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Camping Gear for the Trail

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Camping Gear for the Trail
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'Wheeling begets camping. It's just part of the equation. In many cases, there are motels available, but camping has always offered us the best results in establishing kinship with the area and often leads to trails to explore that may otherwise go undiscovered. It doesn't take much to establish a trailside camp—we've done it with a bivy sack and sleeping bag on some occasions. For a bit more comfort, however, you can try using the latest camping equipment available. Check out the following for a glimpse of what's out there.

AirBedz

AirBedz mattresses are designed to fit around and over the wheelwells of your pickup, creating a sleep area that utilizes the entire truck bed to provide more room and comfort. AirBedz mattresses are available for Chevy, GMC, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, and Nissan trucks and the Honda Ridgeline.
• Heavy-duty cloth construction ensures a more puncture-resistant mattress
• Optional inflatable wheelwell inserts transform AirBedz into a standard air mattress, great for both home and tent use
• Built-in, rechargeable pump inflates and deflates the mattress with the flip of a switch and the integrated air-coil system evenly distributes weight over the 12-inch-thick mattress
• Includes a convenient carrying/storage bag with shoulder strap and an A/C home charger
• Features a one-year limited warranty

For more information, contact: AirBedz, (800) 981-BEDZ, truckairbedz.com

RIO Adventure

The RIO Adventure RA-CK500 cookhouse features a lightweight aluminum frame and gray melamine counter top that is heat-resistant up to 425 degrees and supports up to 60 pounds. Utensils and accessories shown are not included.
• Features a steel-grate back and bottom racks for storage and convenient side stove table and lantern pole
• Includes hooks for hanging paper towels and utensils and folds flat with integrated carry handle

For more information, contact: RIO Adventure, (800) 956-7328, integrityoutdoorbrands.com

RIO Adventure

Created with the camper in mind, the RIO Adventure RA-i530 ROLL-TOP 32 features a steel frame with a heat-dissipating 32x30-inch aluminum roll-top tabletop and the double-duty patent-pending Close-It Hold-It Strap System.
• While the ROLL-TOP 32 is set up, the Close-It Hold-It Strap System secures any handled trash bag to the side of the table. When the table is folded, the Close-It Hold-It Strap System tethers the table top together for quick and easy packing
• Weighing only 11 pounds, the sturdy ROLL-TOP 32 supports 60 pounds and sits four people comfortably
• Includes a zippered carry bag with handle. Ideal for camping, RVing, tailgating, fishing, and sporting events

For more information, contact: RIO Adventure, (800) 956-7328, integrityoutdoorbrands.com

Napier Enterprises

The Backroadz Series vehicle camping tents from Napier Enterprises are available for pickup trucks and SUVs. The Backroadz SUV tent uses a universal sleeve designed to fit most SUVs, crossovers, and minivans. The Backroadz Truck tent is available for most midsize and fullsize pickups.
• The SUV tent's 9x9-foot tent provides a sleeping area for four to five people along with the additional space provided by the vehicle
• Ample ventilation is provided through one large entrance and three large mesh windows
• A partial tape-seamed rainfly and bathtub-style floor keep occupants dry, even in the wettest weather
• When the trip is over, the tent comes down as fast as it went up and stores away easily in the included carrying bag

For more information, contact: Napier Enterprises, (800) 567-2434, sportzbynapier.com

GCI Outdoor

The GCI Outdoor Luxury Camp Bed features a five-position reclining backrest and anti-sink feet for stability on soft or loose terrain. Constructed of a powdercoated steel frame and a tufted cushion mattress made from ripstop polyester.
• Includes cot caddy storage pocket and integrated carry handle
• Weighs 17 pounds and supports up to 330 pounds
• Available in gray/black tweed

For more information, contact: GCI Outdoor, (800) 956-7328, integrityoutdoorbrands.com

Coleman

The Coleman Fold N Go InstaStart two-burner propane stove offers a fullsize cooking surface with more than a foot of space on each side to accommodate larger size cookware. The InstaStart system allows ignition at the push of a button and Coleman's PerfectHeat Technology and PerfectFlow pressure control system maintain consistent temperature and fuel flow.
• Fold N Go design is portable and extremely lightweight
• Features two fully adjustable, independently controlled 10,000-Btu high-performance burners
• Perfect for camping, tailgating, hunting, and emergency outdoor cooking

