Gear We Love: Issue 97

1. Zamp Portable Solar Portable Kit

The Zamp Portable Solar Kit is already off to a great start in amping up our ASJ Road Show (and beyond!) adventures this season. We’re using our kit to keep our travel trailer batteries charged for off-grid living, but it’s also great for charging RV, truck camper and boat batteries as well. So, no matter what your preferred adventure vehicle, Zamp has you covered. No mounting is required, simply fold out and hook to your batteries, or plug straight into the sidewall of your camper via the Zamp’s optional Plug and Play Portable Solar Kit Quick Port.

Ranging from 40 to 200 watts of available power output, Zamp portable solar kits provide all the power of roof mounted systems, but are a more flexible option as you can place the panel in direct sunlight even when your camper is in the shade. The kit’s Digital Deluxe Waterproof Solar Charge Controller with LED lights indicates charge status and battery condition at a glance.

Zamp convenience doesn’t stop there. The solar kit has the added bonus of having the ability to charge a dead truck or car battery. You simply connect the Portable Solar Kit to the vehicle for a short time to charge the battery and you’re back on the road. The portable solar kit can also be added to an existing system for additional power when needed.

Zamp Portable Solar kits set up in less than five  minutes and their sturdy legs, easy to use butterfly clasps and ergonomic handle make them a breeze to use.

MSRP: $369.00–$1,134.00
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2. Thermarest Women’s NeoAir XLite

We love this ultralight, three-season camp mattress for its superior performance, warmth and comfort. The Women’s NeoAir XLite features an added layer of Thermrest’s reflective ThermaCapture™ technology which is a blessing for cold sleepers (like the staff member writing this review!). Softer fabrics are new to this model, and bring better next-to-skin comfort with a boost in durability yet no added weight. Whether you’re a discerning alpinist, thru-hiker or backcountry minimalist counting every ounce, this is the best choice of air mattress to ensure you get the rest you need for your next day’s adventure. Stuff sack and repair kit included.

MSRP: $159.95
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3. CamelBak K.U.D.O. 8

The K.U.D.U. 8 is the ideal pack for mountain bikers looking for a high level of CE-certified back protection in a light, tight design. With five liters of cargo capacity, it’s perfect for shorter, less gear-intensive rides and races, yet still boasts convenient add-ons such as a bike tool roll, attachment points for armor and a helmet, and CamelBak’s new Crux reservoir. The impact protector back panel absorbs over 94% of impact in a crash while the dual adjustable sternum straps hold your pack in place over bumpy terrain. Stabilizing load-bearing hip belts with cargo optimizes a custom fit and keeps essentials close at hand, and a rain cover keeps your pack and gear shielded from inclement weather.

MSRP: $190.00
camelbak.com

4. Ruffwear Palisades Pack

Great news for you and your canine backpacking buddy! We put the Ruffwear Palisades Pack to the test and it got high fives from both dog and human. This  rugged yet comfortable pack makes multi-day backcountry adventures so much easier with features like removable saddlebags, two collapsible hydration bladders, and a cross-load compression system. Four points of attachment securely connect the saddlebags to the modified Web Master™ Harness frame, ensuring load stability and comfortable weight distribution.

MSRP: $150.00
ruffwear.com

5. MSR WindBurner Stove System

The WindBurner is a compact stove and cookware system that can boil water amazingly fast. For car camping trips we like to use the WindBurner to boil water alongside a regular camp stove for cooking food. Basically it’s just really nice to have the ability to boil water in about a minute and that’s where the WindBurner proves to be an essential powerhouse for cooking food in the outdoors. For extended stays in the backcountry, the stove collapses into the cookware system for easy packing and assembly that includes a secure locking pot and a personal mug with coozie for all your eating and drinking needs while backpacking.

MSRP: $135.99
msrgear.com

6. MSR Mugmate coffee filter

Take the drama and hassle out of morning coffee when you are on the go while camping. We love the Mugmate for those days when you are getting an early start and you just want the best tasting cup of coffee as quickly as possible. Simply place the Mugmate filter in your cup, throw in some grinds, and pour hot water. Makes strong, good coffee every time.

MSRP $16.95
msrgear.com

7. SealSkinz Dragon Eye MTB Gloves

Need a go-to glove for all types of riding? Look no further than SealSkinz Dragon Eye MTB Gloves. With their specially engineered fabric technology, these gloves are 100% waterproof. These durable, lightweight gloves allow for maximum feel, dexterity, and control. Features such as a synthetic suede palm, close-fitting, pre-curved fingers, and laminated stretch Lycra on the back allow for comfort and performance to meld flawlessly. With increased grip on the fingers, this dynamic design has it all. Throw in good looks along with three color choices and what more do you need?

MSRP $70.00
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8. Lowa LEVANTE GTX® QC WS

New to the Lowa line is the womens’ LEVANTE GTX. This all terrain boot is also availabe in a low cut model ($165). At 700g, these stylish multi-functional shoes are just as much a favorite in everyday life as they are on a hike. The LEVANTE GTX offers many functional features alongside its delicate details. Both the durable suede and waterproof GORE-TEX lining provide the necessary protection, while the direct-injected LOWA Multicross Evo sole with LOWA MONOWRAP® edge gives delicate feet a reliable grip, making this a go to boot for this season’s backpacking trips.

MSRP $185
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