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MonsoonGear from Outdoortravelgear.com –2016 Range

The summers in India were particularly menacing this year. The whole country has been waiting eagerly for the monsoons to arrive and now that the rains are finally here, there is a collective sigh of relief. Monsoon is the best time for both thrill and rejuvenation. From the spice coast of Kerala to the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, it’s an annual miracle that changes the colour of the land – from dry and parched yellow to hues of different colours, particularly refreshing tones of green. And to live this experience, you got to #getout and start exploring the fields and flowers, mountains and seashores.

While venturing out in the rains, it is important to protect yourself and your gear from the ills of water and moisture. And we at OTG know well that this should not ‘dampen’ your spirits to #getout!

You would recall we had put up a blog last year where we presented a line up of gear that would equip you for the monsoons. A year has gone by ever since and we’ve come a full circle! www.outdoortravelgear.com has further expanded our product line up to equip you for the Indian monsoon. And so we think it will be a good idea to present to you a fresh list of gear – the 2016 range of products for Indian Monsoons available with http://www.outdoortravelgear.com.

 

WATERPROOF GEAR FROM AQUAPAC

Aquapac is one of the world’s leading brands making waterproof cases. Started in 1983 as the first company to make waterproof VHF cases, the brand has matured and grown to develop a range of waterproof phone cases, camera cases and waterproof bags.

WATERPROOF LUGGAGE SYSTEMS FROM AQUAPAC

First up, we have the Trailproof range of drybags. These bags are tough and attractive which you can carry for your monsoon trips or outings. These bags are IPX6 rated waterproof and come in high-visible fluo-yellow colour with makes identification easy. These bags are made from 500D vinyl and are available in sizes 7L, 25L, 70L. They are a perfect companion for outdoor activities like rafting, trekking, travel, sailing and expeditions.

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Aquapac also provides duffel bags under the Trailproof series and these come with an added Velcro strip at the integrated carry handles. These bags are IPX6 rated waterproof and are available in sizes 40L, 70L and 90L.

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The Stormproof Padded Drybag is a 15L foam padded drybag meant for protecting your laptop and other valuables from minor knocks and bumps while you negotiate through the wet wilderness.

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AQUAPAC Upano Waterproof Duffel bags are waterproof travel bags which are useful for carrying voluminous luggage in wet places. These duffle bags are light, tough and classy looking. The Upano range is equipped with air-release valve which helps squeeze out air as you roll these close. The Upano Waterproof Duffel bags are available in sizes 40L, 70L and 90L.

AQUAPAC Upano Waterproof Duffel – 40L_70L_90L.cdr

The Toccoa Daysack is a 28L, IPX6 rated, waterproof bag that is tough enough to take all that the trail can throw at you. The bag is equipped with mesh outer side pockets for storing easy access items, breathable mesh straps and padding, daisy chain webbing to secure carabiners and a grab handle.

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The Noatak Wet and Dry bag is extraordinarily adaptable to suit a wide range of lifestyles – walking, biking, paddling or sailing. These bags come with an inner partition which helps you store wet and dry luggage together in the bag without mixing the two.

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WATERPROOF CASES FOR ELECTRONIC AND OTHER UTILITY ITEMS

Aquapac’s waterproof cases for mobile phones are unarguably their most popular products. First up are the Whanganui cases which are equipped to protect your mobile phones as well as large electronic items. Simply slip in your phones into the cases and use them out in rains without compromising on their touch sensitivity or the call audio output of their speakers. The Whanganui cases are rated IPX8 for waterproofing which means these are submersible up to 30 mins in up to 15ft/5m under water.

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The Stormproof cases are a versatile range of IPX6 rated water proof cases that are equipped to store your SLR cameras, mobile phones, ipods and other small electronic instruments. The storm proof pouches protect your utility items like cash, cards mini notepads etc., while on the go.

AQUAPAC Stormproof Messenger Bag helps one to carry your laptop safely around in monsoons or any water indulging activity. The bag has a water-resistant zipper at the outer shell, a rainproof roll-seal and Velcro closure, a Storm-flap with side-release buckle and small sections to stuff in varioius tiny items. This bag is easy to carry on motorcycle or bicycle.

AQUAPAC Stormproof Messenger Bag helps one to carry your laptop safely around in monsoons or any water indulging activity. The bag has a water-resistant zipper at the outer shell, a rainproof roll-seal and Velcro closure, a Storm-flap with side-release buckle and small sections to stuff in varioius tiny items. This bag is easy to carry on motorcycle or bicycle.

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Next up are the Camera Cases from Aquapac. Slip in your cameras in one of these and you can take them out to the pool, beach, even on a watersports activity for these are certified IPX8 for waterproofing. These cases come with 5 pcs of 2g dessicant sachets that absorb condensation in humid conditions.

 

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Ever wondered how would it be to carry your camcorder while snorkeling? The Aquapac Camcorder Case allows you to film in places you wouldn’t dream of taking your camcorder otherwise.

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Aquapac Armband cases make it very easy for you to keep your phone, GPS device or your handheld music player waterproof while on the go. The armbands are fully adjustable for all arm sizes.

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The Aquapac Trailproof Waistpouch is made from rugged 500D vinyl to withstand all the knocks you experience on the trail! You can store your mobile phone, ipod, GPS device, quick access cash, foldable map and a lot more!

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Whether you are kayaking or trekking out in the rains or riding through the rain washed roads of India, you need a map handy, especially when you are deep in to the wild with no mobile network at your assistance. It becomes important to protect the map from the rains and moisture. The Aquapac Kaituna Map Case is just the right utilitarian product for you.

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Using electronic devices which have wires attached can be a messy affair to manage and protect from the rains especially if work or situation demands you be out in the open while using the equipment. The IPX7 waterproof rated Aquapac Small Wire-Through Case allows a small wire out from the case.

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Aquapac provides a host of other utilitarian products that are certified IPX8 for waterproofing that protect your essentials from water and elements.

For a hands-free pouch to carry your essentials, we have the Aquapac Belt Case which is the ideal waterproof travel wallet.

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Aquapac started its journey in the year 1983 with cases for VHF devises. These devices are typically used by lifeguards and mountain rescue teams. The Small VHF Pro Case and Small VHF Classic Case are two products that protect lifesaver equipment from water.

