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Trail Jamboree - Camping In Style

Posted in Features on January 1, 2008
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Chances are good if you've ever spent a few days off-roading on your favorite trail or during a jamboree that you've ended up camping out somewhere. This month, we have assembled some of today's latest and greatest camping accessories that should help to make your stay in the rough that much more enjoyable. Remember that hot shower you wished for? Or your favorite rocking chair? Or what about your own bed? Well, it's all here -- from hot water shower systems to foldable rocking chairs to sleeping bags that feel as if you're home. One way or the other, we've got you covered. Happy camping!

This new take on a classic design allows for fast and efficient set-up thanks to the heavy-duty, shock-corded fiberglass tent poles and quick-clip system with upper pole sleeves for added stability. Clear skylight roof panels and a hoop awning add significant comfort. The large windows feature inside-zippered storm flaps and taped seams with polyurethane-coated taffeta walls to keep you dry in the event of precipitation. A built-in doormat helps keep the interior of the tent clean, while the oversize carrying bag protects the unit when disassembled. These tents are available in green, charcoal, or tan.
For more information, contact: Bass Pro Shops, (800) 976-6344, www.basspro.com.

Snug and very warm, these mummy bags feature a rugged polyester shell with cotton percale liner and are filled with 56 ounces of nonallergenic Elite polyester insulation to make these bags feel as good as your bed at home. The double-layer, offset quilted construction eliminates drafts, while the oversized fleece-lined foot section with ventilation control provides additional comfort. A sculpted zippered hood and two-way zipper with 3-inch draft tube are also built into these bags. Bass Pro Shops mummy bags are available in green or gray..
For more information, contact: Bass Pro Shops, (800) 976-6344, www.basspro.com.

When you just need to get away, make sure one of these is hitched up behind you. This is the ultimate go-anywhere camping trailer that can sleep a party of six comfortably and still have all of the comforts of home, including seating, a table, kitchenette area with fresh water capabilities (17 gallons), and an outdoor covered shower.

Besides the unit's functionality, the overall appearance is a 10. Designed with the off-road enthusiast in mind, the Baja comes standard with diamond-plate rocker guards, leaf-spring suspension, and off-road rims and tires.
For more information, contact: Jayco, (574) 825-5861, www.jayco.com.

Now whenever you're camping or hiking, your iPod can be protected from the elements. Based upon Pelican's dustproof, waterproof, and crushproof 1010 Micro Case, this iPod case contains a custom rubber liner which doubles as an O-ring seal and a weatherproof earphone port. The easily opened latch is secured by stainless steel pins, and a one-way vapor port minimizes any vapor buildup. A special lid liner stores earphones when not in use. Backed by Pelican's unconditional lifetime warranty, you can't go wrong with this ultimate iPod holder.
For more information, contact: Pelican Products, (310) 326-4700, www.pelican.com.

For the ultimate in submersible protection for your maps, these new high-performance map cases are completely watertight. Trimmed with swivel clips and yellow webbing, the cases are available in three sizes to fit most current outdoor maps. The small size fits folded Green Trails maps and 8.5x11 photocopies, while the medium size fits Green Trails and evenly folded USGS maps as well as ISS waterproof charts. The large size fits Canadian Hydrographic and ISS charts.
For more information, contact:Cascade Designs, (800) 531-9531, www.cascadedesigns.com.

This pioneering single-wall tent provides all the protection and living space of a large tent, plus the ventilation, compactness, and weight savings of a tarp shelter. Easy to pitch, the tent can be set up by one person and in less than 3 minutes by using trekking poles or guy cords tied off to an overhead object.

Two-person access is achieved by a huge front door that allows for side-by-side interior access. An innovative front awning allows 180-degree views, while a covered food-prep/boot-storage area keeps miscellaneous items away from the sleeping compartment.
For more information, contact: MSR, (800) 531-9531, www.msrgear.com. Cascade Designs, (800) 531-9531, www.cascadedesigns.com.

ARB's RDCP portable air compressor system will prove to be invaluable out on the trail or at the campsite when the time comes to inflate the air mattress or water toys. This quality compressor is leak-tested, pressure-tested, current-draw-tested, and flow-tested under load at the factory before packaging. In addition to being set in a durable carrying case and coming with a 6-meter hose and all relevant fittings, the RDCP model also contains a VDO gauge and pressure switch.
For more information, contact: ARB USA, (425) 264 1391, www.arbusa.com.

Before you even arrive at camp, your gear needs to get there in one piece. To make the most of your outdoor adventures, stash your stuff in a genuine RedHead Toploader duffel bag. Naturally water-repellent, these 22-ounce canvas bags can handle nearly anything. Just pack the bag, fold over the top, pull the grommet through the clasp, and slide a lock in, and you're off. For added strength and comfort, a reinforced bottom and dual-padded straps plus a grab handle have been incorporated into the design.
For more information, contact: Bass Pro Shops,(800) 976-6344, www.basspro.com.(800) 976-6344, www.basspro.com.

This compact camping flashlight has the same features of the MityLite 1900 but is equipped with a special lens that alters the color spectrum and reduces candlepower to preserve night vision. Powered by two AAA alkaline cells and compatible with NVG equipment, the light is submersible to 500 feet and is available in black or a woodland camouflage pattern.
For more information, contact: Pelican Products, (310) 326-4700, www.pelican.com.

Bringing the comforts of home to the outdoors is what this chair was designed for. This rocking chair is built with a sturdy steel frame and heavy-duty polyester and is made with your outdoor recreational pursuits in mind. The seat is designed with a full cut and easily folds into its own carrying case (included) for easy transportation.The chair is available in a tweed pattern and has a recommended weight limit of 225 pounds. The width of the back part of the seat from armrest to armrest is 18.5 inches. The seat front measures 27.5 inches, and the seat depth from front to back is 18 inches. A built-in cup holder is included.
For more information, contact: Bass Pro Shops, (800) 976-6344, www.basspro.com.

