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Adventure Gears Lab Top Picks 2018

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Written by Ashley Casey

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.

 

TENTS

Best All-Around Tent:

Sale
CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 14' x 9'
492 Reviews
CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 14' x 9'
  • Instant 60 Second Setup; Sleeps 9 people; Fits two queen air mattresses; Center Height:78
  • CORE H20 Block Technology and adjustable ground vent
  • Features room divider and wall storage pockets keep items neat and off the tent floor
  • Electrical cord access port (port is fully closable when not in use)

 

Best Ultralight Tent:

Luxe Tempo Single 1 Person Tent 4 Season 2 Doors with Footprint...
50 Reviews
Luxe Tempo Single 1 Person Tent 4 Season 2 Doors with Footprint...
  • SilNylon(silicone coated nylon)Rain Fly features 8000mm water-resistant finish and excellent UV-resistance;It can shed off snow and rain quickly thanks to...
  • This all season tent is especially designed for years¡¯ use;It can hold up well to snow,wind and rain,but still features low weight and venting options...
  • 2 DOUBLE LAYER doors to keep warm in winter and provide enough ventilation in warm season ;the Mesh Layer of the doors can be opened ONLY FROM INSIDE,this...
  • 4 REINFORCED PANELS at tent corners can sustain constant tension when in use; REFLECTIVE LOOPS highlight your tent frame at night;All webbing?are made of...


Best Budget Tent:

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Coleman  2-Person Sundome Tent, Green
1,520 Reviews
Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, Green
  • Dome tent with spacious interior allows you to move comfortably
  • Easy setup in only 10 minutes. Fits two people. Rainfly awning for shade and rain protection
  • WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry
  • Large windows and a ground vent for superior ventilation

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BACKPACKS

 

Best All-Around Backpack:

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Teton Sports 161 Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack;...
1,871 Reviews
Teton Sports 161 Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack;...
  • HIGH RANKING PACK: Continues to be the top selling internal frame backpack on Amazon at a great price for all the included features
  • PERFECT BEGINNER OR QUICK TRIP PACK: Just right for youth and adults for light backpacking trips; best for 2-4 day adventures; 3400 cubic inches (55 L)...
  • FIVE-STAR COMFORT: Multi-position torso adjustment fits wide range of body sizes; Durable open-cell foam lumbar pad and molded channels provide maximum...
  • TRUSTED QUALITY: Beyond Basics backpack with hundreds of 5-star reviews testifying to the great quality and design; large sleeping bag compartment,...

Best Comfort Backpack:

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Teton Sports 122 Fox 5200 Internal Frame Backpack – Not Your...
423 Reviews
Teton Sports 122 Fox 5200 Internal Frame Backpack – Not Your...
  • EXTRA LARGE CAPACITY BACKPACK: Hydration-ready pack designed for longer trips; Rugged internal frame backpack with capacity of 5,200 cubic inches (75 + 10...
  • HIGH-QUALITY DESIGN: Hiking backpack with adjustable torso fits a wide range of body types; Top and bottom compression straps to secure sleeping bag, pad,...
  • ALL YOUR FAVORITE FEATURES: Back and hip padding are durable open-cell foam and molded channels provide maximum comfort and airflow; Hydration-ready...
  • TRUSTED QUALITY: Beyond Basics backpack with hundreds of verified 5-star reviews testifying to the great quality and design; large sleeping bag...

Best Ultralight Backpack:

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G4Free 50L Outdoor Backpack Camping Climbing Hiking Backpack For...
189 Reviews
G4Free 50L Outdoor Backpack Camping Climbing Hiking Backpack For...
  • BACKPACK MATERIAL: Water Resistant Nylon, high quality pull string zippers, good ventilation, no deformation, Super versatile and multi-functional....
  • MANY POCKETS: One Large Front Zipper Pocket for quick access and one large deep main pocket as well as one SPECIAL ZIPPER POCKET for shoes or dirty...
  • HYDRATION BLADDER COMPARTMENT: There is a compartment in the main pocket designed for putting Hydration Bladder, keeping you hydrated for a day when you...
  • COMFORTABLE STRAP: Breathable Mesh Back Panel make the heat quickly spread out, breathable perspiration and resistance to sweat make your back feel pretty...

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SLEEPING BAGS

Best All-Around Sleeping Bag:

Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag With 2 Pillows And A Carrying Bag,...
927 Reviews
Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag With 2 Pillows And A Carrying Bag,...
  • SUPER WARM AND COZY: No more chattering under the cold, harsh winds. Stay warm and cozy even when it's 32F~ 50F, this sleeping bag is extremely comfortable...
  • STANDS AGAINST THE ELEMENTS: Ohuhu double sleeping bag is crafted with high quality water-resistant 210T polyester, lined with TC fabric and filled with...
  • DUAL USAGE: Acts as a giant sleeping bag that fits two happy campers comfortably, and detachable via zippers to become two individual sleeping bags
  • BONUS PILLOWS: Comes with a convenient carrying bag, and two small pillows that gives your neck some good, solid support. This sleeping bag is designed for...

