Camping Magazine Awards 2019 - The Best Accessories
BEST CAMPING INNOVATION
KAMPA AIR BREAK PRO 3 INFLATABLE WINDBREAK
First it was beds, then furniture and then tents. Now windbreaks have become the latest piece of camping equipment to get the inflatable treatment. And it’s not before time. If you’ve wrestled with a traditional poled windbreak you’ll know how tricky they can be to put up, especially if it’s already gusty. With the Air Break Pro you simply peg and pump. This is billed as the world’s first inflatable windbreak and it uses the same AirFrame inflation system and materials that you’ll find on Kampa’s tents. It’s sturdy and looks the part, with a PVC window panel that runs the full length. It’s available in three and five panel versions and comes in a carry bag.
OUTWELL PANORAMA CONCEPT
Inspired by the architecture trend for integrating indoor and outdoor living spaces, Panorama brings the approach to family camping, creating huge versatile living and sleeping spaces in tents that can be opened to the surroundings.
COLEMAN BATTERY GUARD TECHNOLOGY
The new BatteryGuard technology is a clever solution to an age-old camping problem. As soon as you switch off your torch or lantern the battery disconnects, ensuring there’s no chance of unexpected flat batteries.
BEST SLEEPING BAG/BED
ROBENS PRAIRIE XL SLEEPING BAG
The retro styling of the magnificent Prairie sleeping bag takes its inspiration from a traditional American bed roll or Australian swag bag but the materials and technology are definitely 21st Century. The MicroThermo insulation is sandwiched between a rough canvas shell and soft flannel lining to provide a really cosy night’s sleep. The detachable base layer doubles as a head rest and the whole thing can be rolled up and used as a carry bag. Not only will this look fantastic in your tent, but it would look great in a glamping set-up or even (heaven forbid!) in a campervan or caravan.
OUTWELL DREAMBOAT MAT
Available in 7.5cm and 12cm versions (and single or double), the Dreamboat is as comfortable as your mattress at home. A groundbreaking design feature allows you to regulate body heat retention by flipping the mat over to choose between summer and winter use.
THERM-A-REST VELA DOUBLE QUILT
Tipping the scales at just over 1kg, this down-filled double quilt weighs about the same as a bag of sugar. Use it instead of a sleeping bag with a mat when it’s not too cold or as a cosy cover when you’re sitting outside at night.
BEST TENT FURNITURE
ZEMPIRE STARGAZER CHAIR
Sturdy and super-comfortable, the Stargazer is not only a luxurious camping chair, perfect for relaxing at your tent day and night, but also incredibly practical. The padded extra high back provides lots of support and there’s a zipped opening at the top that allows you to stuff in a jumper or fleece to create a pillow. The built-in cup holder is fitted with an insulated surround to keep your drink cool and it all folds down into a carry bag with a shoulder sling, making it easy to fit in the car boot and carry to your pitch.
ROBENS KAYA CHAIR
Without any word of exaggeration, the new Kaya chair, with its light bamboo frame and soft-to-the-touch fabric, is one of the most stylish pieces of camping furniture we’ve ever seen. It simply looks stunning. and will add glamour to your camping set-up.
OUTWELL BERLAND TABLE
Another classy piece of Scandinavian camping kit from Outwell that marries tasteful good looks with technical know-how. The tabletop is made from Tetrameld – a tough, lightweight honeycomb composition comprising glassfibre, polypropylene and melamine.
VANGO HERITAGE CYCLONE 33 BACKPACK
Technical enough to use on the hills, but stylish enough for day-to-day use, the Cyclone is the best of both worlds – a potent combination of retro styling and contemporary technology. With more than 50 years behind them, Vango have plenty of history to draw on when it comes to new ideas and the Cyclone’s classic design reflects their rich heritage. Premium fabrics and components, along with the vented back system make it highly functional for use in the outdoors.
SNUGPAK ROLLER KITMONSTER CARRY ON 35L G2
The 35 litre Kitmonster from Snugpak uses waterproof tarpaulin and has wet and dry internal compartments, making it an ideal holdall for your camping gear. Grab handles make for easy carrying, while compression straps help pack everything as tightly as possible.
