The summer of 2015’s best new camping gear
Top picks to help you sleep, shelter, cook and eat in style
Camping is a time-honoured way to get—and stay—close to great fishing and hunting. Whether you’re travelling light or settling in for a longer adventure, there’s plenty of new gear to bring the comforts of home out on the trail.
Key features: Two 11,000 BTU burners with Coleman’s HyperFlame design for even heat distribution and better wind resistance; push-button ignition, optional grill and griddle cooktops.
The promise: “Boil water twice as fast as standard burners.”
TARON BASECAMP 6
Eureka Canada, $749.99
Key features: Lightweight, three-season, six-person dome tent with full fly; two doors and two vestibules, enhanced ventilation system, factory-taped seams and reflective fabric panels for better interior lighting.
The promise: “Fast and easy set up.”
GSI Outdoors, US$129.95
Key features: Set of four polypropylene plates, bowls and insulated, lidded mugs; non-stick aluminum fry pan, two- and three-litre pots with strainer lids and gripper; carry bag doubles as a wash basin.
The promise: “Compact design for nested storage.”
MINIMO COOKING SYSTEM
Key features: Personal cooking cup with sturdy metal handle, designed for ease of eating; new valve technology ensures consistent fuel flow in temperatures as cold as -6°C.
The promise: “The finest simmer control of any upright canister system.”
45QW ELITE WHEELED COOLER
Pelican ProGear, $475.77
Key features: Certified as grizzly resistant; 42-litre capacity; two-inch polyurethane insulation, freezer-grade gasket, stainless steel hardware and built-in carry and trolley handles; heavy-duty wheels.
The promise: “Up to 10 days ice retention.”
NEOAIR XTHERM MAX
Key features: Reflective technology traps radiant heat; baffled, 2½-inch thick internal structure for stability and support; packs down to the size of a one-litre bottle.
The promise: “The greatest warmth-to-weight ratio in any air mattress.”
REPELLENT CAMP LANTERN
Key features: Light produces 300 lumens for 50 hours at highest setting; insect repellent creates 225-square-foot protection zone; water resistant/
The promise: “One product to repel biting insects and illuminate your campsite.”
Key features: Variable synthetic insulation allows for both a -1°C and 7°C rating; lined with 190 thread count polyester; unzips fully for use as a comforter; includes stuff sack and storage bag.
The promise: “Slumber in luxury and comfort.”
Unless you enjoy damp, fitful sleeps, don’t scrimp on your tent and sleeping set-up. And always closely examine sleeping bags, pads and tents in the store before making a purchase.
Three-season tents are light and well vented for use in spring, summer and fall. Intended for winter camping or mountaineering, four-season tents are heavier, lower and sturdier. Tent sizes are measured according to the number of people who can lie shoulder to shoulder inside; subtract one or two bodies from the stated capacity if you want to stow gear inside with you.
When it comes to sleeping bags and pads, weight and bulk equals warmth and comfort, so find the balance that’s right for the type of camping you plan to do. Down-insulated bags are light and warm, but terrible when wet. Synthetic insulation is cheaper and dries quickly, but it’s also heavier.