Fest Gear

1. Outdoor Research Termini

In the thick of summer, the Termini is just what you need to get through long days of festing. Despite the casual look, it’s made of technical, extremely lightweight nylon with an airy fit that will let what little wind’s out there reach you for sweet relief. Add odor control treatment and UPF 30 sun protection, and you’ve found the shirt that will carry you through the weekend. $65; outdoorresearch.com

2. Chaco Updraft

A revamped take on the classic Chaco, the Updraft features a lighter streamlined sole with a comfortably sculpted platform that cradles your foot and the expected grippy Vibram® traction on the bottom that you can’t live without. $110; chacos.com

3. Kelty LumaSpot Rhythm

Perfect for campsite illumination and background tunes, the LumaSpot Rhythm is a versatile lantern with a bright, movable spotlight mounted to the top and a built-in MP3 player to keep the jams rolling all night. Bonus feature: multi-colored LED’s can be set to disco mode for your late night campsite dance party. $65; kelty.com

4. Sierra Yahi 6 Tent

Take advantage of basecamp-style festy camping and stretch out with the Yahi 6. The border pole design pops quickly and delivers plenty of room for the whole family or a handful of close friends and a cooler. Two doors and two vestibules mean easy entry and exit, as well as simple organization of gear and other festival essentials. $399; sierradesigns.com

5. Crazy Creek New Hex 2.0

There’s no hassle bringing the New Hex 2.0 out to the main stage for a set of bluegrass. The lightweight camp chair features high-density core foam for long stints of comfortable chillaxing with your favorite tunes. Plus, when it’s time to bounce around the grounds, it rolls up to only four inches in diameter. $40; crazycreek.com

6. Eagles Nest Outfitter SlackWire

In between sets, hook up the SlackWire and challenge your friends to a balance competition. See who has the strongest core with this slacklining wire that sets up in minutes and comes in a convenient carrying case for festy transport. $60; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com 

7. Eureka Sawtooth 45L

Eureka makes its first foray into backpacks with the Sawtooth, a rugged, durable, and affordable overnight pack. Extensive exterior pocketing keeps water bottles and maps within easy reach, and the roomy interior stows a week’s worth of gear and food. $109; eureka.com

8. Scarpa Spark

Another crossover company, Scarpa has long been known for its tough hiking and mountaineering footwear. Now it has released its first trail shoe. The Spark weighs in at a lean 9.7 ounces, yet it has plenty of grip and support for rugged Blue Ridge trails. A minimalist design and a sturdy sole make the Spark a quick, nimble trail shoe for running, fastpacking, or day hiking. Eco-bonus: the Spark is made of 40 percent recycled materials. $115; scarpa.com

9. Pura Water Bottle

Many water bottles claim to be BPA-free, but Pura ensures that every component—from lid to lining—is made from 100%, BPA-free stainless steel. Even the lid is steel, ensuring no sneaky endocrine disruptors leach into your water. It’s also 100% recyclable and made from 60% recycled steel. No other water bottle offers the safety and durability of the Pura. $25; purastainless.com

10. Anarchy McCoy Sunglasses

Lightweight and flexible, the McCoys withstood a week of getting smashed, crunched, and sat on. Named after Steve McCoy from the 1972 movie The Getaway, these classic shades provide complete UV protection, and the polarized lenses are especially impressive behind the wheel. Rugged and durable, they didn’t break or scratch after a road trip that involved multiple cars, hikes, and kids. $40; anarchyeyewear.com

11. Outdoor Research Helium Jacket

It’s as light as its name. The Helium compresses into its own pocket so small that it’s barely noticeable, yet the durable storm shell protects hikers from sudden downpours or cold fronts. The elastic cuffs and drawcord ensure weather-tight shielding. $130; outdooresearch.com

12. Carhartt Canvas Cargo Pants

Carhartt is synoymous with rugged durability, and the cargo pants live up to the Carhartt legacy. They are ideal for rugged adventure. Made of 7.5-ounce, 100% ring-spun cotton, they offer thigh, multiple tool, and utility pockets and a right leg utility band. They’re quite simply the toughest pants on the planet, yet the cotton is comfortable and lightweight. Wear them on and off the trail for durable, long-lasting comfort and style. $82; carhartt.com

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