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The Aquapac Connected Electronics Case allows you to stay plugged in out in the rains when wireless connection is not possible.

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Delicate insulin pumps and water often don’t mix well. The Aquapac Microphone and Insulin Pump allows the user to swim, bathe or paddle with peace of mind.
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You can now use your ipad and tabs on the go and surf safely while you surf! Get the Aquapac Waterproof Case for iPad with Headphone Jack.
AQUAPAC Waterproof Case for iPad with Headphone Jack.cdr

 

The Aquapac Keymaster Case is a submersible small case to keep your vitals like driving license, cash, car and bike keys, credit cards et al, safe while you take a dip in the sea waters.

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Last up in this series, we have the classic Aquapac Case for MP3 players so that you can listen to your tunes even when you are taking that dip in the lake.

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APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR

Rain Jackets

Rain Jackets are the most effective form of direct protection from rains. These are popular given their wide application – from riding to walking to trekking. The Quechua Arpenaz 100 Men’s Rain Jacket is designed for lowland hikers seeking protection from rain and wind. Its fabric is equipped with HH rating of 2000mm Novadry waterproof coating (know more about HH ratings system for waterproofing).

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If you are looking at a lightweight, compact yet waterproof rain jacket, which can be used for daily commute and is light on your pockets, the Quechua Rain Cut Jacket makes the ‘cut’ for you!

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Quechua Arpenaz 50 Overtrouser Raincut are made of 1500 mm HH Rated fabric to protect you from rain and wind during Motorbike Rides, Long Hikes, Bicycle Rides etc.

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Ponchos are backpack friendly, easy to wear and with a single piece construction from head to your knees, help you cover yourself and anything you carry from any torrential downpour. Craghoppers Unisex Poncho is a great product if you want a hassle free rain cover.

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Outdoor Pants

Outdoortravelgear.com presents a range of pants which have waterproof and water repellent properties to ward off intermittent and light showers. Triboard CR100 Waxed Pants are oilskin trousers with fully taped seams. The fabric of these pants comes with waterproof coating that repels water preventing it from seeping in.

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Trimm Project II Pants have water repellent features and yet are breathable. These are stretchable and resistant to mechanical abrasion making them truly versatile for travel.

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Outdoor Gloves

In case you are looking at waterproof gloves that also give your palms the much needed warmth from cold moist weather, do check out the Lowe Alpine Storm Warm Gloves. The gloves are equipped with breathable triple point insert providing protection from rain and at the same time they do not let your hands sweat much.

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Shoes

Imagine a monsoon trek with soggy shoes. Adding to the tough rigors of the climb, the wet shoes will surely ‘dampen your spirits’! Hi-Tec provides waterproof, rugged and comfortable shoes with Dri-Tec® waterproof membrane for 100% waterproofing. These shoes are also equipped with moisture wicking Ortholite sock-liner to eliminate sweat and odour.

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Quick Dry Apparel

While Quick Dry apparel may not be waterproof, it is very handy if your adventure involves you to be on the run for days at length in wet and humid conditions with very little opportunity to get your apparel dry. These typically dry out in a short span of time even in highly moist conditions.

Knox Guerilla Shorts are made from breathable British made Meryl Lycra, a fabric known for its superior fast drying and wicking properties. These fast drying shorts are available at 30% discount over list price making these an attractive grab!

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Apparel with Monsoon-friendly utility features

These products are not necessarily made with the object of protecting the traveller from the monsoons, but these have certain properties which make your travels out in the rains less of a hassle.

Monsoon is also are a harbinger for insects that can gnaw in through your apparel and trouble you while you are out camping especially when you are stationed at a place for a long time. Noslife cargo pants from Craghoppers are comfortable cargo pants that boast highly efficient insect repellency. These pants are also equipped with an integrated drybag where you can stash in your essentials like cash, mobile phone, credit cards etc.

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Outdoortravelgear.com also offers the Ultimate Hat from Craghoppers that comes equipped with the Noslife insect repellent technology and a unique full face mesh that makes insects dodging easy.

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The Craghoppers Bear Grylls Core Trousers repel sun and rain drops alike and are tough enough to help you face challenges of the outdoors.

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The Lowe Alpine Ninja Balaclava is made to protect you from the chill with its 100% windproof fabric. Its fabric is water repellent and the spandex fabric used around the neck and head is fast drying and breathable making it a very useful product in cold and wet conditions.

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Another product which is primarily equipped to fight the chill in the air – Cold Killers Hot Socks, also has good water resistance properties keeping your feet dry and away from cold.

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TRAVEL GEAR AND ACCESSORIES

 

Rain Covers for Backpacks

QuipCo Turtleback Rain Cover is a water resistant rain cover that is a perfect shield for your backsack / rucksack from rains. The Turtleback is available in two sizes, one for 35 to 50 ltrs and the other for 55 to 80 ltrs of backpacks. The size can be adjusted using the draw string and the reflective logo print ensures visibility in the dark.

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Lowe Alpine also offers Rain Covers in 4 sizes and these are equipped with a buckle lock at the back to keep the cover from separating from the bag.

LOWE ALPINE Rain Cover - Large - 60-80L.cdr

Some Backpacks are equipped with rainproof covers to ward off water from seeping into the bag. These are a good pick especially if you want the rain covers to be attached to the backsack / rucksack.

Trimm Leman 45Trimm Sherpa 65Knox K-PackRed Pillar Salher 50

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Hi Viz Wearables, Straps and Reflectors

It can get particularly dark even during day time in the monsoon and while walking by the roadside, you would want a hapless driver on the road to spot you through the water being splashed on his 4 wheeler. The QuipCoFlash Hi Viz Suspenders can be worn around the torso and is ideal while trekking, cycling, motorcycling or walking. The Suspenders have highly reflective strips that keep you visible even at night.

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One can also consider using a pair of the QuipCo Flash Hi Viz Straps with reflective strip, which can be used in a variety of ways – strap these at the end of your motorbike, strap these near your ankles while cycling or even around your arms while jogging.

