All posts filed under: Gear

Hammock Roundup

Who doesn’t love hanging out outside? A good hammock makes the view that much better. Maybe you want to try hammock camping, are just looking for a lakeside lounger, or love testing new gear—like the rooftop hammock rack. Whatever swings your fancy, we’ve rounded up a few hammocks we think you’ll love. Hammock Universe What kind of hammock are you looking for? Hammock Universe sells them all. Brazilian, Mayan, rope or quilted fabric. Whether you want to lounge lakeside, or camp between the trees. Each offers different features: soft fabrics for sleeping, or special weaves that make you feel weightless. DD Hammocks Edinburgh based DD Hammocks creates high-quality camping hammocks and accessories. Not many realize that Hammock camping requires specific equipment—not just two trees to latch onto. ENO Nation Hailing from British Columbia, ENO Nation creates gear for every aspect of the outdoor lifestyle. From bug protection to their 400lb capacity DoubleDeluxe hammock. Don’t want the extra space? They have a handful of other versions of their hammock. Prices range up to $130 CAD. Madera …

Solo Stove a furry in a can

There are a few things for sure about camping. You’re going to need to cook something, heat water or roast a marshmallow. It comes with the territory. That’s why when we took a look at the Solo Stove we were immediately intrigued by what it could do. Out of the box came a sleek looking metal canister reminiscent of something you’d find on the international space station. Immediately apparent is the care and attention Solo Stove puts into their packaging. Neat, tidy and well thought out. The canister and components, of which there are few, unpack and slide together to form a cooking vessel ready for action. While our campfire popped and smoked with wet wood, we meticulously layered the smallest dry kindling and a small crumpled up piece of paper into the stove. It lit, fired and burned out. More dry wood and it was back with a furry. No joke. A furry! Never have we seen such a furry of a fire, the colour a deep brown red, swirling in the stove like …

Mid-Year Modern Camper Gear Roundup

If you’re a modern camper, you obviously want to keep up with the times when it comes to must-have gear. Here are our top picks this far into 2017. Invest in eco-cookware Make the most of the modern camping movement by embracing sustainability. We love Kupilka eco-friendly dishware. Their durable cups, bowls, plates, and cutlery are crafted from their Kareline® natural fibre composite. It keeps your hot stuff steaming and your cool drinks cold without harming the environment. Stay toasty warm with a new blanket Any true camper has a few blankets packed away for chilly nights and crisp mornings. One of our favourites is sackcloth + ashes. For each blanket sold, they gift a blanket to your local homeless shelter. Plus, their Instagram is full of drool-worthy #vanlife photos. Take better pictures with smartphone camera accessories Upgrade your Insta-game with a smartphone tripod. Have you ever wondered how people get those shots from cool hands-free angles? You don’t need to empty your wallet on a drone. Instead, purchase a tripod with gripped octopus arms …

RECCO jacket for modern camper

RECCO® SAR radar signals a bonus for hikers in the backcountry

Adventure brands around the world are adopting RECCO® radar reflectors in their outdoor gear. These tiny reflectors help locate missing individuals in search and rescue situations, which could be ideal for your next off road camper trip or trek. How does it work? Only weighing in at 4 grams, the passive reflectors do not require a power source or means of activation. The RECCO® SAR detector sends a radar signal which bounces off the reflector that is installed in your clothing. RECCO® originally used handheld detectors with active radar signals, but has recently created a device that sends a stronger signal from a helicopter. The new device scans one square kilometre in 3-6 minutes. RECCO® also works in extreme weather conditions and dense overhead coverage typical of backcountry areas. Why does a camper need it? The original RECCO® technology was created for avalanche rescue. They hope their updated RECCO® SAR detectors expand to year-round search and rescues. Outdoor clothing brands for year-round adventures (like ORTOVOX) have started to include RECCO® reflectors in their gear: hiking …

Christmas Camper Accessory Wish List (Part 2) – Stocking Stuffers

With only a few days left before the holidays officially start. We’ve added the second part to our must have list of accessories for those camping enthusiasts on your list. Let’s be honest. Stocking stuffers are great ways to add that final touch for your loved ones and the ones that tend to be last minute. Here are a few that topped our list this year. Parks Canada Original Collection Parks Canada is celebrating it’s 150 anniversary in 2017. Visitors near and far will be able to gain access to all national parks for free next year. You can read all about that in one of our previous articles. In light of that, we had to include some Parks Canada Original Collection gear in our stocking stuffer ideas. We love the vintage look of these hats with the iconic Parks Canada logo. Shop all of the Parks Canada Original collection at parkscanadashop.ca.  Aerobie AeroPress The Aerobie AeroPress is a lightweight, compact coffee maker ideal for on the road in your camper. No cords or power required. Brews deliciously …

Kanzarchitetti Volta Faccia Cutting Board Modern Camper

Christmas Camper Accessory Wish List (Part 1)

It’s that time of year (we always say that). But seriously, it’s almost December which means it’s time to think thoughtfully about the gifts to give our friends and family. Of course this should have been on all of our minds for the past eleven months but hey, there’s no time like the present. So think deeply about the kind of gear you or your camper-loving, um, loved one would be as thrilled to have under the tree as they would a stay at that impeccable ocean-side campsite you’ve had your eye on (don’t worry, it’ll happen sooner or later, honey). For us, our camping gear wish list if full of practicalities and oddities ripe for a good go outdoors. They’re well designed, beautiful and just plain awesome. We hope you feel the same way. Claro! Lanters by TradeWinds  Never be stuck chasing your tabletop light into your neighbours campsite again. This beauty lantern from TadeWinds is both weighty – enough to stand up to the strongest of winds – and efficient with it’s 10-hour rechargeable …