The Garmin inReach Explorer+ is an easy-to-use, versatile, and tech-compatible option with advanced functionality to use as an altimeter, route-finder, and weather forecaster. Even though it is expensive as an initial purchase and can be heavier than other choices, the increased functionality and user-friendliness make this a good option for beginner and advanced backcountry-goers alike.
The Eagles Nest Outfitters Vulcan Underquilt is a comfortable, warm, and easy-to-use option that works well, conforming to different body shapes and sizes. For those who frequently go car camping, hiking, or spend time relaxing in their backyard, this underquilt adds warmth for moderate temperatures, keeps you comfortable while relaxing, and doesn’t break the bank in the process.
The Eagles Nest Outfitters SoloPod Hammock Stand is a durable, easy-to-set-up, and comfortable option that is compatible with Eagles Nest hammocks for added functionality. With a carrying case and a simple break-down of parts, this hammock stand is easy to transport, stable, and long-lasting.
The Black Diamond Mega Bug Shelter: 4-Person is a spacious, easy-to-set-up, and lightweight option that makes for a great choice car camping, weekend camping, or hiking with 3-4 people. Potential buyers need to be aware this tent is not freestanding, which limits the versatility and terrain conditions for use. However, if you frequently go camping with friends in mild conditions and want a comfortable, intuitive, and beginner-friendly option, this could be a good choice.
The Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ Trekking Poles are lightweight, adjustable, and reliable for use in tough terrain. Despite some concerns about the durability of the poles over multiple hiking seasons, if you are searching for easily adjustable and compact poles, this could be a good choice.
The BioLite FirePit is easy-to-use, functional, and adjustable for cooking food, sitting around a fire, and using in a variety of outdoor conditions. Even though it has some durability concerns in terms of rust, this fire-pit is versatile, clean, and lightweight.
The Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter is a lightweight, packable, and durable option that is specifically-suited for beach days and short weekend excursions. With an easy to set up construction, this shelter can accommodate a few people who want to get away from the elements. We recommend trying this shelter before purchasing it, as it might not provide enough shade and wind protection for tougher conditions.
The Big Agnes Sentinel Sleeping Bag: 30 Degree Down is a roomy, comfortable, and adjustable option that works well for 2 people during 3-season use. With hood adjustability, a divider between hoods, and a roomy foot box, this bag focuses on personalization while still letting you snuggle with your adventure partner. Although it is a bit heavy for long-distance trekking and is at the high end of the price spectrum, if you frequently camp or go on short hiking trips with a friend, this could be a smart option.
The Big Agnes Q-Core Deluxe Sleeping Pad is a durable, comfortable, and padded option that provides a restful sleep for campers, hunters, side-sleepers, and hikers in a variety of weather conditions. Although this pad is a bit heavy to bring on long-distance hiking treks, for short excursions, this pad is durable, quiet, and long-lasting.
The Big Agnes Fly Creek 1 Platinum HV Tent: 1-Person 3-Season is a lightweight, packable, and weatherproof option that provides ample protection and compatibility for an extended, 1-person backpacking trip. Even though you will be spending a fortune on this tent, if you want a long-lasting, high-tech, and lightweight option, this could be a smart option.