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New Camping Gear 2024!

Camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan offers an unparalleled escape into the heart of nature's beauty. The U.P. boasts vast stretches of pristine forests, crystal-clear lakes, and rugged coastline, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're pitching a tent under a canopy of towering pines, cozying up in a rustic cabin, or parking your RV beside a tranquil lake, the UP offers a camping experience like no other. From the serene shores of Lake Superior to the hidden gems of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, every corner of this wilderness paradise invites exploration and adventure. Hiking scenic trails, kayaking along secluded waterways, and stargazing under the unpolluted night sky are just a few of the unforgettable experiences awaiting you in the Upper Peninsula.

Hands down, camping is one of the best ways to spend your summer, and having the right equipment can make it a lot more enjoyable. Down Wind has all of the gear you need and we're constantly on the looking for new must have gadgets and improvements on old classics.

Checkout some of our favorites for the summer of 2024!

Camping near a mountain

Big Agnes Rapide SL Insulated Sleeping Pad

The Big Agnes best-selling Rapide SL Insulated is now even better! Featuring improved insulation that boosts pad warmth and lowers weight, while packing down even smaller than the original Rapide.

When it comes to superlight, three-season comfort, the Rapide SL Insulated pad stands alone. Built with offset I-Beam construction, this proprietary design reduces weight while providing multi-directional support for consistent stability and comfort. This superlight air chamber pad sleeps warmer using two layers of heat reflective film, and is third party rated with an R-Value of 4.8 for use through three seasons. The Rapide SL Insulated is lighter, tougher, more packable, easy to inflate/deflate, and provides superior performance and packability for any adventure. Save your breath for the miles ahead and use the included pumphouse high volume inflation sack to inflate.

Kula Cloth

A Kula Cloth® is the first of its kind - an intentionally (and obsessively) designed reusable antimicrobial pee cloth! In a wilderness setting (or heck, even at a porta potty!), it's very important to have good hygiene. Traditionally, we either pack in excess amounts of toilet paper and/or employ the 'shaking off' method (aka 'drip dry'). Neither of these are good options.  A pee cloth is a way that we can stay comfortable AND have a positive impact on the environment at the same time.

A pee cloth is a ‘leave no trace’ toilet paper option for peeing. Simply pee, and use your Kula Cloth to pat dry - no TP left behind! 

Nocs Provisions Binoculars

Crystal-clear optics in a compact, rugged housing with a price that won't break the bank! These top shelf optics are packed in a compact, rugged housing. Designed from the ground up as the perfect travel binocular, able to keep up with any adventure. Awesome colors, scratch-proof, fog-proof, and fully waterproof, these rugged binoculars are designed to go anywhere to provide bright crisp views for birdwatching, stargazing, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, and traveling.

True Plasma Lighter XR

The TRUE Plasma Lighter XR’s next generation technology is flameless, fuel-free, rechargeable, lightweight, and easy to use. The unique, extendible, and flexible neck makes it safer to use for a variety of lighting tasks. The XR relies on plasma arc technology that is windproof up to 80 MPH and the rugged design is IPX6 rated for water-resistance and it even floats so it can handle whatever mother nature throws at you. The reinforced ABS body and rubberized exterior is rugged and impact resistant, so it is built to last. The XR relies on a lithium polymer battery that is USB-C rechargeable and can fully charge in as little as 1.5 hours.

U.P. & Lake Superior Yeti Yonder Water Bottle

If you can get there, now your water can too. Our custom U.P. and Lake Superior Yonder™ Plastic Water Bottles were strategically engineered to be both lightweight and virtually shatter resistant, allowing you to haul essential hydration further and higher. Plus, our reusable water bottles are dishwasher safe and made of durable and safe BPA-free material. But a bottle is only as good as its cap, which is why the 100% leakproof Yonder™ Cap features our intuitive two-part system. Spin the top off when you need a drink from the controlled spout, twist off the bottom when you’re ready to refill or wash it. Time to represent the U.P. and your next adventure!

Yeti Water Bottle

Osprey Bears Ears Daylight Pack

The Bears Ears Daylite features original artwork commissioned from former Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva. Inspired by the resilience of people and landscape, and in solidarity with the Hopi community, Osprey is donating $10,000 cash to the Hopi Education Endowment Fund.

Sea to Summit Collapsible Pour Over

The Frontier Ultralight Collapsible Pour Over folds flat for storage in its polypropylene mount base, then pops out when needed to make a perfect pour-over brew. The easy-to-clean stainless steel mesh filter is sized just right for one serving (approx. 30g) of ground coffee and formed to hold the grounds but filter the coffee oils for a rich, satisfying cup of coffee. The mount base fits most mugs and wide-mouth bottle rims, and the EU food-grade silicone rubber and stainless steel filter unit slides inside the base for easy transport. It even stows nicely in a Frontier Collapsible Kettle.