Kelty Noah’s Tarp

Kelty Noah’s Tarp is a durable, full-coverage, and adjustable shelter that is suitable for uses ranging from car camping to picnicking. The weatherproof abilities and tie-tabs allow for a versatile and packable tent option.

Marmot Tungsten Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

The Marmot Tungsten 3P Tent is a great 3 season tent for the beginner backpacker looking for their first quality tent, or an avid car camper looking for something smaller and easier. This awesome tent comes with everything you need including the fly and footprint, and its biggest draw is its luxurious roominess with vertical sidewalls, 40 sq ft of space, and 46 inch peak height. This tent may not be the lightest shelter around, but for the price, it’s a great start for high end quality.

Black Diamond Mega Light Shelter: 4-Person

The Black Diamond Mega Light Shelter for four people is a moderately lightweight and spacious pyramid tent suitable for everything from an emergency shelter, to cooking tent, to basecamp sleeping tent, and works in any climate, weather, and setting. Although this tent offers minimal protection from critters and bugs, it works well to defend against rain, snow, and wind, particularly with an added groundsheet and some creative thinking. Although not the lightest shelter on the market, the price makes it a bargain for the size and ease of assembly, although beware, it does not come seam-sealed and must be done by hand.

MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove

The MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove is a long time favorite for a simple reason, while some stoves boil faster or melt snow faster, some are lighter, and some pack down better, none of them do everything better, and none of them are easier to repair. If your goal is to buy one single stove for your whole backpacking career, then the MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove is the stove you need. With the ability to burn everything from diesel (not recommended) to canister fuel and some of the highest ratings around for field repair and maintenance, you can trust this reliable stove in the Apocalypse.

YETI Tundra 35 Cooler

The YETI Tundra 35 Cooler continues YETI’s reputation as the first and best manufacturer of rotomolded coolers. Their patented design uses very few pieces and seams to reduce heat exchange and increase durability. YETI has long been known for their features and attractive looks, and the YETI Tundra 35 Cooler is no exception. The cooler is heavy and expensive but that’s the price you pay for such a ridiculously high quality cooler.

Exped MegaMat 7.5/10 Sleeping Pad

The Exped MegaMat 7.5/10 Sleeping Pad was designed to make car camping as comfortable as sleeping at home. Since it was designed for short hauls, Exped spared no weight or size to make this the most comfortable mattress you may have ever slept on. With a foam core that self inflates, and 4 inches between you and the ground, you can rest in easy comfort, sure that you will have no back or hip pain the next day. Finally, a basecamp mattress we can look forward to sleeping on.

MSR XGK EX Multi-Fuel Stove

An expedition worthy stove, the MSR XGK EX Multi-Fuel Stove is a simple bottle and pump system that totes unparalleled reliability and versatility over lightness. While it is a little loud, with no real way to turn it down, if you need snow to turn into boiling water with amazing fuel efficiency and everytime reliability, there really is no substitute for the MSR XGK EX Multi-Fuel Stove.

Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Sleeping Pad

The Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Sleeping Pad is a revelation for campers who have never used a foam-based inflatable pad, as it offers more comfort and warmth than more simple air mattresses. Although the insulation sacrifices some packability and makes the pad heavier, most reviewers are happy to take on the extra weight for the increased comfort. Although there are mixed reviews about the comfort of this pad for side-sleepers, it is certainly more quiet, comfortable, and durable than ultra-light camping pad models.

Marmot Tungsten Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

The Marmot Tungsten Tent: 2-Person 3-Season shines for its roominess, easy assembly, and reasonable price, and has garnered a loyal following throughout the United States. While most reviewers find it very durable and resistant to even heavy winds and rain, several people have mentioned leakiness in rain and fragility in wind. Although not the lightest or most packable tent on the market, it still weighs in under five pounds and provides superior space for the weight due to clever design.