QUIPCO Flash Hi Viz Straps - A Pair.cdr

Self Heating Warmer

The nights during monsoon get surprisingly chilly even near the coastal areas. And if you are camping out, the humidity and chill can be discomforting. In such instances, Warmee is the perfect remedy to a cold and wet night out in the open. It is a self heating warmer which provides 8+ hours of continuous warmth without any external source of heating. All you need to do is tear open a pack of Warmee and shake it for 5-10 seconds and place it in enclosed regions like your pockets or inside of your sleeping bag.

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Head Lamps

Petzl Head Lamps are great for lighting needs in the outdoors, especially for trekkers looking for a hands free guide light and also for cyclists and motorcyclists while tending to their vehicles in the dark. These head lamps are IPX4 rated water resistant, meaning these can withstand water splashing from any direction. However, in case of a heavy downpour, it is advisable that you stash these in a dry storage facility.

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Tent

Camping out in the wild can be disastrous if your tent is unable to withstand rains and winds of the Indian monsoon. Check the water resistance of the material being used for the tent before purchase. Coleman Sun Dome 3 Person Tent is 33% more water resistant than comparable Coleman® tents and its WeatherTec™ system coupled with with its patented welded floors and inverted seams helps you stay dry.

 

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Puncture Patch

Cut a hole in your Aquapac gear or any tent, tarp, rain cover or drybag? The Aquapac Puncture Patches fix it instantly and make your gear function as good as new. The patches are available in packs of 5. Keep a pack of these ready to fix your gear on the go!

 

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Quick Dry Towel

The compact towel from Nabaiji has quick dry capabilities making it a must have in your luggage while travelling out during the monsoon.

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Blankets and Mats

Mos-quit-o is a washable mosquito repellent blanket that immunizes you from mosquito bites and related diseases. These have a life of upto 50 washes and if used selectively, they are good enough to last more than one year of monsoons.

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Wet floors and insects during monsoons can be a big irritant if you have to crash for the night in the outdoors. QuipCo Snooze Mat is perfect companion to snooze on during your travels and adventures.

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CYCLING GEAR

Cycling Jackets

If you are looking at cycling jackets and shirts that protect you from the occasional shower and add to your visibility when on the road, the range of water resistant and hi-viz Jackets and Shirts from Proviz are highly recommended.

Reflect 360 Cycling Jacket Pack IT High Visibility Windproof Jacket Hi Viz Long Sleeve Shirt

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Cycling Luggage

Cycliste is an Indian brand that has pioneered in the field of luggage solutions for cyclists. Their Pannier Bags, Handlebar Bag  and Mini Handlebar Bag are offered with rain cover for added protection from elements.

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If you are a cyclist looking for hard case luggage which is light weight, sturdy and built for all weather, it would be worthwhile to consider the saddle bags from Zixtro.

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MOTORCYCLE TOURING GEAR

Motorcycle Touring in India is a sport that has exploded over the last few years. With newer and better bikes entering the Indian market, motorcycles being made specifically for the adventure tourer and with the roads and infrastructure getting better by the day, the sheer number of motorcyclists pursuing this sport has burgeoned.

Motorbiking  Jackets and Pants

With monsoon being a default part of a typical Indian riding calendar, most of the Indian brands provide jackets and pants with rain liners as an integral part of the product.

Take a look at our collection of rain ready motorbiking jackets and Pants:

The Mototech Contour Air Riding Jacket comes with the Mototech Hurricane Rain Jacket as one unit. The Hurricane Rain Jacket is power packed with features like no zip on the front for added waterproofing, hi viz draw cords, reflective branding at the back for higher visibility and the jacket has water taped seams for maximum waterproofing. It is a must have combination for combatting the Indian monsoon.

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Jackets from Rynox Gears:

The  armoured jackets from Rynox come with an internal detachable rain liner.

Tornado Tornado Pro Air GTAsphalt

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Pants from Rynox Gears:

The Advento and Raid are two armoured riding pants from Rynox which have a detachable external waterproof rain liner.

Advento Raid

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Jackets from Cramster:

K2K and Eclipse are powered with an integrated Reissa®Powerskin Membrane which makes the jackets water resistant. The Breezer line of jackets have a detachable water resistant layer of Reissa®Powerskin which can be removed while riding in non-rainy days.

K2K Eclipse Breezer 4S Breezer Riding Jacket (Lady)

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Pants from Cramster:

The Cramster Velocity 2.0 Enduro Riding Pants are equipped with Original Reissa®Powerskin Membrane making them Rain/Wind/Snow Resistant.

CRAMSTER Velocity 2.0 Enduro Riding Pants.cdr

Motorcycle Gloves

While motorcyclists are particular about the rain liners that come with their riding jackets and pants, seldom do some riders invest in waterproofing their gloves, leaving their hands cold and wet for long periods of time when riding even under a drizzle. Outdoortravelgear.com offers a range of waterproof gloves that would keep your hands warm and dry throughout the ride!

Knox Gloves uses a patented and popular technology Outdry® to make their gloves completely waterproof. This technology is an innovation in waterproofing whereby the Outdry membrane is bonded directly to the shell and completely seals the stiching. Knox Hand Armour is offered at 30% discount under the Gear Deals Section on http://www.outdoortravelgear.com.

Hand Armour Zero 2 OutdryHand Armour ZeroHand Armour CovertHand ArmourTechstyle

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Cramster Tundra Gloves are made for riding in cold and rain conditions. These are powered with a HIPORA membrane for strong water resistance.

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Cold Killers Undergloves are soft shell gloves that can be worn underneath your regular armoured motorbiking gloves. They are known for providing great water and wind resistance and yet are breathable.

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Mobile Mounts

Talk about waterproof cases and an Aquapac product is a default addition to the list. Bike-mounted phone cases from Aquapac are IPX8 rated waterproof meaning these are submersible upto 30 mins in 15ft/5m of water. These cases come with a versatile bike mounting attachment which can be used to attach the mount on your motorcycle’s / cycle’s handlebar. The two variants fit screen sizes upto 5.5” and upto 6”.

AQUAPAC Mini Bike-Mounted Waterproof Phone Case - Fits Screen Si

Rynox Mounts are equipped with a pouch that protects your mobile from the elements and the PVC coated zip is water resistant.

