Sometimes the simplest of designs are the most effective. Such is the case with the Scout Single Pole Tent ($982). Seattle-based outfitter Scout is bringing back your boy scout roots with this canvas tent. The collapsible hickory pole makes for an easy pitch, and the canvas carry bag makes this two-person tent a great addition to your hiking pack.
Whether you regularly fight fires, or battles, or both, be always prepared with the Lansky Fireman’s Battle Axe ($60). This super-tool was designed with the help of professional firefighters to be the “sidearm” of choice when tackling that five-alarm flame. Includes a hammer tool, a hose wrench, a gas valve wrench, and load-bearing up to 600 lbs.
Native footwear brings hiking boots to new altitudes with the Fitzsimmons Hiking Boots ($90). Made from one single EVA foam mold, these lightweight hiking boots are water-resistance and eco-friendly. The Native uses a low emission manufacturing process, giving you a minimal carbon-footprint and maximum comfort.
Beef jerky should always be at arms length when you are on the move, which is why we like Field Trip Beef Jerky ($18 for three pack). With three flavors: Original, Honey Spice, and Teryaki, this jerky will keep you from getting hungry no matter your adventure. Field Trip Beef Jerky is the product of three guys looking for a protein and nutrient rich snack to munch on while they were trekking, or training, or both. All natural, all delicious.
Planning an inner-city hiking trip during the fierce Winter? Consider gearing-up with the Marmot Urban Hauler ($50). This Japanese fishing bag style backpack is made from UpCycled® fabrics (the greenest of the green), and the internal organizer pocket lets you stash smaller goods for easy access. It’s practical gear for city-dwellers, and even more practical for jetsetters (think: overhead compartment).
If you and Fido are the adventurous type, be prepared for the unthinkable with this Paracord Dog Leash ($40) from SGT Knots. With 16 different colors to choose from, this dog leash stands at 5 feet in length, 8 strands of US made paracord totaling approximately 60 feet of paracord. And if you aren’t a hiker, this dog leash will make you and your pup look like secret MacGyvers on the paved running path.
When “roughing it” doesn’t exactly carry the same meaning for you as it does for everyone else, your ability to create a fire purely from sticks is not very likely. Lucky for you there is the City Boy Picnic Grill ($229). This powder-coated stainless steel grill runs on a 225g standard gas cartridge, so your next camping trip will include less cold canned food and more warm meats, even if you didn’t kill it yourself.
If your pocket knife is insufficient protection for your elaborate adventures, you might consider upgrading to a tactical blade. Leatherneck Knives ($89.99) by Cold Steel come with either a 6 3/4″ or 7″ blade (depended on model), which should be plenty enough to fend off any unwanted visitors on your next excursion. The Leatherneck series is named honor of the U.S. Marines who have carried the moniker since their first battles in 1776. These super-sharp blades are made from German stainless steel and come with Cold Steel’s Secure-Ex sheath to help you avoid any accidental slips.
Unsatisfied with using your measly 5-person tent on your camping trips? The Moby1 XTR Series Expedition Trailer ($15,500+) might be more your style. This fully self-contained trailer is built to tackle any terrain you encounter in your travels. Options include a roof top tent with capacity of up to 4, bringing total capacity of up to seven, a sink with running hot and cold water, a hot water heater, a cabin heater, an outdoor shower, a free-standing awning, cabin air conditioning, solar panels (!), a portable toilet, and a generator to name a few. Camping away from home never felt so much like home.
Whether you are at the beach, on a camping trip, or tailgating before a game, grilling away from your backyard can be a cumbersome task without a portable grill. The Fold Flat Grill ($79.95) by Hammacher Schlemmer might be the most portable grill we have ever seen. Made from durable 304 stainless steel, the grill provides a 17 1/2″ x 13″ W cooking area with a V-shaped charcoal well that collects easily emptied ash. The best part: it’s les than 1″ thick when folded (!).