Spring 2013 Gear Guide: Camping

Primus FireHole 300 Stove

I am pretty sure that May is not National Camping Month, but with Memorial Day, it does usually start the camping season. We have found a stove with innovations that will remind you of home stove and an air mattress that will remind you of your bed. Who ever said camping had to be roughing it has never used some of the gear found in this guide.  

Primus Firehole 300

Looking for a few more features than your old 2 burner stove? The Firehole 300 will fit the bill. With innovations like an on-board light and cook timer, integrated fuel line and utensil set, and recessed control knobs; the new Primus Firehole 300 sets a new standard across the market, and will soon become an icon at the campsite, beach party or backyard.


• On-board light and cook timer

• Included utensil kit integrates directly into stove's lid

• Integrated flexible fuel line will not get left behind

• Easy-carry split handle

• Recessed control knobs are sleeker and snag-free

• Battery powered, push piezo igniter

• Windscreens double as prep area

• Adjustable foot for uneven surface

• Runs on 1lb propane canisters

• 24,000 BTUs

• Weight: 14.76 lbs.

• Dimensions: 19.9"x19"x4.9"

• Ignition: Battery powered

• Piezoelectric

• Output: 12000 BTU/h

• MSRP: $295.00


Check pricing for Primus Firehole 300

Rimrock-Fly-on-Door-Open lowEaston Rimrock 2P

Easton Rimrock 2P is the ideal three-season shelter where space, weight and stability meet. The Easton Rimrock series delivers cavernous internal space with vertical sidewalls and wide-open headroom for maximum livability. Large dual doors with one-hand open zippers offer easy entry with plenty of protected storage space in each vestibule. Two-stage fly opening tie-offs deliver unmatched ventilation without flapping in the wind. The 4-pole frame design works together with an integrated Tension-Band over the doorway to increase the stability and structural integrity


• Dual entry and vestibules—easy access and added space for gear storage.

• Easton premium 7075 T9 aluminum poles. (made in USA)

• Opposing directional doors for ventilation control.

• Easy-open one-hand door zippers.

• Tension-band over doorway increases stability and structural integrity.

• Waterproof construction with reinforced, taped seams.

• Quick Clip fly-attachment hooks for easy setup.

• Velcro tabs and grommets secure the fly to the frame for stability.

• Multiple guy-out points to increase strength. Guy lines included.

• Premium aluminum stakes included for all anchor points.

• Fast pitch capable. (uses fly, poles and footprint)

• Packaged Weight : 5lbs 5oz / 2.4kg

• Trail Weight: 4lbs 14oz / 2.22kg

• Capacity: 2-Person

• Rating: 3-Season

• Pack Size: 23 x 7in / 58.4 x 17.8cm

• Floor Area: 35sqft / 3.25sqm

• Vestibule Area: 18sqft / 1.67sqm

• Head Height: 45in / 114.3cm

• MSRP: $269.00


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slumberjack forestSlumberjack Forest

The Forest is perfect for the budget minded camper, looking for a great sleeping bag. The forest rectangular bags from Slumberjack all feature polyester taffeta shell and liner for comfort with Slumberloft™ synthetic insulation for warmth. Available in unisex 0-degree and 40-degree models with men’s and women’s 20-degree options (women’s version is called the Jenny), all four bags feature anti-snag zipper protection and draft tube to prevent heat loss. A Zip Together feature allows any two Forest bags to zip together, forming a double wide bag for getting cozy with that special someone.


• Fill Weight: 3 lbs 9 oz

• Carry Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz

• Packed Size: 10 x 18 in

• Fits to: 6 ft

• Size: 80 x 34 in

• Insulation: Slumberloft™ Synthetic Insulation

• Shell Fabric: Polyester Taffeta

• Liner Fabric: Polyester Taffeta

• Anti-snag zipper protection

• Draft tube along zipper keeps out cold air and prevents heat loss

• Stuff sack included

• Zip Together feature allows two same-size rectangular bags to be joined to make a double-wide

• Durable construction ensures stable insulation over time

• MSRP: Forest 0- $59; Forest 20 and Jenny 20- $49; Forest 40- $39.



deuter littlestarDeuter Little Star EXP

As a father myself, getting your kids their own camping gear will help them want to go out more. The Little Star EXP is perfect for those small little campers that love to get into the outdoors. They will be cozy and warm with an extendable-foot bag that can change length from 3' to just over 4' 3". This sleeping bag will truly grow with your child!


• Weight: 1 lb 10 oz

• Size: 57 x 23 x 17(L x W x W) Inch

• Bodysize: ~ 51 Inch

• Pack-Size: 6.7 x 14 Inch

• Outer lining: Deuter-210-T-Soft Nylon Taffeta

• Inner lining: Deuter-Soft-Micro

• Fill: High-Loft Hollowfibre

• Fillweight: 11 oz

• MSRP: $79.00



Therm Mondo angleTherm-a-Rest MondoKing

If you have ever had a bad night sleeping in the woods, you were probably not on the MondoKing. This super-sized mattress is four inches thick and more than half as big as a standard Queen size. The mattress surface conforms to your contours and a soft fabric shell provides next to skin comfort. An ultra-responsive foam core gives great support and allows the MondoKing mattress to compress to a surprisingly reasonable travel size.


