In general I don’t tend to spend much money on clothing and non-photography related gadgets. I am comfortable enough loafing around in jeans and a t-shirt. Added to that, I hate shopping with a vengeance. If I really focus I can avoid shopping malls for most of the year, succumbing only during the lead up to Christmas.
That said, outdoor stores are a different kettle of fish. I can while away hours wandering the aisles, leafing through maps and checking out the latest lightweight gadgets.
Outdoor stores are calmer and the staff are usually cut from the same cloth as me: active gear junkies who enjoy travelling. Outdoor stores are also the only type of outlet where I throw caution to the wind when it comes to money: I will happily overspend. In fact, all my favourite belongings were bought in an outdoor store.
We’re now halfway through the year and with changing seasons come new sales and new lines. With that in mind we take a look at the best-selling camping and hiking gear from some of our favourite retailers.
|1.||Marmot Trestles 30 Sleeping Bag: 30 Degree Synthetic
The bestselling sleeping bag on Backcountry.com is this versatile, three-season synthetic by Marmot. The well-reviewed bag is ideal for summer surf trips, three-season backpacking and overnight forays into a range of climates.
|2.||Etekcity Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern
Lightweight, durable and very powerful, the Etekcity camping lantern uses 30 low powered LED bulbs to provide 360 degrees of luminous light.
|3.||Seal Line Black Canyon Boundary 70-Litre Duffle Bag
Ideal for carrying large loads over short distances while saving space and weight, it is also one of the most durable and watertight packs available.
|4.||LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
A very popular and easy to use water filter. The LifeStraw removes a minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria
and 99.9% of waterborne parasites. Each straw filters 1,000 litres of water.
|5.||YETI Rambler 20oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
This stainless steel flask claims to retain hot and cold beverage temperatures for twice as long as other flasks and thermals.
|6.||Osprey Packs Poco Child Carrier
Not much use to us, but if you have young children then the Poco Plus is the best-selling child carrier with a built-in sun shade and lots of pocket space for essential gear.
|7.||Big Agnes Tumble 2 Person mtnGLO Tent
The best-selling tent on REI.com features built-in lighting, a streamlined design and a super simple setup.
|8.||J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight
A very bright flashlight, especially considering its size. The 300 lumens LED produces a beam that reaches up to 200m (600ft) running off just one AA battery.
|9.||Osprey Men’s Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
An excellent hydration system that features a three-litre reservoir that conforms to your back even when full, resulting in a very stable and comfortable fit.
|10.||Hydro Flask 40 oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
A “re-engineered” outdoor water bottle that can keep drinks icy cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids hot for up to six hours.
|11.||MSR Zing Shelter Tent
A very popular shelter on REI.com, the MSR Zing is ideal for multi-night basecamp endeavours. It sleeps 6-12 adults and covers an area the size of a “large picnic-table” to shield you from the elements.
|12.||Camping Cookware Mess Kit
This is the best-selling product in Amazon’s campfire cookware department and is overwhelmingly the best reviewed. The 10-piece mess kit comes with everything you could possibly need and collapses into small bundle for storage.
|13.||Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock
Lightweight and space saving, this hammock is ideal for ultralight backpackers. It can safely support a maximum capacity of 180kg (400lb).
|14.||Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
This affordable yet powerful headlamp delivers up to 90 lumens of white light and has a sleek low-profile design.
|15.||Comforday Collapsible Portable Camping Lantern
Another cool camping lantern, although this one claims to be the lightest and most portable collapsible LED lantern. At just two inches tall when collapsed and 3.5 inches diameter it can fit in your pocket.
|16.||Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System
A very innovative and fuel efficient camping stove. Unlike classic stoves, this self-contained unit eliminates the issues of an open burner and takes the guesswork out of a quick meal.
|17.||Sawyer Products SP128 Mini Water Filtration System
Another excellent water filter system. The Sawyer is more expensive than the LifeStraw but can filter much more water: up to 450,000 litres!
|18.||Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp Mattress Large
One of the most popular and affordable sleeping pads across several outdoor retailers. The pad is self inflating and comes with a stuff sack.
|19.||Osprey Men’s Atmos 65 AG Backpack
This is the most popular multi-day backpack at Backcountry.com. The Atmos AG 65 features an anti-gravity suspension system, a continuous panel of lightweight mesh from the top of the back to the hips and an adjustable harness system.
|20.||Tentsile Vista 3-Person 2-Season Tree Tent Hammock with Rainfly and Removable Roof
Half hammock, half tent. This roomy arboreal dwelling can be positioned between three sturdy trees. It provides 80 square feet of sleeping space and 100 square feet of protection from the sun and rain.
|21.||CamelBak Eddy Water Bottle, Palm, .75-Liter
The ever-popular Eddy water bottle has a larger mouth for fast water flow. Its invisible vent valve protects against leakage and its hinged mouthpiece is drip free.
|22.||Mountain Hardwear Mountain Speed 32 Sleeping Bag
This is the best-selling down filled sleeping bag at Backcountry.com. The bag has an excellent low temperature to low weight ratio, making it very versatile.
|23.||Intex Classic Downy Airbed
I’ve never camped on an airbed but I guess plenty do! This is a queen-sized, 22cm-thick air waterproof mattress designed for a bit more comfort when camping.
|24.||Marmot Limelight 3 Person Tent
This Marmot 3-person tent is the best-selling tent at Backcountry.com. The selling point seems to be that it’s very spacious and has an easy access super-sized double door. It also comes with a handy gearloft.
|25.||Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent
The number one best-seller on Amazon in camping and hiking equipment is mosquito repellent. Repel uses oil of lemon eucalyptus instead of DEET which means it can be used on clothing and will not harm fabrics or gear made from synthetics.
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