Labor Day is generally considered the unofficial end to sumer vacation, and in case you haven’t checked the calendar, that’s this weekend. So while you may have already wasted the majority of your summer weekends indoors, this is the weekend to get out and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. So whether you prefer comfortable ruggedness or really like to rough it when you camp, these are five products you must have.
Black Diamond Skylight Tent – A three season tent that fits two people comfortably or three tightly while still small enough to backpack with if needed. A portion of the roof is mesh, perfect for a ventilation and a great view – in poor weather it be covered by a roll away canopy. Black Diamond Equipment, $450
WiseLED Tactical Flashlight 85,000 lux- Illuminates surfaces up to 1,750 ft away, is waterproof and has a strobe feature that will blind and discourage and wildlife that has wandered into your camp. WiseLED, 659.00€
MSR Stoves- If space is limited but you still want warm meals, the MSR Simple Series is the way to go, lightweight, compact and reliable, you’ll be amazed at what you can cook on this. For more elaborate or group cooking, choose one of two stoves from the MSR Gourmet Series, it can handle larger pots and gives you more flame control. MSR Gear, $65-$140
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade – Everything you need from a knife and nothing more.4.8-inch fine edge, drop-point blade can go straight from hacking firewood to delicately filleting a trout. Its premium grade stainless steel construction means you’ll never see rust or corrosion as you pull it from its sheath. Gerber, $105
PackTowl UltraLite – An XXL towel that weighs only 5 oz, about the weight of a medium apple, and absorbs 4x that amount of water. Wrings out like a chamois and air dries in minutes. If it gets muddy or sandy, dip it in the lake wring out and it’s good as new. PackTowl, $38
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