Cool Camping Gear of the Week: Back to Basics

We’re kicking off a new series here at Explorer Gear Co—every week we’ll be gathering some of the coolest tech and gear for outdoor adventures right here in posts like this one! You can expect four to five cool new items each week, delivered right here. If you’ve tried any, or want to, make sure to tell us in the comments below!


This windproof, modular stove is the perfect balance of efficiency and function. It can boil 1.8 liters of water in 4-5 minutes, depending on altitude, and is a great choice for one or two backpackers. Find it at MSR for $179.95.

Mountain Khaki’s Rainmaker Jacket

The Rainmaker jacket from Mountain Khakis is designed to be your best friend in inclement weather. The polyurethane exterior blocks rain, snow, and mud, and makes cleaning a breeze—just hose it off and you’re good to go. And unlike some jackets, it’s stitched to stretch and move with you. Get this excellent outer layer at Mountain Khakis for $139.95.

Katadyn Gravity BeFree Water Filtration System

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This water filtration system from REI puts gravity to work for you, filtering up to 3 liters of water at a time. Best of all, it’s compatible with newer water bladders! Available at REI for $69.95.

Therm-a-Rest Altair HD 10 Sleeping Bag

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Down sleeping bags can be pricey, but they’re definitely worth it—especially if you like camping in the colder months. Therm-a-Rest currently has their Altair HD 10 down sleeping bags on sale for 40% off, so now’s the time to make the investment! Available for $352.73 here.