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.
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.
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.
Unless you are Bear Grylls, you probably aren’t dropped in the middle of nowhere very often. But in the rare occasion that you are left to fend for yourself, make sure you are stocked with some Tactical Sammiches ($6). This survival sandwich has a shelf life of two years, has less than 300 calories per sandwich, and comes in both pepperoni and honey BBQ. It might not completely save your life, but it will at least keep you fat and happy for the albino hill people.
Without clean water, your hiking excursions quickly becomes a fight against bacteria and protozoa. The Katadyn Pocket (~ $390) is one of the best water filters in the business. At only 10″ long, it fits easily in your pack and its easy to use, durable design will keep your water clean in even the most extreme conditions.
Take a tip from Bear Grylls and prepare yourself for the unthinkable with the Gerber Ultimate Survival Kit ($52). Stick this 4.5″ x 5″ waterproof bag in your pack, and if you find yourself stranded on a desert island, or stuck high up in the mountains, you will have all the tools you need to make it out alive. 16-piece kit includes a Gerber Miniature Multi-tool, waterproof bag, miniature light, hand saw, signaling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball (fire tinder), snare wire, emergency cord, waxed thread, fishing kit, sewing kit, lanyard whistle, ripstop nylon bag with waterproof zipper, land-to-air rescue instructions, and of course Bear Grylls’ “Priorities of Survival.”
Make sure you aren’t S-O-L if you get caught in a bind on your next hiking/camping trip. Survival Straps ($27.95) are made with up to 25 feet of paracord and can be worn around the wrist until that emergency comes where you need some rope. With over 50,000 color combinations, this strap is a necessity for those of you who like a little adventure in your life.
If you are going on a solo expedition in the near future, you will need a lightweight tent to keep you dry. The Poler Man Tent ($175) is an over-sized, one man tent with aluminum poles and polyester fabric. When you are on the move, the tent bag measures 6” Round x 18” long and just 4.5 lbs.
We have seen the future of camping, and it looks like a mix between the Lunar Rover and something out of Tron Legacy. The Cave ($669) by HeimPlanet is a revolutionary approach to tent design, by modeling The Cave after the molecular structure of a diamond. This 3-person tent is completely inflatable and structurally sound, which means easy set-up and no more poles.