Gear Review: REI Camp Kitchen

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When you’re bringing everything and the kitchen sink, you need a kitchen table, too. This sturdy popup model delivers four work surfaces for prepping, cooking, and cleaning up, and lends a homey feel to any campsite. An extendable pole holds a lantern and a roll of paper towels, a nylon pantry stocks plates and cups, and hooks keep utensils at the ready, making this a well-organized gourmet kitchen setup. When car camping with his family, our Colorado tester had to haul gear a half-mile into a walk-in site, but the convenient bag and compact size made the Camp Kitchen totable. The aluminum and steel materials are sturdy, but the plastic caps on the table legs and utensil hooks pop off easily, which means you might play a game of hide-and-seek searching for parts in the dirt.

> Price $139

> Weight 32 lbs.