Grand Gear for Comfortable Fall Camping

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As summer comes to an end and the cooler weather rolls in, we always look forward to packing up our Fall camping gear and heading out into nature to spend some quality time in the fresh Fall air. One of the great things about camping is that it takes very little gear to get out there and experience the outdoors. However, it’s also nice to have a comfortable, cozy and convenient campsite. Which is why we have been testing some impressive picks for this Fall Camping gear roundup. Everything from a canvas bell tent to a portable power station, these gear picks will not only make camp life easier, but they will take your recreation to the next level.

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion

One of the reasons Fall camping is so enjoyable, is that most of the bugs have left for the season, unfortunately not all of them have parted ways, which is when we turn to Sawyer’s Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion. It is a 20% concentration of Picaridin which is an extremely effective alternative to DEET. The low odor formula is family friendly, keeps the bugs at bay and the smell is pleasant, but really almost non-existent. A single application of the lotion lasts up to 14 hours, and the 4 ounce bottle is more than enough for bigger groups on extended trips. For those campers worried about their equipment, the Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion is gear safe and will not melt or damage plastics like DEET can. MSRP Varies www.amazon.com

Fire Dept. Vanilla Cherry Bourbon Infused Coffee

Waking up in the chilly morning air with incredible Fall colors is what everyone needs from time to time. But let’s be honest, there are very few people that can navigate the morning without coffee and Fire Dept. Coffee makes a great blend that can be enjoyed outdoors, and the Vanilla Cherry Bourbon Infused Coffee does not disappoint. Hints of tasty cherry, rich vanilla bean and premium bourbon bring a smooth, subtle taste to those who enjoy a good medium roast. The Fire Dept Vanilla Cherry Bourbon Infused Coffee brings a touch of sweetness that plays well with fresh air and autumn colors. If vanilla, cherry and bourbon are not your thing, Fire Dept. Coffee also offers plenty of other great blends that will help you get your day started. MSRP $19.99 www.firedeptcoffee.com

Klymit Everglow Light Tube

When camp lighting is needed we reach for the Klymit Everglow Light Tube. It is an inflatable white LED light tube that can provide either directional or lantern style lighting and can be powered by a battery pack or plugged directly into a USB wall plug. The Everglow’s inflatable chamber has a diffuser shade that helps reduce the harshness of the LED light strip, providing the optimal brightness that results in perfect campsite illumination. The light tube packs down small and easily attaches to a tent or vehicle with the attached carabiner loop or the backside built in magnets. MSRP $24.99 www.klymit.com

White Duck Outdoors Heavy Duty FILIOS Canvas Duffel Bag

One of the simplest and most useful thing in our camp kit is a duffel bag, actually a few of them. And when camping season comes around, the first thing we grab is the White Duck Outdoors Heavy Duty FILIOS Canvas duffel bags, they are available in three different sizes and work perfectly for packing clothes and hauling gear. The tough canvas fabric resists damage from moisture and abrasion, while the military grade zippers keep everything closed up tight and open with ease. The White Duck Outdoors Heavy Duty FILIOS Canvas Duffel Bags can handle sliding around in the bed of a pickup, take a beating at the campsite and they hold their own when we push the duffels capacity to the max with camping gear. They are built to last and will become an invaluable part of your camp kit. MSRP $31.99 www.whiteduckoutdoors.com

OtterBox Power Bank and Fast Charge Cables

While we recommend going without your electronic devices while camping, there are times and reasons that you just can’t. And for those times we keep ours powered up with the OtterBox Power Bank and Fast Charge Cables. The Power Bank is a rugged and durable battery pack that offers two outputs with fast charging, a USB-A and a USB-C that is perfect juicing up small electronics quickly. The ports allow for multi-device charging, while the LED power indicator displays charging status and current battery life. Available in three capacities that range in size from a quick boost to multiple complete recharges. MSRP starting at $34.95

Both of the OtterBox Fast Charge Premium Lightning to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C cables have proven to be a worthy acquisition as they are rugged, dependable and built to last. The durable braided nylon helps prevent fraying and entanglements, while the reinforced ends deliver strain relief which protects the weak spots at the terminal for added longevity. MSRP $29.95 www.otterbox.com

