We did some research to find out what items our readers were buying on Amazon and rounded up some of the most popular and best camping gear here in this handy list.
And so, here is a look back at what the most popular products were—as selected by you—in 2017 (more on our research is at the end of this article.)
Top-selling outdoor item
Kevin Felts wrote an explainer on how the LifeStraw works for our site in April. This wasn’t the first time you’ve seen the LifeStraw featured on AllOutdoor.com — and it won’t be the last. The Original personal water filter was the bestselling outdoor item purchased by you in 2017.
Another Kevin Felts recommendation, this permethrin insect repellant was a bestseller among our readers. Used to pre-treat clothing and gear, this 0.5 percent permethrin spray kills ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, mites and over 55 other kinds of insects.
Simply spray directly onto clothing, tents, packs, hammocks and even sheets, treating each side for about 30 seconds. Permethrin kills insects that come into contact with treated surfaces. It’s formulated not to stain or damage fabrics and, once dry, permethrin is odorless. According to Sawyer’s website, applications last up to six weeks or six washes and it’s safe for use on dogs.
The most-purchased backpack by our readers was this very affordable, lightweight Mansov bag. It folds down to fit inside its own interior zippered pocket. Small enough to fit almost anywhere, it will hardly add any weight to your loads when not in use. Made of water- and tear-resistant nylon, this pack is reinforced with bar tacking at stress points. Reflective stripes on the back and sides have been added for visibility. The mesh shoulder straps are breathable and the sternum strap helps displace the weight of your load.
As our readers know, the Morakniv Companion series is a popular line of fixed-blade knives. Tony Sculimbrene did a full review of the Companion with stainless steel blade, but our readers are buying the carbon steel version. Out of all the knives we featured last year, this is the one most bought by you. This knife has a 4.1-inch blade that is easy to sharpen but requires regular maintenance with use.
The bestselling water bottle is simple and lightweight. Made of 100 percent BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic, this dual-wall sports water bottle keeps liquids cool for twice as long as regular water bottles. And it’s made in America.
The usefulness of this item isn’t lost on us. A single D battery can keep the fan going for five hours set on high speed, or offer 20 hours of LED light. Rotate the head and use the LED light as a base for a floor fan, or use the hook to suspend this device from the ceiling of your tent to use the LED light and fan at the same time.
Made of laminated vinyl and topped with fabric on one side, this inflatable mattress has a built-in pillow. Its wave beam construction offers a flat sleeping surface, and the mat packs down nicely for travel, weighing in around three pounds.
This Gold Amour XL camping hammock can easily fit two and holds up to 500 pounds. Made of lightweight 210T nylon parachute fabric, this hammock packs down to the size of a volleyball (stuff sack included) and weighs only 1.5 pounds.
The carabiner that more than carries its own weight
While pricey, each of these TrekProof D-ring holds over 25 times the weight of your number two pick. Rated to withstand 4,000 pounds, these heavy duty steel alloy carabiners have a screw down locking system to secure the gate. And right now they’re on sale for over 40 percent off.
The rigid construction of this seven-gallon container by Reliance allows for stacking when empty. Made of BPA-free polyethylene, it has a reversible hideaway spigot and sturdy handle for ease of use. The Aqua-Tainer is currently on sale for half off and comes with a five-year guarantee.
The top three freeze-dried foods on our list are all made by Mountain House. Can you guess the most popular flavors? In order of popularity, we present: Buttermilk biscuits with gravy and pork patty crumbles, beef stroganoff with noodles, and sweet and sour pork with rice. (Prices below are for single packs, but you can save by buying in bulk or 10-serving cans.) As we’ve said before, freeze dried food is also an essential when it comes to emergency preparedness.
The most popular camping stove packs down to fit in your pocket
Made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel, this compact camping stove is designed to be lightweight and pocket-sized. It works with any 7/16 thread fuel containers, has an adjustable fuel valve to control flow and built-in piezo ignition.
Made for the trail, this lightweight, single-piece, impact-extruded aluminum container is built to store and transport fuel. It’s designed to work with MSR stoves but can carry a variety of fuels and comes in 11-, 20- and 30-ounce sizes.
How did we get this data? We use affiliate links in some of our stories, which means that if you click on embedded links and then buy stuff, we might make commission. I say might because the terms of these agreements vary and not all links are affiliated. It’s also important to note that these partnerships do not influence editorial, which operates independently of marketing.
Through the Amazon affiliate program, we have the ability to access reports that tell us what people are buying through their links on our site. There is no identifying information, simply a ranking of items purchased by category. But by looking at the bestselling items from last year, we can tell what brands you trust and what items you deem essential.
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