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2012 Must Have Camping Gear

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Each year, manufactures come out with new and improved camping gear. Thanks to new technology, there is constantly lighter, more-durable gear available for all types of camping. Here are a few of the newest gadgets on the market to make camping a little more comfortable.

Gerber Steady

This multi-tool is perfect for a variety of camping needs. Whether you need a fine edge blade, a serrated blade, a screwdriver, bottle opener, pliers, wire cutter, or a tripod. Yes, you read that correctly, the latest Gerber multi-tool also functions as a tripod. It is built for compact digital cameras, as well as smart phones. The Gerber Steady comes with an adjustable cell phone mount, and a screw-in camera mount. Small arms fold out from the handle to offer the tripod’s three legs of support.

 




 

Ultra light Tents

This year, Sea to Summit came out with a couple of new tents that are weighed in grams, not pounds—so you know they are light. The one-person tent is made from thin waterproof/breathable Pertex fabric. With its poles, it weighs less than 1 pound. In fact, it’s only 846 grams.

Need a little extra space? The two person Duo is a little wider to have room for two campers. But, it does not weigh much more than the one-person tent, at just 846 grams. Both can be set up with trekking poles, rather than the alloy poles that come with the tent. This can save a little space and weight in the already ultra light tent bag.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter system

One thing most beginner campers often overlook is bringing enough fresh water to their camping site. Techie Camper has reviewed the top water containers for camping so you can find an affordable, heavy duty water container for your next camping trip. If you’ve ever been thirsty in an area where you have to pump your water, you know how valuable this next nifty gadget can be. The Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter system is a squeeze-to-purify product. You just fill the pouch up with lake water, and then screw the filter onto the pouch. Then, just squeeze the water into your mouth for instantly filtered water.

Stuffitts Odor-Killing Bag

If you have been camping and have wondered what to do with your dirty clothes and gear after spending time outdoors, Stuffits now has a solution. They developed the “moisture and odor containment system” and built it into their dry bag lines. It draws in the moisture and odor, and then keeps it in the bag.

Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30 Sleeping bag

If you have a camping trip planned an area where temperatures can change drastically, it’s hard to know which sleeping bag to bring, but it is almost mandatory to include in a camp sleeping pad. These days, you can just bring the Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30 Sleeping bag. It can provide warmth in weather up to -15 degrees. But, you can remove the extra down baffles when the temperatures rise. The tent is great for weather up to 50 degrees.

 




 

Solar Chargers by Wegner

You may know Wegner as the maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife. But, that’s not all they do these days. They are also the makers of solar chargers. Their new line for 2012 has three different models, a standard Solar Charger, Top Solar Charger and Solar Charger Pro. These can be packed on camping trips, but are powerful enough to charge phones, tablets, and GPS navigation systems. They are waterproof and portable.

The Solar Chargers have a USB input, making it easy to charge your electronic devises.

Best Portable Coolers For Camping

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Unless the camping enthusiast on your list has a motorized camping rig with lots of cold storage space, good quality coolers are essential items. Why not surprise your favorite camper with a brand new cooler for Christmas? To make it an extra special gift, tuck a couple of gift cards from your favorite grocer, beverage mart, or butcher shop so they can pick up some items to put in the cooler when they head out on their next camping trip.

Yes, Christmas is only a few days away. But there’s still time to get a cooler to put under the tree. Just choose a model that has overnight shipping available or take a trip to your nearest sporting goods store to pick one up. Look for one that has excellent insulation and will keep food cold for at least 4 days; or choose a plug in model that won’t need ice. My plug in cooler (which has a multifunctional plug that works in both my vehicle cigarette lighter socket and outlet inside my popup camper) is my favorite by far because I never have to worry about the ice freezing my carrots or foods getting waterlogged when the ice melts.

The Best Portable Grills For Cooking Those Hot Dogs and Hamburgers At The Campsite

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Hot dogs and hamburgers are great camping foods. They’re easy to make and easy to hold in one hand, leaving the other hand free to hold a nice cold beer (or other beverage of your choice).

What are the best grills to give to the people on your Christmas list who think anytime is a great time to go camping?

It really depends on your budget. They are a lot of portable grills on the market that work great. I personally own an inexpensive tabletop gas grill that cost less than $25 dollars, a Weber portable gas grill that cost over $100 but works like a dream and is well worth the money if you can afford it (get the optional cover as well), and a small tabletop charcoal grill for when I want that authentic charcoal taste.

Happy Grilling!