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Best Camping Gear for Alaska 2018

Light My Fire MealKit 2.0
www.lightmyfire.com
This is an excellent kit for use when setting up a spike camp. This meal kit is light and compact. It contains an efficient set of small containers and a spork. They are conveniently packed together as one unit. Easy to use and clean, a collapsible drinking cup with sipping spout is included and was much appreciated. This is a durable and lightweight set, perfect to include for meals on the go.
Hilleberg Kaitum 4 GT
www.us.hilleberg.com
We love this tent. It’s very spacious with lots of head room and will sleep four. We fit two adults and four kids under 11 in it. It’s got two vestibules for lots of gear storage, which we need, and also two doors, adding convenience. We like that it is lightweight—about 10 pounds—for the size of the tent and that it is rugged and will handle most weather conditions in which we find ourselves fishing and hunting.
Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner
www.seatosummit.com
This sleeping bag liner is soft and warm and retains heat for an extra layer of warmth while camping. Our tester appreciated the light weight and that it feels comfortable against the skin. It’s compact and easily packable.
Power Practical Luminoodle Light Rope
www.powerpractical.com
The Luminoodle is the perfect addition to your fall hunting and camping gear. The light rope is lightweight, completely flexible and plugs into any USB power source—then you just hang it, drape it or stick it almost anywhere.
Slumberjack Borderland 0 Sleeping Bag
www.slumberjack.com
This bag is comfortable and warm. External Velcro tabs combined with dual zippers allow you to use your arms outside of the bag without unzipping it. It incorporates a full-length dual zipper which improves ventilation, and draft tubes along the zippers to keep out the cold. It’s a good performer at a modest price.
Jetboil HalfGen Basecamp System
www.jetboil.com
We’re awarding the new HalfGen for its simplicity and performance. Users can expand this modular system depending on the amount of food you need to cook. The single 10,000 BTU burner with full simmer control and the pan that came with it worked well for groups of 3- to 4 people. We appreciate the space-saving and organization—the HalfGen is designed to nest together in a convenient carry case. A standard 16.4-ounce propane bottle is used to fuel the HalfGen.
Big Agnes Three Wire Bivy
www.bigagnes.com
Our tester appreciates the head room not commonly found in a bivy. The design is focused on breathability combined with moisture management and that extra 20 inches of creature comfort at the head end. There are certainly more minimalist bivy bags out there but at less than two pounds it is generally worth the slight amount of more weight for the features it delivers.
Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai
www.backpackerspantry.com
As frequent hunters and anglers we get tired of the same old beef stroganoff and mac and cheese. Pad Thai by Backpacker’s Pantry offers something different with lots of flavor and a meal that sticks to your ribs. Make sure to boil the water and let it stand like the package says. It’s a great alternative to the same old options and it’s a best-selling item for Backpacker’s Pantry for a reason. The meal is 440 calories per serving with 18 g of protein and two servings per bag.
Coghlan’s Bungee Clothesline
www.coghlans.com
Lightweight and convenient, and requiring no hanging pegs, this clothesline makes an excellent addition to any basecamp, ensuring you have somewhere to hang gear to dry.
Kicker Bullfrog BF400 Bluetooth Music System
www.kicker.com
The BF400 is packed with power, has speakers on both sides of the unit, a built-in FM tuner, AUX jack and charging USB connection, while also featuring a Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet. It’s also very water resistant with its IP66 rating. Having one of these along can turn an evening at the campfire into a party. Our testers love this outdoor speaker.
Platypus 1L Meta Bottle with Microfilter
www.platy.com
Our tester liked the option of storing regular drinking water or attaching the filter to refill in the field as needed. The flow rate is slow, as to be expected when filtering water. Overall it’s a good option to have to keep drinking water filtered and safe.
Coghlan’s Extendable Fire Poker
www.coghlans.com
This is the best fire-poker our field tester has ever used. It’s very sturdy and is extendable.
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