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The 12 Best Outdoor Products of Summer 2021

Prep for all kinds of warm-weather adventures with our favorite hiking boots, cooler, multi-tool and more.

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This story is part of the 2021 Summer Gear Awards. To see the full list of winners, click here.


When it comes to purchasing adventure gear, you’ve got to weigh not only cost, but true value. Because unlike stuff you have around the house, you literally can’t afford to grant real estate to products that don’t deliver. It’s with that ethos that we have curated the following guide, which rounds up a bunch of our favorite outdoor products, items that more than justify the price tag and the space they take up in your vehicle and/or on your back. Happy trails.

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best hiking sandals
Chaco Z/Volv 2
best hiking boots
Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX
best camp blanket
Kammok Bobcat 45°F
best sun shirt
Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Hooded Shirt
best beach towel
Land's End Rugby Stripe Beach Towel
best cooler
Igloo MaxCold Cooler 70 Qt
best camp chair
Helinox Chair One
best backpacking pack
Osprey Talon 22
best tent
Big Agnes Tigerwall UL 3 Solution Dyed Tent
best camp stove
MSR WhisperLite International Backpacking Stove
best rain jacket
Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket
best multi-tool
Leatherman Bond
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