Rynox Mobile / GPS MountsRynox Croc Mounts

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Motorcycle Luggage

Motorcycle riders in India have evolved from strapping up their backsacks, haversacks and bulky unwieldy luggage bags to purpose-built luggage that gels well with the contours of their motorcycles. And just like with Motorcycle apparel, brands have done well to equip their gear with rain protection features. Here’s a look at the wide variety of options you have:

Frogman Series of Waterproof bags

The Dirtsack Frogman Waterproof Luggage System is unarguably India’s first 100% waterproof luggage system. These completely welded PVC bags allow you to plan and pack for dry rides even under ‘what-if-heavens-open-up’ scenarios. The makers claim that the bags have been tested through hell!

Frogman SaddlebagsFrogman Tailbag

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Rain Covers from Dirtsack

Dirtsack offers external rain cover for saddlebags and tankbags. The saddlebag raincovers are contoured to the shape of Dirtsack Longranger and Easy Rider, however given their universal fit, these can just well be used to cover saddlebags from other brands as well.

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Dirtsack also provides a high visibility and seam sealed tankbag rain cover which fits the contours of the Forester and Racepack tankbags and can well fit other tankbags as well.

Tankbag Rain Cover.cdrThese luggage offerings from Dirtsack come with an integrated rain cover:

Longranger Pro SaddlebagThe GypsyForester Magnetic Neo TankbagKTM RacepackTankbag

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The makers of luggage systems from Rynox Gears and ViaTerra also have integrated rain covers that help protect your luggage from the elements.

Luggage from Rynox Gears:

Nomad v2.1 SaddlebagsStacker SaddlebagsHawk Tailbag–  Optimus M TankbagNavigator Tankbag

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Luggage from ViaTerra:

Leh SaddlebagsVelox SaddlebagsWolf SaddlebagsRaptor Tailbag / Office bag Fly GT Tankbag Oxus Tankbag Fly Magnetic TankbagClaw Claw Mini

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While the Claw is sold with a rain cover, this rain cover is also sold separately.

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So there it is. We have made this blog as all encompassing as possible, presenting an exhaustive array of products for the monsoon. So what are you waiting for?! Go #getout and get yourself geared for the monsoon!

 

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It’s ironic that you need to keep hydrated while on a trek, cycle ride, motorcycle ride, water sport activity, expedition etc., but at the same time keep your body and your belongings/equipment protected from any external water penetration; so that they are ready for use and you don’t fall prey to any high altitude and cold sicknesses. To avoid this it is important to be aware of the difference between the terms Waterproof and Water Resistant and select your gear accordingly. It is important to be aware of exactly to what degree your gear can protect you from rain, dew, shower or any water body during your adventure.

Water Proof vs. Water Resistant: What’s the Difference?

It’s ironic that you need to keep hydrated while on a trek, cycle ride, motorcycle ride, water sport activity, expedition etc., but at the same time keep your body and your belongings / equipment protected from any external water penetration; so that they are ready for use and you don’t fall prey to any high altitude and cold sicknesses. To avoid this it is important to be aware of the difference between the terms ‘Waterproof’ and ‘Water Resistant’ and select your gear accordingly. It is important to be aware of exactly to what degree your gear can protect you from rain, dew, shower or any water body during your adventure.

Waterproof and water resistant – the moment you start shopping for monsoons, you’ll stumble across these two terms, be it electronics, rainwear, jackets, gloves, luggage, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, watches or footwear.

Do they mean the same thing? Which one’s better? What’s the difference?

We at OTG are questioned about this difference quite often by our customers. We hope this blog clears the air for all readers and adventure enthusiasts, so that they can decide on the appropriate waterproof or water resistant gear for their use, according to their need in the outdoors.

Let’s look at the exact definitions.

Waterproof: Completely impervious to or impenetrable by water. That means the water cannot seep in through the stitches and zippers as well.

Water Resistant: Able to resist the penetration of water to a certain extent depending on the intensity of water droplets or shower.

In short, waterproof gear means no water can seep in, no matter what. On the other hand, water resistant gear will stop water to a certain extent, beyond which water will pass through.

But that’s really vague, isn’t it? You need to know the exact degree beyond which a particular piece of water resistant gear will fail, and you need to know this BEFORE making the purchase decision. You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of nowhere with gear that you bought to keep you or your stuff dry, falling short of the task.

Two different types of globally accepted rating scales are used for this purpose:

Ingress Protection Scale (IP Code): The IP code follows an international standard called IEC 60529 – Degrees of Protection Provided by Enclosures and it was developed by a technical committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission.

  • The IP Code classifies and rates the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact and water.
  • The scale takes into account three types of variables; the angle at which water hits the product being tested, the minimum duration for which the test must be conducted and the speed or force with which water hits the product.
  • The IP code is typically used for electronics, drybags, protective cases, etc.
  • The scale is measured from zero to eight, with IPX0 meaning no protection from water and IPX8 meaning protection against continual underwater immersion.

When buying gear that is certified under the IP code, you should look for the exact IP specification code on the packaging. Here’s what each of the codes in the IP system means in short.

The IP code follows an international standard called IEC 60529

 

Among the brands available on OutdoorTravelGear.com, Aquapac products are IP rated. The Packdivider DrySacks, Trailproof bags, Toccoa, Noatak and Stormproof bags from Aquapac have waterproofing rating of IPX6 , which indicates that these bags protect against powerful water jets / heavy seas / temporary flooding. These are great for heavy rains, but are not submersible. On the other hand, the Aquapac Whanganui cases have waterproofing rating of IPX8. This means that these are designed to not just keep out the rain but can also be submersed up to 30FT/10M under water for 30 minutes without any water ingress.

 

Hydrostatic Head:

  • Hydrostatic Head scale measures the degree to which a piece of gear can hold back water
  • Process: A patch of the material being tested is clamped at the bottom end of a clear transparent tube. The tube is then filled slowly with water. The idea is to see how high the column of water can get before the material lets water drip through.
  • The HH scale is typically used for fabric, tents, clothes, etc.
  • The scale is measured in thousands of mm. For eg., a Hydrostatic Head rating of 5000mm means that the column of water was 5 metres (5000mm) tall before the material leaked. The higher this number, the more protection a material provides against water.

