When it comes to outdoor gear, more than other industries, I’m more likely to trust a brand run by people who actually live the life they sell, which is why I’m still excited by new releases from Patagonia and its fishing “philosopher-king” Yvon Chouinard after 45 years.
Lesser-known and smaller in scope, but no less exciting, is Snow Peak. The Japanese company was founded in 1958 by one Yukio Tamai — a mountaineer who took advantage of the superior metalwork in his hometown Tsubame-Sanjo to make better equipment — and remains a family business to this day, with his son Tohru Yamai now president and CEO.
While substantially more handsome than most of the goods you’ll find on the shelves of your local REI, Snow Peak also tends to be on the spendy side. But right now, East Dane has a bunch of the company’s top-notch metal offerings at a rarely seen discount.
Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite items from kettles to cooksets. Break these out on your next camping trip, and your fellow outdoorsmen might just swap their love of Yvon for Yukio.
Stainless Steel Upright Kettle
The prettiest campfire kettle out there, featuring a hanger loop and locking spout.
Al Dente Cookset
A set of two pots, two lids and a strainer that packs down and works just as well on a stove or open fire.
Single Wall 450 Mug
Even more packable than your normal camp mug thanks to lightweight titanium construction and a folding handle.
Titanium Coffee Press
With this sturdy french press, you don’t have to give up good coffee just because you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Large Tableware Set
Two plates, two bowls, all stainless steel — and all you’ll need for dishes.
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