Getaway Reader's Choice Awards 2012 – Hiking and camping gear

Posted by Evan Haussmann on 23 March 2012


Your favourite hiking and camping gear



K-Way was the favourite brand by quite a large margin of 8 per cent, while readers who actually own Karrimor and K-Way backpacks are tied at 26 per cent.



With a one per cent difference, readers find First Ascent and Karrimor almost equally desirable, while actual ownership of the latter, older brand outstrips First Ascent by 13 percent.


Hydration devices

CamelBak dominates in both perception and ownership. Interestingly 40 per cent of us don’t own hydration devices, while a harcore six per cent prefer old army water bottles and plastic cooldrink bottles.


Cooler bags and boxes

Coleman is the best loved and most widely owned (49 per cent) cooler brand on market. Cadac and Addis compete at 32 per cent and 33 per cent respectively in actual ownership.


Camping and hiking furniture

CAMP MASTER has the hearts of readers at 33 per cent and in reality 59 per cent of readers kick back on their products. At 23 per cent, Cape Union products the second most commonly owned.



While reader favourite Petzl is owned by 22 per cent of respondents, a whopping 34 per cent own an Energizer product.


Sleeping bags

Even though Getaway adventurers love First Ascent sleeping bags, only 10% actually own one. Campmaster dominates ownership in this category with 19% owning one, followed by K-way at 13%.


Camping and Hiking Stoves

Cadac is both loved (44%) and owned (58%) by more Getaway readers than any other cooker brand. Weber comes a distant second being desired by 11% and owned by 10%.


Hiking Tents

Very few respondents (72%) own hiking tents so in a very small pool, K-way does well to be both the favourite (14%) as well as the most owned (10%). North Face is desired at 8% but is only owned by 2% while 360 Degrees products are loved by 7% and owned by 4%.



It’s tough in this category with Campmaster (10%) pipping First Ascent and K-Way by 1% as favourites. In reality, 16% of this fragmented category, own a Campmaster and 8% own Intex. First Ascent and K-way are only owned by 3% and 4% respectively. 13% of our readers are rough and ready and prefer not to own a mattress at all.


Camping Tents

Campmaster owns Getaway readers’s hearts (21%) and wallets (32%) with K-way being owned by 5% followed by Howling Moon and Bushtec at 4%.


Handheld Spotlights and Torches

Maglite is both owned (47%) and loved (41%) by our audience while Energiser is once again, owned byway more

people (23%) than loved by them (6%).




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