(Source: bit.ly/GearWeAreHHRating)

1) Hydrostatic Head scale measures the degree to which a piece of gear can hold back water

 

In practicality, where you have water being pushed by wind and gravity against your gear, you will need a measurement of around 1000mm to resist light showers. Heavy rain and wind will create more pressure on your gear and it will require a higher rating of around 5000mm.

For really heavy-duty use, look for gear with a rating of about 10000mm. Gear with this level of rating should survive against water being pushed through by something physical, like a person or vegetation rubbing on it in the wind.

HH Rated Gear on OutdoorTravelGear.com

The Quechua Arpenaz 2 Tent has 2000mm PU-coated Polyester which means that the material can withstand pressure exerted up to 2 metres (2000mm) column of water without allowing any leakage.

The Quechua Rain Cut Jacket available with www.outdoortravelgear.com has an HH rating of 2000 mm.

Some brands may not quote the waterproofing standards for their products, but may advise you on the water resistance / waterproofing levels of the gear. It makes good sense to defer to the brand’s advise and use the gear accordingly.

For e.g. a number of brands selling motorcycle luggage in India provide rain covers for their luggage that are water resistant. Dirtsack offers the Gypsy with ‘water retardant’ fabric that wards off light showers coupled with an external rain cover making the bag resistant to showers. Dirtsack also offers the Frogman series of bags made from heavy duty PVC material that are 100% waterproof dustproof and rainproof.

The Hurricane Rain Overtrousers from Mototech are technical rain pants with fully seam sealed tapes and Hipora fabric which is waterproof and breathable. Mototech also offers the Hurricane Rain Jacket as a water proofing solution sold along with Contour Air Riding Jacket as one unit.

So what’s the moral of the story? Now that you know the difference, the next time you want to buy gear that is waterproof or water resistant, find out what it exactly means for that product and see if the product is specifically rated under any of the two scales we saw above.

Don’t let the rains keep you home. Go ahead. GET OUT!

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Beat the Heat this Summer with OTG Products

Hot Summer Gear from Outdoor Travel Gear!

Summer has rolled in, and while a blistering day isn’t the most conducive to adventure activities, it certainly isn’t going to stop us from stepping out, is it? The joys of a clear sky, great light for photography and fresh breezes make up for any trifling discomfort of high temperatures. Still, it’s better to go out there prepared. So this summer, don’t just invest in sunscreen, check out these great products from OTG that’ll help you beat the heat!

Hydration Bladders, Packs and Bottles

These hydration bladders are the best way tote around water when you’re outdoors. Buy the bladders and use them in regular backpacks, or buy them with the packs made especially for that purpose – you can’t go wrong!

Camelbak Antidote Reservoir

Available in both 2L and 3L sizes, carry this amazing hydration pack on all your adventure activities. What’s great about Camelback’s Antidote Reservoir is that it comes with a lifetime guarantee. It’s functional too, the snap lock makes it leak-proof and the access port is large enough to put your hand in, so cleaning it becomes a breeze.

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Camelbak Hydration Packs

Our range of Camelbak Hydration Packs is just the right thing to combat the heat. The hydration packs are a great combination of size and weight, making them the ultimate backpack for a range of physical and adventure activities.

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Camelbak Podium Big Chill Water Bottle

This 750ml bottle has a special Closed Cell Foam Technology within a double walled construction that keeps your water cooled for longer – twice as long as a standard bottle. Its ergonomic design allows you to grip and squeeze easily, and even better, it’s spill-proof with Camelbak’s patented Jet-Valve technology.
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CAMELBAK Arc 2™

CAMELBAK Arc 2™ is double barreled hydration on the run. The Arc 2™ runner’s belt comes with two 10 oz Podium Arc bottles held securely by the bottle cages attached to the belt. The Podium Arc bottles feature Camelbak’s patented Jet Valve™ technology for hydration on demand, with a simple squeeze!
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Everyday Wear and Clothing

Looking for something that you can wash and wear whenever you step out in the summer? Here is a great collection of tees and pants that will keep you cool and protected through the summer – no matter what the activity.

QUIPCO Ranger Camouflage Trek Pants

The Ranger Camouflage Trek pants are one of a kind. Cotton based, with an elastic waist, they’re purpose made for trekking, hiking, riding or other adventure activities.

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CRAGHOPPERS Nosilife Cargo Trousers

These cargo pants come with permanent insect repellant, as well as NosiLife’s Solar UV Shield, making it the perfect partner on those long treks and rides. They’re available in different sizes as well.

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CRAGHOPPERS Bear Grylls Core Trousers – Men

These men’s trousers are sleek and built for activity. With a multitude of pockets, and adjustable hems, these ultra-lightweight trousers are great for those long treks and hikes. They’re also equally sun and rain repellent – adding to your comfort on the trail.

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CRAGHOPPERS Bear Grylls Trek Long Sleeve Shirt

This tough, long sleeved shirt has a vented back, is sun-protective and comes with stretch panels for perfect trekking comfort.

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KNOX DRY INSIDE – Comfort Fit, Short Sleeve Tee

The Knox base layer tee comes in a comfortable loose fit, and the material is specially designed to wick away sweat from the skin. The short sleeved design is perfect for summer, and the product even promises to keep away odour through its anti-bacterial properties.
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HORIZON Coolmax Hiker Technical Socks

The Horizon Coolmax Hiker Technical Socks series is a must for the warm weather. These not only wick away sweat, but also have built-in ventilation channels that keep your feet cool and comfortable. What’s more, these are soft and have fine seams that prevent blisters from occurring. Designed for hiking and trekking, the socks come with soft grip sections that don’t allow your feet to move within your footwear.

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Caps and Hats

Who doesn’t need a hat or a cap in summer? However, this year, invest in a technical hat or cap that has been specially designed to beat the summer heat and keep your head and neck warm.

QUIPCO Explorer Anti UV Explorer Cap

The explorer cap is perfect for summer. Made from a quick drying, wicking material, it has UPF 50 Anti UV protection across the top, front and on the back flap. What’s extra-cool about the hat is its removable back flap, which converts it into a regular peaked cap for those days when you want the breeze to reach your neck!
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QUIPCO Commuter Anti UV Hat

Looking for a more safari like experience? Try the QuipCo Commuter Anti UV Hat. Soft, comfortable and lightweight, it comes with a wide brim to protect your face from the sun and your eyes from the glare. It also has UV protection over the top, front and back.

