Gear Junkie – The Best Rooftop Tents of 2021 – Yakima SkyRise Medium

From GearJunkie By Berne Broudy

The Best Rooftop Tents of 2021

If you’ve never slept in a rooftop tent, it’s hard to imagine how different it is from sleeping on the ground.

For overland adventures, life on the road, or just an elevated and more comfortable campout experience, rooftop tents are the way to go. As options for car- and truck-mounted tents expand, it can be tough to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here are our picks for the best rooftop tents.

If you’ve never slept in a rooftop tent, it’s hard to imagine how different it is from sleeping on the ground. Rooftop tent (RTT) sleeping feels safer and more secure than sleeping in a tent on the ground.

Plus, RTTs offer a bird’s-eye view of your surroundings, airflow that’s unheard of in a traditional tent, protection (and peace of mind), and generally superior comfort for sleeping.

The drawbacks: Unlike a ground tent or a tow-behind camper, when your tent is on your roof, you have to break camp before you drive away. And, for those who make nighttime visits to the loo, there’s a ladder to negotiate between you and relief (unless you’re willing to get creative).

Also, if your dog gets to share the human bed, practice your one-handed ladder climb before you attempt to hoist them up. Multiply that effort if you have more than one dog.

Not every rooftop tent fits every vehicle nor every budget. But some tents work for almost every car or truck. Rooftop tents are all pricier than even the plushest backpacking tent, but if you’re able to invest, you won’t regret it.

Best 3-Person Rooftop Tent: Yakima SkyRise Medium

Two of the biggest barriers to entry for campers considering a rooftop tent are weight and price. Yakima’s SkyRise ($1,599) is not only relatively light, but it’s also competitively priced for a three-person tent. And it’s the most similar to backpacking and car camping tents that many backcountry enthusiasts are already familiar with.

The SkyRise is made from the same stuff as most tents you’d pitch on the ground. The 210D nylon is light and breathable, with mesh ventilation panels that double as windows into the Milky Way. All the windows and the two skylights have solid and mesh panels that zip open for ventilation and views.

Much like a standard ground tent, the SkyRise’s waterproof fly is polyurethane-coated, and the tent can be set up with the fly on or off. Aluminum poles give the tent structure. They’re strong, pre-set, and easy to engage once you manually flip this tent open.

Consider a three-person tent if you’ll be sleeping with a child. This is also a good option if you’re a dog owner whose dog climbs ladders, or if you’re willing to shuttle your pooch into your rooftop nest. Everyone will appreciate the plush, 2.5-inch-thick, wall-to-wall mattress.

And after this tent gets some use, you’ll also appreciate that the mattress has a removable cover for easy cleaning.

The SkyRise M is one of the easiest tents to mount on a roof rack. It goes on and comes off tool-free.

It also locks to your roof with the same system used in all Yakima bars and mounts, SKS lock cores, which are included with the tent.

  • Dimensions open: 56″ x 96″ x 48″ H
  • Dimensions closed: 58″ x 48″ x 16.5″
  • Sleeping footprint: 56″ x 96″
  • Weight: 115 lbs.
Pros:
  • Super easy to mount
  • Locks to your roof
Cons:
  • Lighter fabrics may flap more on windy nights

For the other tents that made the list checkout GearJunkie.com

NYMag – The Strategist Haul – What the Editors Bought in March = CamelBak Eddy+

By Jordan Bowman | From NYMag The Strategist

CamelBak Eddy+ BPA Free Water Bottle – $15

I’m a big consumer of water. Keep that Diet Coke, no-sugar nonsense away from me, please. And I’ve been on the search for the perfect bottle for years. Last month, I spoke to Hanif Abdurraqib about how much water we can drink when we have a straw, and I was considering picking up a traditional tumbler, but I settled on the CamelBak Eddy+ because of the spill-proof function. You have to kind of bite on the valve to get the water out, but it’s great for hikes or if you’re like me and carry you water everywhere and don’t want to think about spilling anything. I’ve tried so many water bottles, but I’ve officially turned into a CamelBak believer. You won’t see me using anything else anytime soon.

