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Splendor in the Grass

Stylish camping gear to make any camper happy

Author JACQUELINE DETWILER Photography Christian Garibaldi

Tired of people disparaging your camping equipment? Take shelter in a tony tent.

Time and progress have revealed an unsettling correlation regarding performance-oriented camping items: Generally speaking, the better a product is at repelling rain, maintaining warmth or saving space in your pack, the less likely you’ll want to be seen in public with it. The phenomenon is so ubiquitous that even the nattiest outdoorsmen think nothing of brewing coffee in unsightly thermoses while wearing neon green jackets in front of tents that look like spaceships. Thanks to the design-minded tent company FieldCandy, however, it doesn’t have to be this way. Employing freelance artists, FieldCandy creates beautiful tents—like the tweed number shown above—that are as water- and windproof as conventional high-performance versions, and wick away moisture with 100 percent cotton interiors. All of which just proves that even if you pitch a tent in the forest and no one is there to see it, it can still look nice. $707 / www.fieldcandy.com

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