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CRAGHOPPERS Nosilife Ultimate Hat

The ultimate hot weather hat, this hat comes with a wide brim, and an all-round face mesh that protects you from roving insects and mosquitoes. The mesh means that this hat’s ventilation is unmatched, and it even has a permanent insect-repellent built in. What’s more, it is lightweight, foldable and easy to pack away.

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CRAGHOPPERS Nosilife Desert Hat

A true adventure hat, this product comes with a UV protection SolarShield technology and permanent insect repellent technology. In addition to the flap that keeps your neck cool, it is lightweight, the peak is foldable and it has a cooling inner headband for those hot, hot days!

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Camping & Outdoors

Summer is a great time to take off on a camping adventure with friends and family. Escape the heat of the city; pitch your tent by the side of a river or on top of a mountain. Enjoy the cool breeze and share stories while the stars come out. But don’t forget to carry these camping staples along.

TRIMM Summer Sleeping Bag

This trim and slim sleeping bag is best used at temperatures above 11°C. What makes it an invaluable camping companion is its volume to weight ratio. It’s great for hiking, trekking and generally for just carrying around!

 

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MOS-QUIT-O  – The repellent blanket

A real find for all those late evening sunsets at a campsite, this mosquito repellent blanket actually comes in 2 sizes! The W.H.O (World Health Organization) standard mosquito repellent property of this blanket makes it an easier, more hygienic, and more environment friendly solution than any cream or spray in the market today. The easy to carry case is also a big plus.
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MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern

This solar lantern beats all the others in that it is inflatable! When deflated, it locks down to a slim profile, making it very easy to carry on a trip.
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ET Stone Solar Charger, Lantern & Torch

Originally a solar power bank, this device puts solar power to good use through the smart integration of a powerful torch and solar lamp. It also comes with standard charging options – great for that overnight camping trip!

 

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Multi-function Tubes and Headwear

These great pieces of versatile head and neckwear keep out the heat and dust very well, making it perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities.

QUIPCO Dune Tubes –

Versatile, lightweight and helmet friendly, the technical Dune tubes are perfect for outdoor activities in the summer. These are available in different styles and colours as well.

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WIND X-TREME Mint Wind Multifunction Headwear

This unique headwear makes life so much better! It releases an aroma of mint, reducing the harsh odours of high summer and pollution.

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Motorcycling Apparel

Motorcycling Apparel protects a rider from the elements. It provides protection from impact and abrasion and keeps the rider safe. An explosive rise in the popularity of motorcycling as a sport in India has meant that a lot of thought is being put to make gear that makes riding in hot and humid Indian conditions as bearable as possible, without compromising on the safety and utilitarian features of the gear.

Mesh Riding Jackets:
Jackets meant for summer are typically made from purpose made mesh fabric, or a mix or poly textile and mesh. These jackets typically include heavy padding on the elbow, spine, and shoulder regions. Ventilation for the torso and protection for the impact areas are the key features of summer riding jackets.

RYNOX Air GT:
The Rynox Air GT comes with Heavy Duty European Standard F2 Mesh with Polyester Frame for strength and durability with two separate detachable liners – Rain Liner and Thermal Liner.

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RYNOX Asphalt: Rynox Asphalt jacket is a dual season mesh protective riding jacket and also comes with Detachable Rain Climate Liner.

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RYNOX Tornado Pro:
Tornado Pro is everything that seasoned riders wants in their summer riding jacket. It comes with KNOX® Protectors and DuPont Cordura® reinforcement at impact zones that provide a rider with un-compromised protection.
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CRAMSTER Breezer 4S: The Cramster Breezer 4S is an all weather riding jacket – designed for all 4 seasons. This jacket comes with Heavy Duty Aramid TechMesh.

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CRAMSTER Breezer – Lady:
Breezer-Lady is redesigned to fit women, with all the features of the original men’s version retained. It is a true all weather 3-in-1 mesh riding jacket with dual detachable multi climate liners, consistent comfort and safety in any climate, specially summer.

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Motorcycle Riding Gloves
Similar to summer riding jacket, summer gloves are typically made of mesh with a combination of poly textile and / or leather. Knuckle and finger protection and palm protection from abrasion are the key features.

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Twister Gloves  are general purpose gloves suitable for all forms of casual riding. These gloves also have full genuine leather semi gauntlet to cover the jacket cuff. The gloves are long lasting and comfortable.

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RYNOX Rampage Pro:
The Rynox Rampage Pro gloves are meant for daily use. They’re made from a combination of leather and textile. These gloves come with TPU knuckle protector with memory foam insertion with ample air ventilation at fingers and knuckles.

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RYNOX Shield Pro:
A perfect blend of protection and ventilation are the Rynox Shield Pro gloves. The gloves have a leather shell construction with mesh inserts designed to provide optimum air ventilation.

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KNOX Hand Armour Oren (OR 1) Off Road MTB Gloves – 2014:
The Knox Oren Off Road Gloves are MTB gloves. They allow natural heat of the body to escape through the fabric. The gloves flex with the natural movement of the hand and do not restrict body movement.

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Motorcycle Under Shirts and Shorts

Motorcycle under-armour is worn under the outer clothing of the rider, immediately next to the skin. The under-armour is typically made from thin heavily breathable mesh, and is elasticated to flex with body movements.

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KNOX Defender Shirt – 2014 is an adventure shirt with a focus on fit and performance. It’s fitted with Knox Extreme Impact Armour for the upper body.

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KNOX Urbane Shirt – 2014:
Designed and manufactured in Britain by Knox, the Urbane Shirt offers comprehensive upper body protection with a classic look. It has amazing ventilation and is perfect for touring in hot climates.

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KNOX Venture Shirt – 2014:
The Knox Venture Shirt is designed so you can wear whatever outer clothing you choose knowing you are protected underneath. It’s a perfect solution to uncomfortable bulky armour in standard motorbike gear. This versatile garment will appeal to commuters.

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KNOX Venture Trooper Top – 2014:
The armour in the Knox Armour Trooper Top is low profile and so comfortable that you can hardly notice it. This under shirt is a technical short sleeve top with the added benefit of impact protection. It is part of the Award Winning bike clothing collection of Knox.

