Having the right equipment and gear with you while you are out in the great outdoors can make all of the difference.
Even if you are keeping your wilderness fanaticism to a specific budget, there are always ways that you can still do things comfortably and easily, without breaking your bank to achieve it.
Below you will find a list categorized by purpose/function that can show you the very best (and usually most reasonably priced) options that exist this year.
This Adventure Gears Lab Top Picks 2018 list is comprehensive, encompassing every facet of what matters the most to hikers, campers, and general outdoor minded folks. From packs to tents, from cookware to sleeping bags, you won’t find a better list of what items you should get to know a little better.
The bottom line is: these items will make “roughing it” not have to be quite so rough on you in the future.
- Best All-Around Tent: CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
- Best Ultralight Tent: Luxe Tempo Single 1 Person Tent for Camping 3.3LB
- Best Budget Tent: Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent
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- Best All-Around Backpack: TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack
- Best Comfort Backpack: TETON Sports Fox 5200 Internal Frame Backpack
- Best Ultralight Backpack: G4Free 50L Outdoor Backpack
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- Best All-Around Sleeping Bag: Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag
- Best Quality Sleeping Bag: TETON Sports Celsius XXL -18C/0F Sleeping Bag
- Best Ultralight Quilt: Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag
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- Best All-Around Pad: Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad
- Best Cold Weather Pad: OutdoorsmanLab Sleeping Bag Lightweight For Camping
- Best Comfort Pad: Therm-a-Rest ProLite
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- Best Stove System: Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves
- Best Ultralight Stove: Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove
- Best Solo Cookpot: Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo
- Best Group Cookpot: MSR Big Titan Kettle
- Best Spoon: Camping Utensil Stainless Steel Fork Knife Spoon
- Best Cup: Zeyaa Collapsible Cup
- Food Storage: Collapsible Bucket for Camping
- More Info: Collapsible Bucket for Camping
- Best Water Purifier: Survivor Filter
- Best Water Filter: Water Bottle with Filter
- Best Chemical Treatment: Chlorine Dioxide Water Purifier Tablets
- Purifier/Filter Backup: Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification
- Water Bottles: S’well Vacuum
- Rain Jacket: Marmot Red Star
- Rain Pants: Columbia Men’s Rebel Roamer Pant
- Down Jacket: Marmot Stockholm Men’s Down Puffer Jacket
- Hiking Long-sleeve: Hanes Men’s Long-Sleeve
- Hiking Socks: Merino Wool Hiking & Trekking Socks
- Warm Socks: MERIWOOL
- Trail Runners: Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Trail Runner
- Gaiters: OUTAD Waterproof Legging Gaiters
- Snow Traction: Yaktrax Walk Traction
- Pillow: Inflatable Camping Pillow
- Headlamp: Cobiz Headlamp
- Hammock: Traveler Fantasy Hammock
- Stuff Sacks: Waterproof Dry Bags
- Camp Chair: Coleman Oversized Quad Chair
- Compass: Eyeskey Multifunctional Compass
- Trekking Poles: Premium Ultralight Trekking Poles
- Sunglasses: Duduma Polarized Sports Sunglasses
- Multi-tool: Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier
- First Aid Kit: 2-in-1 First Aid Kit
- Tent Stakes: Aluminum Outdoors Tent Stakes Pegs
- Camera: Nikon D750
- Tripod: 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
Did you know that new camping/outdoor gear is coming out all the time? Every season of the year showcases the latest choices, the newest designs, and the most efficient products.
So, when it came to making a list comprising the very best of the latest gear that is out this year, there were a lot of options to sift through before the best could be definitively identified.
Choosing among the best options for all experience levels wasn’t easy to do, but after considering factors like customer ratings, reviews and specific features and benefits, certain products began to stand head and shoulders above the competition.
So here are the three areas of focus that went into choosing what made the cut for this list:
The bulk of these products I have tested out myself. In an effort to improve my own outdoor experiences I have been able to find the best products that have made that easier for me personally.
For the products that I haven’t personally used myself, I relied on the experiences of my friends or team members that are experts in various facets of outdoor life.
They know which products have made their hiking or camping more enjoyable or which products were really useful for what they hoped to accomplish.
Finally, each product in contention for a spot on this list has its functionality and features examined. This ensures that only the highest quality options make the list and that you are never left questioning if what you bought was worth the investment.
There are all kinds of ways that people get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, or hunting, this list has something for that adventurous spirit of yours.
Take some time looking over each of these options, as there are many in each subdivision that you can choose from. With the amount of time that has been spent compiling the Adventure Gears Lab Top Picks 2018 list, there is no doubt that everyone seeking an outdoor adventure can benefit from these products.