Back in the day when I used to do phone reviews, I had a series I called Apps in 120 Seconds. These were short videos that gave basic, stripped down reviews of apps without all the unneeded fluff… who really wanted to watch a 15 minute video about Angry Birds?? I recently decided to take that concept and retool it towards outdoor gear, so today I launch Gear in 120 Seconds or GI120 for short. I’m kicking off the new series with 3 videos:
GI120: Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack
The Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack is a light weight, compactable top-load daypack/hydro-pack. Although the hydration bladder is not included, most standard bladders will fit – my CamelBak Antidote 3L bladder fits easily. Made from ripstop nylon, this pack is made for simplicity. There are no side pouches, just the main compartment with a hydration bladder sleeve and a small zipper pocket on the front that doubles as the stuff sack. The mesh shoulder straps and waist and chest straps are adjustable.
GI120: Paria Tri-fold Carbon/Cork Trekking Poles
The Paria Outdoor Products Tri-fold Carbon/Cork Trekking Poles are perfect for those who want poles that pack out of the way. Personally I have a love/hate relationship with trekking poles… I love having them when I need them, but when I don’t I hate trying to pack them!! These tri-fold poles collapse down to only 15 inches!! They can be stored in a side pouch or even completely within most backpacks. They set up in seconds too, 2 sizes are available the 100 (100 to 120 cm) and the 120 (115 to 135 cm).
GI120: Anker PowerCore 20100
If you are planning on spending more than 1 day outdoors, you’ll probably need to charge some gadgets… whether it’s phones, tablets or cameras. Unless you are car camping at a site with an electrical outlet you’ll need something like the Anker PowerCore 20100 – a 20100mAh power bank that can charge 2 devices at once.