Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Tent ($190, kelty.com): Did you think you couldn’t afford to by your baby (and let’s face it…you, too) a tent this year? Think again. Our test crew loves this spacious, stormproof, very backpackable tent. And at under two bills, you’ll still have money left over for to buy your mother something.
REI Flash 65($149, rei.com): Here’s another big ticket item with a shockingly low ticket. It’s super comfy, very versatile, and competitively light, which is why we gave it an Editors’ Choice Award this year ((link to review: ))) Read Our Complete Review.
Therm-a-Rest Neo Air ($120-$170, thermarest.com): Quite simply the most comfortable, sub-1-pound sleeping pad known to backpackers. Got a loved one who always complains about not sleeping well on a camping trip? Be a hero and bestow this pad. And check out this link to find out why we also gave this an EC Award. Read Our Complete Review.
Point6 Active Medium Cushion Crew ($18, point6.com): Our editors have been loving these all-merino, midweight socks, which are just the right weight for everything from summer hikes in Vermont to cool, fall 5-dayer through the Swiss Alps. The fit is refined and there’s no sagging or bagging, even after multiple days of continuous wear.