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OXO and REI’s new line of outdoor cookware is designed for camping

OXO and outdoors experts REI have an exclusive cookware collection that’s tailor-made for cooking over a campfire.

OXO and REI’s new line of outdoor cookware is designed for camping
[Photo: courtesy OXO Outdoor]
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Stoke the coals: OXO, the 30-year-old housewares brand known for its ergonomics and accessibility, has teamed up with REI on the OXO Outdoor collection, which redesigns 10 of the company’s core products for outdoor use.

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To create the collection, OXO surveyed campers of varying experience, its sister brand Hydro Flask, and the experts at REI to identify key campsite kitchen tools. The collection includes a cutting board, grilling tongs and a spatula, and cleaning tools. The company then looked at how each product could be improved to meet the specific needs of campers.

[Photo: courtesy OXO Outdoor]

Several items received a red accent color, making them easier to spot among a campsite for easy pack-up at the end of the night. OXO also found that effective, efficient cleaning was another pain point for campers. Its solution? The Cast Iron & Grill Pan Brush ($9.95) and Pots + Pans Scraper ($5.95). The problem is two-fold, explains senior product manager Shannon Ballantyne: campers need tools that’ll help with a quick and easy cleanup after long day in the elements (dirty dishes, after all, attract bears), but they often lack additional water. 

“[These tools] reduce people’s water consumption, which was a common theme that kept coming up,” she said. “It wasn’t just because [people] didn’t have access to enough water, but [they wanted to] leave no trace by dumping soiled water.”

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[Photo: courtesy OXO Outdoor]
OXO also added a protective sheath to a $14.95 8-inch Chef’s Knife. Ballantyne says they found that people were “wrapping their blades in tin foil or cardboard,” before throwing it in a backpack. And OXO introduced a Campgrounds version of its French Press ($24.95), using Tritan Renew recycled plastic. Because, coffee. And naturally, a $14.95 Can and Bottle Opener.

As Ballantyne added:”You only forget a can opener once.”

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