Top gear picks by category – Here you can find the overall best gear, the gear with just the essentials, and gear for those on a budget. We’ve spent many hours of testing and research to bring you the best of the best camping gear within each of the three categories. Cheers!

Overall Best Gear

Top Gear Picks of 2021 Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews.
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Category considerations

Overall Best – The best of the best gear. Not only does this gear category have all of the essential items needed for a great camping trip it also has attributes like improved quality, additional functions specific to camping, and is overall better when compared to the other great gear choices available.

Best Essentials – What just want you need for camping and not the extra bells and whistles that often come at an extra cost? That’s what this gear category is all about. We find the gear with what is needed to make a good camping trip and then pick the best of those items.

Best Budget – Gear gear at a great price. For those of us that just need the gear to work and don’t want to spend an entire paycheck to go camping this is the gear to checkout. This gear is the best of the budget options available condensed into our top pick.

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