For more information, contact: Coleman, (800) 835-3278, coleman.com

Coleman

The Coleman CPX 6 Duo LED Lantern is two lights in one. Together, the lantern shines 175 ultra-bright lumens for up to 56 hours. When needed, you can remove one of the two lights off the base to be used as a personal flashlight. The light recharges once it’s back on the base.
• CPX system compatibility lets you choose your power: four D cell batteries or one CPX 6 rechargeable power cartridge
• Each rechargeable panel runs for up to 2.5 hours when removed from charging base
• Wide handle openings accommodate work gloves and tough, polycarbonate lenses resist damage
• LED lamps never need replacing and they run cool so the lantern is always safe to touch

For more information, contact: Coleman, (800) 835-3278, coleman.com

Eton Corp.

The Eton BoostTurbine 2000 is ideal for everyday or emergency use. This backup battery pack with hand turbine power generator will keep you all charged up and connected. It features a rechargeable 2,000-mAh lithium battery for power when and where you need it and a Micro-USB DC input to use with most smartphone chargers and a standard USB port for charging mobile devices. When the BoostTurbine 2000 is all charged up, you have enough power to fully charge most smartphones.
• Crank for one minute and produce enough power for a 30-second call or a few critical texts
• LED charge indicators let you know how much battery charge you have left
• Made with lightweight-yet-durable aluminum, it’s handy enough to take virtually anywhere

For more information, contact: Eton Corp., etoncorp.com

Eton Corp.

The Eton FRX3 is an all-purpose, rechargeable weather alert radio with solar panel and hand turbine power generator to keep you in the know, on alert, and well connected at all times. No camping kit is complete without it. Crank the hand turbine for one minute and you’ll produce enough power for 15-20 minutes of music, news, and weather. Or simply charge it in the sun using the built-in solar panel. You can also use the mini USB cable to charge the FRX3’s built-in rechargeable battery, or use AAA batteries.
• When the "alert" function is on, the radio will automatically broadcast emergency weather alerts for your area such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe storms
• Features an AM/FM/NOAA weather band digital radio with display and alarm clock and an auxiliary input for connecting other media devices
• Includes a bright LED flashlight, a red flashing beacon for emergency use, and a glow-in-the-dark locater so it’s always easy to find
• Can be used to charge a cell phone or smartphone using USB port

For more information, contact: Eton Corp., etoncorp.com

ProMariner

The ProSport Power Cup Inverter from ProMariner converts 12-volt battery power to 110V AC up to 150 watts. It features an extruded aluminum case and over-temperature and overload protection.
• Offers high surge capacity and power/status LED indicators
• Features output short and input polarity protection as well as low-battery shutdown

For more information, contact: ProMariner, (603) 433-4440, pmariner.com

CRKT

The CRKT Tool is a new take on your standard multi-tool. Its compact body shape offers a useable grip and the included clip allows it to be carried like an everyday folder. The CRKT Tool includes a utility blade, a saw tooth blade, a multi-fit box wrench, a wire stripper, button/spring opening Phillips/regular screwdrivers with additional driver bits, and a bottle opener.
• Spring-loaded flat and Phillips screwdrivers deploy automatically at the push of a button
• Phillips screwdriver serves as a driver shaft for the PH3 magnetic adapter
• Weighs 5.1 ounces and measures 4 inches closed

For more information, contact: CRKT, (800) 891-3100, crkt.com

CRKT

The CRKT Eat’N Tool XL is a larger version of the popular CRKT Eat’N Tool and offers a bigger spoon and longer handle surface. The Eat’N Tool can also be used as a fork, to prepare and/or eat your favorite on-the-trail meal, or for a variety of other utility needs.
• Integrated tools include a box wrench, driver/pry tool, can opener, and bottle opener
• Includes a carabiner for easy attachment to packs or other gear
• Available in bead-blast gray or black powdercoat finish

For more information, contact: CRKT, (800) 891-3100, crkt.com

Zippo

The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter kit is an essential item to have on hand for camping or even daytime exploring. The kit features a reliable flint wheel ignition system that easily lights the included water-resistant waxed tinder sticks. A water-resistant O-ring seal is built into the case so the contents stay dry and ready for use as needed.
• Zippo also offers its high-polish chrome Hand Warmer, which is virtually odorless and stays warm for up to 12 hours
• Hand Warmer features a thin design that easily fits most pockets. Also includes a filler cup and warming bag
• Emergency Fire Starter kit is great to have on hand for all types of 'wheeling and camping
• Zippo Premium Lighter Fluid is recommended for use with Zippo products

