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Newest Canoe Gear For Weekend Adventures

Each year, Americans spends $120 billion on outdoor recreation products and services, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. That’s a whole lot of awesome new apparel, equipment, accessories and services. Of the hundreds of new products aimed at canoeists and campers this year, these are our favorites. Discover the coolest innovations for weekend road warriors.

Yeti Tundra 45

Though not new in the strictest sense of the word—the Tundra 45 actually debuted in 2008—we’ve yet to find a better cooler anywhere. Striking a balance between portability at 25 pounds and capacity at 26 cans, we won’t car camp without it. Sit on it, cast from it or sic a grizzly on it, the Tundra 45 is near indestructible. It also fits perfectly between canoe gunwales, ideal for family trips when keeping troops fed with real food is more important than being light and fast.


Duluth Urban Pack

An heirloom in the making, the Urban Pack has the gorgeous heritage qualities we expect from Duluth’s traditional bags. Spacious inside with two snap front pockets, you’ll find this versatile backpack perfect for adventurous getaways and daily commutes.


BioLite NanoGrid

By far the coolest lighting and charging system we’ve seen, BioLite’s NanoGrid is a compact energy hub. The main PowerLight is flashlight, mini lantern and USB device charger all in one. The daisy chain SiteLights provide the coziest network of customizable overhead lighting possible off-grid. Not even Pinterest can beat this.


Cabin Supply Co Decals

With a company mantra of embracing the spirit of the weekend adventurer, it’s no wonder that we immediately began sticking our shipment of Cabin Supply Co decals to anything that stood still long enough. Bumpers, boats, water bottles and babies—only these four decals were spared.


Fugoo Tough Speaker

“Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway!” Turned to 10, not even Steppenwolf’s heavy metal thunder distorted on the ultra-rugged Tough by Fugoo. Waterproof, with 360-degree sound and near-limitless mounting options, this Bluetooth speaker promises an impressive 40 hours of battery life. Most importantly: We love the way it can pound. Our neighbors? Possibly less so. 


Jetboil Genesis | Base Camp System

A rethink of the traditional camp stove, Jetboil’s new Genesis is both lighter and more compact than the rectangular heavyweights of your childhood, yet with all the desired flame control. Hello, perfectly cooked bacon. The two burners nest clamshell-style inside the included fry pan and five-liter pot. Attach a JetBoil satelitte stove for hot water fast. Hook up your propane canister and get cooking.


Freescape | Camp Kitchen Kit

Go gourmet in the backcountry. This cutting board with a storage drawer contains two chef-inspired, high-grade knives. Freescape’s Camp Kitchen Kit is so nice you’ll want to use it at home. A big plus for this unit is its built-in knife sharpener.


ThermaCELL | Repellant Scout Lantern

Dreading bug season? Get extra protection from ThermaCELL’s double- duty Camp Lantern. It provides 50 hours of light at its lowest setting, plus releases bug repellant, surrounding you in a 15- by 15-foot force field that keeps most mosquitoes, blackflies and no-seeums away.


Tenacious Tape | Gear Patches

Don’t let a rip in your technical gear send you into hysterics. Instead, embrace the fashionable home repair with these funky Gear Patches. Jackets, pants and even tents are easily repaired using an ultra-aggressive adhesive that won’t peel or lift. Available in black, neon colors or reflective, and in wildlife, camping and Yeti themes.


Alite Meadow Mat

Ahola! Imbue every picnic, beach afternoon and romantic evening under the stars with a little tropical flair. Easily packable thanks to permanently attached handles, this lightweight, waterproof mat has your butt covered on dewy mornings and after steamy rain showers. (And yes, it comes in more subdued and woodsy prints.)


This article was originally published in Canoeroots, Volume 15 • Issue 2. Read this issue.

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