The great escape: textile products for the outdoors

November 1st, 2020

As more people embrace outdoor recreational activities during the pandemic, textiles and fabric products are in high demand.  by  Pamela Mills-Senn After months spent hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, people have become restive. They want to participate in life again, yet still follow social distancing guidelines. As a result, many people have […]

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Get your glamp on

December 1st, 2019

Traditional camping isn’t for everyone; some people prefer a more glamorous way to experience the outdoors. For these folks, glamping offers a way to enjoy nature without any mess, fuss or inconvenience.   by Pamela Mills-Senn Sure, there are some folks who enjoy the pup tent/sleeping bag approach to camping. But others don’t see why spending […]

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Living on the edge with the G7 POD

September 1st, 2019

The G7 POD is easy to carry and set up for a night’s sleep. It packs down into its own inflation bag measuring just 16 by 8 by 6 inches. Photos: Grade VII Equipment. Imagine you’re climbing up a sheer rockface, and you want to take a break. If you’re a rock climber on an […]

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A pocket-sized washing machine

August 1st, 2019

The Scrubba Mini washes on the go, helping campers, hikers and vacationers pack lighter. Photo: Kickstarter. When you’re hiking and camping, sometimes all you want is to freshen your clothing. But, short of beating your socks against the rocks, there usually aren’t many good options on the trail. Calibre8, the Australian creator of the original […]

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The Hot Pocket for outdoor comfort

July 1st, 2019

Hot Pocket does double duty on a camping trip: It stores your gear and keeps it warm. Photo: Sierra Madre Research. When the nights get cold or a chilly rain falls during a camping adventure, wouldn’t it be great to slip into a heated, cozy sleeping bag? That’s the idea behind Hot Pocket, a stuff […]

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A tent for the trees

June 1st, 2018

Hammocks are popular once again as people realize they provide a great way to relax effortlessly outdoors. For hikers and campers, they offer a lightweight way to rest with ease. But how about a hammock that is also a tent? Tentsile, the London, England-based manufacturer of tree-camping tents, has introduced a solo tree tent that […]

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Backpack repairs itself

February 1st, 2018

What happens if you’re out on the trail and your backpack gets punctured? It’s not a problem if you’re carrying the Wolverine Pack, a utility pack made with a self-healing textile. Developed by Slughaus, a San Francisco, Calif.-based design firm, the Wolverine owes its healing capabilities to FuseFabric™ technology. The regenerative fabric is created using […]

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