High-end camping gear you need right now

If you think camping still has to involve moth-eaten sleeping bags, hot dogs roasted on stick and a compass with a broken needle, you’re sorely mistaken. Sure, these advanced (and admittedly expensive) camping splurges may not be necessary items, but they sure do make a stay in the outdoors easier and more comfortable.

Text by Chelsea Lin | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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May 13, 2013 10:39AM
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I agree. Most of the junk on this site is exactly that....junk. Stuff you see rich dweebs using from the silicon valley out for a day hike in Yosemite. But I gotta tell ya.....I own the Arcteryx Beta AR jacket and this thing is serious extreme. It will stop everything but bullets. So I do lean toward that Altra 65. Something you could take to the himalayas or Antarctica and have no worries.
May 13, 2013 10:19AM
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i used to love camping. propane lantern and stove. sitting around cooking dinner from the fish you caught on a fire with an old refrig. grate you got from old refrig. NOW!  i can't find anyone to go unless they have somewhere to plug in the hairdryer and I-phone. i'm  waiting to see how long it'll be before you can plug a 52 tv into your solar-charger to watch your favorite programs. funny how the power does out and the neighbors sit around bitching about the power being off. i go outside by my firepit, fire up the coals and and enjoy myself. sadly, camping is dead. 
May 13, 2013 10:17AM
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I AGREE WITH WILDLING, BUY CODY LUNDIN'S 98.6 KEEPIN YOUR **** ALIVE AND USE HIS SURVIVAL BAG ITEMS ALONG WITH A SMALL TENT AND A SLEEPING BAG AND A SMALL ALUM MESS KIT.  I HAVE PRAYED EVERY DAY THEY IMPEACH OBAMA. THE DAMAGE HE IS DOING IS GOING TO BE HARD TO REVERSE IF WE LET HIM CONTINUE THIS CURRENT PATH TO DESTRUCTION. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE FANCY WITH YOUR EQUIPMENT JUST SMART.
May 13, 2013 10:00AM
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what a stupid article!!
if your going camping you don't need that crap!
May 13, 2013 9:10AM
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You might want to look into bugging out instead of camping. So your best bet would be a bug out bag and tent and sleeping bag. With Obama as president for a second term this would be a very wise choice. Also with the weather being as extreme as it is and loss of power and people going bananas it might be best to avoid everyone for awhile. Go bug out in the woods, State Park or off the beaten path. Nevermind all this fancy expensive gear MSN is trying to sell you. Google, Youtube " bug out bag " you can either be prepared or be scared. I'll pick prepared.
May 13, 2013 9:05AM
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BACK PACKING??? Ever think about "bulk and weight" ...

have fun shopping... pick up a small air conditioning unit while you're at it... REI carries 'em !!

May 13, 2013 8:59AM
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I guess we should exspect the MSN Writers to think we "NEED" all this garbage.
May 13, 2013 8:56AM
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This is pretty sad. Don't folks know camping is about getting back to nature, not more gadjits?  No thanks, I don't need this crap.
May 13, 2013 8:38AM
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At least the article uses the word camping and not backpacking. LOL One would be hard pressed carrying almost any of the things listed in a backpack, even the fancy, overpriced one shown. This stuff is made for car camping, especially the tent, and the high tech gadgets, well, I always had a pocket radio

that had FM and Weather bands with me...it was tiny, had headphones so I could listen without disturbing others, and was about as high tech as I needed.

   I think that we have more here than camping supplies. These items would have a ready market with

survivalists, and the like. I should think they would be snapped up by these folks for bug out bags and retreats. This is a very large market, with lots of folks willing to spend a great deal of money on items they think would be useful in times of crisis.

May 13, 2013 8:37AM
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Camping with a cell phone and a usb plug? Get real. Today's generation wouldnt survive one night in the woods. These "me" generation babies should just rent an RV and go hook up at an RV park.

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