Opinel Picnic+

It is time to ditch the one time use flimsy spoons, forks and knives for mealtime and finally gear up with the smart and durable Opinel Picnic+. Opinel made each utensil out of stainless steel for a lasting construction that’s rust-proof, fire-proof and non-reactive. The Picnic+ set utilizes Opinel’s Virobloc safety ring on their No.08 folding knife to hold the fork and/or spoon insert in place. This set also includes a dual-use micro-fiber napkin that doubles as a carrying case to keep the spoon, fork and knife together. MSRP $35 www.opinel-usa.com

5.11 Rapid L1 and L2 Flashlights

A pocketable flashlight is one of our pieces of indispensable camping gear. Having quick access to a flashlight lets you easily check the gear bag for the missing tent stake, see what’s left in the cooler, round up firewood, go for a midnight bathroom break and more. Our go to this season has been the 5.11 Rapid L1 and L2 Flashlights, they are both IPX-7 water resistance, have high, low and strobe modes, a removable pocket clip and are built with machined aerospace grade aluminum, making them lightweight and durable. The L1 is 290 Lumens powered by one CR123 battery, where the L2 is 523 Lumens powered by two CR123 batteries. Both are easily pocketable and take up next to no space, but the L2 is the one that lives in our pocket during camping trips with the L1 claiming a spot in our duffel bag as a backup. MSRP $54 and $64 www.511tactical.com

Coalatree Grandview Hammock

There is always time for lounging when you are camping and we enjoy doing it in the Coalatree Grandview Hammock. This woven nylon hammock packs down to the size of a softball in its integrated stuff sack and its tough parachute nylon helps it support up to 450 pounds. Carabiner clips on each end make for quick attaching to a hanging kit or to the two included ropes. The Coalatree Grand View is a lightweight, portable and easy to use hammock that is perfect for camp naps and laid back relaxation. MSRP $59 www.coalatree.com

MiiR Tomo and Stainless Steel Cold Brew Filter

Brew ultra-smooth cold coffee right at the campsite with the MiiR Stainless Steel Cold Brew Filter and the Tomo. Whether you’re new to cold brew or a seasoned pro, MiiR’s expertly designed filter makes brewing the perfect morning pick me up easier than ever. The filter is constructed with the perfectly sized micro perforations, tailored to the right balance of function and brew quality. While the Tomo retains any temperature of beverage until it’s ready to be poured into two twist-off sipping mugs. With these two pieces in your kit it is as simply steep, sip and enjoy. MSRP $14.99 and $59.99 www.miir.com

MoraKniv Lightweight Boron Steel Axe

When we’re heading off to go camping we think a trusted companion is a must and the MoraKniv Lightweight Boron Steel Axe hits the mark. It features an ergonomic handle built from reinforced plastic that’s durable and comfortable to handle, while the boron steel head is ideal for making kindling, clearing lightly overgrown campsites and for procuring small sized firewood. Whether we’re using the MoraKniv Lightweight Boron Steel Axe to cut logs for the campfire or while we’re gathering wood in the  outdoors, we’re assured a smooth chop, a great grip and a sure swing. And it comes with a leather sheath to protect the blade when you’re not using it. MSRP $61.99 www.industrialrev.com

Infinity X1 5000 Lumens Flashlight

Infinity designed the X1 5000 Lumens dual powered flashlight to brighten some of the darkest places in the nature. It delivers extremely powerful and reliable lighting to brighten up any campsite. The Infinity X1 flashlight features an immensely bright output at 5000 lumens thanks to the array of 48 LEDs packed into the head which delivers a visibility range of 200 meters. In addition, the flashlight offers three modes: a low beam at 850 lumens, a med beam at 2550 lumens and the high beam that truly turns night into day at 5000 lumens. The two power options include a rechargeable battery core with a built in USB-A cable to easily recharge which also includes a USB-A port to serve as backup power for other devices and a 9 AA battery core option. The control button is easy to operate, even with gloves on, and with IPx4 water resistance and one meter drop protection the X1 flashlight fits nicely into every camp adventure that needs to be brightened up. MSRP $89 www.infinityx1.com

