The many upgrades to camping equipment over the past 5 years have made “roughing it” a little less rough!  Keeping it simple seems to be the key when it comes to camping so here are 10 of the top pieces of outdoor gear you shouldn’t leave the city without.  And, the great part is it should all fit well within the cargo space of most SUV’s.  Here’s to heading out of the city and into the great outdoors this fall!

REI Igneo

Thanks to its 800-fill down and superlight shell, the REI Igneo is one of the lighter bags on our list. Sporting a new waterproofing coat developed by Toyota and a performance cut, it does away with some of the frills but none of the comfort. If further warmth is a must, the Magma bag adds additional down to push the comfort rating to 7°F. REI sleeping bags are competitive in terms and price and warmth-to-weight — easily the best all-around for any adventure you can throw at it. $329

The Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core

Insulated Q-Core sleeping pads are the ultimate answer to age old quandary of how to pack comfort into the backcountry. Utilizing Alternating I-beam Construction, the Q-Core’s quilted look evenly distributes your weight while the larger outer chambers keep you cradled in the center of the pad. X-Static synthetic insulation keeps you warm and its packability allows you to take it with you anywhere. $119.95 – $199.95

Wyoming Trail 2 Camp Tent

Wyoming Trail tents prioritize your storage area. These tents have enough space to stash all your sleeping and personal gear in the “cabin” and pack your other gear (boots, bikes, packs, dogs, dry suit, what have you) in the garage-like vestibule. The SL2 model is designed for the lighter and faster oriented crowd while the Camp is best suited for those who don’t mind a couple extra pounds and are going to stretch out and enjoy the space. $349.95

PRIMUS FIREHOLE™ 300 (P-326205)

FireHole Stove – For demanding outdoor chefs. For too long, all 2 burner stoves were exactly the same. With innovations like an on-board light and cook timer, integrated fuel line and utensil set, and recessed control knobs, the new Primus Firehole 300 sets a new standard across the market, and will soon become an icon at the campsite, beach party or backyard. Price: $295.00

Pinnacle Camper Ultimate, Integrated Cooking + Eating Solution

Amazingly compact design is fully equipped for the Gourmet needs of campers and is reconfigurable for everything from 2 person backpacking to 4 person car camping. Rugged stuff sack holds set and doubles as a sink or wash basin. Color-coded items made of Infinity clear polypropylene provide personalized tableware settings.* *Exclusive folding gripper locks on to exterior brackets to prevent scratching and to provide a secure handle while cooking.  Unique design compacts for nested storage. Crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lid and silicone ring will not deform in packs and works with either the pot or the frypan. Spiral turned base grips stoves and grills securely. $129.95


This hybrid cooler is designed to offer the best of both worlds: it collapses for easy storage yet un-folds conveniently to create a semi-rigid cooler. Fully featured, it incorporates molded cup holders, dual haul handles and reinforced feet for enhanced abrasion-resistance. Constructed from durable molded foam and materials, it’s perfect for a weekend getaway or camping with the family. $45.95


REMOTE CONTROL FOR EASY OPERATION – A great light for family camping, you can turn this lantern on or off from 25′ away. Remote has its own LED for navigating around the campsite at night. $64.99


Whether toasting marshmallows around the campfire, spending a day at your favorite music festival, or relaxing at the beach, the super comfortable Kelty Lowdown Chair allows you to take a load off just about anywhere. The Lowdown Chair has been constructed to offer a slightly reclined designed for increased comfort! $47.95

Helle Dokka Folding knife.

The Dokka knife is a classic all-purpose folding knife and in fact the first Helle designed folding knife ever produced. It has a beautiful curly birch handle hiding the integrated steel liners. It is also one of a kind since it has the unique triple laminated stainless steel blade made by Helle.  ($159


Minimalist Polartec® NeoShell® alpine jacket with large Napoleon pockets for easy unfettered access and storage of critical gear and fuel. The Switch LT is soft and feather light yet offers superb wind and water protection without sacrificing comfort and breathability. $430.00

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