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    Ken's Lake

    GATEWAY CITY: MOAB, UTAH

    Moab Few places provide such ready -- and varied -- outlets for all the adrenaline you can muster. Full amenities make launching into the wild convenient even for first-time visitors.

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes

    GATEWAY CITY: KANAB, UTAH

    Encounter the expansive Lake Powell in the sands of Lone Rock Beach. Camp among the granular dunes of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Explore Hog Canyon's classic slots no Vegas casino can match.

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    Ken's Lake

    GATEWAY CITY: MOAB, UTAH

    Moab Few places provide such ready -- and varied -- outlets for all the adrenaline you can muster. Full amenities make launching into the wild convenient even for first-time visitors.

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    Capitol Reef

    GATEWAY CITY: TORREY, UTAH

    Home to the towering Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey's tree-lined streets provide welcome rest from the rigors of hiking to the day-capping Sunset Point and the humbling scale of Chimney Rock.

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes

    GATEWAY CITY: KANAB, UTAH

    Encounter the expansive Lake Powell in the sands of Lone Rock Beach. Camp among the granular dunes of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Explore Hog Canyon's classic slots no Vegas casino can match.

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    Angels Landing

    GATEWAY CITY: SPRINGDALE, UTAH

    Encounter fellow travelers drawn to amphitheaters, alcoves and flows forged in Earth's early days found only in Zion National Park. Springdale itself sets the table for adventurers with cuisine both humble and sublime.

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CAMPING

  • The North Face // Talus 3 Tent

    Talus 3 changed the game for testers with a cornucopia of most-desired features in a tent still light enough to tote on the trail (6lb. range).

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Technology

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $248.95
    • CASH BACK: $27.38

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  • Eureka // Assault Outfitter 4

    Fourteen pounds of four-season basecamp dominance equaled mind-boggling storage pocket, venting, window and vestibule combinations to tune the tent including High/Low windows in each door.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Car Camping

    FEATURES: Durability

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $323.91
    • CASH BACK: $22.67

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  • Kelty // Granby 4 Person Tent

    Kelty’s Granby Four-Person tent is an excellent option for a quartet (strings or not) or a couple, two dogs and extra space for gear.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Car Camping

    FEATURES: Durability

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $399.95
    • CASH BACK: $28.00

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  • Big Agnes // Angel Springs UL2 Tent

    Big Agnes took their own lead with this one, improving on concepts that have evolved from Copper Spur and other Active Junky favorites.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $59.95
    • CASH BACK: $6.59

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  • Brooks Range // Tension Tent

    Brooks-Range Tension turned headlamp-enabled pitching sessions into easy work with plenty of room in the 30 sq.ft. shelter for two with full length, wider pads.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Backpacking, & Travel

    FEATURES: Technology

  • Sierra Designs // Lightning 2 UL Tent

    Our tester pulled into camp after midnight, and knew they would be switching sites in the morning, but the integrated rain fly and hubbed pole pitch made for speedy set-up, allowing her to crack the first beer and relax for the evening.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Fit

  • Sierra Designs // Mobile Mummy 800 3 Season

    Hard to describe short of a video, Mobile Mummy followed the wearer from tent to campfire to picnic table, shape-shifting to fit the moment.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $339.95
    • CASH BACK: $17.00

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  • The North Face // Furnace Sleeping Bag 20

    Rightly classified as a three-season model, F20 put Heatseeker synthetic on the underside to resist compression as restless, rolling testers discovered (packing volume was slightly elevated as a result).