To see the rest of the list check out: The Strategist Haul – What the Editors Bought in March

Takibi Fire and Grill by Snow Peak

We believe gathering in nature is one of the best ways to restore the human spirit. Takibi, or bonfire in Japanese, is at the center of every outdoor gathering.

Takibi Fire and Grill

The Takibi Fire and Grill is made of durable stainless steel and designed in Japan for a lifetime of use. Packable, portable and modular, use the Takibi Fire and Grill to create a gathering anywhere. The five piece set includes Grill Net, Grill Bridge, Pack & Carry Fireplace L, Baseplate and Carrying Case. 

CONTENTS

  • Fireplace Grill (L)
  • Fireplace Grill Bridge (L)
  • Pack & Carry Fireplace (L)
  • Fireplace Base Plate (L)
  • Fireplace Canvas Bag (L)

MATERIALS

  • Stainless Steel
  • No. 6 Canvas
  • Acrylic Tape
  • Nylon Mesh

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 32 lbs (14.5 kg)
  • L 17.7″ W 17.9″ H 12″
  • $319.95

One of the World’s Best Big Mountain Skiers Designed a Pure One-Ski Quiver Weapon

By Jon Jay From SKIMAG.com

Designed by professional big mountain skier Jérémie Heitz, the 2021-’22 Scott Pure is designed to be the only ski in his garage.

The Scott Pure was tested at the 2021 SKI Test in Solitude, Utah in the men’s all-mountain wide category.

Building on the success of the Scott SuperGuide Freetour ski, which was awarded Gear of the Year for 2021 by SKI Magazine, Scott Wintersports recently announced that it is planning to release a bigger, badder version of that ski next season called the Scott Pure.

Designed by Switzerland’s Jérémie Heitz, the Scott Pure features a very similar core construction as the SuperGuide Freetour—a lightweight paulownia and beech wood core with carbon fiber and aramid elements—but steps up the downhill performance for high-intensity skiing with a layer of Titanal that has been pre-shaped specifically for the Pure’s design. Add in a sandwich-sidewall construction, and this ski is built to charge like an angry bull.

Heitz, a Red Bull athlete who’s big mountain charging became famous thanks to films such as “La Liste” and “Félicité,” wanted to design a ski that would be his only tool for powder skiing, big mountain charging, and high-altitude ski mountaineering.

“The future of skiing is having only one pair [of skis] in my garage,” says Heitz in a promo film about the Scott Pure ski. “What’s important for me in a ski would be that I could use this ski for everyday. It has to be super stable, playful, and also light to hike [for] hours with.”

Watch: The Man Behind the Scott Pure Ski

SCOTT – PURE | Jérémie Heitz from Fabian Weber on Vimeo.

In addition to the beefy construction, the Scott Pure also features a progressive sidecut that Heitz designed specifically for freeride. With a longer turn radius underfoot but a shorter one in the tip and tail, the ski is designed to be more maneuverable when navigating steep terrain, but can still make wide, sweeping turns when pointed down the fall line.

With a 109mm waist and only two lengths planned for this autumn, the Scott Pure is definitely going to be on many freeride skiers’ short lists for skis to check out this autumn. SKI will have a full review based on this ski’s results from the annual SKI Test in September.

2022 Scott Pure Details

  • Lengths (cm): 182, 190
  • Dimensions (mm): 142-109-128
  • Turn Radius (m): 21 (182 length)
  • Weight: Approx. 1,850 g (4 lbs. 1 oz.)

Snow Peak – This Fancy Camp Gear Is Nearly Idiot-Proof (According to an Idiot)

By Nick Caruso Dec 19, 2020 From Gear Patrol

Seeking solace from the pandemic, I arranged to test a truly glorious collection of Snow Peak products. Despite my worst efforts, the stuff rocked.