Best Quality Sleeping Bag:

TETON Sports 101L Celsius XXL -18C/0F Sleeping Bag; 0 Degree...
1,346 Reviews
TETON Sports 101L Celsius XXL -18C/0F Sleeping Bag; 0 Degree...
  • COMFORTABLE SLEEPING BAG: You'll forget you're camping in this sleeping bag with soft poly-flannel lining; Plenty of room to spread out; Half-circle mummy...
  • WARM, FOR COLD CLIMATES: Rain or shine, you'll be warm and rested in this sleeping bag; SuperLoft Elite fiber fill, double-layer construction, zipper and...
  • NEVER ROLL YOUR SLEEPING BAG AGAIN: TETON provides a durable compression sack for stuffing your sleeping bag into; Start at the bottom and stuff the bag...
  • SLEEP WARM: Survival rated sleeping bag; Comfort rated 20-30 degrees higher; As you know you will sleep warmer if you use a camp pad, wear a hat, stay...

Best Ultralight Quilt:

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Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag
1,389 Reviews
Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag
  • Mummy-style adult sleeping bag for camping in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Can accommodate most people up to 6 feet 2 inches in height
  • Semi-sculpted hood tightens with a drawstring to seal in heat
  • Quilting construction, insulated footbox, and Thermolock draft tube for warmth and heat retention

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SLEEPING PADS

Best All-Around Pad:

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Klymit Insulated Static V All Season Backpacking Camping Hiking...
791 Reviews
Klymit Insulated Static V All Season Backpacking Camping Hiking...
  • 4 SEASON BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING PAD: Lightweight insulated air mattress with Klymalite insulation to keep you warm when its cold out; R-Value of 4.4
  • SLEEP COMFORTABLY ALL NIGHT LONG: Features an innovative v-chamber design and synthetic insulation which limits air movement and heat loss
  • INCREDIBLY LIGHTWEIGHT (25 Ounces) and PACKS SMALL to 5 x 8 Inches
  • INFLATED SIZE: 72 x 23 x 2.5 Inches; 10-15 breaths. Body Mapping Technology- Our patented V-shaped design delivers support and comfort no matter how you...

 

Best Cold Weather Pad:

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Sleeping Bag (47F/38F) Lightweight for Camping, Backpacking,...
436 Reviews
Sleeping Bag (47F/38F) Lightweight for Camping, Backpacking,...
  • WAKE UP REFRESHED W/ THIS AMAZING LIGHTWEIGHT SLEEPING BAG - Warm and comfortable camping sleeping bag! EN 13537 tested comfort rating at 47F, lower...
  • PERFECT BACKPACKING SLEEPING BAG, GREAT FOR HIKING, CAMPING, TRAVELING - Lightweight and compact. You'll wish you found this years ago! Weights only ~3lb...
  • INNOVATIVE FEATURES- UPGRADED ZIPPER SYSTEM with separated bottom zipper let you stick your feet out. Anti-snag layers throughout the sleeping bag for the...
  • SOFT ON YOUR SKIN, TOUGH ON TEAR & WATER - Backed by a lifetime warranty. This sleeping bag is made to last with a durable water-resistant shell and soft...

 

Best Comfort Pad:

Therm-a-Rest Prolite Ultralight Self-Inflating Backpacking Pad,...
109 Reviews
Therm-a-Rest Prolite Ultralight Self-Inflating Backpacking Pad,...
  • Three-season self-inflating foam sleeping pad for backpacking and camping, ideal for sleeping in summer and shoulder-season weather
  • Diagonal-cut foam offers more warmth than the typical vertical-cut foam with an R-value of 2.4
  • Expanding foam core is lightweight and compressible for easy packing; pad self-inflates and can provide firmer support with a few breaths
  • Suited to backpacking and fast-and-light excursions, the 1-inch thick mattress is an ultra-compact backcountrysleeping solution

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CAMP KITCHEN

Best Stove System:

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Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove...
3,667 Reviews
Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove...
  • DURABLE MATERIAL: Made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight
  • COMPACT AND COLLAPSIBLE: Design is perfect for ultralight camping and backpacking. Come with carrying case for enhanced portability
  • BROAD COMPATIBLITY: Compatible with any 7/16 thread single butane/butane-propane mixed fuel canisters (EN 417)
  • FLAME CONTROL: Adjustable control valve for fast maximum heat output all the way down to a simmer quickly and efficiently