For more information, contact: Zippo, zippo.com

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GSI Outdoors

The Pinnacle camper set from GSI Outdoors offers an amazingly compact design and is fully equipped for the gourmet needs of campers. Its unique design compacts for nested storage so all items are neatly stowed within the largest container.
• Kit is reconfigurable to suit needs of one- to four-person camping trips
• Rugged stuff sack holds set and doubles as a sink or wash basin
• Exclusive folding gripper locks on to exterior brackets to prevent scratching and to provide a secure handle while cooking. Crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lid and silicone ring will not deform in packs and works with either the pot or the fry pan

For more information, contact: GSI Outdoors, (800) 704-4474, gsioutdoors.com

AO Coolers

The All-Terrain Cooler from AO Coolers is truly suitable for all terrains. The outer material is 1000 denier vinyl and UV protective so the color won't fade in the hot sun. It is guaranteed not to leak and includes four strap-hole fasteners on each corner so the cooler can be strapped down to the rack of your off-road vehicle.
• Said to be stronger than any other soft-sided cooler, AO Coolers are tear-resistant up to 375 pounds, waterproof, and anti-mildew
• Features a high-quality vinyl liner, the same material used to make waterbeds and above-ground pools
• The inner insulation is 3/4-inch-thick, high-density, closed-cell foam. The combination creates a cooler that will hold ice for 24 hours in 120-degree F heat

For more information, contact: AO Coolers, (951) 582-9798, aocoolers.com

Hobie Cat Co.

Hobie Cat's i9S kayak was specifically designed for would-be kayakers who are short on space but who dream of spending their time kayaking, fishing, or sailing (via the optional Sail package) once they reach their off-road camping destinations. The i9S inflatable kayak's on-the-water performance rivals that of rigid boats, and its rugged, PVC-vinyl construction and reinforced underside eliminate fears of rocky beaches.
• A wheeled travel case makes transporting simple and enables stowage in your 4x4 or RV
• The i9S is 9 feet long by 36 inches wide and holds up to 325 pounds
• Hobie offers additional inflatable models, as well, including the i12S single-seat and i14T two-seater
• Features Hobie's unique MirageDrive propulsion system and Twist and Stow rudder
• Includes an adjustable high-back padded seat, a four-piece paddle with aluminum shaft, a hand pump, carry handles, a large cargo area with bungee tie downs, and a rolling travel bag

For more information, contact: Hobie Cat Co., (760) 758-9100, hobiecat.com

EvaKool

The EvaKool KoolMate IB50 48.5-quart fridge freezer can cool up to 90 degrees below ambient temperature and has a Turbo mode for quick cooling. The average power draw is about 50 watts and it runs on 12- or 24-volt DC power with adjustable low-voltage protection, so you’ll never be left with a dead battery in the backcountry. The KoolMate also includes an AC adapter so it can be plugged in for home or shop use. The ABS lid and polypropylene cabinet are durable and the smooth molded liner inhibits bacteria growth, doesn’t harbor odors, and wipes clean with a damp cloth. The IB50 comes with a basket, removable divider, and separate dairy compartment for efficient cold storage.
• An internal LED light is handy for nighttime cooking
• The digital control panel displays the temperature setting and current fridge freezer temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. It has a Max setting, or an Eco mode that cuts down on power usage
• The power cord has a 90-degree plug that makes the IB50 an easy fit in tight places
• The 48.5-quart capacity can carry up to 73 12-ounce cans

For more information, contact: EvaKool, (561) 578-6299, evakool-usa.com

YETI Coolers

YETI Roadie Coolers are built to take rugged abuse. Keeping things cold is what this cooler is all about. Its one-piece, roto-molded construction is extremely durable and YETI's proprietary PermaFrost Insulation is pressure-injected, providing exceptional thermal resistance for unmatched ice retention. The Roadie Cooler also uses Yeti's NeverFail Hinge System, which includes a full-length, integrated hinge that is self-stopping and will not break.
• Three sizes available: Roadie 15, Roadie 20, and Roadie 25 in white or Desert Tan
• Tie-down slots are molded into cooler body for solid mounting and full-length stainless-steel handle with textured grip locks upright for easy carrying
• Constructed of food-grade material that is dry ice–compatible and UV-resistant
• Screw-in, gasketed drain plug allows for easy draining and BullDog Strap Guides allow for cooler to be securely ratcheted down while being hauled or transported