The gist of what you’re about to read is that Snow Peak camping gear is gorgeous, highly functional, fun to use and impressive to look at even in the hands of a complete idiot. I should know: I am that idiot.

As you probably do, I constantly yearn for an escape from the omnipresent perils and stress of COVID. Earlier in the fall, my friend pod decided to go camping. For weeks beforehand the anticipation was tough to ignore, particularly because I had arranged to test out a wonderful collection of Snow Peak camping gear.

n theory, this was going to be a perfectly epic off-grid adventure — we’d be set up with more square footage of shelter and furniture options than many Brooklyn apartments, a rustic yet gourmet cooking situation and enough ambience to astonish Wes Anderson. In practice… nothing went as planned. For all my excitement, I had failed to pursue preparations such as “knowing how to set up the tent” and “remembering my sleeping bag.”

(Before continuing, I want to point out that I have been camping many times and have used, tested or owned a boatload of this sort of gear over the years. While this instance of me being wildly stupid was by no means an isolated incident, it’s not for lack of knowledge or experience that everything went wrong. That makes all of this worse.)

The gear list was indeed extensive: a Land Lock Tent and Takibi Tarp Octa, several Red Folding Chairs, a Single Action Table, a Home & Camp Burner, 10 Hozuki Lanterns, and the phenomenal Takibi Fire & Grill. There was enough to literally fill the back of my Cherokee.

When the day came, I set out with the smug nonchalance of a law student slacker confidently wandering into the bar exam after only having watched My Cousin Vinny a couple times

The two- and-a-half-hour road trip was a breeze, and I was happily humming along to yacht rock (probably) until almost exactly 10 minutes out from the campsite, when for no reason whatsoever I realized that I’d left a very crucial crate behind.

In it, my sleeping bag and pad, pillow, camp towel, hammock, flashlight and tools, all the insulated clothing I’d packed and even a Helinox camp bench I was reviewing. In other words, the things I needed most.

Faced with adding a roughly five hours of driving to my day, I made a series of very embarrassing calls. The only chance I had was a friend who might not have left yet, the Marisa Tomei to my Joe Pesci, if you will. She graciously nabbed my gear, completely saving the weekend. Soon, however, I realized that this godsend had merely cleared the way for me to be a complete dumbass in myriad other respects.

Snow Peak Landlock Tent – $1599.95

I turned my attention to the task of erecting the resplendent and absolutely gargantuan Land Lock. Another friend lent a hand, thankfully, but as I had neglected to procure any diagrams or instructions and because we had zero cell service, setup overwhelmed us. In retrospect, the solution was not only starkly obvious, but also extremely simple: Snow Peak’s tent poles are discreetly color-coded to their respective straps.

Once we made this discovery at roughly the two-hour mark, the entire thing was done in 20 minutes. Then, when the last stake was hammered down, it became obvious that we hadn’t left enough room to put up the awning, which remained in its bag the entire weekend right next to the tent floor, still neatly folded in the Jeep. Inexplicably, I never once even tried to look for the latter, and only when I was packing up everything did I see it.

Anyhow, the result was that the weatherproof canopied luxury I’d promised everyone never materialized, and at night I was the sole inhabitant of a 260-plus square-foot palace, sleeping on a dirt floor.

Snow Peak Takibi Fire & Grill – $319.95

A fun science fact is that, as time goes by there is less and less natural light. This is due to astrophysics. To combat that issue, humans have a) mastered the creation of fire and b) invented battery-powered, portable light bulbs. There was, curiously, no actual fire pit to be found at our site, but with the Takibi Fire & Grill there was no need and I quickly demonstrated that I was as capable as a refined neanderthal.

Indeed, the F&G is even more intuitive and elegant than the tent, even for absolute morons: I unpacked, unfolded and set up in no time, and it worked beyond flawlessly throughout the weekend. We warmed ourselves by a constant fire and cooked all of our meals using its mesh grill surface. (I actively chose to not even unpack the Home & Camp burner, as it felt unwise for someone on this kind of roll to even touch a canister of explosive gas.)