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KNOX Defender Shorts – 2014:
KNOX Defender Shorts are suitable for all types of action sports. These are high performance shorts with fully articulating hip, thigh and coccyx protection. These are designed and manufactured in Britain by Knox, and made from breathable British knitted Meryl Lycra, a superior fabric chosen for its wicking and fast drying properties.

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KNOX Trooper Shorts – 2014: KNOX Trooper Shorts – 2014 allows the body’s natural heat to escape through the fabric. These flex in 2 or more directions and do not restrict body movement.

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KNOX Guerilla Shorts – 2014:
KNOX Guerilla Shorts – 2014 allows the body’s natural heat to escape through the fabric. These have soft waist elastic for a comfortable secure fit.
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Motorcycle Riding Pants
Wearing the right motorcycle gear is essential for a smooth and comfortable ride. Whether a person is a sports enthusiast or a motorcycle commuter, owning quality motorcycle clothing items can make any ride safer and more enjoyable. That’s where motorcycle summer riding pants come in. Purpose built for riding in summer, they’re highly ventilated and duly armoured.

RYNOX Advento Motorcycle Riding Pants:
Rynox Advento Pant is the flagship pant with some exclusive features which make it perfect for all terrains. The pant comes with patented AERO-FLIP mechanism which gives the level of ventilation never seen before. It also allows you to adjust the KNOX leg armor as per your height, comfort and riding posture.
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MOTOTECH Storm Balaclava

This free-size face mask makes riding a breeze in the summer. Its soft cotton material is hard-wearing, washable and completely breathable, making it your best bet for under-the-helmet conditions.

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So go out there and get sunburned, with the assurance that OTG has your back!

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How To Do Research Before Buying Adventure Gear

“My budget is Rs. XXXX, which jacket will be perfect for me?”

“I want a waterproof bag, do you stock any?”

“I leave for a trek tomorrow, what should I take with me?”

Outdoor Travel Gear completed 10 years in 2015. Over the decade that we’ve been in business, we’ve been asked these and other similar questions, a countless number of times.

We don’t mind it when you ask us questions. On the contrary, we encourage every shopper to engage with us, in-store or online. That way we can be of best service to our customers’ needs.

More often than not, a buyer seems to have started his purchase process with either a specific product or a price point in mind. This reduces the options / choices that they would otherwise have had, and in that case, there’s a great chance that they end up with the wrong product.

From our experience, here’s our recommendation of the steps / process to follow and the research to be done before buying adventure gear, to ensure that the gear you end up buying is best suited for you.

  • Identify your need

Never start the process of gear purchase with a product in mind. Identify your need first. Contrary to popular belief, your need is not in terms of a product. Be aware of your need in terms of the utility that you want fulfilled.

For e.g., if you’re going on a himalayan adventure, you’ll need to stay warm and dry. If you’re getting into an action sport, you’ll need to stay safe while enjoying your sport. If you’re going camping overnight, you’ll need shelter and sleeping support.

  • Identify the features

Match your need with the features that will provide that utility. You shouldn’t be thinking in terms of a physical product yet. More than one type / category of products can fulfill your specific need. In listing the products, get as detailed as you can.

  • Understand jargon

In this decision making process, to make sure you end making the right purchase, it is very important to understand the jargon used for defining the features you want to understand.

For e.g., with the varied advanced methods of waterproofing available today, it isn’t enough for a brand to simply say that their product is waterproof. A product can be waterproofed up to various levels. The IPX grading system classifies these levels from IPX1 to IPX8, based on various parameters. The higher the number, the more waterproof that product is. In simplest terms, though an IPX1 rated product is waterproof, it is not submersible and the protection from water ingress lasts only for a short period of time. On the other hand, an IPX8 rated product can be submerged in water and remains waterproof for a long time. It thus becomes crucial to exactly specify your need and to match that need with the exact feature and degree of performance.

  • List the products

Prioritise the features you’ve identified. Mark them as “must-have”, “good-to-have” and “need-not-have”. Now find out products which are accessible to you and which match the list of features you’ve made.

  • Do your research

Most of the reviews are product oriented. So they’ll be of help to you only once you have arrived at the shortlist of products. Try to get your hand on comparative reviews. See online user reviews. Look for first impression reviews and long-term ownership reviews. Try searching for user videos.

But more than just that, talk to your friends, others who’re in the same sport/ adventure as you are in.Try talking with people who’ve been using the products you’ve shortlisted. Ask their opinion. Also find out the places that sell the gear you want to buy and go see the options available.

  • Project your usage

Think ahead and try to project how you’re going to use the gear. Be realistic about variables like frequency of use, seasons of use, ideal longevity, is this your first purchase in the category. Prioritize this list and keep it agnostic of budget.

For e.g.: Sleeping bags come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, warming factor, etc. If you walk into a store without knowing exactly when, where and how often you are going to need to use the sleeping bag, you’ll end up buying the wrong one and might end up in a tight spot, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

  • Make a shortlist

While shortlisting products, eliminate products from your original list that don’t meet your basic need criteria based on your online/offline research and understanding of the terminology.

  • Find parity and take your time

Now you have a shortlist of products. This is when you think about money for the first time. If any product is out of your range, but if it’s the perfect product for you, you should think of the following:

  1. How soon and urgently do you need the product.We repeat“NEED the product” and “Not WANT the product”.
  2. By how much can you stretch your budget.

Ideally, if you don’t need the product immediately, put aside the money you have and save up the difference and then go for the product. You’ll thank yourself for it later.

For e.g.: Let’s say you need to buy a helmet for motocross. Motocross is a high-risk sport. There really is no point in compromising on quality and your own safety, just because you can’t afford your ideal helmet. You might as well wait for a while, save up and then get that helmet.

Depending on the importance of the product vis-à-vis the sport / adventure that you are going to use it for, if needed, you may consider postponing your plans to get into that sport / adventure instead of using a sub-optimal product.

On the other hand, even if you can spend more than what the minimum required product costs, don’t overspend. Save the extra cash for a rainy day.

  • Be sure of size and fit

If you are sure about your size, shop online. Look for a sizing / fitting chart on the site where you’re shopping from. If this is your first purchase in the category and you want to shop online, be completely sure of the size and / or buy from a brick and mortar store.

