don't Feel Like a Mummy

If the thought of drifting off in a sleeping bag, only to wake up in the middle of the night all twisted and constricted, leaves you feeling anxious and claustrophobic, Sierra Designs wants to help. With its new Backcountry Bed 800 sleeping bag it's banished constricting zippers, instead opting for a double layered design that feels more like sleeping in your comfy bed. Read More >>

gadgets
A Simple Design Tweak Makes Sleeping Bags Less Like Straight Jackets

A tapering mummy-style sleeping bag is easier to travel with since they can be compressed extremely compact. But if you suffer from even a smidgen of claustrophobia, spending a night in one can be like sleeping in a straight jacket. To make them more comfortable and compatible with those of us who toss and turn, Nemo has created a spoon-shaped sleeping bag which provides extra space where it's needed, without sacrificing portability. Read More >>

design
Disposable Rubbish Bag Tents Are the Cleverest Way To Keep Camping Clean

Music festivals generate a lot of litter. Tons of it. Litterally. It's been a problem for ages, but Glad has come up with a clever design solution that solves at least part of the problem: a rubbish bag tent. Read More >>

design
A Fire-Starting Pen, For When Your Words Aren't Inflammatory Enough

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but neither of those implements are really that effective when it comes to starting a campfire. So if survival and copious note-taking are high on your list when it comes to choosing office supplies, consider this tactical pen that hides a fire striker inside. Read More >>

gadgets
Pump Up This Pressurised Hydration Pack So You Never Have To Suck

The most important thing you can pack for a long outdoor trek is water, which is why hydration packs are an ideal accessory. But trying to suck water through a long hose when you're exhausted, well, sucks. So Geigerrig is releasing a new pressurised hydration pack that's like having a Super Soaker strapped to your back. Read More >>

gadgets
A Brilliant Toilet Paper Dispenser To Leave Crapping Campers Clean and Hassle-Free

Camping purists may prefer to eschew traditional toilet paper in favour of nature's very own brand of sticks and leaves, but to the untrained eye, becoming one with Mother Earth might might leave a lasting, painful reminder on those tender, poison-ivy-scrubbed nether regions. So for those of us who aren't quite ready to give up all the comforts of home, students at the Alberta College of Art and Design have put together this clever, waterproof toilet paper dispenser to make outdoor defecating a delight. Read More >>

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BioLite CampStove: Charges Your Phone and Warms Your Tush, By Burning Twigs

Stoves have come a long way since the humble primus: turbo flames, jet boilers and ultra-light portables are just some of the options around. But now there’s the BioLite, a stove that burns twigs and charges your phone all at once. I know, it should erect your tent for you too. Read More >>

gadgets
Strap This Vibrating Compass To Your Ankle and Always Know True North

As you battle your way into the great outdoors on a hike or camping excursion, you need both hands free for pushing away branches, or fighting off wildlife — not handling a compass. So to guarantee you're still headed in the right direction, this vibrating compass will always keep you aware of true north, without requiring you to stare at a needle. Read More >>

gadgets
How Could Anyone Not Want a Product Called the Strap and Crap?

Even with an outhouse, relieving one's self in the great outdoors is an unpleasant experience. But having no choice but to just squat on the ground is as terrible as it gets. So after a "particularly unpleasant outdoor restroom experience", Laura Stude was struck with the inspiration to create the solution to every nature lover's biggest woe with the Strap and Crap. Read More >>

gadgets
This Sleeping Bag Is Every Sub-Zero Camper's Dream/Nightmare

Whether you prefer to spend your summers in the Arctic or simply miss the suffocating warmth of a mother's womb, Nemo's newly launched Canon -40 sleeping bag may just cure what ails you (unless it's the latter in which case please seek professional assistance). Read More >>

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This Kids' VW Camper Van Tent is Beyond Adorable

While the kids might not be old enough to hit the festivals in a proper vee dub just yet, they can at least pretend to rock out in their own wee-little camper van tent, a miniature version of the full-sized VW tent we loved last year. I wish Firebox sold this when I was young... Read More >>

clothing
You Can Pack a Long Weekend's Worth Of Clothing Into This Puffy Vest

If the thought of ever checking and leaving your suitcase in the hands airport handlers terrifies you, you'll love this sleeveless jacket that doubles as carry-on luggage you can actually wear. Read More >>

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