SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

Outdoor Retailer Roundup: An iPhone case that's photo-taking friendly

Sea to Summit makes a fingers-friendly, waterproof iPhone case, and Arc'teryx unveils a new hoody to covet.

by: Sami Bruce, Backpacker Reader Reporter

Sea to Summit TPU Guide iPhone Case
Sea to Summit TPU Guide iPhone Case

Like I’ve said before, my nickname “Arc” truly describes my outrageous obsession for Arc’teryx. If you’re a huge fan of their Atom LT Hoody wait until you hear about its newest close relative the Ceva Hoody. Coming out in Fall 2012, folks will be able to enjoy this Coreloft-insulated, lightweight, more tear resistant jacket that still has the athletic cut that I’m completely in love with. Weighing in at 14.6 oz., the face material feels silky smooth and the stretch side paneling comes up from the hip, under the armpit, and all the way down to the base of your forearm giving it even more breathability and movement. Being an avid climber, I’m terrified that a sharp flake is going to tear right through my precious Atom LT but the Ceva might just be the cure-all. MSRP $249 (hood), MSRP $229 (no hood). arcteryx.com

iPhone Case That's Photo-Taking Friendly
If you’re sick of bulky hard case protection for your iPhone, The TPU Guide Waterproof Case for iPhone is a sleek, strong Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) bag that protects your phone from accidental lake plunges much better than a grocery store zip-top. A triple-roll Velcro closure, in addition to the zip-top closure, keeps it watertight, and the clear front means you can still use the touchscreen. Bonus: A little cut-out on the back for the camera lens lets you shoot pics right through the bag! The TPU is PVC-free and UV-ray and extreme cold resistant. Bring it on Mother Nature. Available Summer, 2012, MSRP $26.95. seatosummit.com

Eco-Friendly Crash Pad - R3 Mad Pad
A lot of companies are trying to cut down on materials and waste to give back to our beautiful Earth. Mad Rock is coming out with a crash pad on March 1, 2012 that has a 1680 denier nylon shell construction, similar to bulletproof vests, making it the most durable pad in the industry. The R3 Mad Pad’s all-new fill system allows the pad to lay flat, fold easily over features, and decrease the impact force from falls. The baffles contain recycled EVA/PU foam that would normally be overflowing our landfills. Plus, before shipping the pad it’s vacuum-sealed into a poly bag that shrinks it tremendously and the poly bag can be reused for storage or other shipping necessities. Since the shell guarantees a longer lifespan, owners of the R3 will eventually be able to get replacement foam if needed. Climb on. MSRP $189. madrockclimbing.com

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

READERS COMMENTS

Scott Needleman
Jan 26, 2012

The Sea-to-Summit small electronics cases truly are fantastic for moisture protection. I've used mine for everything from filming Eskimo rolls with my point and shoot to protecting my precious tele while diving in the Caribbean. I've got some serious faith in that burly zip-lock and best of all I can still make a call through the case.

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Israel/Gaza Conflict
Posted On: Aug 01, 2014
Submitted By: craigwill
Trailhead Register
New random photo thread.
Posted On: Aug 01, 2014
Submitted By: GaliWalker


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions