Apocalypse Gear: Part 5 - Shelter
Published on 06/20/2012
By Billy Brown
You don’t have to have a Mayan calendar in your living room to be a little freaked out about living in the year 2012. Epidemics, solar flares, global warming, economic collapse (not to mention the constant threat of zombie apocalypse) are all knocking on your doorstep. Luckily, you’re an outdoorsman, so you know a thing or two about what it takes to survive when civilization isn’t around to baby you. Over the last few months, the Active Junky staff looked in our closets and dug up some gear that could come in handy when it hits the fan. Check out these next two items on our Apocalypse gear list and follow the series over these last two weeks as we reveal the best gear to keep you alive when the end comes. Good luck out there.
Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30 Sleeping Bag
The days aren’t going to be easy after the world ends, so it’s important to make sure you get your beauty rest when you tuck in for the night. Sierra Design’s versatile Pyro Maniac 15/30-degree down sleeping bag is actually much more reasonable than its name suggests. Thanks to a removable torso panel, the Pyro Maniac can adjust its temperature range from 15 to 30 degrees in seconds. That extra panel comes in handy in warmer environments as well; the panel stuffs into a pillow pocket underneath the bag’s hood. It’s a small detail that makes for a very welcome bonus. The wide comfort range was showcased on test trips where the evening temperatures jumped higher than forecasts predicted. While some testers either sweated in or opened up their 15-degree bags, the lucky tester in the Pyro removed the insulating panel and was resting comfortably in seconds. Versatility will undoubtedly be a key factor in surviving the end of the world, and gear like the Pyro Maniac is definitely going to come in handy.
Easton Mountain Products Kilo 1P Tent
If we’ve learned anything from the nearly endless succession of post-apocalyptic movies that grace the cinema, it’s that when the world ends, you’ve got to keep moving. Whether you want to stay one step ahead of marauders or a shambling horde of the undead, it’s a good idea to have all of your possessions fit into your backpack. And that includes your mobile home. Consider Easton Mountain Products Kilo 1p tent your new home. The three-season tent sports 39 inches of headroom and about 19 square feet of floorspace with an extra 8 square feet of vestibule space for all your gear, but it still packs down into a 5.5x16-inch package that weighs less than 3 pounds. Testers dug the quick setup and teardown, and were pleased with how much room they got for a two-pound tent. The vestibule let testers keep their boots outside the tent without finding them soaked the next morning, and one 5’8” tester was pleased to note that he could sit up inside the tent. The only downside that we found was that it’s not a freestanding tent – various anchor points are needed to keep the walls upright. Not a problem in the dirt, but in sandy or snow-covered areas, it was necessary to find other ways to anchor the guylines.