For more information, contact: Yeti Coolers, (512) 394-9384, yeticoolers.com

Sierra 4x4 Trailers

Sierra 4x4 Trailers offers two base-model trailers: the Gen1 with a 41x72-inch box size and the Gen2 with a 48x72-inch box size that matches wider-track SUVs. Each trailer includes a powdercoated 2x3-inch frame, painted tub in standard colors, powdercoated black fenders, and a bed mat. Many other options are available, including locking lids, tailgates, roof rack systems, nerf bars, motorcycle ramps, and much more. All Sierra 4x4 Trailers are made in the USA from locally purchased steel.
• The basic trailer includes 225/75-15 tires on 15x6 spoke rims. Five-, six-, and eight-lug bolt patterns are available
• Features a 3,500-pound axle and 1,750-pound-capacity leaf springs
• Bodies and fenders are made from 14-gauge steel that is MIG-welded throughout the production process. The beds of the trailers are 12-gauge steel plate
• Trailer bodies are bolted to the frame at eight locations using 3/8-inch button head Allen bolts with lock nuts and stainless washers. The fenders are attached to the frame and body using the same hardware at five locations each
• Available in gross vehicle weight ratings of 1,500 or 3,500 pounds with optional brakes

For more information, contact: Sierra 4x4 Trailers, (775) 783-0700, sierra4x4trailers.com

Advance Elements

The Lagoon 2 from Advance Elements is a two-seater inflatable kayak that is great for lakes, mild rivers, bays, and estuaries. It is built of durable materials and has rigid forms in the bow and stern, which gives the kayak increased performance on the water. Advance Elements also offers it AdvancedFrame model, which is a hybrid of a folding-frame kayak and an inflatable kayak. Utilizing built-in aluminum ribs in the bow and stern, it slices through water like a knife and rivals the trackability of hard-shell kayaks. The stern acts as a skeg, increasing the tracking performance. It uses extremely durable materials and features many high-end components.
• The Lagoon 2 kayak folds down to 35x19x7 inches and weighs just 37 pounds deflated, so it is easily taken along on the trail to enjoy a paddle on a mountain lake
• The 12-foot-long by 34-inch-wide Lagoon 2 features eight air chambers, inflatable seats, paddle loops, and a tracking fin • AdvancedFrame model features seven air chambers, is 10 1/2 feet long by 32 inches wide inflated, and supports up to 300 pounds. It folds down to 30x17x10 inches and weighs just 36 pounds
• AdvancedFrame Convertible model is available in a two-seat configuration capable of supporting 550 pounds

For more information, contact: Advance Elements, (866) 262-9076, advancedelements.com

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Motorola

Motorola's Talkabout MS350 is a high-performance, ultra-durable, waterproof radio that's ideal for camping and trail-run communication. It offers a range of up to 35 miles and is packed with every possible radio feature, including seven NOAA channels (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) so you will always know what to pack with continuous local and regional weather broadcasting.
• The MS350's IP-67 standard withstands constant submersion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes and repels the heaviest of rain droplets
• Equipped with a headset jack connector ready for use with any of your favorite Motorola audio accessories

• Kit includes two radios, two belt clips, one dual drop-in charger, one charging adapter, two NiMH rechargeable battery packs, one Emergency Preparedness checklist sheet, one User's Guide, and one accessories brochure
• Radio floats and its bright yellow housing is easily visible on water surfaces

For more information, contact: Motorola, motorola.com

Goal Zero

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure kit includes everything needed to keep cell phones, smartphones, and other media devices, as well as any device that uses AA or AAA batteries, charged and ready in remote locations, even in the event of a loss of the vehicle's charging system. The Guide 10 Plus Adventure kit includes the ultra-compact Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel and the Guide 10 Plus battery pack.
• Charge four AA or AAA batteries from the sun or any USB port, then power your phone, MP3, GPS, tablet, or iPad
• The Nomad 7 is an ultra-compact-yet-powerful solar panel that enables charging of handheld devices directly from its USB and 12V DC charging ports
• Collects seven watts of power from the sun and can solar-charge a cell phone in one to two hours
• Built-in LED light on battery pack runs for 150-plus hours per charge