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Technology

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $178.95
    • CASH BACK: $19.68

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  • Therm-a-Rest // Auriga Down Blanket

    With proper attachment via self-adhesive loops, Auriga rated solidly to the low 40s powered by 750-fill goose down.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Warm Weather Camping

    FEATURES: Fit

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $289.95
    • CASH BACK: $17.40

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  • Slumberjack // Timber Jill 20 Sleeping Bag

    Timber Jill 20 by SlumberJack is a cozy and comfortable rectangular bag without surprises or too much tech.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Car Camping

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $49.97
    • CASH BACK: $2.00

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  • Slumberjack // Timberjack 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

    Timberjack 20 by SlumberJack is a cozy and comfortable rectangular bag without surprises or too much tech

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Car Camping

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $69.95
    • CASH BACK: $4.20

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  • Selk'bag // Patagon

    Active Junky took the Patagon forward into testing and walked away (still in the Bag, part of the idea) convinced this one’s right for hut, basecamp and even travel use.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $258.95
    • CASH BACK: $18.13

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  • Therm-a-Rest // Neoair Venture WV Sleeping Pad

    Testers piped aboard the SS. NeoAir Venture to set sail for nights of 2” no- to low-slip comfort even in damp, breezy and cold conditions.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Technology

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $47.96
    • CASH BACK: $5.28

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  • Therm-A-Rest // RidgeRest Classic Sleeping Pad

    Made in Seattle and more indestructible than not, RidgeRest only lagged in the packed volume category versus far more expensive systems (meaning, it rolled to 25” x 8.5”).

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Durability

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $11.96
    • CASH BACK: $1.32

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  • Slumberjack // Haymaker Twin Airbed

    Haymaker Twin Airbed brings it all back and more. This one was not about surprises for car camping and cabin stays with top flocking and plenty of inflatable coils.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Car Camping

    FEATURES: Value

  • Goal Zero // Sherpa 100 Solar Kit

    With a 100 watt bolt-on inverter and matched Nomad 20 panel, this combination proved to be a summit-worthy team across Utah.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Off-Grid Activities

    FEATURES: Durability

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $359.97
    • CASH BACK: $14.40

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  • Brunton // Power System: Solaris 26 & Impel 2

    At 28oz., SOLARIS 26 is rated at 26 watts (12 volts/1600 mAh) and can be daisy-chained with other Brunton panels to put out an even bigger catcher’s mitt.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Off-Grid Activities

    FEATURES: Technology

  • Bushnell // Excursion HD Binoculars

    With about 10% more viewing area than others in its class, EXCURSION HD cut through overcast conditions in Colorado and Utah testing sessions to deliver the visual beta.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Wildlife & Route Scouting

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $209.30
    • CASH BACK: $10.47

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  • Braven // BRV-X Speaker

    With micro to mammoth models for training and travel, the Braven BRV-X made the cut as a right-sized group wave machine.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Travel & Outdoor Audio

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $229.99
    • CASH BACK: $4.60

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  • Gerber // Back Paxe II

    Hardened forged steel bathed in a low-friction coating saw the way clear through clean grained and gnarly logs with little need for restarts.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Technology

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $34.99
    • CASH BACK: $2.45

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  • myFC // PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger

    In recent field testing, myFC PowerTrekk delivered reliable recharging whether or not users got molecular thanks to a simple system.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Travel

    FEATURES: Technology

  • Blueant // Pump HD SportBuds

    Waterproof (really), microphone-equipped (expected) and wireless (of course), Pump HD suited impatient Active Junky wearers with fast charge times, extended source range, signal clarity and play time that approached the stated eight hours.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Technology

  • Kelty // Basecamp Kitchen

    There’s a time to boil water and call it dinner. Conversely, there’s a time to do food prep right when the group’s larger or the cuisine chromosome kicks it.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Car Camping

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $99.99
    • CASH BACK: $5.00

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  • Gerber // Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife

    More like a pioneer’s tool than dainty kitchen bling, the full tang blade Freescape came with heft enough to craft campfire kindling and dig tent drainage trenches.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Value

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $49.95
    • CASH BACK: $3.00

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  • Camp Chef // Everest 2-Burner Camp Stove

    Experienced outdoor travelers recognized the power of high-pressure burners legitimately rated at 20,000 BTUs each.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Car Camping

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $91.00
    • CASH BACK: $3.64

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  • Kelty // Flashback Lantern