This extra-large-capacity portable refrigerator unit provides 45 liters of maintenance-free cooling capacity by utilizing only 48 watts of power and 5-centimeter-thick foam insulation. Best of all, the unit may be positioned in an upright configuration like a typical refrigerator, and it contains special rubber seals that reduce condensation inside the unit.

Gone are the days of camping or off-roading and having to settle for lukewarm drinks. With the cooler's ability to cool 70 12-ounce cans at once, rest assured you'll never go thirsty again. A 12-volt plug is included as well.
For more information, contact: IPV USA, (800) 328-9903, www.ipvusa.com.

This compact trekking pole features an upper section with a push-button length-adjustment feature and two shock-corded lower sections for compact storage and travel. An elastic keeper strap secures the collapsed staff. A contoured foam grip with a Wedge Lock wrist loop is easily removed to expose a camera mount beneath the knob. The molded flex tip with removable rubber foot and trekking basket provide additional stability. This is a must for any hiking or exploring adventures.
For more information, contact: Cascade Designs, (800) 531-9531, www.cascadedesigns.com.

Considered to be some of the largest flexible water carriers on the market, these tanks feature comfortable handles and corner spouts for easy pouring. Thanks to the material and design, the portable tanks can be easily folded, making them ideal for backpacking and camping.

The Big Zip wide-mouth openings allow for no-hassle filling and cleaning, while the durable nylon handles make carrying a filled tank comfortable. Available in a variety of sizes ranging from 70-ounce models up to 210-ounce units, no camping excursion is complete without a few of these water tanks.
For more information, contact: Cascade Designs, (800) 531-9531, www.cascadedesigns.com.

The newest member of the portable gas grill world is Coleman's RoadTrip LXE. Containing fully adjustable 20,000-Btu burners that have been designed to perform even in the coldest of weather, this 285-square-inch grill is able to last up to 1.1 hours on a single tank of propane.

The best part of the system is its ability to adapt to a variety of cooking styles thanks to the removable mix-and-match surfaces -- grill, griddle, or stove. The grill also features a matchless lighting system. Tool holders and side tables are built-in for convenience.
For more information, contact: Coleman Outdoor Products, (800) 835-3278, www.coleman.com.

Getting around the campsite just got little quicker, easier, and a lot more fun thanks to the new '07 Yamaha Rhino 660. The Rhino is powered by a 660cc liquid-/oil-cooled four-stroke five-valve engine that provides the best power-to-weight ratio of any side-by-side model in the industry. An exclusive fully automatic Ultramatic transmission with dual-range (Hi/Lo) Drive and Reverse is the most advanced drive system in its class.

The fully independent, four-wheel double-wishbone front and rear suspensions deliver 7.3 inches of wheel travel and 11 inches of ground clearance. The five-way preload-adjustable shocks provide maximum tire contact and amazing comfort while navigating rough terrain.

The comfortable interior with automotive-type controls renders the Rhino totally user-friendly. The thick bucket seats and long-travel suspension system work together to provide the smoothest ride in the industry.
For more information, contact: Yamaha Motor Corporation, www.yamaha-motor.com.

The Rino 130 is one of the most feature-rich units in the Garmin lineup with its built-in electronic compass, barometric sensor, weather receiver for seven NOAA weather channels, and a 24MB internal memory.

The two-way radio has a transmission range of up to 2 miles using the FRS channels and up to 5 miles with the GMRS channels. The integration of the two-way radio and GPS enables users to transmit their position with the simple push of a button, which allows others to navigate to their position.

The Rino 130 also has a polling feature, which allows the user to manually request GPS location information from other Rino units. A detailed set of base maps of North and South America, displaying cities, highways, railways, rivers and lakes, and borders, is integral to the unit.
For more information, contact: REI, (800) 426-4840, www.rei.com.

Enjoy the comfort of instant hot showers anytime, anywhere. This portable and self-contained heating unit is equipped with a stainless steel burner that is heated via the same propane that is used in many of today's portable gas grills. A rugged 4-gallon case which doubles as a storage container holds enough water for a 10-minute shower. The hot water is delivered through a powerful battery-operated (requires four D-cell batteries) water pump in just seconds and with exceptional water pressure. A definite must for family camping.
For more information, contact: Zodi Outback Gear, (800) 589-2849, www.zodi.com.

The Off Road A/T is engineered for the 4x4 enthusiast and can be custom-built by adding options to accommodate individual needs. Up to 19 inches of ground clearance is possible using 35x12.50/15 tires. A 2-inch-drop axle comes standard, while an optional lift kit and a 4-inch-drop axle make room for tires up to 37 inches in diameter. A variety of rack systems are available, making the Tentrax a true packhorse! The Off Road A/T can also be personalized to match your vehicle's paint and wheels. Additional options include a skidplate and nerf bars for extreme off-road use.
For more information, contact: Tentrax, (800) 488-2022, www.tentrax.com.

We all know that when we go camping there are a few items we would like to keep secured from, and out of sight of, other campers and animals. TruckVault's Sportsman line of sliding cargo drawers offers you organization and protection for all of your camping and backpacking equipment. Whether the cargo is firearms, fishing rods, hunting decoys, ammo, or whatever else it may be that you carry with you throughout your journeys, the standard two-drawer offset drawers address your custom storage needs. This configuration also allows you to access one drawer while the other remains closed. A pair of keyless-entry Supra Locks allows fast access to your gear. Best of all, the drawers are available for SUVs, pickups, and vans.
For more information, contact: TruckVault, (800) 967-8107, www.truckvault.com.

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