The Outdoor Retailer summer market in Denver, CO showcased a variety of tools for all kinds of outdoor adventuring. We’ve put together a list of our favorites to help you get the most out of your hiking, camping, relaxing and exploring.
For a luxurious camping experience that maximizes your comfort while you’re under the stars, we picked out our favorite cooler, sleeping bag, and outdoor kitchen. If you are an environmentally conscious hiker, you will appreciate our recommendations for an environmentally sourced cooler and a plastic bag alternative. Or, if you need a reliable tool for lighting your way, we have recommendations for a durable headlamp and rechargeable flashlight. Not all of these award-winning products are available yet, but we have a few recommendations for alternatives to products that haven’t yet hit the market.
No matter your adventuring needs, you can expect to find a product that will help you get the most out of the great outdoors this summer. To learn more about our top picks from the Outdoor Retailer summer market, continue reading.
1. Best Travel Cooler
For keeping food and drinks chilled while you carry them to your destination, we recommend this cooler backpack from Pelican, which features a highly durable TPU exterior and generously sized compartments. The shoulder straps are well padded for long hikes, and the 14 liter capacity make this a well-equipped bag for a group of campers or backpackers.
2. Most Earth-Saving Product
Unlike styrofoam coolers, which can be difficult to dispose of and recycle, this affordable cooler is 100% biodegradable. With the ability to hold 12 cans with room to spare for ice and food, this is a great option for a day trip to the park or beach. Customers love the simple convenience this cooler offers and praise its ability to be reused by simply allowing it to dry overnight. The cupholders on top are useful, and the molded handles on the sides make this 16-quart cooler one of the best low-priced coolers available.
3. Best Flashlight
To save cost on batteries, a rechargeable flashlight is a great tool to have in your backpack. Though this flashlight doesn’t feature solar panels or crank power, its included USB cord allows you to charge the battery using another USB device, a wall outlet, or car outlet. The beam can reach an impressive 650 lumens, and the lightweight polymer case is IPX7-tested to withstand submersion in up to 1 meter of water.
4. Most Eco-Friendly Product
Plastic bags make up a significant portion of the world’s waste and are rarely recycled properly—however, these silicone Stasher Bags are not only reusable but also sealable, making for a convenient and environmentally conscious product. The silicone contains no BPA and is dishwasher and microwave safe, and it can reach up to 400° F. We love these bags as a way to simplify your storage and reduce your carbon footprint while enjoying the outdoors.
5. Best Sleeping Bag
True to its name, this sleeping bag is designed for temperatures as low as 0° F to keep you warm in brutal conditions. On top of that, the 550 fill DriDown is hydrophobic to maintain loft and keep you warm and dry in wet or humid conditions. We love this bag for its extremely roomy design, which is comfortable for taller and larger users. The stuffable design and three-pound weight of this bag make it ideal for backpacking.
6. Best Cooler
For a long-lasting cooler with excellent capacity and cold retention, it’s hard to beat the Yeti Tundra 45 cooler. While the price is far higher than much of the competition, customers praise its construction quality and simple design, which is available in a handful of colors. The interior capacity of 9.4 gallons is more than enough for most overnight camping trips.
7. Best Sunscreen
If you are concerned about allergic reactions to sunscreen, this hypoallergenic option from Badger is free of fragrances, parabens, GMOs, and other possible irritants. True to its name, there is no residue of any kind, and customers praise this product’s ability to prevent sunburn even after hours outside. In addition, this sunscreen is water resistant and the high content of organic ingredients make it fully biodegradable.
8. Best Metal Detector
For anyone looking to get into treasure-hunting, this metal detector is a lightweight and highly portable option that easily folds down into its convenient carrying case. The 10” search coil is waterproof, and according to customers, it can reliably identify items up to eight inches below ground. The 2.3-pound weight of this model means you can use it for hours without tiring, and we love how easy it is to carry with you wherever you go.
9. Best Headlamp
This sleek headlamp from Princeton Tec is a great way to navigate your campsite at night. With two beam output settings—200 lumens and 30 lumens—and easy controls, this is a reliable option for illuminating a large area or simply finding your way around a campsite without disturbing your fellow campers. With an expected lifespan of 200 hours, 8 hours of runtime on one set of batteries, and an IPX4 water resistance rating, this is a durable headlamp that works well on the trail.
10. Best Outdoor Kitchen
The Aioks—or All-in-one outdoor kitchen system—is an impressive tool that lets you dine as you would at home, with a two-burner stovetop and fold-out table capable of seating four. All of this weighs just 20 pounds thanks to the lightweight aluminum design, and the handle and roller wheels make it easy to transport. iKamper also offers a variety of accessories designed to complete your kitchen-in-a-box.
11. Best Hydration Pack
This hydration pack boasts the ability to keep up to three liters of water cold for four hours and leave seven more liters for storing other belongings. The hose is easy to attach or disconnect, making this a great option for a day hike.
12. Best Travel Hammock
This self-supporting hammock is a great way to relax and sleep at your campsite, and it can be set up on almost any level surface without the need for anchor points. With a sunshade, pockets, and a basket to hold belongings, this is a relaxing way to sleep under the stars. While taller people may find that their feet hang off of the end, most customers enjoyed the comfortable design of this sturdy one-person hammock.
13. Best Offroad Tent
An offroad tent is a great way to camp out of your car, and this clamshell design is one of the most luxurious options available. With an easy-to-transport rooftop design and spacious interior, you can expect to sleeping soundly anywhere you can drive to. We love the inclusion of the ventilation fans and interior LED lights. To top it all off, the wide windows provide a 240° view so you can rise with the sun.
14. Best Trail Running Shoe
When you’re trail running, proper support is crucial for both your safety and your form—with Tecnica’s Origin trail runners, you can get a pair of shoes custom-made for your feet. This is achieved through a molding process that takes about 20 minutes, using their custom adaptive shape (or C.A.S.) technology—this must be done in-store, but the result is well worth it. All of this comes at a surprisingly reasonable price tag, considering the quality components and process involved. Origin trail runners aren’t yet available, but we recommend the Solomon Speedcross 4 trail runners for shoes with extra-aggressive lugs for even the sloppiest of trails.
15. Best Outdoor Tripod
This travel tripod strives to reduce wasted space with a streamlined design that is the result of four years of testing and experimentation. Available in lightweight aluminum or carbon fiber, this tripod includes features like a locking ballhead for easily switching angles and convenient cam levers for quick setup and storage. Top it off with a 20-pound weight capacity, soft protective case, and included phone mount and you have a versatile tripod made for all kinds of outdoor photography and videography. Because this is a Kickstarter project, you will have to wait until December 2019 for delivery.