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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009
We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.
Add water. Stir. Wait two minutes. Devour Cache Lake's Lemon Cream Pudding. Lick bowl clean. $3; serves 2; cachelake.com
Dog gear BOWL Guyot Designs' Squishy Bowl Pet is the dog version of the mashable, packable people bowl that earned Editors' Choice honors in 2007 (April). It's made of food-grade silicone, sits without spilling, and has rounded edges for easy cleaning. $10 to $20; 3 sizes; guyotdesigns.com
LEASH Ruffwear's Just-a-Cinch system auto-tightens when your dog charges that tempting squirrel; soon he'll learn to heel rather than yank. The 10mm climbing rope will last a lifetime, the webbing handle is comfortable, and a friction device prevents the collar from over-loosening. $20; ruffwear.com
PACK Here's a smart way to go ultralight: Let your dog carry his share. Ruffwear's Palisades is built with durable materials, and the load stays balanced, thanks to load-compression straps and onboard 1-liter water bladders that you can use to fine-tune weight distribution. Capacity (up to 1,098 cubic inches) is perfect for a weekend. $100; 3 sizes; ruffwear.com
Iron Chef, move over. Nothing beats the Lodge Logic Camp Dutch Oven for gourmet campground cooking. Make a roast sirloin, lasagna, or a pineapple upside-down cake–and earn undying gratitude from family and friends. $40-$175 (depending on size); lodgemfg.com