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CAMP National Park Collection Sunglasses

CAMP National Park Collection Sunglasses

April 22 through April 30 is National Park Week — an annual celebration of public lands, cultural heritage, and outdoor recreation. To commemorate “America’s Best Idea,” CAMP eyewear launches a series of limited edition frames ($79) inspired by four beloved and iconic parks: Arches, Joshua Tree, Glacier, and Crater Lake.

While all four frames have the same shape and specs, each has a unique color scheme to match the landscape of its associated park. The Glacier shades are a deep blue and the Arches shades a dusty reddish brown. For every frame sold, CAMP will donate 5% to “local non-profits working to support each of the four parks recognized in the collection.”

Danner x Mystery Ranch Hiking Pack and Shoes

Inspired by the deep-layered sunsets of Mystery Ranch’s home state of Montana, this midsize hiking pack looks as good as it functions. The Scree 32 ($229) was designed in collaboration with heritage hiking boot brand Danner, and it arrives alongside the Trail 2650 Mesh GTX shoes in a limited edition capsule.

Presumably, Mystery Ranch made the pack, while Danner tackled the shoes. Still, both products proudly don both brand names as a symbol of their “shared values of quality, comfort, durability, and performance.”

As for the pack, a three-zip design allows quick entry to the main pocket, and a removable waistbelt and reinforced bottom panel come in handy for hauling heavy loads.

First Lite Tempest Hunting Vest

First Lite Tempest Hunting Vest

First Lite is owned by the brand Meateater, so it’s no surprise that its apparel is designed for hunting and fishing. The new Tempest Vest ($175) — a lightly insulated outer layer for bow and rifle hunters — is no exception.

Lightly insulated with a “windproof” face fabric, the Tempest should come in handy in late deer hunting season when temps begin to drop. It’s available in all the right colors and patterns, including hunter’s orange and a dense foliage camo.

HOKA Kids’ Collection

HOKA Kids' Collection

In recent years, HOKA’s popularity has blossomed like Death Valley after a spring rain. Runners everywhere are rocking HOKAs, and the trend is fully justified. We’ve tested some HOKA Speedgoats 5s and loved them, and now your kiddos can too.

Now, in exciting news for young running enthusiasts, HOKA drops a kids’ line of its most acclaimed models. The Speedgoat 5 ($110), Clifton 9 ($110), and Ora Slide 3 ($50) are all now available in youth sizes 3.5 to 7. All three models are based on blueprints of their parent models — with slight tweaks to make them more youth-friendly.

Eddie Bauer Downclime Parka Sleeping Bag

On frosty campground mornings, I’d happily trade my life savings for 5 more minutes in my sleeping bag. Now, with Eddie Bauer’s part onesie, part sleeping bag (sold separately), there’s no reason to fully emerge from the sacred chrysalis of warmth. Instead, simply unzip the low half and go about your day — cozy core temperature intact.

Eddie Bauer isn’t the first brand to develop a parka that zips directly into a sleeping bag. Still, the Downclime system ($928) might be the warmest and loftiest product of its kind in existence. With 800-fill power and a temp rating of -35 during “moderate activity,” the Downclime’s stats look well suited for far-flung expeditions.

While this two-part bag is capable of withstanding extreme temps, that’s not its only function. For weekend warriors who resent the claustrophobic feeling of trapped arms, the Downclime offers a perfect solution. You can toss and turn in this puffy ensemble without the restrictive nuisance of a narrow mummy bag.

Dometic Camp Heater

Dometic Camp Heater

Mild summer nights are on the horizon, but the icy chill of a long, dark winter remains fresh in our memories. Winter camping offers grounding exposure to the natural world and the satisfying challenge of staying warm against the odds. Innovative tools like Dometic’s Camp Heater electric seat pad ($80) can offer immense value when temps take a dive.

Powered by USB-A, USB-C, or any 12V outlet, the Camp Heater pairs easily with a power bank for on-the-go heat. It has three simple heating modes, and it folds down into a petite pouch. From the campfire to the soccer field sidelines, the Camp Heater turns any chair into a luxury toasty throne.

NEMO Forte Recyclable Sleeping Bag

NEMO Forte Recyclable Sleeping Bag

NEMO’s lofty new sleeping bag comes with an even loftier claim: According to the brand, the men’s and women’s Forte bags ($220) are 100% recyclable. When this sleeping bag reaches the end of its life, users can send it back to NEMO to be reprocessed into new items.

To achieve complete recyclability, NEMO crafted the Forte from a “single polymer material family.” It’s the first product in the brand’s Endless Promise series, a key step toward NEMO’s goal to cut “emissions intensity” in half by 2030. The Forte is available in men’s and women’s styles, with temperature rating options of 20 and 35 degrees.

HEIMPLANET Inflatable Tent

HEINPLANET Inflatible Tent

This peculiar tent looks like the ideal venue for an impromptu silent disco at Burning Man. That isn’t the case, but it’s still totally funky.

HEIMPLANET makes inflatable tents. This German-made geodesic dome is entirely supported by an air-filled exterior frame. The brand makes a variety of models, but the pictured CAVE Classic ($1,049) is the most eye-catching of the lot. According to HEIMPLANET, the CAVE is “extremely stable, weatherproof, and durable.”

To set up the CAVE, any manual or electric pump will do once fitted with the included adaptor. The blowup frame is chambered, so a rupture of any one segment shouldn’t cause the entire structure to collapse. If reliable shelter is your priority, the CAVE seems like a risky design. But hey, it’ll turn some heads.

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