OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GEAR
BACKPACKS & BAGS
SEIBERTRON 37L BACKPACK
This backpack from Seibertron is sold as a motorcycle bag but is truly much more. As a motorcycle backpack, I have used this bag for over three years. Its large 37L volume allows you to pack everything you need for a short camping trip. With several straps and molle sections, I am able to fit clothes, food, tools, and even a small tent (and some beer of course). The great thing about this bag is its versatility. This is my go-to bag for long hikes or weekend camping. Even on shorter hikes, this bag is fairly light for its size and remains comfortable for the duration of the adventure. Its 55-inch waist belt is a life-saver for the heavier expeditions. I've rucked this bag through some very harsh condition for several years and it hasn't shown a single sign of tear, rip, or broken zipper. -Chris B.
$49.99 - SOLDIER TESTED, SOLDIER APPROVED
TENTS & ACCESSORIES
SMITTYBILT OVERLANDER ROOF TENT
This new Smittybilt Overlander tent takes offroad camping to the next level. This tent straps to the roof of your vehicle with relative ease and features a telescoping ladder that drops down for easy access in and out of the tent. These clearly cost more than your typical tent but there are huge safety benefits to being elevated off the ground. This next-level tent even comes with a sunroof, LED lighting, surprisingly comfy mattress, and is completely rainproof. This isn't for everyone, but for those that love spending time outdoors with your vehicle and appreciate a little comfort in your life -- this is definitely for you! - Chris B.
$879.83 - SOLDIER TESTED, SOLDIER APPROVED
WOLFWISE POP-UP SHOWER TENT
Many portable pop-up showers are on the market, but this is by far the most impressive from those which we have used or tested. For only $29.99, this lightweight and portable shower is the perfect solution for you multi-night campers. Offered in two colors, this shower stands at 74.8 inches which works great for most of us.....sorry tall guys. It is waterproof and UPF 30+ so it also can double as a temporary shelter and/or toilet. Smartly designed, this shower has a small attached bag for storage and a line for hanging towels. Amazing! - Chris B.
$29.99 - SOLDIER TESTED, SOLDIER APPROVED
GERBER "BEAR GRYLLS" FIRE STARTER KIT
I know, I know, Bear Grylls got busted spending a night in a hotel...but this Gerber and Bear Grylls fire starter kit was expertly designed and offered at a fair price. This kit uses ferrocerium and has been tested to provide you over 8,000 sparks. It's super lightweight and has an emergency whistle built into the lanyard. The laniard makes it easy to carry and mitigates the risk of losing it. To top it off, the kit is fully waterproof so you will be able to start an always-critical fire in the harshest of conditions. I have had some rough moments with cheap magnesium sticks in the past and this product is just superior to most. I won't go anywhere without this on my person.
$14.04 - SOLDIER TESTED, SOLDIER APPROVED
UV 50 MEN'S LONG-SLEEVE SWIM SHIRT
Okay, so if your next outdoor adventure involves the amazing combination of sun and water, I strongly suggest this long-sleeve swim shirt from Legend Rash Guards. Rated for UV-50 sun protection, this shirt exceeded my expectations while snorkeling in Hawaii. The intense Hawaiian sun wasn't able to penetrate the shirt, even after hours of snorkeling mid-afternoon. The shirt is tight-fitting. I generally prefer looser clothing, but the tight fit was absolutely perfect for swimming. Click learn more to see the other colors and sizes available! -Chris B.
$24.95 - SOLDIER TESTED, SOLDIER APPROVED
HISKYWIN WOMEN'S UPF 50+ LONG-SLEEVE OUTDOOR SHIRT
This is a great all-purpose UPF-50+ sun protection shirt for the outdoors. While I purchased this for the primary activity of snorkeling, it proved to be a comfortable solution to the pesky sun rays that are always out to get me. It is light, loose-fitting, and comes in several different colors. I spent hours, both in the water and out, on the beaches of Maui and was able to avoid any signs of sunburn. Swim shirts are generally tight-fitting, but the looseness of this shirt didn't inhibit my ability to swim and I love that I could wear it around town as well!
- Olha K.
$15.96 - SPOUSE TESTED, SPOUSE APPROVED