Klymit Wild Aspen 20 Sleeping Bag

Avoid the chilly weather and an empty wallet with the Klymit Wild Aspen 20 Sleeping Bag. Klymit keeps the price low and the versatility high with Wild Aspen 20 Sleeping Bag, stuffed with Thermapro insulation, a synthetic alternative to down that delivers the perfect blend of warmth and weight. The Wild Aspen is easy to care for and maintains its high loft, softness and insulating properties even after repeated uses. Unlike down fill, it also continues to provide insulating warmth even if it becomes damp. The shell is built with a water and abrasion resistant micro polyester for durability enabling this bag to stand up to seasons of abuse and deliver many restful nights of warmth. Of note, the Klymit Wild Aspen 20 Sleeping Bag pictured above is part of the Limited-Edition Klymit Navigator Collection and 5% of the proceeds help the nonprofit Camping to Connect, a program that offers outdoor mentorship experiences for urban youth – a win, win in our book.  MSRP $99.99 www.klymit.com

Dometic GO Hard Storage 50L

The Dometic GO Hard Storage 50L leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to utility and durability. Designed for secure organization, this versatile gear fortress is ideal for both camp food and gear storage. The waterproof and dustproof GO Hard Storage can hold and protect everything from dry food to camp tools and even valuables, thanks to the lock holes. The Dometic GO Hard Storage 50L is built to last, ready to endure seasons in the sun, negative temps sitting in the trunk and repeated abuse being lugged in and out of the truck. And when it’s all said and done, the GO Hard Storage stacks up neatly until your next camping adventure. MSRP $149.99 www.dometic.com

Biolite FirePit+

If you are one of those people that always has to move your chair around the campfire because the smoke flows you, we have the solution in the form of the Biolite FirePit+. With it you can enjoy the warmth and feel of the campfire without any of the smoke and no more musically chairs. This above ground fire pit uses 51 internal jets to create a cleaner combusting fire resulting in a nearly smoke free campfire. The engineered airflow means that the logs (or charcoal, if you are grilling) burn more efficiently, reducing smoke by more than 80 percent. Control combustion speed and heat by adjusting the fan, which can be done with a button on the unit itself or via a free BioLite Energy app on a Bluetooth connected phone. With the ability to burn both wood and charcoal, the FirePit+ is great for grilling and campfire chilling. Easy and convenient to operate, you can enjoy the feeling of a 360-degree floating fire for up to a 30 hour burn time thanks to the 12,800 mAh rechargeable battery powerpack that can also charge USB devices should the need arise. MSRP $299.99 www.bioliteenergy.com

HitchFire The Ledge Platform

Need to expand your vehicles camp gear storage capacity without compromising accessibility, the Ledge Platform by Hitchfire is a fantastic option. The Ledge Platform is mounted on a swing arm that allows for easy access to the trunk or tailgate. It has a stout steel construction throughout with removable tubular side rails on the ledge that offers a 17″ x 31.5″ platform with a recommended weight limit of a 100 lbs. The Ledge Platform is perfect for holding gear boxes, water jugs and firewood, but it can do so much more. It makes a great stove and cooking prep platform, especially if you pick up the HiftchFire Cutting Board Side Table, a work surface for repairing gear and a field desk for a laptop, just to name a few. The Ledge Platform provides that extra storage outside of your vehicle without getting in the way and then can pull double duty once it is unloaded at the campsite. MSRP $324.99 www.hitchfire.com

Yeti Roadie 48 Wheeled Cooler

The Yeti Roadie 48 Wheeled Cooler is heavily insulated, easy to move and darn near indestructible, making it perfect for camping trips. The Roadie 48 is the ideal size for hauling enough goods for a camping couple or storing food for a small crew on weekend trips. The 3 inches of PermaFrost insulation keeps ice frozen for days and its Rocksolid Strength is virtually invincible, meaning it’s up for any adventure. The QuickLatch lid locks are specially designed to hold up to years of latching and opening, and the Periscope handle and built in side handles provide a means of incredibly easy maneuverability and lifting even with hefty provisions. The Roadie Wheeled cooler can also pull double duty as a seat, a tabletop and extra cutting board. Yeti also included the BestDam Drain Plug that makes it easy to drain water once the ice finally melts, so we don’t have to listen to a sloshing cooler on the way home. Whether we’re camping with friends or taking a weekend road trip the ultra tough Yeti Roadie 48 Wheeled Cooler has become our go to thanks impart to the easy and friendly mobility. MSRP $450 www.yeti.com