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki – $42.95

The large box full of ultimately effective and very pretty hanging lanterns, however, threw me for a loop. I learned that it’s impossible to turn them on if you accidentally leave one battery out of each — an epiphany that came well after dark.

It turns out that light is really helpful at a campsite, especially if you want to see tent cords instead of tripping (stone sober) over one and face-planting directly into another. This, perhaps obviously, happened to me. The upshot: a three-inch rope burn under my right eye which has ever so lightly scarred. A nice, permanent reminder of how wonderful 2020 has been.

Snow Peak Renewed Single Action Table – $399.95 & Snow Peak Red Folding Chairs – $109.95

Two items that worked wonderfully start-to-finish, despite my blundering buffoonery, were the four exquisitely comfortable and featherweight folding chairs and Single Action folding table. I think every one of us exclaimed at least once, unprompted, that the chairs were perfect. The table unfolds in the most mesmerizing origami ballet and is the perfect height and size for group dining and/or outdoor cooking prep and serving.

In fact, everything was perfect. I can’t emphasize that enough. If I’d been just two percent more prepared, the entire glamping (almost avoided the term) setup would have been ready to go in under an hour and functioning above and beyond its call to COVID-escape duty. The irony of my whole misadventure is undeniable, and I can’t help but think that perhaps my dirt floor was karmic retribution for rushing to relax.

All the same, know that in our stressful, weird times and beyond, whenever we want a fresh-air home away from home without sacrificing creature comforts, Snow Peak will be ready with sublime solutions. Just read the instructions first.

Dropping In With Robin

Dropping In With Robin

We caught up with pro snowboarder Robin Van Gyn to get her winter report.

November 2020

Professional athletes are just like normal people, except for, you know, being faster and stronger. So, just like for everyone else, this year has been strange and challenging for those whose lives and livelihoods revolve around getting outside and getting after it. This is especially true if your work involves flying around the globe chasing winter storm cycles in search of blower pow and untracked lines, which is pretty much snowboarder Robin Van Gyn’s job description. But being flexible and having a good attitude are also part of the what it takes to perform at the highest levels, and those two attributes are at the core of how Van Gyn takes on the world. We caught up with her during some down time at home in British Columbia, as she prepares for a winter season unlike any other she’s faced.

It’s been a crazy year, but winter is almost here. What have you been doing to prepare? (Have you been treating it differently?)

Normally, I’d be in gyms, in workout classes, at the resort early. This year, I’m sort of grounded and doing my training from home. With COVID and not being able to travel the way we normally would, we have to pivot to be in our homes and learn how to do our jobs within those confines.

For me, it’s been interesting to stay home and really explore my own backyard. I fly a lot, so now I get to travel by car. In the spring, I went out into the B.C. backcountry and felt like I was seeing things I’d never seen before. I realized that when it comes to my own area, I really don’t know it all. I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg.  So, I’m stoked to expand my exploration of B.C. and really get into my own backyard more. There’s so much to see—you could never see it all!

It’s a really good reminder that we don’t need as much as often think. We can live a bit more simply if we just get creative.

What are you looking forward to this season?

I’m really excited for the Natural Selection contest series. Travis Rice has been scheming up this backcountry-focused contest tour for a long time, and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition. There’s three events—B.C., Jackson Hole, and Alaska. I’m not totally sure how they are going to manage it, but I’m really stoked to see what it looks like.

Personally, I’m in the middle of shooting and producing a 5-part series about women in action sports called “Fabric.” It’s a two-year project, and I’m working hard to make it come to life. Filming, production, and post-production will all be a challenge this year, for sure. For us, it’s all about funding. There’s so much uncertainty, which makes it hard for sponsors to commit, but I’m confident and optimistic about it coming to life.

Things will look a little different on the mountain this year. What’s your approach to tailgating or overnighting in the parking lot or at the trailhead?