BERGHAUS REMOTE 30 BACKPACK
During the week this will hold all your work essentials, from packed lunch to laptop and gym equipment. And at the weekend fill it with everything you need to head outdoors. It boasts a breathable back system, hip-belt and adjustable straps as well as a host of internal and external pockets.
BEST CAMPSITE KITCHEN GEAR
OUTWELL DARBY GRILL
Barbecues are undoubtedly an important part of the summer camping experience. But there’s no denying they can be a bit of a faff – getting the coals lit and up to the correct temperature can take time and needs a little expertise. The Darby Grill removes all that. Plug it in to your camping electric mains unit, switch it on and you’re good to go. Not only is it easy to use, but it’s a healthier choice too. The ribbed pan lets you grill and fry food without oiland the excess fat can drain into the drip tray. The detachable lid doubles as a windshield and there’s an adjustable thermostat and spice holder to complete the package.
PRIMUS AERIL GRILL
Cooking over an open fire is the dream for many campers, but working out how to do it can be tricky. The Primus Aeril makes it easy. Made from stainless steel, it can be used with the included grill grate or standard pots.
KAMPA CHILLY BIN
A stylish passive cooler that can keep ice frozen for over four days. It comes in four sizes, including the vast 65L version which includes roller wheels, elastic retaining clips for storage, and a sturdy handle.
BEST CAMPING ACCESSORY
COLEMAN 360 LIGHT AND SOUND LANTERN
These days, the humble camping lantern needs to do a lot more than simply illuminate your tent. The innovative 360 Light and Sound lantern from Coleman combines the benefits of light with the power of music. It provides 360⁰ of unobstructed light with a powerful 400 lumen output and three light modes, so you can control the ambience. Bluetooth activates an integrated speaker with a play/pause button and volume controls, with no app required.
GP BATTERIES M-SERIES POWERBANKS
It’s vital to keep phones and other tech powered up during a camping trip and the compact M-Series, available in three capacities and five colour options, is a slim and sleek way to keep connected when you’re off grid.
OUTWELL CALETA AIR CON UNIT
After the sort of scorching hot summer we enjoyed last year, keeping cool in your tent is a priority, especially on muggy nights. The Caleta air con unit will lower the ambient temperature and can also work as a traditional fan.
BEST OUTDOOR CLOTHING
CRAGHOPPERS TREVISO JACKET
The Treviso jacket from outdoor clothing specialists Craghoppers is proof that great things really do come in small packages. The waterproof jacket packs away into its own pocket and is light enough to be stuffed into your backpack when the weather brightens up. It also features Craghoppers’ Odour Control and Zip ‘N’ Lock features – as well as an RFID pocket to protect your credit card or passport from scanners.
REIMA ANTI-MOSQUITO JACKET
Scandinavian brand Reima claim this is the world’s first anti-mosquito clothing for kids. As well as protecting youngsters from bites, the jacket is ideal for any outdoor activity, with a safe, detachable hood and water repellent and breathable fabric.
LIFEVENTURE WARM CHANGING ROBE
Comfortable to slip on after a shower or an outdoor swim, the robe is made from a lightweight but plush soft-feel fabric that provides instant cosiness when you put it on. It also has a fabric treatment that prevents the build-up of bacteria to minimise the risk of smells building up.
BEST OUTDOOR FOOTWEAR
ANATOM GLENMORE SHOES
Tested in the Cairngorms, for straight out the box comfort, these new shoes from Anatom are absolutely superb. The cushioned Vibram sole provides plenty grip on tricky ground but they’re smart enough to wear with jeans into town and are supremely comfortable whether you're on negotiating the hills, tackling a footpath or pounding the pavements.
The popular Belorado has been upgraded with Hanwag’s new TubeTec sole technology to give you the comfort of trainers and the performance of a walking shoe. The suede and fabric upper, keep your feet dry and comfortable.
OBOZ SAWTOOTH II LOW SHOES
Chunky soles give you loads of grip on tricky terrain when you’re walking on the hills. But these are incredibly comfortable shoes that are just as suitable for around the campsite or going to the pub.
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