5 Pieces of Folding Gear We Love
You heard it here first - the future is foldable! And/or collapsible. Ease of transport and packability take any and every product to the next level when it comes to convenience, and most of the time, performance. Even some cellphone companies are transitioning back to foldable models.
We’re happy to be a part of this movement of innovative product design, and it's just getting started. If we can do anything to help people get outdoors and do the things they love with more ease, then we know we’ve done our job. There are also tons of other awesome brands who share our passion for intuitively crafted gear that’s built for on the go - here are some of our favorites!
UST Gear - Flexware Sink - $14.99 MSRP
UST are masters of their craft, with a huge lineup of quality camping and backpacking gear. From car camping to the backcountry trails, their gear is always ready for anything you throw at it. From their foldable/collapsible lineup though, our favorite has to be their Flexware Sink.
When it’s time to do some dishwashing after a hefty meal around the campfire, this thing makes cleaning up a breeze. Capable of holding 8.5 liters (2.25 gallons), you can fit dishes for parties of about four or five, silverware and cups included. Just make sure everybody takes their turn on dishwasher duty!
When it’s time to go, the Flexware packs down nearly flat for easy transport.
STOJO - Sports Bottle 20 oz - $20.00 MSRP
Stojo products are made using the world’s safest silicone which is LFGB certified - a European safety rating far more scrutinous than the FDA's process. Each component is lead-free, BPA-free, and phthalate-free.
The design of the bottle packs down to a tight sphere when transported, then expands to hold a whopping 20 ounces of beverage. The hands-free tether allows you to clip it to your pack on the go, and best of all - its dishwasher safe.
Coalatree - Nomad Packable Backpack - $33.00 MSRP
Having a second or third pack on hand for essentials on a day trip will be a lifesaver, and Coalatree’s Nomad fits that bill perfectly.
It also makes a great primary pack for any day hike with its lightweight construction and straightforward design. It’s composed of super durable 100% recycled ripstop nylon and reinforced stitching, with an eco-friendly water-repellent coating.
Quick, convenient and easy to use, the Nomad is sure to be a contender for your everyday daypack.
Blue Ridge Chair Works - Caravan Chair - $158.00 MSRP
If you’re into USA-made, handcrafted eco-friendly outdoor furniture, look no further than Blue Ridge Chair Works. Their impressive lineup of chairs and tables made from quality materials and innovative design cover every base of outdoor lounging.
Each product is designed with packability, sustainability and ease-of-use in mind, and the Caravan chair exemplifies all of these traits in one comfy campfire chair. All Blue Ridge Chair Works products pack down completely flat for easy transport, and the Caravan is no outlier.
It’s the perfect option for some downtime by the fire after a long day out. It even makes for an excellent backyard piece during the offseason!
REI - Co-Op Camp Folding Cot - $99.95 MSRP
We know that cots versus sleeping pads is quite the controversial topic, but sometimes you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Our exception to that is REI’s folding cot, it’s the perfect novice sleeping situation that’s designed for easy set up and comfort. Only 17.5” off the ground, it’s still a safe bet for any solo or duo tent, and can hold up to about 300 lbs.
It features a strong steel frame for durability and support, as well as a 600-denier ripstop polyester fabric, which runs very light for its performance. The provided carry bag is the cherry on top, making carrying and packing a breeze.
BONUS: The K-Pak Folding Kayak
Setting up in a few minutes, the K-Pak is a great, family-friendly boat to explore your home by water. Transportable in it's included backpack, the kayak only ways 21lbs and can practically live in your car's backseat for any time you need it.
See the boat HERE!