Therm-a-Rest Announces Five New Camping Products For 2015

Therm-a-Rest just unveiled five new camping products that will appear in stores in 2015.

EvoLite Mattress

A two-season sleeping pad that self-inflates. It weighs 0.5 kg (1 lb, 1 oz) and is made from highly compressible Atmos Foam which is poured in a closed, atmospherically controlled chamber that allows all gasses to be captured and “scrubbed” before venting, ensuring precision control over uniformity and loft. Internally, this pad alternates from foam and air channels to reduce the weight and amplify loft. This mattress should be in stores Spring 2015.

TRēO Chair

The TRēO Chair is aimed at the weekend warrior with it's small, compact size and the neat feature of being able to be packed easily into it's own tripod base. It takes up less room than a 2L bottle and expands to 56 x 41 cm (22 in. x 16 in).

“The smaller chairs get, the more difficult and awkward they are to use. The TRēO Chair changes that experience, ” said Doug Jacot, vice president of Therm-a-Rest. “We started with a 13” seat height to provide that big chair feel while keeping the packed size among the smallest available.”

Rated for 113 kg (250 lbs) is constructed from a strong, composite tripod base to ensure no-tip stability and 6000-series aluminum poles. This chair should be in stores January 2015.

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammocks

Therm-a-Rest has announced both a single and double hammock which are made from a soft polyester fabric for superior next-to-skin comfort. The attached pocket plays double duty as a stuff sack as well as a holder for books, tablets, and headlamps. The mesh Slacker Hammock Bug Cover extends the usability of the hammock in buggy climates. It clips into the Slacker Hammock’s suspension points and creates a bug-tight seal while a large zippered entry makes getting in and out easy. Clip lights or gear onto the exposed webbing ridgeline. These hammocks are made in the U.S.A., will be in five colours (including two with custom prints) and should appear is stores in January 2015.

Antares HD Unisex Sleeping Bag and Mira HD Women’s-specific Down Sleeping Bag

Therm-a-Rest announced that it will be using fluorocarbon-free Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD) in its 2015 down sleeping bag collection. Third-party lab reports indicate that products made with NHD absorb substantially less water, retain more loft, dry faster, and withstand repeat washing better than any other fluorocarbon-free treatment on the market. The European goose down is sourced from U.S.-based DOWNLITE that adheres to an ethical supply chain practice and a bluesign®-certified manufacturing process.

The 750+ fill-power goose down sleeping bags feature a cutting-edge combination of technology, design, and materials that prioritize the body’s natural resting position and warmth equally. Weighing just 890 g (1 lb 15 oz) and 820 g (1 lb 12 oz) respectively, the Antares HD and Mira HD are the lightest three-season solutions in Therm-a-Rest’s 2015 collection. Both bags allow shoulders, elbows, and hips to move without restriction.

With an EN Limit rating of –9 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit), both bags are designed to work seamlessly with a mattress for greater warmth and freedom of movement, resulting in a dramatically better sleeping experience. Therm-a-Rest’s ThermaCapture™ lining reflects heat back into the bag while extra fill on the bag’s bottom adds warmth while reducing drafts.

The Antares HD and Mira HD will be available in retail stores in January 2015.

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cots and Accessories

“For years, our customers have written us to say that Therm-a-Rest cots are as comfortable as their beds at home,” said Doug Jacot, vice president of Therm-a-Rest. “We wanted to take their sleep experience to the next-level with a handful of accessories that add even more value, versatility, and breathability to our cot collection.”

The flagship LuxuryLite Cot Bug Shelter fits snugly atop all LuxuryLite cots to keep mosquitos, spiders, and other uninvited guests at bay. The bug-stopping mesh retains high-clarity visibility and ventilation while the easy-to-set-up unified hub and pole system erects 139.6 cm (55 in.) high for a tent-like sleep experience.

The new LuxuryLite Cot Sun Shield plays double duty: the reflective, heat-blocking ThermaCapture™ coating repels the sun’s rays while the tarp’s taped seams provide light weather protection on rainy nights.
Keep renegade pillows in place with the Cot Pillow Keeper. Built with soft, brushed polyester, the Cot Pillow Keeper features adjustable straps to fit all of the LuxuryLite cot widths and the unique design keeps pillows from migrating throughout the night. Store headlamps and reading materials in the two underside pockets for easy access.

Therm-a-Rest’s new camp furniture line will be available in stores starting January 2015.

Free Park Entry at Manitoba Parks on Labour Day Weekend

Following the "Free Park Entry Weekend" during Canada's Parks Day, Manitoba Parks will host another Free Park Entry for the Labour Day Weekend (August 29th through September 1st). Due to recent flooding, be sure to check the Campsite Closures notices.

Download the Campers Guide as a .PDF to learn more before making your reservation and be sure to check out some of Manitoba's most popular parks.

On The Newsstands: July 2014 Issue of Canoe & Kayak

The July 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak Magazine is on the newsstands. 

It is the "Wilderness" issue and in it you can read about...

  • 2014 Camping Guide
  • 4 Paddles for the long haul
  • Leave no Trace essentials
  • 50 years of the act that saved wild paddling
  • Rush Sturges and the art of the extreme
  • and more...

Canoe & Kayak is $4.99 a digital issue (check out the new app updates this issue as well!), or $6.99 at your local newsstand. Subscriptions are $11.99 for a digital, or $14.95 for print. 

Trail Swag's On the Newsstands: covers the latest outdoors magazines in an effort to let you know what great new content or digital issues that have hit the shelves.s

Gear Review: Columbia Pour Osity Jacket

Looking for a jacket to protect you from cooler, blustery days? Check out the Pour Osity Jacket from Columbia. This jacket is considered to be 2.5 layers and will both keep you protected from the elements thanks to its Omni-Dry waterproofness or Omni-Wick EVAP wicking.

If you're out on an extra humid day, Columbia has include long side venting for allowing in a cool breeze. Two zippers per under-arm allow for partial venting, or complete airflow. The two hand pockets are quite deep and a cellphone can stand completely upwards and not even reach the top of the pocket (or accidentally fall out). They are also waterproof thanks to the seam-sealed zipper and an inner pocket.

The attached hood is spacious enough to accompany a helmet but adjustable with the drawcords to keep it snug around your head. The wire brim can be adjusted to your liking for visibility


There are nice little features such as the tail of the jacket being a little longer than the rest, and the chin having abrasion resistance. Oddly though, there is no loop inside the jacket to hang it on a hook. I like the high visibility of the blue colour and the contoured sleeve cuffs that you could velcro tightly around your wrists to deter water.

Check out the Pour Osity Jacket from Columbia, which is also available in a version for Women. Both are an excellent barrier from bad weather to keep you dry during your adventures.