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We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.
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Add water. Stir. Wait two minutes. Devour Cache Lake’s Lemon Cream Pudding. Lick bowl clean. $3; serves 2;

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;

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;

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;

Dutch oven
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);

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