I’m a veteran tailgater! So, this is in my wheelhouse. I’m excited to see the larger community embrace this kind of approach and spend a little more time outside together. I’m a backcountry rider, so that’s what we always do. We end the day at the trailhead and celebrate the day and our time in the mountains. For resorts, I think it will simplify things. There’s a lot of expense involved with resort skiing, and this approach brings the mountain experience back to its roots. You come together in the lot, have some snacks, have a beer, talk about the day. I love it.

What are your must-have items for the winter tailgate?

I always have a cooler. Mine’s bear proof, so I can leave it the back of the truck. Inside: hot lunch; cold drinks; lots of snacks. It’s something I love to have—a mobile snack situation. I love having it as a way to gather people together.

Do you have any advice for people heading into this winter in particular?

Be patient. I’m pretty used to being outside, so I know how to be out and be comfortable for long periods of time. But for a lot of folks, it’s not that way. It takes a little bit of getting used to. Don’t give up! You’ll learn what you need, whether it’s better gloves or more layers or embracing the sweat of going uphill.

I truly encourage people to stick with it. Being efficient in the outdoors takes a little time, but once you start to get it, you love it and you never let it go.

Pictured with Yakima OverHaul HD truck towers with HD Bars Medium (60”), and SkyBox 16.

2-for-1 Mug: CamelBak MultiBev Serves Up Hydration and Caffeination in Clever Design

From GearJunkie

Gearheads like designs that offer multiple useful functions. The CamelBak MultiBev brings this ethos to drinkware with a sustainable vessel that cuts the clutter and offers multiple beverage options for life in the fast lane.

The MultiBev is an everyday water bottle that incorporates a travel cup for a second drink on the go. It has great potential for day hikes and camping, too.

Stainless steel bottles are a more environmentally conscious choice than single-use plastics. The addition of the companion travel cup eliminates another wasteful cup from the local café, and it fits back under the water bottle to save space when not in use.

If you carry water while running errands or commuting, yet often stop at a café for coffee or tea in a disposable cup, this is worth a look.

At its core, the CamelBak MultiBev is a convenient way to bring an accessory cup along with your usual water bottle. How it’s put to use really depends on you.

On hiking days, you can use the travel cup on the way to the trailhead and then leave it in the car. That streamlines the bottle for an easier fit in a backpack pocket. It also frees up a little room under the cap for stashing a snack.

On hot summer expeditions, the travel cup can be used for an electrolyte refuel during a break. Then, you can return it to the main bottle when you’re done.

Around the campsite, the second cup works for coffee in the morning and suds in the evening. When not in use, stash it back with the water bottle so there’s one less thing clanking around the site.

Really, though, the MultiBev has everyday functionality in mind, especially for the work commute.

A Part of Your Routine

Here’s a hypothetical day in the life to see how a MultiBev could fit into your hydration routine.

We suggest that you wake up and hydrate with a glass of water. We’ve heard that’s really good for you.

While you wait for your coffee or tea to be ready, unscrew the travel cup from the bottom.

Next, fill the main chamber of the bottle with water and secure with the leakproof Pak Cap. Go ahead and stash that in your bag or purse.

Once your caffeine fix is ready, pour that in the travel cup, unroll the silicone lid, and you’re off.

At your workplace, you can rinse out the travel cup and reunite it with the regular water bottle. The silicone lid rolls up to fit inside the Pak Cap.

Design Highlights

  • Double-wall vacuum, stainless steel construction to maintain temperature for hours
  • Stainless steel interior and powder coat finish are dishwasher safe
  • Silicon base adds grip, especially on wet surfaces
  • Leakproof Pak Cap
  • BPA, BPS, and BPF free.

(In)Disposable

Carrying your own water is a way to ensure that you drink enough daily, which prevents the out-of-sight, out-of-mind trap.

The MultiBev isn’t about drinking water from your own cup, although that’s certainly an option. It’s a solution for people who often carry water bottles but still use other single-use cups.

By combining the cup as part of the body of the bottle, the companion travel cup is around if you need it and doesn’t take up room when you don’t.