    Spotlight and lantern in one, Flashback toggled between modes and brightness levels to transition from campsite commander to in-tent utility light.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $35.95
    • CASH BACK: $3.24

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  • Blackfire // Clamplight Lantern

    The manufacturer’s literature spooled out features and functions to last from dusk to dawn. All Active Junky knew was that this one belonged lakeside, on the dunes and in the tent.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $39.95
    • CASH BACK: $2.00

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  • Petzl // Tikka RXP Headlamp

    RXP’s premium features, programmability and radically different user interface (UI) cut through the pack in Utah’s canyons and campgrounds.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Technology

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $86.99
    • CASH BACK: $3.48

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  • Fenix // HP25 Headlamp

    The manufacturer pitched this one as “situation-specific lighting” owing to the HP25’s dual, independently controlled CREE LEDs.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Backpacking & Camping

    FEATURES: Features

  • Thule // Chasm 90 Duffle

    Thule rates this as a seven-day duffle at 90L, with smaller and larger sizes offered in the Chasm collection.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Style

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $144.95
    • CASH BACK: $10.15

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  • PacSafe // Camsafe® V3 Anti-Theft Camera Toploader Bag

    The AntiTheft Camera Toploader Bag gained tester attention simply based on the slashproof carrysafe strap reinforced by stainless steel wire, a favorite PacSafe material.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Travel, Camping, Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Features

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $130.00
    • CASH BACK: $7.80

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  • Chrome // Rolltop Excursion 37 Pack

    From pounding mountain thunderstorms to a surprise overnight 2” of snow, the R.E. guarded valuable gear while making nearly-instant access the norm.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Travel, Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $160.00
    • CASH BACK: $6.40

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  • Mountainsmith // Modular Hauler 4 Duffle

    MH4 replaced cryptic, crusty duffels and strap-tangled backpacks for streamlined transitions between vehicles and lodgings including hike-in tent sites.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Lifestyle, Travel

    FEATURES: Value

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $74.95
    • CASH BACK: $3.75

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  • Electric // Black Top

    By no means an "active" frame, the Black Top is probably more likely to preside over rooftop happy hours and urban longboard tours, but the Utah desert could not slow them down.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Eye Candy

    FEATURES: Style

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $99.95
    • CASH BACK: $10.99

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  • Esbit // Vacuum 500ml Bottle

    While the entire line-up carried stainless steel durability into car and campsite, the larger volume models performed the best in heat retention over time.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Lifestyle, Camping

    FEATURES: Value

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $18.73
    • CASH BACK: $1.12

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  • Slumberjack // Big Steel Chair

    Capable of taking on 325lbs., this chair’s comfort level was anchored in a steel frame (no kidding?) and a thick 600D polyester seat.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Lifestyle

    FEATURES: Durability

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $36.99
    • CASH BACK: $1.48

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  • Electric // DW01 SS Watch

    If you're looking for a watch with serious outdoor prowess that can seamlessly transition to a white tablecloth dinner, the DW01 answer the call on both ends of the spectrum.

    OVERALL RATING

    9of 10

    BEST FOR: Staying on Time

    FEATURES: Performance

    PRICE

    • STARTING AT: $450.00
    • CASH BACK: $36.00

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  • WeWOOD // Beta Beige Watch

    Usually you might be worried about bringing your watch along on a climb, but even with a few fist jams the WeWOOD scratch-proof mineral glass held strong and wiped clean of any scrapes or bruises.

    OVERALL RATING

    7of 10

    BEST FOR: Keeping up

    FEATURES: Style

  • ProBar // Meal Bar

    Venturing into Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest prompted Active Junky testers to onboard ProBar flavors including the Superfood Slam. Recent experiences with too dry, tasteless meal bars were replaced by a planet’s worth of nutritious ingredients glued together with easy-chewing formulations.

    OVERALL RATING

    8of 10

    BEST FOR: Camping, Climbing & Hiking

    FEATURES: Performance


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