New Hiking and Camping Gear for 2021

Gearing up for summer camping trips and hiking adventures? We’ve got you covered—here are just a few new gear items you’ll want to check out for 2021:

1. BUFF® Bucket Hat

Believe it or not, bucket hats were a hot trend in 2020—and a fashion report from Wear Next confirms they “aren’t going anywhere in 2021.”

Luckily for us adventurers, bucket hats are extremely practical. Unlike a standard baseball cap or truckers’ hat, bucket hats offer 360-degree protection, shielding your face, neck, ears and scalp from the pounding sun, whether you’re camping in the hottest weeks of summer or fly fishing in a nearby stream.

The BUFF® Sun Bucket Hat is designed with a wider brim for greater sun protection, ventilation holes for breathability and a smart bungee-chord cinch for the perfect fit. With UPF 50+ certified protection and an inner moisture-wicking sweatband, this is a comfortable, versatile option for sunny summer adventures.

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2. ’73 Originals Crewneck and Trail Pack

There’s nothing better than snuggling up around the campfire in a cozy sweater. I dare you to find a comfier option than the ’73 Originals Crewneck. High-quality and carefully detailed, the crewneck features a 3D-embroidered logo, reverse cover stitching on all seams and is made from 100 per cent ring-spun cotton. This creates a garment that is soft, warm, durable and ideal for chilly nights camping.

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How can you go wrong with a trail fanny pack? Once considered quite unstylish, these hip belt packs have made a comeback with Instagram influencers slinging them cross-body. Practically speaking, this fanny pack provides a plethora of pockets that make it easy to stash gear for a quick trail run, day hike or cycle. Similar to the crewneck, ’73 Originals opted for high-quality materials like tear-resistant CORDURA® fabric and YKK zippers. Plus, it’s made of 30 per cent recycled fibres.

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3. Sea-to-Summit Tents

Known for their camping gear and lightweight equipment, Sea-to-Summit released their first backpacking tent this year. A three-year, multimillion-dollar project resulted in two new lightweight technical backcountry tents, featuring a specifically chosen space-to-weight ratio, modern tent living, ventilation and climate control.

The Telos Model features a proprietary Hangout Mode™ allowing users to ‘Hang Out or Hunker Down’ in inclement weather, converting the rainfly to an open-air shelter for shade or weather protection.

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4. FORLOH Base layer system

New outdoors brand FORLOH (For the Love of Hunting) is 100 per cent sourced, designed and made in the USA. Most hunters hike, but only a few hikers hunt—so the designs are functional across the outdoor adventure spectrum, and now, they’re expanding into Canada.

FORLOH’s three-layer system was designed from “the skin out.” The base layer uses NASA-level technology to disperse heat. The insulation layer is a waterproof, breathable puffy jacket. The protection layer uses technology from an industrial HVAC system and used PVD to make it softer, quieter, waterproof and breathable. FORLOH has a lifetime warranty on everything they make, justifying the price tag.

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5. Pipamoka Camp Coffee Maker

Personally, I don’t really care what kind of coffee I drink when I’m camping, as long as it isn’t instant coffee. I was intrigued by the Pipamoka, the first nomadic coffee maker that uses a vacuum pressure to brew coffee anywhere.

It’s a strange contraption that comes in a handy carrying bag and stacks neatly within a travel mug. Within two minutes, you can be enjoying a fresh cup of pressure-brewed coffee in the great outdoors. It does take a bit of effort to extract the coffee from the hot water and the 10-ounce cup is slightly on the small side for me. But otherwise, it’s an innovative idea that doesn’t rely on single-use paper filters and may be the perfect companion for fussy coffee campers.

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Disclaimer: Some of these items have been provided for review.

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