Camping made cooler with folding canoe and other outdoor tech

Whether you prefer "glamping" or really roughing it, advances in camping gear can help you enjoy nature. CNET's Sumi Das sets up camp with the best outdoor gadgets.

There are people who camp and there are people who like to wake up with a clean bathroom a few steps away. I'm the latter. Which is not to say I'm not an outdoor enthusiast. I am, but I'm also a firm believer that the right gear can make all the difference. Camping gear has come a long way from leaky tents and weak camping stoves, and there are now plenty of ways to chill out in comfort with Mother Nature. To round up the coolest camping gadgets, we solicited the help of Jose Murillo, manager of REI in San Francisco. Murillo could probably convert the most hardened of urbanites into a tree-hugging happy camper. For our day of camping, he brought hand-crank lanterns, in-tent entertainment, and more. We were no slouches, either. Our contributions included a 17-foot canoe that folds and an iPhone case with an embedded solar panel. Watch the video to see the gear in action.


As for the debate about whether technology belongs outdoors, you can argue that with friends and family around the campfire late into the night. But if you ask me, the question is irrelevant when you're enjoying your fourth round of s'mores under a starry sky. Even a camping purist might agree with that.

About the author

    Sumi Das has been covering technology since the original dot-com boom. She was hired by cable network TechTV in 1998 to produce and host a half-hour program devoted to new and future technologies. Prior to CNET, Sumi served as a Washington DC-based correspondent, covering breaking news for CNN. She reported live from New Orleans and contributed to CNN's coverage of Hurricane Katrina, which earned the network a Peabody Award. She also files in-depth tech stories for BBC News which are seen by a primarily international audience.


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