When we talk about the upper echelons of family-owned businesses, Snow Peak has to be part of the conversation. Founded in 1958, it began life as a passion project for accomplished mountaineer Yukio Yamai whose designs were informed by a life lived in Japan’s wild Niigata Prefecture.
Since the late ‘50s, Snow Peak has represented a higher level in style and quality in the outdoor gear arena, and, still run by the Yamai family, has no intention of changing any time soon.
While the outdoors remains a primary focus, more recent generations of the Yamai family have shaped the label to fit a more contemporary mold. Straddling lifestyle and performance is no easy feat, but thanks to cutting-edge design and a string of collaborations with labels like New Balance and Tokyo Design Studio, Snow Peak jackets, accessories, and even tents rank as highly with streetwear experts as they do with top-flight athletes and explorers.
To exhibit the true, wild diversity of Snow Peak, we put together some of our favorite camping pieces from the legendary label, from a lantern for late-night toilet trips to a waterproof jacket for the inevitable downpour.
Shop some of the best bits from Snow Peak below.
Light Mountain Cloth Jacket
Far from being any old coach jacket, this design from Snow Peak has been created with the mountains in mind. Made from a cotton blend that is both lightweight and durable, it will be able to withstand any explorations of the great outdoors you have planned.
Barista Coffee Drip
Every camping trip needs coffee, and just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to compromise on taste. Snow Peak's barista standard coffee drip makes coffee that tastes better than any third-wave coffee shop.
Takibi Light Ripstop Pants
Sitting around the fireplace is a quintessential camping activity, and these pants ensure that you aren't going to get any holes in your clothes from campfire sparks as they are made from flame-retardant acrylic to make them fire-resistant. Wear them and you can match with the brand's portable fireplace.
Camping lights tend to be all or nothing, they’re either completely useless or blindingly bright mosquito magnets. Snow Peak’s Mini Hozuki Lantern features a misted shade for candle-like warmth.
Light Mountain Cloth Shorts
There's a few characteristics that are essential for the clothing you wear when camping, it needs to be lightweight, durable, and have enough pocket space to carry the essentials. These shorts tick all of those boxes.
Not only do these chopsticks look great with a branded stainless steel upper, they're also packable, coming with with a removable bamboo section and handy cary case. Perfect for the mountains or anywhere you need to eat on the go — say goodbye to disposable chopsticks.
2.5 Layer Rain Jacket
If there's anything I've learnt from previous camping trips it's that regardless of the forecast, it will inevitably rain at some point. A TORAIN waterproof membrane and seam tape technology on this jacket makes sure you're covered when the downpour arrives.
Everything you need to make camp, this tableware set includes a plate, dish and two bowls made from no-rust stainless steel. The Snow Peak branding gives the functional set some added clout.
Perfect for your home stovetop and the camp fire, this branded kettle will quickly become your favorite kitchen appliance.
The centerpiece for your next small get-together, the fireplace is crafted from a durable stainless steel and is portable and collapsible, folding flat for easy transportation and storage.
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