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How to Choose a Tent

There is no best tent, but click on our tent choosing infographic and we’ll help you choose a great tent. Just click on the image below to make it large enough to read. Why There isn’t One Best Tent At Rugged Indivi...


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Best Duct Tape

In our testing Gorilla tape is the best duct tape.  It is sticky and tough on an amazing number of surfaces. Introduction There is an age old argument about what is the most useful thing for makeshift camping repairs.  Bailin...



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Best Large Headlamp

The Fenix HP11 is the best large headlamp for most people based on our long term testing and abuse. Introduction In our best small headlamp review we stated that the Fenix HL21 is the best headlamp for most people.  We stick b...


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Best Hatchet

I don’t remember a lot of books I read in school growing up.  One I do recall in vivid detail is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.   In the book a young boy crashes in a plane in the wilderness of Canada with nothing but his wi...



North Face Base Camp Duffel

Best Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp Duffel is the best duffel bag for adventure and travel.  It is nearly waterproof and as tough as woodpecker lips. Let’s face it, that roller suitcase you take with you on planes just isn’t ...


Bullfrog Marathon Mist

Best Sunscreen

The best sunscreen for most people is the Bullfrog Marathon Mist. In our long term testing it outperforms everything else. May 21, 2014 – Updated to include information from latest Consumer Reports lab testing and alterna...



Snow Peak Spork

Best Spork

The Snow Peak Titanium Spork is the best Spork and the best eating utensil for most people on the go.  To come to this conclusion we did long term testing of a large variety of cutlery and researched others experiences to be s...


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Best Thermos & Insulated Water Bottle

The Hydroflask 40oz widemouth is the best Insulated Water Bottle and also the best Thermos out there for most people.  It has a great combination of durability, performance, and affordability. For most occasions to carry liqui...



UL Super Spiral #1

Best Sleeping Bag

The Montbell UL Super Spiral #1 is the best sleeping bag for actually sleeping in a range of conditions based on extensive reviews and long term testing.  It offers the best combination of comfort, weight, quality, and value o...


Best Camping Hammock

Best Camping Hammock

The best camping hammock based on our research and field testing is the Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe ASYM ZIP. I have completed extensive research and field testing of many of the leading hammocks in this category focusing ...