Magnetic's Project Basscamp is our secret compound in the mountains of Colorado (ok, not that secret) where we test out the latest gear from our favorite outdoorsy brands. As we move into fall's cooler temps and the last bits of festival season we tracked down some essential kit for all your adventures.
TOPO Designs - Fall Arrivals
Colorado's TOPO Designs have been leading the pack for a while now with their fresh take on classic alpine styles and urban sensibilities - we call it Alpine Urban. We got a hold of some of their new fall styles (just in time, thanks James) and classic bags for a romp in the Basscamp woods. Check out these mile high looks in our gallery and head on over to Topodesigns.com to get yourself kitted out.
A cooler that needs no introduction. The YETI classic Tundra series is the ultimate ice box for anything you need to keep cold. These things are built tougher than a Bruce Willis action hero and then some -- and they will keep your food safe from bears and drunk festival fans. These things rarely go on sale so pro tip - watch the REI sales and use your member discount, that's how we scored this one. Otherwise you might have put a second mortgage on your house, but hey you are worth it!
Here at Project Basscamp things can get a little chilly in the late summer and fall evenings, so we always make sure to have our classic RUMPL puffy blankets on hand to stay warm. These two new styles are perfect for our festival vibe, the space oddity and nipomo keep things fresh and burning manish. With an array of amazing products form shammy towels to a new poncho coming out soon, these guys are a Magnetic fave.
This Danish company does one thing and they do it very well, wool slipper/shoes. Glerups makes incredibly warm and comfortable footwear for kicking it by the fire or just in your living room. We tested a pair of these for a morning and late night session at Basscamp and they were hard to leave, really hard. They come in both a calf skin and rubber bottom version (low/high top), we love the rubber bottom boot because it almost doubles as a shoe around camp. We will be rocking this on the airplane to ADE in October FOR SURE.
The Glerups Story:
A hobby that grew
In 1993 Nanny felted a pair of boots for the first time, and the wool came from her own Gotland sheep. The felted boots were well received among friends and family, so well, that Nanny started a small hobby production. This paved the way for the company Glerups.
The development of the production
In the beginning Nanny could only felt two pairs of boots a day. Since then, Nanny and her husband Ove have worked hard in order to develop and improve the product and production technology. Several machines have been invented and discarded, making Glerups capable to keep up with demand from addicted customers worldwide.
The OHT model $89.95 is not your ordinary Leatherman, this is like having the special forces in your pocket. With 16 onboard tools there is not much this guy can't handle around your camp. Whether you want to open a beer or crank open a can of beans, the OHT is clutch.
OHT Onboard Tools:
- Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
- Spring-action Regular Pliers
- Spring-action Premium Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters
- Spring-action Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters
- HC Knife
- HC Serrated Knife
- Strap Cutter
- Cleaning Rod/Brush Adapter
- Can Opener
- Bottle Opener
- Oxygen Tank Wrench
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Large Screwdriver
- Medium Screwdriver
- Small Screwdriver
Forsake makes what we like to call mountain sneakers. Their new Clyde 2 brings an updated compression midsole and higher collar for better support for your pedestrian off roading and festival exploits. The boots are made from full grain leather, breathable mesh and are fully waterproof so you can wear them just about all year long. We love the retro hiking boot style as well, you can slide into the city from any outdoor adventure and not look like some crazy Appalachian Trail aficionado.
The BioLite Fire Pit ($199) is one of those things you didn't know you needed until you try it out. The perfect solution for small festival camps, tailgating or glamping out of your Airstream, the BioLite provides both a source of warmth and a small cooking surface for burgers, dogs, etc.
The Rhake Weatherproof Backpack ($365) from San Francisco's Mission Workshop is built for just about anything you can throw at it. This is a great pack for porting around your expensive electronics and daily commuting gear, but could also probably handle one or two days of travel if you packed light. We are obsessed with this brand's gear, truly one of the best bag manufacturers out there right now.
*Apologies for my overly hot mic, we had some sound issues and it sounds a little crunchy. We patched up the best we could - it won't happen again... promise.
The Elevation 20 Tumbler ($29)- This Tumbler from OtterBox has some pretty cool innovations that give it a big edge over the competition. The Elevation 20 can actually make your coffee with it's French Press Lid accessory and then at night flip it over to the Cocktail Shaker Lid to whip up some martini's or other mixed drinks. One tumbler to rule them all it appears! We never thought we would get so excited about a drink tumbler - keeping your beverage hot and cold is just the beginning.
The Arcane Large Top Zip Pack ($120) brings the access of a tote with the convenience of a backpack, all with slick minimal styling that works in the mountains or the daily work commute. Osprey is known more for their technical packs, but have been making a strong showing lately for more casual/travel bags. The new Ozone Duplex series might also be something of interest if you are frequent adventure/festival traveler with its stackable/interlocking bags that join as a single backpack.