Must-Have Camping Gear

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posted on October 19, 2014

Easton Kilo Carbon 2P Tent
Weighing a mere 2.7 pounds packed, the three-season Kilo Carbon two-person tent is ideal for rugged backcountry trips. A 35-inch head height is perfect for sitting, and Carbon ION poles are strong enough to double as a drying rack for wet clothing.
MSRP: $399.

Thermarest Mira Sleeping Bag
With a 15-degree rating, the new women’s bag from Thermarest, the Mira, is an all-around winner for ultralight backcountry adventures. It features compressible 750-plus-fill goose down, a Toe-asis foot warmer, reflective ThermaCapture lining and straps for securing it to your sleeping pad (sold separately). Men’s bag also available.
MSRP: $389.95.

Camillus CK-9 Knife
New from Camillus Knives, the CK-9 is a hardy tool built backcountry tough. At9 inches long overall with a 4.5-inch cutting edge, this knife wears a tan micarta handle and durable black Traction coating on its thick 1095 high-carbon steel blade. Comes complete with a survival whistle and ballistic nylon sheath.
MSRP: $215.99.

Stone Glacier Sky 5100 Pack
Stone Glacier’s heavy-duty Sky 5100 with KRuX frame is a 5,100-cubic-inch pack that converts to a 3,500-cubic-incher. A large center zipper gives quick access to the main bag and four internal pockets. Lid converts into a small daypack. Available accessories include rifle sling, spotting scope pocket and dry bag for hauling meat.
MSRP: $599.99.

O2 Unleashed
When the mountain zaps you mentally and physically, a few breaths of 95 percent pure oxygen found in O2 Unleashed will boost energy, increase alertness and put you back on your feet. Ultra small and lightweight, it’s a simple and effective way to beat fatigue and altitude.
MSRP: $41.97 (3-pack).

Jetboil MiniMo Camp Stove
The new MiniMo from Jetboil is perfect for meals on the mountain. Features include a wider and stouter 1-liter cooking vessel for easier access to your grub and an upgraded valve for better flame control. Weighs only 14 ounces.
MSRP: $129.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals
Freeze-dried meals from Mountain House aren’t touted as “a five-star meal in a pouch” for no reason. They are just that good. Simply add boiling water, and in minutes you’ll have a hot meal, more than welcome on long hunts. Various meals available from entrees to desserts.
MSRP: $4-$9.

Sawyer MINI Water Filter
Perhaps the most versatile filter on the market, the Sawyer MINI works with the included drinking pouch, your hydration pack, a soda bottle or even the complementary drinking straw for instant stream-to-belly quenching. Weighs 2 ounces, filters up to 100,000 gallons and includes plunger for cleaning.
MSRP: $24.95.

Pelican 2750 LED Headlight
The 2750 LED Headlight from Pelican features dual LEDs and a max runtime of 12 hours. Water-resistant with 100-lumen output up to 71 meters. Multiple light modes include night-vision-friendly red. Runs on three AAA batteries.
MSRP: $37.

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