Equip: Outdoor Essentials, Week of May 18th


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When it comes to adventure gear, you typically want something lightweight, compact, functional and versatile. This year, outdoor sports brands are giving you all that and more with new gear and top-of-the-line equipment.

Here are some of our top picks for outdoor essentials:

1. Big Agnes Dream Island 15

Are single-person sleeping bags keeping you from sleeping beside your SO on camping trips? With the Big Agnes Dream Island 15 two-person sleeping bag, you can get as close as you want. The interior features a cotton blend that’ll keep you warm during cooler nights.

$270 from Moosejaw

2. Yeti Roadie 24 

Buy ice Friday and keep your food cold all weekend in the Yeti Roadie 24. This lightweight cooler features heavy-duty insulating foam and is even tall enough to store most wine bottles upright. Plus, the hefty handle allows for comfortable carrying wherever adventure takes you.

$200 from L.L Bean

3. Coghlan’s Pop-Up Trash Can

Leave nothing but your footprints behind with Coghlan’s Pop-Up trash can. Made of polyethylene fabric, this convenient can is collapsible and features two carry handles and a zipper top. Plus, it holds 33 gallons worth of garbage and is quite affordable.

$13 from Cabela’s

4. UST TekFire

If your matches and lighter get wet, this trusty firestarter is the ultimate backup. Flameless and fuel-free, the UST TekFire relies on a high-voltage electric arc to ignite your campfire. Even in the direst situations, fire is just a click away with the TekFire.

$27 from Cabela’s

5. Yakima SkyBox 12 Carbonite

Do you have a lot of extra equipment, but no way to transport it? The SkyBox 12 Carbonite might be the cargo box you need. It attaches to the top of your car, and just like that, you have all the storage space you need.

$499 from Yakima

6. Houdini Power Air Hoodie

Whether you’re traversing snowy mountains or simply enjoy hiking in cooler climates, the Houdini Mono Air Hoodie has your back. This mid-layer jacket traps air and generates heat to keep you warm no matter where you go. Plus, the hoodie’s sustainable materials shed five times fewer fibers than other performance fabrics, so it’ll last season after season.

$200 from Houdini Sportswear

7. Tentsile Trillium Hammock

Hammock in style with this triangular hammock big enough to hold three people. More than 20 meters of webbing along the sides of the hammock support and balance weight and prevent anyone from rolling into the middle. You can even turn it into a covered shelter with the Tensile Tree Tent.

$300 from Tensile

8. Stanley Classic Big Grip Camp Mug 

For those who can’t live without their morning cup of joe, Stanley’s classic big grip camp mug is a top contender for camping and outdoor essentials.

 $25 from Stanley

9. Ignik Gas Growler

This novel piece of equipment solves the issue of single-use propane tanks. Refill the Ignik Gas Growler at propane suppliers again and again for more than 12 years. The growler also comes with a carrying case and a hose to refill it.

$150 from Ignik

10. Disco-O-Bed Bunk Bed

Save space in your tent and hit snooze with portable bunk beds by Disc-O-Bed. These bunk beds are ideal for those who enjoy sleeping under the stars but still appreciate creature comforts. Plus, you can even separate them into two single cots if you wish.

$419 from Disc-O-Bed

11. Coleman Solar Shower

Ditch chilly baths in the nearest lake or river and take a warm shower, instead. The Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower holds enough water for multiple showers and warms the water when you leave it out in the sun, even on cooler days.

$18 from Amazon

12. Lunatec Hydration Spray Bottle

Introducing, the most fun and functional water bottle on the market — the Hydration Spray Bottle. This bottle has multiple features, helpful for cleaning gear, cooling off and hydration, of course.

$32 from Lunatec

Top of the Line

Wherever your adventures take you, having the best gear is likely one of your top priorities. Luckily, these outdoor essentials, gadgets and accessories fulfill that requirement, allowing you to have the best outdoor excursion to date.