Budget Pick 2018
Outdoor Gear Type: Quilts
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker
Award: Budget Pick 2018, Budget Pick 2019
A durable backpacking quilt with a hood and insulated arm pockets sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. Meet the Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt.
Outdoor Gear Type: Insulated Water Bottles
Recommended For: Car Camper
Award: Budget Pick 2017, Budget Pick 2018, Budget Pick 2019
In an ideal world every campground table would come equipped with a Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle. The two belong together like hot coals and a fire pit.
Outdoor Gear Type: Stoves
Recommended For: Wilderness Backpacker
Award: Budget Pick 2017, Budget Pick 2018
The Primus Classic Trail Stove won’t wow you with features, but it’s a solid stove that provides a reliable source of warmth in your time of need. All for $20.
Outdoor Gear Type: Backpacks
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker
The Sierra Design Flex Capacitor has been cleverly designed with the modern ultralight backpacker in mind. Adjustable volume and heavy loads allow a seamless transition to ultralight.
Outdoor Gear Type: Tents
There’s no place like home on the trail, especially when home is the Tarptent Double Rainbow. This two-person ultralight tent sets up in a flash and adapts to almost any situation. Clip it. Strap it. Stake it. Bop it!
Outdoor Gear Type: Water Bottles
The Glacaeu Smartwater Bottle holds its own against any outdoor water bottle on the market, and it costs a dollar. If you need a water bottle, just buy it.
Outdoor Gear Type: Down Jackets
Recommended For: Urban Hiker
The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Parka is a great budget pick for daily wear around town and weekends in the mountains with a style that transitions as you do.
The Kelty Salida 2 is an great option for a tent that is packable, shareable, and durable. It works like a tent should, and won’t destroy your wallet.
Outdoor Gear Type: Fleece Jackets
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker
The North Face Glacier ¼ Zip is like the bass player in your favorite rock band: reliable, adaptable, and doesn’t steal the show, but it pulls together your whole backpacking layering system.
Outdoor Gear Type: Sleeping Bags
The Kelty Cosmic Down 20 is a budget sleeping bag loaded with convenient features for the average backpacker. Down doesn’t come at a better price unless you’re plucking the bird yourself.
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