Great Camping Gear Gifts
With Christmas rapidly approaching, I want to share three great camping gear ideas that are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the camper, or future camper, in your life.
By Jim Donovan
Alright, time is running out and you need a sure-fire gift. Here are some camping gear ideas guaranteed to please! How can I so confidently guarantee that these gifts will be perfect?
That’s easy. First I only recommend camping gear that I own and regularly use. The gear outlined below is priced right and value packed. I choose these items as they are each versatile enough to use for both car camping and backpacking treks. So this equipment serve well for years to come.
Here is the shopping list:
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent – I absolutely love this super spacious tent and I think you will too! If you know a camper who has mentioned wanting a new tent, this half dome will make them smile on Christmas morning!
The initial selling point for me was the 96” X 56” floor dimensions which is about 10” longer than most 2 person tents. Weighing in at just 5 lbs. 7 Oz the tent may be considered a bit heavy for one person but two backpackers can split the load and will appreciate the extra space. I can set this tent up in about three minutes even in the dark. I have tested this tent in summer, fall and winter conditions and have been thrilled with the flexible rain fly’s performance through rain, sleet, and snow. The tent poles are bound together which is a blessing and a curse. This design is great for set up and while you won’t ever lose any pieces, it does feel awkward when folding the poles back up.
REI IGNEO 17 Sleeping bag – Looking for the perfect sleeping bag? I have said this before, but this might be the only sleeping bag you will ever need. At less than two pounds, this is a Mummy Bag will keep you warm, dry, and happy. The 17 in the name is a bit deceiving as the comfort ratings (EN) on this bag are 19-25 degrees, which still provides exceptional three season coverage. Watch my video for the rest of the story.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System – The name says it all. The Jetboil Flash can bring two cups of water to a boil in less than three minutes. I often carry my Jetboil on day hikes to make a quick lunch and coffee. It is compact, lightweight (15.7 oz.) and super fun to use! The cozy wrapped cup even has a clever heat indicator that lets you know when the water inside has reached boiling point. Even if your camper has a larger camp stove, this small versatile stove will be an appreciated gift. Here is my video demonstration of just how easy the Jetboil Flash is to use.
Another reason I can guarantee happy campers is that I recommend online shopping at REI. Their no hassle approach will ensure helpful exchanges or refunds. REI stands behind every they sell 100%. REI offers free standard shipping on purchases of $125 and more. Faster delivery is available if you should need it.
Happy Holidays and Happy 2019
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