Weekend Retreat

Seven goods to get you off the couch and into the great wide open this summer.

Spring sunset in the Wasatch, Utah. Photo: Jon Kiraly

There are plenty of things to do outside when you can't snowboard. Just grab some friends, head out into the woods, and spend some time away from the grid. But take it easy there Bear Grylls, you're not going to be trapping game or eating wild mushrooms right away (seriously, do not eat any wild mushrooms). Pack a few of these items and you'll have a much better time.



Crazy Creek Original Chair ($50)

These guys are based out of Red Lodge, Montana, and make some quality outdoor gear. This chair is the OG of the line, just a regular folding seat done right. Good cushioning, proper back support, adjustable straps, and it folds flat for packing.


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The North Face Rock 32 ($230)

You don't want to sleep in the car (you could, actually, that's totally fine). This one from The North Face sleeps three, or you could lay out and keep it to yourself. There's plenty of room for all your crap with dual vestibules outside both doors, plus the overhead gear attic for all the small stuff. It's super easy to set up, just two poles in an X fashion for the main body, with an additional one for the front entryway. It's a three-season tent, which means you'll be good to go through the fall.




Burton Lil' Buddy ($100)

Put on edge by the sound of silence? If you're one of those folks, tunes can be a lifesaver. Even if you're the woods type, a little music is always pleasant. This little speaker system from Burton also happens to be a cooler, big enough for a twelve-pack with ice. You could probably put food and water in there, too.


Poler Napsack ($130) & Headlamp ($20)

Humans can't see very well at night. An easy solution to this dilemma is a headlamp. You attach it to your head and boom, night vision. Poler makes one that runs on batteries. It's pretty darn good.

And then there's the Napsack. A truly great addition to any nap. This down filled snuggy is the perfect summer sleeping bag, think about it: you can walk around, you can use your arms, and there's ample ventilation. There's also a hood and plenty of pockets for raisins, craisins, nips, and fruit leather.


Coleman PerfectFlow 2-Burner Stove ($55)  

While you wouldn't haul this one deep into the woods on a backpacking trek, it's perfect for the weekend car camp. Two burners to fry up that camp gourmet, packs in the car well with its enclosed, square shape, and it's pretty light for a full on stovetop. You can find universal Coleman gas cans at nearly every convenient store in the country, so finding refills along the way is easy.


FrisbeeDisc Dyn-O-Glow ($8)

This is just good clean fun. Walk around and thread it through the trees, play disc golf, or use it as a plate. Ever played Polish Horseshoes? That's a good one. This disc is glow in the dark for nocturnal shenanigans.


Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro ($90)

A good sleeping pad makes a world of difference. You don't need much, but having the right setup definitely helps. Therm-a-Rest makes some of the best, this one in particular is on point: self-inflating means less huffing and puffing on your part, and at over two inches thick you won't be feeling those roots. Best of all? It's made in Seattle, Washington.