Budget Pick 2019
Outdoor Gear Type: Shorts
Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker, Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker
Award: Budget Pick 2019
Columbia Sandy River Shorts Review: Simple, comfortable and functional, these are multi-use shorts for days spent outside, inside and everywhere in-between.
Outdoor Gear Type: Backpacks
Recommended For: Day Hiker
The REI Flash 22 packs serious features into a medium-sized day pack that excels in a multitude of scenarios. A trustworthy, lightweight adventure companion.
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker
The Granite Gear Crown 2 60 is versatile, adaptable, burly, and affordable for a backpacking pack. An excellent lightweight choice.
Outdoor Gear Type: Chairs
The Therm-a-Rest Z Seat is a great buy for $15 dollars. It will cushion your bottom from the mountains to the sea, and live through many days of sitting.
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: 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.
Recommended For: Wilderness Backpacker
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.
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