August 10, 2017

By Carolyn Price, John Rezell and PJ Watanabe

Osprey: Aether AG 70 Backpack

Whether you have a heavy load to lug around or a light pack of basics, the Aether AG 70 will deliver. Osprey’s Anti-Gravity technology distributes the load between your shoulders and lower back. The ventilation works well, and it has enough room and compartments for plenty of gear. What’s especially helpful is the top lid that converts quickly and easily into a small daypack. MSRP: $310

Lawson Hammock: Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

We love the innovation behind the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock, rated No. 1 by both Backpacker and Outside magazines. Weighing just 4.25 pounds, the tent-like cocoon hammock uses spreader bars to make it wider and flatten as it zips its camper inside open-mesh netting for protection against insects. Complete with a rip-stop nylon rain fly, the hammock’s high-density nylon pack-cloth provides cushioning when used as an on-the-ground tent. MSRP: $169.99

Mountain House: Freeze-Dried Breakfasts

Parents have long lectured on the importance of breakfast, and when you’re outdoors that rings more true than ever. When you’re out in the wilderness and a new day dawns, Mountain House’s two freeze-dried breakfast offerings, Breakfast Skillet and Spicy Southwest Breakfast Hash, offer up a breakfast that’s light, quick and easy to fix. The Oregon company’s new bold natural flavorings are a hit with this reviewer! MSRP: $5.49-$8.99

Vilano: Navigator Inflatable SUP

The Navigator combines quality with portability with its “all-in-one” SUP that has everything you need to hit the surf, including an attached bungee for on-board storage, air pump with integrated pressure gauge, adjustable aluminum paddle, removable fin, backpack carry bag, shoulder strap, patch kit, and valve wrench. Seven stainless steel D-rings make the Navigator ideal for carrying a cooler, dry bag, or attaching a kayak seat. MSRP: $699.00

PetChatz: HD Monitor

There are few things that cause more stress to a pet than having to leave them alone. The groundbreaking PetChatz HD Monitor allows you to communicate, interact with, soothe, reward, and keep tabs on your pet from anywhere. PetChatz provides two-way video chats, treat dispensing, aromatherapy, sound and motion detection, and the ability to live stream. PetChatz Treatz, Scentz Pads and Scentz Essential Oil Drops are included. MSRP: $379.99