Gear Closet: Camping Classics

Pack up for a weekend outdoors with these vintage-vibed picks.

By Cindy Hirschfeld February 1, 2016 Published in the Summer 2016 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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The two-person, single-wall Tuolomne tent updates a 1970s design with today’s techy fabrics and large mesh side vents. $199,

Classic looks for camping gear are in style, as outdoor-oriented brands look into the archives for today’s new products. But there’s one key difference: thanks to better technology, these pieces outperform the originals that inspired them. Pack up for a weekend of car camping (try Lincoln Creek or the campgrounds along Frying Pan Road) with these vintage-vibed picks. 

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1  Local company O Loves M makes its totes, like the double-handled Molly with a 1960s-inspired print, from recycled yoga mats. $46,

2  The Hotbed Ember Camp Quilt updates the camping blanket with synthetic insulation and snaps at the bottom for closing it sleeping-bag style. $79,

3  Therm-a-Rest collaborated with heritage-inspired brand Poler for this foam-filled, comfy pillow. $30,

4  The roomy, zipless  Frontcountry Bed Twin combines a synthetic-filled sleeping bag and sewn-in quilt on top. $190,

5  The U.S.–made Kletterworks Flip Pack  revives a 1975 design—with a padded laptop sleeve. $199,

6  Midcentury artist Charley Harper’s graphics for the National Park Service embellish a line of lightweight wool tees. $85,

7  The handy Me & My Dog medical kit includes more than two dozen human and canine  first-aid essentials. $50,

8  Vuarnet sunglasses are back, including the original 1957 style, the 02, now with mirrored lenses. $205,

9  Sandal-strap remnants get a new leash on life. $10,

10  The classic Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad goes 21st century with the NeoAir Camper—a SpeedValve inflates it up to three times faster. $140,

11  In honor of the National Parks centennial, the propane-powered Northstar lantern comes in limited-edition retro colors. $65,

12  Royal Robbins reintroduces its classic men’s Billy Goat climbing short, circa 1975. $52,

13  Chaco’s limited-edition ZX/1 Colorado sandals share strap patterns with a pair of Topo Design’s vintage-style packs. $130, 

14  The stainless-steel Adventure Happy Hour 2X System includes a shaker, jigger, reamer, and two insulated rocks glasses for backcountry cocktails. $35,

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