In a perfect, eco-friendly world, your favorite camping gear would last a lifetime. But if you’re looking to replace something before your next adventure, or the gift cards you got for the holidays are burning a hole in your pocket, keep reading. Product-wise, there’s a lot to look forward to in the year ahead. NEMO, for example, is making major updates to its bestselling sleeping pads. It’s also adding a new line of duffel bags that double as tote bags when they’re folded down. Meanwhile, in March, Sea to Summit will debut new top chef-worthy camp kitchen tools. Of course, there are plenty of new products – already on shelves – you can use for this season of winter camping. From YETI’s new stackable espresso cups to a Qi2 portable charger you can use to charge up your first USB-C-powered headlamp, here is some of the best camping gear for 2024.
12 New Game-changing Products From Your Favorite Outdoor Brands
1. YETI Stackable Mugs (Set of 2) – YETI
Late last year, YETI launched these game-changing mugs in two sizes, 4-ounce and 6-ounce, that are perfect for espresso aficionados. They come in core colors as well as limited edition colors like Camp Green and Cosmic Lilac, and they easily fit under most espresso machines. They’re also stackable so they take up less space. Most importantly, the dishwasher-safe vacuum-insulated stainless steel they’re made of is puncture and rust-resistant. Note: lids are sold separately.
2. Kids’ Reversible Ready Freddy Hoody – Patagonia
One of Patagonia’s new arrivals is a reiteration of its best-selling Reversible Ready Freddy Hoody. The new version of this versatile layer features Patagonia’s signature ¼-pile fleece on one side and a water-resistant quilted shell, made of 100% recycled material, on the other. It has rave reviews, although shoppers seem disappointed that it’s not available in adult sizes, too.
3. Black Hole Duffel – Patagonia
Although the beloved Black Hole Duffel been a mainstay since 2004, it’s definitely not stayed the same. Twenty years later, the newest collection is made from 100% recycled TPU which is the reason these bags now have a matte finish. They’re also better for the earth. While they’re extremely durable, if you have any issues, don’t worry. The brand’s repair center now has Black Hole replacement components. Get the 40L (available now) that doubles as a backpack, too. Or wait until August when Patagonia rolls out (literally) the first version of these duffels with wheels.
4. Ignik Refillable Gas Growler – Amazon
Ignik’s 5-lb. gas growler is great because it’s refillable and easy to carry. But if you don’t need that much propane and are looking for something more compact, you’re in luck. In March, the new Gas Growler 3.8 will be available, starting at $79, at Ignik.com and REI. It will hold 3.8 pounds of gas and is perfect for camp cooking for one.
5. Igloo Parks Project Packable Puffer – Igloo Coolers
In addition to rolling out new Trailmate coolers, Igloo recently released a limited-edition soft-sided cooler that pays homage to some of our country’s most popular national parks. Like the original Packable Puffer, it’s made of recycled plastic bottles and weighs just over half a pound. It can hold up to 20 12-ounce cans, and when it’s not in use, simply pack it down into its own front zippered pocket.
6. Sea to Summit Big River Dry Backpack – REI
While you’ll have to wait until March to see what Sea to Summit’s 2024 collection looks like (spoiler alert: it includes new camp kitchen equipment and sleep systems) it’s worth noting that the brand recently debuted the Big River Dry Backpack. It’s basically a waterproof dry bag designed to be worn, comfortably, on your back. The shoulder straps are adjustable and there’s a chest strap as well as a removable hip belt. Thanks to lash loops, it’s also easy to attach to watercraft, motorcycles, and even roof racks. At REI it’s available in two colors and two sizes: 50L and 75L ($199).
7. Kelty Caboose 4 Tent – Kelty
One of Kelty’s newest tents, this aptly-named model creates a convenient breezeway between your camp bedroom and the back of your car. It’s basically a 62-square-foot 4-person tent that comes with a removable extended awning. If you don’t want to attach it to your rig, no problem. It comes with stakes and can serve as a conventional vestibule, too.
8. NEMO Aurora Tent – NEMO
If you’re looking for a lighter tent, consider the updated NEMO Aurora which is one of NEMO’s most highly anticipated products for 2024. Unlike the old Aurora, this new model is made of fabrics that feature fewer chemicals. It also now comes with premium aluminum hubs to maximize strength, and instead of a traditional stuff sack, you get the new Divvy Cube™ (which is easier to pack). The two-person model weighs under 6 lbs. And the 3-person model weighs under 7 lbs.
9. CLIQ Riviera Chair – CLIQ Products
The new CLIQ Riviera Chair is a sturdier, more stylish upgrade to the best-selling CLIQ Portable Chair that has more than 4,500 five-star ratings on Amazon. Unlike its predecessor, which has a nylon seat, the Riviera’s seat consists of a high quality stain-resistant canvas designed to last for years (it comes with a lifetime warranty) despite prolonged exposure to the elements. The removable seat is machine-washable, and the telescopic legs ensure that the entire chair collapses down to be about the size of a water bottle. It weighs just six pounds but can support up to 400 pounds.
10. BioLite Alpenglow Mini Rechargeable Lantern – Amazon
Don’t underestimate this new little weather-resistant lantern just because it’s only about the size of an apple. It boasts 150 lumens (that’s enough light to look for a needle in a haystack at night) and up to 40 hours of run time. When it needs to recharge, simply plug it in using the USB cord that comes with it. The Alpenglow Mini also comes with a bungee which makes it easy to attach to a tent pole or tree branch, and it features four lighting modes, so you can enjoy a variety of ambiances.
11. Black Diamond Deploy 325 Headlamp – REI
Tired of buying AA batteries for your headlamp? Invest in the new Black Diamond Deploy 325 which charges via USB-C cable and has a battery light indicator so you always know how much juice you have left. On low, the headlamp can run for an impressive 30 hours. Since it’s designed for running, it’s also ultralight and doesn’t slide down like other headlamps.
12. Anker MagGo Power Bank – Amazon
Anker, the brand behind the best-selling charger with nearly 70,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, made waves at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show with this new ultrafast charging Qi2 power bank. Because it’s a Qi2 charger, you can charge your phone while the device itself is charging. It’s also foldable, so not only is it extra compact, but you can also use it as an adjustable phone stand for those Zoom calls you can’t get out of just because you’re camping. The only downside is that it’s not compatible with Androids, just iPhones.
Katie Jackson is a writer and media specialist based in Montana’s Big Sky Country. Living and working everywhere from New York to Nicaragua, Katie is no stranger to adventure. When she’s not traveling the world (or writing about it!) she’s busy chasing after a Leonberger named Zeus. Follow Katie’s travels on Instagram @katietalkstravel.