Models: Alex McEvoy / Jeff Vaden
All Photos: Jonas Tempel
Summer is a time for adventures of all sorts, whether you are hitting up a festival or creeping around old haunted cabins, it's time to get outside. We grabbed some of our favorite gear from Topo Designs, Sunski, Rumpl, Keen, BioLite, Knog, and Mission Workshop and headed for the hills.
We headed out to Rollins Pass to check out the Moffat Tunnel and some of the breathtaking views along the way. A mixed bag of weather hit us as we crept up the pass, which was perfect for testing out some of the gear we had along for the ride. If you ever get the chance to take the train up to Winter Park for a ski trip this is the tunnel you will go through. There is also a fantastic trail right by the tunnel and some creepy old abandoned cabins which we are convinced are haunted.
Topo Designs' gear was perfect for this type of trek, water repellant and easy to layer it kept us warm and dry when we needed it, and was easy to stow.
At the end of Rollins Pass there are some abandoned cabins that are right out of a cliche campout horror flick. With frayed curtains eerily brushing up against the shattered windows almost beckoning you to come in - so we did, because we had some headlamps so we were totally safe right?
With our headlamps from Biolite and Knog strapped on, we proceeded to enter the cabins to do a little exploring. We found some cool graffiti and what looked to be an old party spot, although not somewhere you would want to chill out these days.
BioLite 330 Headlamp $49 - This is a beast of a headlamp and can throw up to 330 lumens and also comes with a red night vision light. The lamp will run for 3.5 hours on full output and up to 40 hours on low output and is super light and comfortable. Perfect for any kind of exploring in the darkness from Burning Man to Electric Forrest to haunted cabins.
Knog Bandicoot Headlamp - This Australian company is really doing it right on a lot of levels. The packaging for the Bandicoot is super minimal and totally recyclable, which we love. The headband is made of silicon which is super sustainable and also requires no extra cords, you just unlock it and plug it right into a USB plug to charge it. The Bandicoot is not yet available, but check the site for more info.
Stayed tuned for a lot more gear coverage this summer as we explore the great outdoors. Get tuned up for all your festival camping and outdoor adventures and get out there.
Special thanks to all our brands for supplying the samples for the shoot: Topo Designs, Sunski, Rumpl, Mission Workshop, Keen, BioLite, Otterbox and Knog