• Big Comfort: Huge mattress offers maximum space and comfort. The XXL version is more than half as wide as a Queen size bed.

• Thick: 4 inches (10 cm) of warm, compliant foam for comfort no matter where you camp.

• Durable Comfort: Woven top provides next-to-skin comfort; rugged bottom resists punctures.

• Weight: 4 lb 11 oz

• Thickness: 4 inches

• R-value: 11.4

• MSRP: $159.95


Thule Force

thule force

Having a cargo box has been a dream for us. When it was just me and my wife, we got everything we needed to go camping, climbing and biking in our Ford Escort. Now, with three kids without the box we struggle to get it all in our Explorer. The Force Box offers value and space while still offering key conveniences. And with SecureLock you can rest assured your gear will be safe.


• AeroSkin Lid design and material help the box cut through the air.

• Tool-Free Quick-Grip Mounting system attaches box to rack in less than 5 minutes.

• Oversized SecureLock ensures the box is closed securely.

• Dual-Side Opening for loading/unloading from either side of the vehicle.

• Fits Thule rack systems, round bars and most factory racks.

• Large (L) 624 13 cu. ft. MSRP $429.95

• Extra Large (XL) 625 17 cu. ft. MSRP $489.95

• Extra Extra Large (2XL) 626 21 cu. ft. MSRP $579.95

• Alpine 623 12 cu. ft. MSRP $429.95


coghlan anodizedcookCoghlan Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookset

Sturdy and lightweight, this Cookset is made from hard anodized aluminum. Each unit has swing-out handles and is built with an ergonomic nesting feature for compact storage.


• 7.8” fry pan

• 2.7 L pot with lid

• 1.7 L pot with lid

• 975 mL pot with lid

• Pot scrubber

• Measuring cup

• Nylon carry bag

• MSRP $69.99


byer trilitewashByer TriLite Wash Station/Stool

Dishes are no match for this little portable wash station. The TriLite Wash Station is an new camping accessory that combines the portability, with a large cleaning station for your cooking pots and plate ware. The Wash Station includes wash, rinse, and mesh drain cavities as well as a handy pouch on the outside for a brush, sponge, or silverware. The Wash Station also comes with the XL seat sling to be used as a stool while not washing dishes. 2 great features in 1 item! The best part of the whole thing is how easily it breaks down for storage and packing.


• Dimensions Set-Up: 9.5" W x 19.5" L x 22.5" H

• Dimensions Closed: 3" x 4" x 17.5"

• Product Weight: 2.8 lbs.

• MSRP: $44.95


hs kitGrill Daddy Heat Shield Collection

The Heat Shield Collection is a set of BBQ tools that offer a host of ingenious deluxe features that provide unmatched safety, handling and grilling comfort. Built to last, each professional-grade, stainless-steel tool is designed with ergonomic comfort-grip handles that are weighted and balanced for effortless grilling. Each is equipped with Grill Daddy’s patented rotating heat shield hand guard which maintains continuous protection from flare-ups, searing grill heat, and burning hot food splatters.


• Spatula

• Tong

• Fish flipper

• Fork

• Basting brush

• MSRP: $49.99


uco ArkaUCO Arka lantern

Multi-function devices are essential for efficient outdoor adventures whether you are hiking, camping, boating or enjoying nature another way. The new Arka USB Charger + Lantern + Flashlight™ from UCO eliminates the need to pack a lantern, flashlight, emergency light and portable charging station. Instead of lugging around essential lighting products and a separate portable device charger or solar charging pad to power your electronic devices off the grid, the Arka can serve as an all-in-one solution. Smartphones, cellular phones, GPS units, digital cameras, audio speakers and any other electronic devices that can be charged through a USB cord can be powered by the Arka.


• Rechargeable 4AH Li-Ion battery doubles as charging station for USB devices, enough power to charge a phone, camera, GPS, etc.

• R3 XP-E CREE LED provides infinitely adjustable brightness up to 180 lumens.

• Burns on high for 6-8 hours and low for up to 50 hours.

• Frosted globe slides up for a diffused white light in lantern mode and down for flashlight mode.

• Durable, water-resistant ABS/TPE housing with extendable feet for additional stability.

• 5 lighting modes that vary from high to low light plus 3 red LEDs that vary from tactical night vision to strobe to S.O.S. emergency strobe.

• LED indicator light displays battery level and charging status.

• Split ring on top allows hanging.

• 100-240V charger and USB cable included.

• Battery Type: 3.7V 4AH LiIon rechargeable

• Bulb Type: Super bright R3 XP-E CREE LED

• Battery Life—up to: 6-8 hours on high. Up to 100 hours on low.

• Weight: 8.5 oz. (241 g)

MSR NIghtGlowZipperPulls• MSRP: $69.99


MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls

Finding your zipper has just been made easier in the dark. The Night Glow Zipper Pulls replace metal zipper pulls with lightweight plastic. They are also easy to use with gloves or mittens. The plastic pull glows for a full 8 hours and recharges in ambient light.

• MSRP: $9.95