Gear & Equipment

Another Family Tent: Mountainsmith Conifer 5 Takes Best Value Award

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Awww, don't you just want to vomit? Bobby and Angie get into the mood while demonstrating the size of the Mountainsmith Conifer 5 family-sized tent. Bobby's a six-footer.

Last week OutdoorX4 Magazine dropped the new issue and included a glancing review and comparison of six different basecamp/family tents. Months ago, the editor hit me up to join the team of reviewers and he charged me the responsibility of putting the Montainsmith Conifer 5 to the test. So, my little pony-tailed army of two daughters and a pretty wife lugged this sucker out to the forest for an autumn weekend of bike riding, chilling out under the trees, star gazing, and, of course, snuggling um, camping . . .

Cool Find: Patagonia Girls' Re-Tool Snap-T® Pullover

Patagonia Girls' Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover

There's a can-do philosophy that seems to characterize the brand Patagonia, no doubt an attitude forged by founder Yvon Chouinard, and it reflects well in this new pull-over fleece for girls. Meaning this: this synthetic fleece is composed of 51% recycled materials . . .

The 14 Best Basecamp Tents for Family Camping

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Sleeping to the mountain sounds while snuggling with your precious den of children and a lovely inamorata has few rivals for time well spent. Some summer nights I'd much rather go without the shelter and toss a bag on good ol' terra firma plus nature's own pine needles, but those opportunities are so few when camping as a family. So a tent it is. But which tent is the best for family camping? It's a harder question to answer than you might think. What's the criteria? Standing room? Waterproofiness? Painless pitch? Bang-for-buck? Space for adult hanky-panky? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. Right?

So, I think I've found them. Check out this gallery.

Cool Find: Patagonia Atom Sling Diaper Bag for Adventure Seeking Parents

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We've written about the wonders of sling bags for the ultimate outdoor adventure diaper bag before. It all started with the JJ Cole sling diaper bag because we owned one and loved it. Sadly you can't buy them any more. JJ Cole cut it from their product line and the only thing that soothes our heartache is our unrelenting quest for a similarly awesome, good looking, functional sling bag.

Well, we've stumbled upon some good news, and Patagonia's Atom sling bag scores some big points . . .

The Perfect (Home Made) Camp Table: for Kids and Cocktails

Not satisfied with what he could purchase in the store, Mark sets out with a vague plan (although an emotionally charged one) for constructing his own roll top camp table out of a nearly indestructible wood. Relying on the argument that it's for his daughter, he fools most; it's really a cocktail table . . .

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