Whether you're on an expedition or a weekend at a campground in Rocky Mountain National Park, proper gear makes camping comfortable, relaxing, and fun. We've selected a few pieces for you, each of which we've had our hands on to make sure they're worthy of your next trip into the woods.

Patagonia provisions gift box 2016 winter holiday gift guide

Patagonia Provisions

Patagonia branches out into the provisions game with soups, bars, and smoked sockeye salmon flavors perfect for camping trips. We've tried them all. Favorites include, the black bean and lentil soups and the Inca berry bars. Be aware that these aren't boil-in-bag meals. But, they're tasty, packable, nutritious, and sustainable, with mostly organic ingredients. Check out their selection of gift boxes and you'll find something for everyone.

Black Diamond Iota

Black Diamond's newest headlamp packs 150 lumens and a rechargeable battery into a package less than half the size of their top-rated Spot. The Iota is simple, light, and ready to illuminate your adventures.  MSRP $39.95.

Buy it from Backcountry.com

Hydro Flask My Hydro

Completely customized, insulated water bottles?  Sign us up!  Take one of our favorite bottles, pick your size and you own color for the top, bottle, and boot from over 183,000 possible combinations.  The greatest gift ever.  Only one thing could make it better - if Hydro Flask offered gift certificates.  (They don't - we're lobbying them to change that.)

Buy it from Hydro Flask

Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 Tent mtnGLO Review

Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 Tent

A great, two-person, three-season tent on its own, but throw in Big Agnes's MtnGlo and you have a camping disco. The Krumholtz comes with a Goal Zero Nomad solar panel and accessories to make camping luxurious, yet still weighs in lighter than other tents.  Check out our full review and keep an eye on our Gear Search for the best price.

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Therm-a-rest Uno Chair

It may look like a frisbee, but open it up and you'll be able to turn it into a chair or a mini end table. Why do they call it the Thermarest Uno when it does two things?  Comfortable and convenient and packs down into almost nothing.  Bring it everywhere!  MSRP $90

Buy it from Moosejaw

Midland X-Talker T71vp3 Radios

With a range of up to 35 miles and a full set of FRS and GMRS channels, you'll need to get a license from the feds to utilize the full capabilities of the Midland X-Talker T71vp3 radio.    Use them to communicate with your friends to track down your campsite or on road trips to coordinate pit stops.  Keep the family together on hikes in the woods and while boating on the lake.  Rechargeable batteries mean you can keep talking without tossing AAs in the trash.  MSRP $80

Buy them from Bob Ward's

NEMO Tensor Sleeping Pad 2016 winter holiday gift guide

NEMO Tensor Insulated Pad

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Yeti SideKick

Fans of the versatile YETI Hopper soft cooler series will appreciate the practicality of the SideKick accessory. Made from the same DryHide fabric as the Hopper, it attaches to the Hopper’s HitchPoint Grid to store bottle openers, keys, and other small essentials. The most useful of the Hopper accessories, the SideKick retails for $34.99 and comes in two colors: Field Tan/Blaze Orange, and YETI’s signature Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue.

Buy it from REI

Big Agnes Mirror Lake 20

Designed especially for women, the Big Agnes Mirror Lake 20 is comprised of 600 fill DownTek water repellent down and is a good choice for cold sleepers. Used in cool and drizzly conditions, the bag has just the right amount of insulation to make wearing long johns unnecessary. Somewhat narrower in width than comparable sleeping bags, the Mirror Lake 20 provides warmth without bulk and the no-draft collar insures that you stay warm all night long.  The Mirror Lake 20 comes in two sizes (Petite and Regular) and retails for $199 - $209.

Grab the Petite from Mountain Gear for $199 or the Regular from Backcountry.com for $209.

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Therm-A-Rest Down Pillow

Did you miss Therm-A-Rest's down pillow?  Someone did, because it's back!  Updated with 650 Fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, this pillow is Ultra light and compact, but fluffs up into a real, usable pillow. Use it solo or supplement your puffy in your stuff sack. Also great for long, international flights.

Buy from Moosejaw

Platypus Meta Bottle and Filter

Get them all at REI


Whether you're on an expedition or a weekend at a campground in Rocky Mountain National Park, proper gear makes camping comfortable, relaxing, and fun. We've selected a few pieces for you, each of which we've had our hands on to make sure they're worthy of your next trip into the woods.


You can't use your favorite gear if you don't have your health.  We tapped our resident personal trainer and asked him to select some fitness and nutritional gear that will help you make the most of every outdoor adventure.


A pair of wheels gets you deeper and further into the outdoors than any other human-powered transportation.  Whether you're on wide knobbies or skinny slicks, there is no bad season for biking.


Ah, schussing.  Is there any better feeling?  No, we didn't make up that word.  It's German or something.  Point is, this is the perfect time - gear-wise - to upgrade or fill out your quiver.  The latest skis and boards just dropped.  Binding tech is better than ever.  Even ski poles are in a renaissance.  If you haven't looked at new plank(s) in a while, now's the time!


A day on the river is a day of peace.  Gear you don't have to think about is the peacekeeper.  Check out our selection of top fly gear for your favorite angler.


Whether on road or trail, the proper gear makes the difference between a sick run and a horrific, suffering chafe-fest.  Grab some of our favorite running gear to make the miles disappear under your feet.


Catch the travel bug recently?  Plenty of gear companies make travel gear too!  The journey to a new place can be just as much, if not more, of an adventure as traversing the great outdoors.  Make sure you have the proper gear to make you trip all it can be.


It's a gals' gear renaissance.  Never have women had so many options in technical, stylish gear that actually functions as well as it looks.  We have suggestions covering everything from insulation to city boots and everything between.  Guys reading this - you're going to win the holidays.


The freshest gear for guys - from head to feet, we have suggestions to cover everything.  Whether you need to keep warm, look good, or keep the stink away, you'll find the perfect gift here.  Women - these are the pieces your guys want.


Kids need gear too.  Whether you're taking them along for your adventures or sending them off on their own, proper gear keeps them safe and warm while they have a blast in the outdoors.