This lightweight backpacking tent is the perfect two-person shelter for the trail. Weighing in at under 5 pounds, the Marmot Aura Tent ($300) features DAC Featherlite NSL poles, near-vertical walls, and two doors for quick bear escapes. A big vestibule (man, that sounds dirty) keeps your boots and gear out of the weather.
When you're backpacking, a little weight can make a big difference. That's why the GSI Outdoor Dualist Cook System ($50) is so great. Picked as an Editor's Choice by Backpacker Magazine, the six-piece set includes nesting bowls and mugs, a crushproof Lexan pot lid that features a folding, locking handle and an integrated strainer, a self-standing sack that doubles as a sink or wash basin, and more.
A couple weeks ago, our friend Joel at Boing Boing Gadgets naively trekked into the New Jersey backcountry to survive off the grid for a couple days. To help get him through his technology addiction, he brought along the Brunton Solo 15 ($650), a rugged, rechargeable battery that can power any device you pack. Weighing in at 4 pounds, the Solo 15 offers a max of 77 watts that'll keep you Twittering and Flickring for days. There's also the Solo 7.5 ($373), which offers a little less power. Since there's no outlets in the woods, you'll need to also order a Brunton portable solar panel if you plan to stay AWOL for a while. Choose from the foldable Solaris 52 ($1,300) or the Solaris 26 ($620).
Just because you're camping doesn't mean you can't enjoy a quality drink. GSI Stainless Steel Barware ($10) lets you leave the fragile glass and crystal at home, instead enjoying your drinks from stainless steel margarita, wine, and martini glasses. Sure, they might not look as classy, but we're pretty sure the bugs, bears, and other outdoor creatures won't mind a bit. [Thanks, Chas]
Have some faux-arctic fun this summer on this 14' Iceberg Water Climber ($6,475). The enormous, floating inflatable iceberg features three climbable sides of varying difficulty and one side with a giant slide. It's made of commercial-grade 28-ounce DTEX PVC for extra durability.