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You don’t need a lightweight chair or an electronic mosquito repeller to go backpacking. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t want them. These four products will elevate your next trip.
REI Co-op Flexlite Air
Everyone likes the idea of a camp chair, but no one likes packing one. The Flexlite Air is one of the lightest camp chairs available. A center aluminum pole improves stability, so there was no tipping on Aravaipa’s soft clay or loose pebbles.
FRONTIERSMAN Insider Bear Safe
Bear canisters have looked the same for decades, so this new model caught our attention. It’s tall and thin in shape—rather than the usual squat, keg- like profile—which facilitates packing and provides a better center of gravity.
Only the most zealous ultra-lighter forgoes camp shoes altogether. For the rest of us, here’s the next best thing: camp socks. Skinners have a plastic polymer coating on the sole and not much else; they weigh only 6 ounces and fit anywhere in your pack.
Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent 2.0
Hiker enemy number one: mosquitoes. Our new first line of defense: the Radius 2.0. With the push of a button, this hand-size device continuously mists capsules of odorless metofluthrin into the air across a coverage area that Thermacell pegs at 110 square feet—big enough for your camp kitchen.