Gear We Love: Issue 110

Goodies for your active lifestyle


ENO Lounger DL Chair

We are crazy about ENO’s new Lounger DL chair and have them on the road with us for the ASJ Roadshow. When you sit in this chair, you can rock back and forth which gives the feeling of being in a hammock — no trees needed!

The Lounger DL’s effortless shock-corded assembly makes this lightweight chair ideal to take along to your favorite festival or sporting event, and is also perfect of course to set up around the campfire.

This nap-worthy chair comes with adjustable leg heights, a cup holder, two cargo pockets, and an integrated pillow. Holds up to 250lbs and is made out of 210D Ripstop Nylon / 6061 Anodized Aluminum.

MSRP: $124.95 eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com

Zpack Front Utility Pack Accessory

The Zpack Front Utility Pack Accessory, aka FUPA, is one of those backpack accessories that enhances your adventure with added convenience but virtually no added weight (2.8 ounces with the optional webbing belt).

Backpack hip belt pockets can be somewhat challenging to access on the move, but this little front pack makes it a breeze to grab essentials such as your phone/camera, snack, bug net, and/or beanie.

An interior mesh pocket is ideal for storing your ID, cash, cards and/or keys, and an exterior rear pocket makes it especially easy to access your map. A padded back adds superior comfort, while its waterproof zipper and water resistant seams keep most water out when you’re caught in the rain.

With the included adjustable webbing belt, this roomy 1.7 liter-capacity pack turns into a stand-alone fanny pack while you bag a peak or enjoy a zero day in town.

Made in the US.

MSRP: $65 • zpacks.com

Grangers Activewear Care Kit

The Grangers Activewear Care Kit is a godsend when it comes to dealing with all the smelly clothing and gear that seem to go hand in hand with
an adventurous lifestyle. 

The kit includes Active Wash for apparel and Odour Eliminator for unwashable items. Active Wash removes dirt and lingering odors from your base layer items, and it also improves wicking properties and reduces drying times. Odour Eliminator keeps items such as boots, gloves and helmets fresh.

The kit also includes a handy, hardy mesh bag which is great for storing gear and also perfect for delicates in the washing machine.

MSRP: $20.00grangers.co.uk

Therm-a-Rest Vesper 20F/-6C Quilt

At a mere 19 ounces, this sleeping quilt is a backpacker’s dream, and its incredible packability makes for a much less bulky pack.

The quilt is designed with thermally-efficient box baffled construction which maximizes warmth and comfort. Only the best quality materials are used, including 900-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. This down fill stays drier and maintains loft 60 times longer than untreated down, and the down itself is “Responsible Down Standard Certified,” ensuring humane treatment of the waterfowl in the supply chain.

Removable SynergyLink Connectors allow for the the bag to be integrated with a mattress for optimal efficiency and comfort. We love how you can kick a leg out on warmer nights, yet you can snug yourself up when it’s colder.

MSRP: $369.95-$389.95 • thermarest.com

Therm-a-Rest Neoair UberLite Mattress

The UberLite is a big hit with adventure-seekers from alpinists to thru-hikers due to its ultralight weight (just 8.8 ounces!), superior packability, and remarkable 2.5 inches of NeoAir comfort.

This insulated air mattress is currently the lightest of its kind, and Therm-A-Rest’s proprietary construction ensures the warmth needed in the backcountry. With an R-value of 2.0, it boasts more insulation than any other sub 10-ounce mattress.

The materials used are chosen for durability in the backcountry, as well. The mattress compresses compactly enough to fit into your pocket with the included stuff sack. Repair kit also included. 

MSRP: $139.95-$209.95thermarest.com

Combat Flip Flops Women’s Rise & Shine

The Rise & Shine women’s flip flop from Combat Flip Flops is the perfect post-hike, post-climb, post-paddling, post-whatever-adventure-you-were-slaying footwear. A natural rubber outsole offers durability and traction rarely found in a flip flop, while its midsole offers cushioning that doesn’t pack down after a few uses. A terry knit deck makes your foot feel like it’s slipping into a spa robe, instantly relaxing you after a long day of activity. Finally, the microfiber upper is backed with cushioning that provides a smooth grip and the ideal amount of stretch.

Combat Flip Flops was founded by special operations veterans whose motto now is “Business, Not Bullets.” Its mission is “to create peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict.” Purchasing Combat Flip Flops products supports entrepreneurs in conflict areas, helps to strengthen communities, and funds women’s education in those conflict zones. Each pair of Rise & Shine flip flops sold funds a day of education for a young Afghan girl with Aid Afghanistan for Education.

MSRP: $39.99combatfipflops.com

Ursack AllMitey Bear Bag

The Ursack AllMitey bear bag is a game-changer for backpackers. This food storage bag is made of material that is not only tear-resistant, but virtually puncture-proof as well. Used properly, the bag thwarts all creatures great (bears!) and small (mice, raccoons, squirrels, etc.) from ripping into your food supply, and the best part about it is that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of hanging it high in a tree.

The bag does come with an integrated six-foot, high tensile strength cord which both secures the opening and allows for tying to a stationary object so it doesn’t get carried off. A hook and loop fastener within the bag offers an additional element of protection.

Ursack recommends using its Odor Barrier Bag to keep the forest’s curious inhabitants from nosing around it. The company also offers an aluminum liner for crush-resistance, but be aware that if you use this, you won’t be able to utilize the hook and loop fastener closure, resulting in less protection.

Backpackers who normally use a hard-sided bear canister will be glad to ditch the added weight. Although the AllMitey’s particularly heavy-duty fabric construction causes it to weigh more than Ursack’s other food bags (Major and Major XL for bears only and Minor for sharp toothed smaller animals), at 13 ounces, it still comes in significantly lighter than any hard-sided canister. It holds 650 cubic inches (10.65 liters) of food, which boils down to about 35 single serving dehydrated meals.

Ursack is optimistic that the AllMitey will be approved for use in areas that currently require hard canisters, but until then, be sure to check on current requirements wherever you adventure.

MSRP: $134.95 ursack.com

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