Spending time outdoors and roughing it don't necessarily have to be synonymous — in fact, you can get by pretty comfortably so long as you have the right gear. The Cabela Ultimate Alaknak Tent ($1,500) — at 13 by 27 feet — probably has more space than your cramped studio apartment, so you may decide to never head home after your next hunting or camping trip. Ten sturdy tent poles help support the rugged waterproof polyester tent cloth, fending off the elements even on the wettest, windiest nights. The tent sports an attached awning that's perfect for hanging out around your camp, while interior fold-down shelves and storage pouches give you plenty of room for small gear. Enough capacity to sleep 11 of your closest friends, three multi-panel windows, and the ability to accommodate a full-size wood-burning stove make this tent the next best thing to home.
When you're out in the field hunting game, you need every tool at your disposal if you want to do your best work — and the Gerber Myth Kit ($500) has you covered. With over a dozen tools, this kit includes everything you'd need for caping and dressing a range of game, for all locations and seasons. The included case unsnaps at the top, folding out letting you easily access your tools. Elastic lipped pockets hold each of the tools, including a field dress kit, a pocket folder, a folding saw, a drop point knife, a sheath knife, several lights, and more.
We know it's tough to think about anything beach-related in the dead of winter, but if you're lucky enough to live somewhere not covered in snow, or you have the means to escape it, then the Surfboard Grooming Kit ($129; limited edition of 25) might be right up your alley. So pack a bag, grab your board, and get it in good working order with this convenient little kit. Containing everything you need to care for your surfboard — including a Bronze and Brazilian Lapacho wax comb, a black cotton cloth, a bar of wax, and a bottle of methyl hydrate — this kit secures into its wooden carrying case, letting you take it anywhere you find a decent wave.
You know how important it is to protect your head when you hit the slopes, but you also know how tough it can be to find space in your bag to pack a bulky helmet. All too often this means you leave it behind to make room for other gear. But with the Carrera Foldable Snow Helmet ($TBA) you don't need to sacrifice safety for the sake of packing light. This unique helmet is able to collapse down to small, portable pieces thanks to its flexible frame and foldable external components. Full surface ventilation, an elastic fitting system, fabric that wicks moisture away from the head, removable lining and ear pads make it as comfortable and warm as it is convenient. Available in a range of great-looking colorways, it's pictured in leather with a carbon fiber center panel.
Remember the hippies who placed flowers into the barrels of National Guardsmen's rifles in protest of the Vietnam War? Well, the Shotgun Flower Shell ($TBA) is somewhat similar in concept — instead of ammunition that takes life, these ones spread it, in the form of a harmless flower seed. It's essentially a 12-gauge shotgun shell, every bit like any shotgun shell you'd typically shoot, only instead of shot, this one is packed full of flower seeds (choose from poppies, peonies, cornflowers, sunflowers, lavender, sweet pea, and about half a dozen others). Using it is simple, just load up your shotgun, point it at the ground, and shoot.
Snowshoeing is probably not everyone's first choice for an exciting winter sport, but that may be because they haven't done it with Fimbulvetr Snowshoes ($450). Constructed from Dupont Hytrel, a thermoplastic elastomer known for its combination of flexibility and strength, these snowshoes use a honeycomb pattern to help them flex naturally, while evenly distributing your weight over the snow. An all-direction hinge, lightweight construction, comfortable bindings, and steel Fenris crampons make walking almost as easy as it is on normal terrain, while providing a great fit and feel. And if that still doesn't get you excited about snowshoeing, you should at least get excited about not having to trudge through a foot or so of snow this winter.
This winter you won't need a non-caloric silicon-based kitchen lubricant to achieve sledding speeds in excess of 40 miles an hour — all you need is the Snolo Sled ($2,550). With a mono shell made entirely from carbon fibre, it features a contour-molded seating area perfect for your lower body, with a foam-padded seat and a back rest to keep you comfortable. With a single ski in the front, and two skis in the back (also made from carbon fibre), you can really fly down the hill, all while maintaining the maneuverability you would expect on a snowboard. Just be warned: this isn't your grandpa's sled, and at 40 mph, you could do some serious damage to your part.
Luxury doesn't have to be complex, in fact, it can be quite simple — the Dutchtub Wood ($6,600) gives you all the opulence of a hot tub, without all the intricacies of plumbing and electricity, letting you have a hot tub anywhere you have the space. With an interior made from high-quality polyester, and the outside made from preserved wood, this tub is weatherproof, and lightweight (so light that two people can easily lift it). It also functions simply, using a wood-fired stove to heat it, and natural circulation to move the water through a stainless steel coil. And if the look of wood isn't quite your thing, there's always the original Dutchtub, with all the simplicity, and none of the rustic appearance.
Chances are you've been there — setting up a tent in a storm, in the dark, after a long drive, or a day of hiking — when the last thing you want to do is bother with clumsy poles. The Kelty Mach AirPole Tent ($300) eliminates the frustration involved with setting up most tents, thanks to its inflatable AirPoles. All you need to set it up is the included dual-action floor pump, which lets you set the tent up in under a minute. That way you can do what you really want to do: get comfortable and relax. The tent accommodates four campers comfortably, easily deflates when it's time to pack up and go, and has plenty of useful features like a vestibule, integrated rainfly, and double zippers.
There are plenty of ways to keep warm on a chilly night of camping, but the Alite S.H. Sleeping Bag ($120) — even though it's rated to 20 degrees fahrenheit — was made with one particular method in mind. Designed to allow the sleeper to easily zip one or more bags together, these bags were made for you to have sex in (we'll just let you guess what the S.H. signifies). But, that's not all they're good for. In addition to the zippers on either side, these bags also feature a center crotch zipper, padded feet, and built-in fleece slippers so you can open them up at the legs and walk around while wearing them. Arm holes let you free your appendages up for a wide range of motion, while a drawstring hood lets you cinch things down tight.
Never be stuck without a fire with Tinder On A Rope ($8). Made with all natural, high resin content Pino de Ocote fatwood pine, this stick measures roughly six inches long by one inch square, and promises to supply an extremely hot flame, with the ability to light even when wet. Simply scrape off enough to get your fire going, and keep the rest for the next time you need it — an action which is made easier thanks to the attached lanyard. If only all "On A Rope" products were this useful.
Few products that are truly useful in the great outdoors also offer utility back at home — but Looprope ($20-$50) is one of the happy exceptions. Made from 1/4" heavy duty shock cord, this flexible cargo tie down system features multiple built-in flexible attachment points, letting you use it for everything from securing cargo to hanging lights, supplies, or pretty much anything else you can think of. Each rope also comes with two stainless steel carabiners for securing the rope itself, and holds up just fine in a washing machine — letting you use it for even the dirtiest of jobs without hesitation.