Best Ultralight Stove:

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Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove...
3,667 Reviews
Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove...
  • DURABLE MATERIAL: Made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight
  • COMPACT AND COLLAPSIBLE: Design is perfect for ultralight camping and backpacking. Come with carrying case for enhanced portability
  • BROAD COMPATIBLITY: Compatible with any 7/16 thread single butane/butane-propane mixed fuel canisters (EN 417)
  • FLAME CONTROL: Adjustable control valve for fast maximum heat output all the way down to a simmer quickly and efficiently

Best Solo Cookpot:

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Solo Stove Lite - Compact Wood Burning Backpacking Stove
563 Reviews
Solo Stove Lite - Compact Wood Burning Backpacking Stove
  • GEAR OF THE YEAR WINNER - RECOMMENDED BY BACKPACKER MAGAZINE. The Solo Stove is the #1 wood-burning backpacking stove recommended by Backpacker Magazine...
  • PATENTED DESIGN - LESS SMOKE. The patented design features a unique double wall that creates ultra-clean gasification and a secondary combustion. This...
  • FUEL IS FREE. No more spending money on white gas or expensive liquid canister fuel. Solo Stoves use twigs, leaves, pinecones and wood as fuel. Free up...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & FAST BOIL TIME. Boils water in 8-10 mins (34 fl oz water). 4.25" Diameter, 3.8"/5.7" tall (packed/assembled). Solo Stove weighs only 9 oz....

Best Group Cookpot:

MSR Big Titan Kettle One Size
3 Reviews
MSR Big Titan Kettle One Size
  • Versatile like the original
  • Lightweight and strong
  • Fits in packs or panniers and withstands abuse

Best Spoon:

Sale
Orblue 4-in-1 Camping Utensils - Portable Stainless-Steel Camping...
1,618 Reviews
Orblue 4-in-1 Camping Utensils - Portable Stainless-Steel Camping...
  • PERFECT CAMPING SiILVERWARE OR HIKING FLATWARE - Handy camp utensils expands to full-size, making it easy to eat without a mess. And folds down like a...
  • KITCHEN QUALITY - Hiking utensils are made of non-stick stainless steel with polished coating, will not rust.No plastic parts. Its easy to clean and...
  • 4-In-1 CAMPING CUTLERY. Set includes camping spoon , fork, knife and bottle opener. Travel utensil stays together when not in use. And the removable...
  • REUSABLE UTENSILS FUNCTION WELL. The reusable fork is 4-tine fork and backpacking spoon is sizable making it convenient for stiring when cooking and eating...

Best Cup:

Eliten Collapsible Travel Cup -BPA FREE Food-grade 12oz...
2 Reviews
Eliten Collapsible Travel Cup -BPA FREE Food-grade 12oz...
  • 【 COLLAPSIBLE】Collapsible design, space saving. Lightweight, great for outdoor camping, hiking, office
  • 【 SAFE TO USE】Food-grade, BPA free,Withstands a temperature range of -50 degree C to 200 degree C
  • 【 NICE SIZE】12oz/350ml, collapsed only 1.8 inch high, weight only 4.96oz, ideal for pocket, bag, backpack, car cup holder
  • 【 HEAT INSULATION & LEAK-PROOF】Heat resistant hand cover and a leak proof lid opens and closes easily,effectively prevents leaks

Food Storage:

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Freegrace Premium Collapsible Bucket -Multifunctional Folding...
527 Reviews
Freegrace Premium Collapsible Bucket -Multifunctional Folding...
  • 10L size: 7.87 x 9.84 inch(0.5 Pounds/229g),Capacity:610 Cu.In; 16L size: 9.44 x 11.8 inch(0.63 Pounds/288g),Capacity:976 Cu.In; 23L size: 13 x 10.64 inch...
  • MULTI-PURPOSE COLLAPSIBLE BUCKET: Looking for an easy and practical way to hold water for washing hands, dishes or even laundry while you're enjoying your...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & SELF-SUPPORTING: Unlike lesser quality buckets, our bucket is extremely light, easily foldable and support its weight and stand upright,...
  • DURABLE & WELL-MADE: When it comes to our compact collapsible buckets, we make a point of using nothing but the best materials available (Premium 500D...

More Info: Collapsible Bucket for Camping

WATER PURIFICATION

CLOTHING

SHOES

TOP ACCESSORIES

How We Made This List

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:

Personal Experience

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.

Team Experience

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.

Features/Benefits

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.

Last update on 2018-11-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

About the author

Ashley Casey

Greetings! I’m Ashley Casey, your personal guide to the world of nature. Let me help you find the true value of the nature around you. Get ready to our journey to the world of wild nature and remember that the journey will never end! Enjoy reading my posts.

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