New Cold Weather Camping Gear

We’re getting close to turning the corner into spring. The beginning of February is when we start getting restless to get outside, and this year is no exception. Cold-weather camping isn’t always for the faint of heart, but we’re here to prepare you. Below you’ll find some of the newest wintry camping gear, sorted by price for your convenience. If you’re well equipped, camping can be a delightful adventure any time of year!

$ – $10 – $50

$$ – $50 – $125

$$$ – $125 – $200

$$$$ – $200+

GSI Outdoors Microlite 500

http://www.gsioutdoors.com/glacier-stainless-microlite-500.html

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Looking to keep your drinks really hot for a long period of time? This vacuum bottle kept 500ml of boiling water 100 degrees after 9 hours in a -5 degree freezer. You can hike all day, and still have actual hot chocolate as you wind down at night.

Primus Winter Gas

http://www.primus.eu/winter-gas-230-g

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 Most canister stoves can’t be used in freezing temperatures. This Primus Winter Gas canister has a VaporMesh lining in the can that absorbs the liquid gas inside and spreads it out. Basically, it’s a canister that can be used in cold temps.

DryGuy Warm N’ Charge

https://dryguy.com/product/Warm_N_Charge

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This rechargeable hand warmer provides up to 5 hours of warmth per use. It will also charge your phone twice. These are a necessity for a cold overnight trip.

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Exped Down Booty WB

http://www.exped.com/international/en/product-category/sleepingbags/down-booty-wb-m

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So, these are a little more expensive than your average boot insulator, but they work wonders. The problem with down booties is that they usually wet out and are unusable. In a test, the Exped Down Booty didn’t wet out while in the snow for 45 minutes.

Julbo Vermont Classic Glasses

https://www.julbo.com/en/16/home.html

julbo

These retro mountaineer glasses will remind you of Edmund Hillary climbing Everest in 1953. Although they’ve adorned the faces of climbers for 125 years, they can transition into today’s urban world as well.

SOG Reactor Multi-tool

https://www.sogknives.com/reactor.html

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This knife and multi-tool has ten different components, including a stainless-steel blade (of course), bottle opener (always needed) and screwdrivers.  The versatility of this tool will come in handy all year.

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Big Agnes Q-Core SLX

http://www.backpacker.com/gear/sleeping-pads/big-agnes-q-core-slx/

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This inflatable mat has synthetic insulation plus heat-reflective material, which keeps you warm down to 15 degrees F. The mat has separate holes for inflation and deflation.

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Summit Alpine 50L Backpack

https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/alpine-50-pack-nf0a2sch

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This lightweight (2 lbs., 9 oz. empty) pack uses FuseForm construction, where the fabric is folded and fused rather than stitched. The pack is rated to carry 50 lbs.

Patagonia Men’s Grade VII Down Parka

http://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-grade-vii-down-parka/84845.html

patagonia

OK, so this isn’t cheap. At $899, it’s not for the novice cold-weather camper. As North Face says, it’s for “thriving, not surviving,” cold temperatures. If you’re going to be outside in the frost, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a safer, warmer parka.

LED Lenser XEO 19R Headlamp

https://www.ledlenser.com/uk/products/headlamps/xeo-series/xeo19r/

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2,000 lumens is a lot. With two LED cannons, this headlamp will help you navigate the dark on the blackest winter night. Both lights can be adjusted and focused separately, and they also adjust automatically to the surrounding brightness. It’s not cheap at $330, but you won’t find a better device for lighting up a campground.

As technology advances, cold-weather camping becomes easier and more fun. While not many of us can afford some of these extravagant devices, you’ll find that you don’t need to spend the entire winter indoors. As always, we’d love to see your cold-weather camping experiences in the comments!

Fun Camping Gear

When many people think of camping, they think of roughing it in a tent in the woods. Camping certainly still can be like it was back in the Boy Scout days, however there have been many new inventions and innovative ideas in the world of camping.

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 3.19.30 PMFinding fresh water can be a hassle when out in the woods or on the road in remote places. One of my favorite new gadgets is the Camelbak All Clear UV Microbiological Water Purifier. This fancy water bottle has a UV light lid that purifies water in 60 seconds once activated. You can use this on almost anything from lake water to questionable hotel tap water. The UV cap is good for 80 purification cycles and comes with a normal lid and a USB charger. This nifty water bottle carries a $99 price tag but as a loyal Camelbak user, I could easily justify the cost for the availability to have fresh water anywhere. This would be a great bottle to travel with too so that you can always have fresh clean water whether you are in the woods or if you are overseas.

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 3.21.18 PMThe Coolest Cooler is pretty nifty as well. This is no average cooler but one with almost any feature you could think of! It has a blender, a Bluetooth equipped wireless speaker system, a USB charging port, tie down straps, extra large wheels for easy transport, a bottle opener, an interior light, and built in plate and knife storage. This cooler really is the coolest! You can find this neat gadget on Kickstarter and make it yours today!

Investing in a solar powered charger is becoming more and more common these days. With all of the new capabilities of smart phones and other electronic gadgets, we tend to use up battery life Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 3.23.13 PMquicker than ever, especially when we are away from an outlet. Solar chargers have become more efficient and affordable in recent years and are such a valuable tool to have at your disposal. You can search for and compare these online.

The NOCO GB30 UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter is a portable charger that can jumpstart your car! It also includes an LED flashlight and can charge your phone and electronics as well via a USB port. This awesome gadget can be yours for $159.95 and will make you worry less about having to call someone for a jump. Keep one in your emergency kit and never be without power again! This is a must have for any adventurer!

These are just a few pieces of fun camping gear. Check out our Pinterest for more inspiration and #FunwithMOR