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Backpacker Magazine – Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: M-EDGE Recon iPad Jacket

A military-grade iPad case, built for the backcountry.

by: Will Rochfort

M-EDGE Recond iPad Jacket (Courtesy Photo)
M-EDGE Recond iPad Jacket (Courtesy Photo)

Cost: $50
Weight: 1 lb. 6 oz.
The iPad has developed into a legitimate backcountry asset, but if you balk at packing your most treasured Apple asset, consider procuring this military-grade case to ensure safe transit. It’s as tough as it looks; the jacket’s two panels are reinforced with polypropylene to prevent flexing, the nylon canvas rejects scrapes and bruises, and the full zip enclosure keeps out unwanted dust and other sundry uncleanliness.

It’s not fully waterproof, so you might want to consider tossing it in a dry sack if you’re headed to wetter climes, but I found it the Recon to be plenty protective for most environments. Aside from the obvious function of providing thousands of books in a relatively lightweight package, the iPad can also provide some entertainment for those long winter backcountry nights.

On my last trip to Joshua Tree NP, six of us piled into our four-person tent and took turns creating life list loops on the National Geographic Maps App, and once we finally settled down, we placed the iPad in the middle of the tent and listened to previously downloaded podcasts for bedtime stories.

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Dec 30, 2011

This is the most rediculous conversation I've ever heard. Some people like that rugged look. Your plane old ignorant. Regardless I've used mine to map out my course through the mountians, and plenty more. Great case, love the look

Dec 06, 2011 rock. Hope I run into you on the trail sometime...especially if it means I don't have to meet some of these other posters!

Dec 02, 2011

There's an awful lot of snobbery going on with these posts. Could this be why more people don't go backpacking - because everyone else they meet is an asshole about it? So what if someone else wants to carry their iPad out there. It's not your $400 lost if the thing breaks.

Wyoming backpacker
Nov 29, 2011

I once knew a person who professed to know football, but did not know who Brett Favre is.

I once knew a person who professed to know basketball, who did not know who Michael Jordan is.

Now I have met a guy who professes to know backpacking, but does not know who Colin Fletcher was.

They all have the same level of credibility.

give me a break
Nov 28, 2011

Right - who brings an iPod into the backcountry? Can't you take a pack of cards, a good book, a notebook & pencil for creating "life lists," and maybe a flask of decent whisky to tell bedtime stories?

Come ON. I hope the "backpacking market" is too resistant to let such a product in.

sent from my iPad
Nov 23, 2011

Who is Colin Fletcher? Hold on, let me Google it... oh, there it is. Nice! I assume the previous poster thinks that headlamps are also inappropriate and true backcountry users only use Indiana Jones-style flaming torches!

A serious backpacker.
Nov 17, 2011

Did I miss something here? An iPad on a backpacking trip? Perhaps better suited for those who take it to the local Starbucks and either talk or fantasize about getting away from the city. Six people in a four-person tent listening to bedtime stories on an iPad-- Yuk! Colin Fletcher must be rolling in his grave.


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