Autumn’s here! With the change of season comes the launch of a new brand of outdoor lifestyle products. AMK Enterprises invited We Are Explorers to their ‘Glamp Out Camp Out’ near Brisbane in February for the exclusive Australian launch of Barebones Living.
Barebones Living was founded in the US in 2012 with a strong focus on humanitarian action (they send tents to disaster zones, among other things) and the aim to ‘elevate life outdoors’.
As well as the new range from Barebones Living, new and existing gear from Goal Zero, Klymit, Wildhorn Outfitters, Disc-O-Bed and Lynx Hooks were used to create the hands-on Glamp Out experience, complete with a campfire and an espresso machine.
In my opinion this was a modest approach to ‘glamping’ – there were certainly some luxuries but it was a nicely balanced, enjoyable way to experience these products. I was glad to be away from any expo warehouses with masses of people and a thousand other items on display (most of which are forgotten by the next day).
Most of the products I saw over the weekend were used as part of the event at some point, from the Klymit mats and sleeping bags, which we all spept on, to the campsite lighting, which came from Barebones Living and GoalZero. There was an interesting mix of gear catering for a range of different people, budgets and interests.
Barebones Living have five brand spankin’ new product ranges: coolers, cast iron cookware, long standing tents, lights and a chopping axe. All of these are best suited for car trips rather than hiking, with the exception of the Beacon Light and Trailblazer Flashlight.
The Barebones Living cooler range has five new products to keep your tins icy; from the six-can Trekker, up to the ninety-six can Porter which is said to keep drinks cold for up to 72 hours. Other options will be available to fit 16, 20 and 36 cans and all are made from high-quality PolyNylon and leather with a zinc-alloy zipper.
I was so impressed by the quality of the materials used for these and think the gender-neutral colours were a great choice. If there was a style competition for coolers then these would be a promising contender! These coolers are semi-rigid so don’t expect them to double as chairs or support much weight when you load up the car.
Cast Iron Cookware With Curves
Next up is the Cast Iron Range offering skillets, crocks and pre-seasoned dutch ovens in a few sizes, as well as sets which include a skillet, crock and wooden trivet. Although this kind of cookware has been around for a long time, Barebones Living have polished off their design to be more ergonomic. I was impressed by the smooth surface finish on these products, and the damper that Adrian cooked for us was delicious. I think the true test for these will come with regular use! It will be interesting to see how these go against the more well-known brands here in Australia.
The Barebones Living crew are also launching three USB-rechargeable lithium lights here in Australia. The compact Beacon Light is like a mining/fishing lantern hybrid featuring a carabiner, which wouldn’t take up much room in a hiker’s pack.
Next up is the larger and brighter Forest Lantern with a solid 80-hour battery life on its lowest setting.
Finally, the Trailblazer Flashlight punches out 500 lumens and features an adjustable head and beam. This torch feels nice and sturdy in the hand and can even be used as a power bank via micro USB. These lights looked and felt really well made, however they aren’t waterproof and spare batteries won’t help if they go flat; you’ll need a USB charger of some sort for a recharge.
Tents That Ask For A Long-Term Commitment
The new Outfitter and Lodge tents are long-standing (meaning they’re designed to be put up and left up for a while) and hold up to twelve people. They were originally designed for humanitarian relief and Barebones Living have sent a bunch to be used as birthing centres and temporary housing in disaster zones.
Those of us who attended the Glamp Out slept in Outfitter tents on Disc-O-Beds – they’re like tiny temporary houses with great weatherproofing and plenty of room. These tents are more suited for glamping/long-term camping. If only they would fit into a hiking pack…
Lastly, the Pulaski Axe felt great to swing and features a carbon steel core and wooden handle. If extra weight isn’t an issue and you plan on cutting small timber for a fire, this might be a great choice for you. It comes with a leather blade cover to prevent any damage and make them look even more stylin’.
Keep your eyes peeled for Barebones Living – they’ll be available at Aussie retailers soon! Thanks to Adrian, Michael, Matt and Juliet for inviting We Are Explorers along for a top weekend.
More gorgeous gear…