What’s more, the bottle and cup are dishwasher safe, which goes a long way in preventing them from getting gunked up. And the silicone base should keep it from sliding on surfaces and potentially save it from some dings out in the wild.

Bridgedale Launches New Lycra® Dry Trail Run Socks for Spring 2021

By Anna Nikolaus From SNEWS

Bridgedale Lycra® Dry Comfort Trail Run Sock

Working closely with a team of thirty amateur enthusiast trail runners, Bridgedale’s new collection brings long-lasting fit with the comfort of dry feet.

After 18 months of rigorous testing, tweaking and redeveloping, the final collection was selected and signed off by the runners. Matt, one of the testers, with thirty plus years of trail running says “Years of poor sock performance and disappointment of many sock brands tested in every weather and bad terrain have led me to re-discover the quality, resilience and performance of Bridgedale running socks. They really are unbeatable. “

The new trail run sock collection delivers on Bridgedale’s commitment to create new and innovative socks, while ensuring they meet the performance runners have come to expect from Bridgedale. Proprietary T2 anti-shock cushioning and Shock Zones provide extra support and comfort to areas of the foot and leg. Over foot Ventilation promotes easy moisture transportation and breathability.

The new Lycra® Dry Comfort Trail Run socks will be available Spring 2021 in six Merino Sport styles in Lightweight T2, Ultralight T2 and four Coolmax® Sport styles Lightweight T2 and Ultralight T2.

About Bridgedale:

Bridgedale, is a global market leader in the manufacture of technical socks for walking, hiking, mountaineering, running and skiing. Bridgedale is governed by three principles…Fit, FusionTech and Guarantee. They have earned the trust of millions of customers and is now sold in more than 40 countries around the world. www.bridgedale.com

POWDER – The Best Touring Boots of 2021

From Powder.com

SCOTT – Freeguide Carbon

Breeze uphill and rail down with these featherweight beasts

Flex: 130
Last: 101.5
Weight: 1430g
Price: $900

The Scott Freeguide Carbon has a progressive flex, which, combined with a solid forward lean and, and heel hold results in an extremely skiable touring boot. It’s comfortable and its wide last will fit a good range of skiers. The boot is lightweight at 1430g, given it’s designed as a touring boot, the Freeguide Carbon has a great balance of weight and power for a higher-end ski boot.

SCOTT’s new boot has a unique design, called cabrio hybrid construction, which combines typical overlap construction with a three-piece cabrio and tongue. I appreciated the intelligently-placed toe and instep buckle locations. The BOA feature on the liner allows for a snug fit, though skiers with lower-volume feet may find they have to over-tighten a bit.

The Freeguide Pro is a touring boot for intermediate skiers looking for something with medium stiffness. Don’t be deterred by the stated 130 flex. For advanced skiers, it can handle most conditions—it just needs to be finessed and perhaps updated with some aftermarket adjustments. —Erme Catino

For more of Powder’s picks check out the full list HERE.

Amie Engerbretson Presents – SNOW PONY

An exploration of the powder filled wonder of North America with the help and thrill of a throttle. I used to ride in the Truckee Rodeo and I always dreamt of being a rodeo queen. I wasn’t allowed to throw my hat in the ring because I didn’t own my own horse. I happily settled for the beer flag carrier between events atop a borrowed but trusty horse. Where do my skier and rodeo queen dreams meet? The moment I handed a country boy a stack of cash in rural Wyoming and got myself a snow pony… The trill of the ride, buck and wild, all to land atop untouched perfect snow, without a soul around.

I am always looking for ways to take things, especially my skiing, to the next level. Launching into snowmobiling for me is all about access. A way to a get to terrain to push and progress my skiing. The caveat? I had to learn something totally new first. Luckily, I have patient, funny friends that are willing to join me for the ride. Snow Pony follows myself and my friends as we sled and ski around the mountains of western North America, from Wyoming, to Revelstoke, to home in Tahoe. It’s an adventure, and I am a novice, but the snow, the skiing and the smiles are plenty! Let’s giv’er a whirl!