Category: Clothing & Gear

Bug Out Gear: Pop-Up Tent

By , April 11, 2018

On the night we bugged out of the homestead to high ground after a tsunami warning (see Tsunami Scramble) we whiled away part of the time analyzing what we did, and brainstorming on how we could do it better. We quickly realized that, as quickly and efficiently as we set up Aly’s tent, we might do it a lot faster with a pop-up tent.

Pop-up or “instant pitch” tents have been around for a long time. In our region, they seem particularly handy in summer, when biting bugs can swarm horribly in the forest and on beaches. Such an instant shelter would also be very handy in an evacuation, where pitching the tent can largely take care of itself, despite the bumbling efforts of shocky, even injured campers.

After the tsunami evacuation, we began looking for a pop-up tent, and settled on the Coleman 4-person expansible tent.

Once it arrived, of course we needed to try it out! We did so on a recent afternoon.

Pop-Up Tent

The new tent, stowed and covered (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Solar “Toys”: Hybridlight Headlamps

By , March 27, 2018

Of all the solar “toys” we have told you about recently (latest one: Solar “Toys”: Goal Zero Portable Panel) the newest, most useful, and most exciting is the Hybridlight™ Headlamp.

Hybridlight (TM) headlamps

Hybridlight™ headlamps in both available colors (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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