It's a new edition of The Cache, your semi regular roundup for all things ultralight. New gear, new brands, interesting events, curious conversations, sales, giveaways, and just about anything and everything that we find remotely relevant. This week we look at the closing of Black Rock Gear, students flocking towards outdoor ed, new EE underquilts, allmansright gear, and Yvon Chouinard being Yvon Chouinard.
A ultralight cottage gear classic, after 11 years in business, Evan and Black Rock Gear are officially closing their doors. Known mostly for their ultralight down hats, Black Rock Gear has been keeping the heads of hikers warm for years. They've still got some items available for sale, but once they are sold out... they are sold out!
While pretty much all elements of life have been rattled by the ripples of Covid-19, some of those most impacted have been college students. Instead of electing for remote learning and restricted campus life, many students are choosing to spend their time outside. As a result, outdoor education and recreation are booming within our college aged population. Watch out AT 2021, it's going to be a crowded one.
For all the hammockers our there, this past week Enlightened Equipment rolled out 3 new underquilts. The Revolt V2, the Uprising, and the Revolt V2 APEX. The Uprising is the most technical of the bunch, while the Revolt V2 is a slightly improved version of the original Revolt. We don't pretend to be hammock experts here at GGG, but these are certainly worth checking out.
Based in NYC, the name 'allmansright' is:
inspired by the Swedish Law "The Right to Public access", also known as, "Freedom to Roam". We believe in Mother Earth's virtues belonging to everyone and our commitment to that will go beyond providing the gear for receiving them.
Founder Livio currently has several ultralight packs and crossbags available for purchase. Coming originally from the world of fashion, Livio and allmansright are one of the few BIPOC owned cottage companies.
Nope it's not fake, Patagonia and its always vocal leader Yvon Chouinard have done a bit of subtle stitching prior to November's election.