Nothing ruins a planned camping trip like torrential rain. A summer cloudburst is one thing, but there have been many a camp that have succumbed to a relentless, pattering rain. It feels adventurous at first, and then you slowly begin to accept you have a real problem on your hands. Fun becomes run, often well after it’s too late.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, this probably sounds familiar to you. If a “little rain” is not something that would make you call the camping trip, you at least want to be prepared. Gear designers are paying close attention to the needs of climbers, backpackers, and campers in terms of weatherproofing and durability. Here are a couple of our suggestions for weatherproof gear that will keep you and your gear sheltered from a good soaking.
A camper that knows he’s looking at some wet weather would do well to have a waterproof pack in his arsenal of outdoor gear. There is a wide variety of dry sacks and packs on the market, but this waterproof version from Dry Case is top of the line, in our humble opinion. This pack will comfortably hold your clothing and other gear that you’ll need for the weekend, and can most definitely withstand a soaking. The roll-top buckle closure offers an impenetrable seal, whether it gets rained on or dunked in the water. Speaking of getting dunked, this pack is fitted with a valve that will allow you to inflate or compress the pack based on your cargo. The outside of the pack features a water-resistant zippered pocket and a front zippered mesh pocket as well, for quick access to items that are less at risk of water damage. Shoulder, waist, and sternum straps keep your gear centered squarely on your back, spreading weight evenly across your frame. This would be a smart addition to your outdoor gear simply for the fact that it is usable in all seasons and conditions.
Let’s face it, technology plays a major role in virtually everything today, and not just so people can Facebook whatever is going on. Many apps have been developed for outdoor enthusiasts that include comprehensive maps and information based on research and ongoing user input. So you see, it definitely pays to protect your investment if you need to stay connected to the outside world with your smartphone. The Life Proof case for the iPhone 4 and 4s has been vigorously tested to withstand all manner of physical stress, including various climates, weather conditions, and impacts. You can snorkel and swim with it, or climb, run, cycle — this case will make your iPhone compatible with virtually whatever suits your lifestyle. To make it user-ready, the case comes with a general headphone adapter and a keeper for the headphone jack cover. Available in a variety of colors.
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