For more information, contact: Goal Zero, (888) 794-6250, goalzero.com

Pelican Products

Pelican Products Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced lighting systems and high-performance protective case solutions, and most recently announced the introduction of Pelican ProGear Sport Backpacks. Pelican ProGear Sport Backpacks feature either a Pelican hard case or rigid compartment to fit and protect personal electronics and belongings.
• The integrated crushproof Pelican case in the Elite models features the same military-grade attributes as Pelican's classic case products, including a watertight O-ring seal with automatic pressure equalization valve
• Also included with Elite models is a set of four adhesive memory foam buffers, which secure the laptop or tablet for safe travel
• Designed to safeguard laptops, MacBook computers, netbooks, e-readers, tablets, keyboards, and other accessories
• Pelican ProGear Sport Backpacks are offered in a range of colors (black, orange, and green) and lightweight styles

For more information, contact: Pelican Products, (855) 604-8562, pelicanprogear.com

Reliance Products

Reliance Products offers a great selection of hydration and sanitation products that are must-haves for remote camping expeditions. The Rhino-Pak is a 5.5-gallon rugged water container that it is made of extremely thick plastic and has a premium spigot and vent cap. The Fold-To-Go toilet weighs just 4.5 pounds and offers a useable and environmentally conscious disposal receptacle for human waste.
• Rhino-Pak features a side panel design that locks it in place when paired with another Rhino-Pak; containers lock together upright or stacked
• Fold-To-Go's innovative leg locking system makes it one of the sturdiest portable toilets around. Uses the Double Doodie bag bagging system, available from Reliance Products

For more information, contact: Reliance Products, relianceproducts.com

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Tentrax

Tentrax camp trailers can easily be towed to remote off-road campsites reached via difficult terrain. The trailer bodies are constructed of hand-laid-up watertight fiberglass reinforced with 3/4-inch plywood, and the frame is constructed of 1/4-inch solid steel to withstand off-road abuse. Each base-model Tentrax trailer can be custom-built to individual needs by selecting any of the available options.

• Base-model trailer weighs 600 pounds and offers 35 cubic feet of cargo space
• A 3/16-inch-thick plate steel skidplate and upgraded suspension are part of the optional off-road package
• Up to 19 inches of ground clearance is possible using 35x12.50/15 tires. An optional 6-inch lift kit makes room for tires up to 38 inches in diameter
• A built-in 2-inch bumper receiver can be used for recovery, a step for tent entry, a bike rack, and more
• Options include rooftop tent and mounts, rack system, Torflex axles with matching wheel and tire combinations, a 12-volt electrical system, custom paint, polypropylene fenders, and more

For more information, contact: Tentrax, (800) 488-2022, tentrax.com

LOWA

The LOWA Focus GTX Lo trekking boot offers minimum weight and maximum stability, providing knee and back support for carrying a mid-weight pack. Abrasion-resistant split leather and Cordura uppers support freedom of movement, while protecting and stabilizing the ankle.
• Lining is made from waterproof breathable GORE-TEX
• LOWA Trac Lite outsole features a self-cleaning tread design with increased surface area to provide excellent grip on rocky, uneven terrain
• Handcrafted in Germany
• Ultra-cushioning PU-midsole and anatomically contoured to cradle the foot in comfort

For more information, contact: LOWA, (888) 335-5692, lowaboots.com

Mountain Smith

The new Mountain Smith Loveland 30F Degree Synthetic Bag features a relaxed doublewide mummy fit and accommodates up to two people. It offers dual side entries with foot-length, two-way YKK locking zippers and anti-snag zipper reinforcement.
• Side release buckle divider separates mummy hoods
• Cotton storage sack included
• Loveland bag features 60/40 insulation differential (60 percent on top/40 percent on bottom) and uses MountainLoft Hollowfibers
• Bag measures 80x68 inches and is suitable for people up to 6 feet, 4 inches tall

For more information, contact: Mountain Smith, (800) 551-5889, mountainsmith.com

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