White Duck Outdoors Regatta Bell Tent 16′

White Duck Outdoors is no stranger to well designed canvas tents, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they also offer one of the best large bell form factor camping tents out there. Massive liveability makes the White Duck Outdoors Regatta Bell Tent 16′ an absolute delight for camping with the whole family. The robust layout of the Regatta Bell Tent can very comfortably house eight with room to spare. The Regatta Bell Tent has an incredibly high ceiling top out at 9’8″, allowing even the tallest campers to stand inside comfortably. Constructed with a heavy duty DYNADUCK fabric with 8.5 oz army duck cotton canvas (which becomes water repellent after it has been seasoned) protects us from impeding weather while the four roof vents and three mesh windows keep us comfy on those warmer Fall nights. If your Fall weather has those ultra chill temps, the Bell Tent comes equipped with a heat resistant silicone-coated 5″ & 6″ pre-cuts for a stove jack to allow you to heat with a wood stove inside the tent. The simply design makes for an easy set up and take down, just keep in mind that this is no lightweight tent, as the whole 16′ kit weighs in at just under 90 pounds. The White Duck Outdoors Regatta Bell Tent 16′ truly brings the grand living space that keeps the comforts of home close, all while sleeping under the stars. White Duck Outdoors offers their Regatta Bell Tent in four different sizes and three colors with a MSRP Starting at $499 www.whiteduckoutdoors.com

Dometic CFX3 55IM Cooler

Nowadays, there are a lot of options on the market for a great camping cooler. But not all of them can say they have a secret weapon. The CFX3 55IM Cooler from Dometic, however, does. The CFX3 55IM’s stealthy feature is an ice maker system that provides two trays of cold refreshing cubes while camping. That is not all of course, the CFX3 55IM Cooler is basically your on site fridge and freezer allowing you to keep food and drinks chilled at any temp that you would like. The 55IM Cooler can be powered by a DC 12V/24V vehicle outlet or standard AC outlet – which means it can run off of a Portable Battery Power Station (see below) all while being controlled with a mobile app that lets you set that temp, turn the ice maker on or off and monitor the performance of the cooler throughout your camping trip. The CFX3’s durable design and ExoFrame construction is built tough and can handle some of the roughest camping adventures. Whenever we’re out camping and know that we will have no access to a store that has ice, we load up the Dometic CFX3 55IM Cooler and rest assured that our food and drinks will stay chilled and ready, not to mention easy to find at night thanks to the interior lighting. MSRP $1199.99 www.dometic.com

OUPES 1800W Portable Power Station

When we know that we are going to need a lot power, but don’t want to bring a gas generator, we turn to the OUPES 1800W Portable Power Station. It operates as a quiet, clean running alternative that can power just about everything that we bring on a camping trip. It uses an ultra-stable LiFePO4 battery that is protected by built-in surge allowances and multi-stage protection which means it’s compatible with a wide range of devices, everything from camps lights and laptops to Dometic Coolers and coffee makers, so we can use it on more than just extended camping trips; it’s also great for power outages and field work. There are three ways to charge the OUPES; plug it into a wall charger before trips and have it fully charged in just over 4 hours or a vehicle outlet in right around 15 hours. It’s also compatible and chainable with OUPES’s solar panels, with recharge times at the 3.5 hour mark with 4 panels and full sun. And if you’re wondering just how much juice you’ll get out of a full recharge, you can expect it to run the Dometic Cooler for 26 hours, 22 charges for a laptop, 131 charges for a smartphone, and about 250 charges for a GoPro or headlamp. With 10 versatile ports to power a wide range of devices and appliances at once, the OUPES 1800W Portable Power Station is a very nice inclusion to anyone’s camp kit who has those expansive power needs. MSRP $1299.99 www.oupes.com

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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