Base Camp Collection

Base Camp Collection

Guide Life Base Camp: Behind the Collection

Sleeping bag illustrationWhen Outdoor Life’s editors first set out to create products they made a decision to launch with the focus on the place where all great adventures start – Base Camp. Whether you’re fishing, hunting, hiking or even just enjoying a cool summer night under the stars in your own backyard, a comfortable and well-built base camp is your home away from home. This idea became the backbone for all of the products you’ll find in the Guide Life collection for Fall 2018 and in releases to come. (Holiday 2018 is up next!)

Working with a hand-picked team of world-class product designers, the Outdoor Life editors were able to identify a group of launch products that will set the stage for a great base camp. These fundamental items were selected and developed with input from experts with decades of experience in testing and reviewing all kinds of outdoor gear. We know you’re going to love these products as much as we do. Below are some words from our team on the core product groups and some things you might like to know about each while you’re considering Guide Life gear for your next adventure.


At the very top of your base camp priority list is selecting your camping tent. The Guide Life Bunk House line of family tents, in both 4-person and 6-person models, are spacious and provide true full headroom, and include a tremendous number of features that most manufacturers sell separately. They are cavernous, and their integrated vestibule/front porch means you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out, while 12-pocket, integrated, removable storage systems keep additional gear and clothing stashed and out of the way. Floor-to-ceiling water resistance includes a full rainfly, taped seams, and zippered storm flaps. The freestanding Bunk House (only the vestibule needs to be staked) is easy to set up and stores simply into a 27 by 15-inch stuff sack.
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Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads

Take the tossing and turning out of your outdoor night’s sleep with the Guide Life base camp sleep system. When your next day afield depends upon proper rest, the Guide Life Bedroll 40° sleeping bag, 15° sleeping bag, and Base Camp self-inflating sleeping pad provide warmth when you need it, comfort where you want it, and technical features you never knew you could have out in the woods. Our sleeping bags and pads are designed with the editors of Outdoor Life to keep you warm and comfortable, whether you’re on a summer vacation camping trip with the family or in hunting camp with your buddies.
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Base Camp “Must-Haves”

The Guide Life line of Mud Room camping mats are the best way to keep the forest floor outside of your tent—where it belongs. Extra-large and large sizes can serve as interior ground covers and insulation for Guide Life Bunk House tents, while smaller vestibule mats can help keep dirt and mud from being tracked inside. Fishermen will want to keep one in their vehicle to serve as a great place to stand while removing their waders. Rugged polypropylene mesh construction is mildew-resistant, lightweight, and engineered to be easily cleaned.
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Sitting on a log near a roaring campfire may capture the essence of the great outdoors, but it can certainly become uncomfortable after a while. Frankly, there is nothing quite like relaxing in your favorite camping chair after a fun day afield. The Guide Life Catskill Director Chair is the sturdy-yet-comfortable solution to your camp furniture needs. This director-style camp chair features a durable steel-tubing frame and a bamboo side table with a cup holder. Now you can relax in style.
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Duffel Bags

Whether it’s clothing, fishing gear, or supplies, campers always tote along a lot of gear. That’s why your choice of a camping duffel bag is critical to your outdoor excursions. Guide Life’s Cache Creek duffels are water-resistant, rugged, and easy to carry, and afford you plenty of room to tote along all your base camp accessories. Constructed of 840D nylon with a waterproof welded TPU bottom, our versatile bags can also be worn as a backpack to help make the lugging easier. Large main compartment openings allow for easy access and feature zippered front and side pockets and a see-through lid pocket.
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Find your way through the pre-dawn darkness or light up your tent at night with the help of Guide Life’s line of camping lights. The Timber Trail Headlamp is an ultra-bright headlamp capable of throwing up to 250 lumens at whatever the night has in store. With adjustable spot-to-flood beam control, 5 lighting modes, and rechargeable capability, this camping headlamp is ready to take on the wilds of the backwoods or your backyard. The Base Camp Lantern is an ultra-bright, rugged, and compact lighting solution for your campsite. This rechargeable camping lantern provides up to 520 lumens of LED light.
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Men’s and women’s short-sleeve tees from Guide Life showcase the celebrated artwork of Outdoor Life magazine—a great fit for any lover of the great outdoors. These medium/heavy-weight blended tees with a super-soft feel are comfortable, yet rugged enough to wear on any active outdoor weekend. Check out our various styles and colors, and select the one that best represents your outdoor life.

Stave off the early-morning or late-evening chill in style with our men’s and women’s Guide Life hoodie collection. Showcasing the celebrated cover artwork of Outdoor Life magazine, our hoodies are soft and comfortable, yet rugged enough to wear on any outdoor adventure. Available in various colors and styles.

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