8 Essentials You Need For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

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8 Essentials You Need For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

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    Since 1889, Carhartt’s long-lasting gear has had a reputation in the hard-working man’s world. Now the company is correlating its craftsmanship into outdoor clothes and camping gear. From hiking boots to women’s performance leggings, these quality products have the same durability and warranty as the coveted Carhartt coveralls.

    If any of Carhartt’s creations fail to meet your expectations, they’ll either repair it or replace it. Even damage due to normal wear and tear can be repaired at a reasonable rate. Can you say that about any of your other camping gear? Invest in the best with this camping gear from Carhartt.

    Large Pack + 3 Can Insulated Cooler

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    This heavy-duty backpack is available in four colors: tarmac, navy, black, and classic Carhartt brown. Carhartt’s super durable backpack is made out of dense CORDURA® ripstop polyester fiber. Plus, Rain Defender® technology makes it water repellent!

    The 30-liter backpack features a large main compartment, a zippered mesh panel, and a separate dedicated padded compartment for electronics. Accessible from a side zipper, the separate sleeve can hold up to a 15-inch laptop. (Not that you’ll need your laptop or tablet while camping!) A fleece-lined eyewear compartment keeps your sunglasses scratch-free when you’re not wearing them. There’s also a zippered compartment on the front where you can keep smaller items organized.

    A padded air-mesh back panel and contoured shoulder straps feature FastDry® technology to wick away sweat and keep you comfy. It also includes a strap that goes across your chest as well as a padded belt for your waist. Both are adjustable and can be hidden away when not in use. We picked the large backpack over the medium-sized one because it has two mesh pockets on the sides to hold water bottles, which is great when you’re hiking. Speaking of hydration, it also comes with a detachable three-can insulated cooler, plus, it is compatible with hydration bladders.

    Hip Pack

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    Have you heard the good word? Fanny packs are back! What great news since its such a convenient way to keep essentials within arm’s reach without having to carry anything. Carhartt’s version is super durable. It also repels water to keep your goodies nice and dry.

    A large main compartment means you can fit plenty of necessities, while exterior zipper pockets let you stay organized. Two side loops provide a place to attach any extra lightweight gear.

    Force Fitted Midweight Utility Legging

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    Now when someone refers to their “Carhartts” they may be talking about leggings. That’s right, the classic hardworking men’s clothing line now makes women’s wear! These babies are sweat-wicking, odor-fighting, and built to last.

    Nylon and spandex come together to make these durable leggings flexible enough to be the perfect pair of pants for camping and hiking. Plus, they have pockets! You read that right: Leggings with pockets.

    Normal leggings don’t last long in the woods, but Carhartt leggings are a bit thicker than your average bear. They also feature reinforced knee panels for added durability.

    Form-fitting yet comfortable, these mid-rise beauties are pretty stylish, too! Available in XS to 3X, regular or tall, Carhartt Force Fitted Midweight Utility Leggings come in black and dark coffee.

    Flame-Resistant Force Cotton Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

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    Most people use flame-resistant clothing for work purposes, but it could come in pretty handy for building a fire or cooking over a flame, don’t you think? Carhartt’s Force long-sleeved cotton shirt is also perfect for hiking in the woods. The sleeves protect from ticks, while the lightweight jersey material is nice and breathable. FastDry® technology fights sweat and odor, which is great for the great outdoors. This rib-knit crewneck is available in sizes S-4XL.


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    Be prepared for all eventualities while camping with Carhartt’s handy multi-tool. Its nine tools include six closed 3/16 to 1/2-inch hex wrenches, a slot that works on butterfly nuts, a handy straight edge for on-the-go precision, and Philips and flathead screwdrivers.

    Perhaps the handiest features for camping are its bottle and can openers. It can even act as a compass! TSA-approved and smaller than a credit card, this multi-tool is about as thick as a nickel, so you can keep it in your wallet. It can also be clipped to a belt or attached to a keychain to hang on your backpack.

    Rugged Flex® Steel Cargo Pant

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    Carhartt’s Rugged Flex® Steel Cargo Pants are built to move, so they’re perfect to wear while camping and hiking. Cotton makes these pants breathable, while CORDURA® fabric makes these durable cargo pants resistant to abrasions, tears, and scuffs. Spandex ripstop provides stretch with strength. A zip pocket on the leg is perfect for holding your phone while on a hike.

    Men’s Lightweight Non-Safety Toe Work Hiker

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    Speaking of hiking, that’s what these boots were made for. Available in sizes 8-15, medium and wide width, Carhartt lightweight hiking boots are ready to hit the trails. The Storm Defender® waterproof membrane helps your tootsies stay dry on rain-soaked trails while still being breathable. They are lined with FastDry® technology to wick away any sweat. Footbeds are made with Insite® technology for maximum arch support that reduces foot fatigue. Carhartt also carries lightweight hiking boots for women!

    Storm Defender® Loose Fit Heavyweight Jacket

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    Storm Defender® technology makes this jacket waterproof yet breathable. Available in gray, black, navy, and olive, this loose-fitting men’s jacket comes in sizes small to 4XL, both regular and tall. Knitted cuffs, a flapped zipper, and its snap-on drawcord-adjustable hood protect against the toughest weather. The hem also has an elastic drawcord. It also has plenty of pockets, both inside and outside. Perfect for fishing, this heavy-duty raincoat is machine washable. The women’s version comes in four attractive colors.