If you are buying a motorcycle bag in a store, take your bike with you, if you are buying an overjacket, try it on with all the layers you’ll be wearing inside. If you’re buying an expedition pack, try it on for shoulder size and be completely sure that you can carry all that the bag can hold once it is completely loaded.

  • Caveat emptor (Let the Buyer Beware)

Anywhere you buy your gear from, online or offline, every brand is likely to have their own terms of guarantee / warrantee conditions. These conditions are set down by the manufacturing brand and followed by the reseller. The reseller typically cannot give warranty / guarantee if not supported by the brand.

Also, every reseller will have their own terms and conditions for incorrect size being bought, the customer not liking the product after making the purchase, defects in / after warranty period, etc.

Be apprised of these conditions before the purchase. Always carefully read the warranty, guarantee and returns procedures before purchasing online or in-store. Make sure none of the intrinsic terms of purchase are going to be a hurdle later on. If you are not able to get the complete return / warranty information from the website, then contact the seller through email, chat or phone and clear your doubts with specific questions.

  • Buy!

Go ahead and make that purchase confidently. You’ve done your research. You’ve deserved it!

 

We’ve really tried to detail out the purchase journey as we see it. Depending on your previous experiences, you may or may not go through all the steps individually. The basic idea here is to be aware of your specific need and the various ways in which it can be fulfilled.

Once you know exactly what gear you need, go ahead and buy it!

We love talking to our customers and sharing our experiences about the gear we sell. Do feel free to get in touch with us. You can:

Or, you can walk in to any one of our stores: https://www.outdoortravelgear.com/storelocator

Have a crazy adventure! And be safe out there!

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Reviewed! Dragon Alliance MDX Moto Goggles

“The Dragon Alliance MDX goggles are roomy, ergonomically shaped, rugged and optically correct!”, says Aditya Phadke a seasoned rider, budding dirt racer and blogger at Motonomous.

Here’s his complete review!

See our range of Dragon Alliance MX goggles and accessories: goo.gl/QkojF3

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I took part in my first dirt race last year, in 2015. I’ve been adv touring since 2009, but by no means am I a pro motocross athlete. As far as dirt racing goes, I’ve just started out and have competed in only a few dirt-track races. I practice and compete on a dirt track because I believe it makes me a better dualsport rider, and I love off-roading and busting trails!

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The first few times I practiced on a dirt track, I was wearing my dualsport helmet (with a cowl, a protruding chin and a drop down visor). What happens is this, as soon as you take that first jump and land, there is dust and mud everywhere in the air and the visor becomes as good as opaque. On top of that, because you are moving around so much on your bike (standing, sitting, leaning), the helmet, however…

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Adventurers that inspire us at Outdoor Travel Gear

The adventure sports and travel community in India is still fairly small, but is very tight knit and is growing at a phenomenal speed! As adventurers in India, we’re lucky that wherever we are in the country, we have plenty to do and explore, always have a community we can draw on for help and support and to pursue our passion.

There are some crazy adrenaline junkies out there who’re expanding the boundaries of their sport and doing things that dreams are made of!

Here’s a list of adventurers that inspire us. We’re sure they’ll have the same effect on you too. Remember that while we’ve compiled this list with many parameters in mind, there are plenty of people out there who could possibly be on this but aren’t – mainly due to the fact that we simply didn’t have enough space for them all!

 Ishani Sawant (Mountaineer): OutdoorTravelGear.com had recently featured Ishani on our blog. For your daily dose of mountaineering, check out the Facebook page and website of Ishani Sawant – a 23 year old mountaineer from Pune. Her pictures faithfully record her daily moments, her mountaineering activities and her training, making it a fascinating and real portrayal of her life.

Ishani Sawant: FacebookInstagram – Twitter

 

 

 

Helmet Stories (Motorcycle Tourers): The dynamic duo of Harsh Man Rai and Vir Nakai has been inspiring riders for almost a generation through Helmet Stories. Started as a motorcycling touring company, their photos and videos of the mighty Himalayas are drool-worthy.

Helmet Stories: FacebookInstagram – Twitter

 

 

 

 

Abhijeet Singh (Adventurer): Now what can’t Abhijeet Singh do? Mountaineer, adventure photographer, acro-yogi calisthenics athlete, and filmmaker. Follow him for guaranteed daily dose of thrills!

Abhijeet Singh: Instagram 

 

 

 

Sumitra Senapaty (Traveler): Sumitra Senapaty started the truly inspirational WOW (Women on Wanderlust). A platform for women to get together and travel, WOW has been steadily increasing in popularity over the last year with women travellers. Follow the WOW page to get a gist of some exotic Indian and international destinations.

Women on Wanderlust : Facebook – Instagram Twitter
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Shubham Dharmsktu (Cyclist): Shubham is an #OTGAthlete who set out on The Great Himalyan Cycle Trip. OTG sponsored gear for him that would help him on his journey – AQUAPAC Wet and Dry Waterproof Backpack – 25 Ltrs, AQUAPAC Small Bike-Mounted Waterproof Phone Case, Gerber Compact Multi-tool, QuipCo Dune Tube Future, QuipCo Tundra Fleece Balaclava. He is an avid traveler and cyclist is currently working on his sustainable tourism venture – all about travel, cycling, home-stays, local food etc. Check out OutdoorTravelGear.com’s feature blog on Shubham to know more about him.

Shubham Dharmsktu : Facebook

 

 

 

 

Andy Pariat (Travel Photographer): For a taste of Meghalaya that will come close to making you swoon, check out Andy Pariat’s photography covering that magical and under explored part of India.

Andy Pariat :  Facebook – Instagram

 

 

 

C S Santosh (Rally Raid Athlete): India’s Motocross Racing Champion. Unarguably India’s finest off-road racer. Enough said.

C S Santosh : Website– Facebook Instagram – Twitter 

 

 

 

H V Kumar (Explorer): With an encyclopedic knowledge of Indian roads, HV Kumar started up the HiVayKing Club, one of India’s most popular support groups on Facebook for travelers. His personal pages are also worth following simply for the number of people who are connected to him in some way or the other.

HiVayKing: Facebook
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Abhinav Singhai (Travel Photographer): A travel photographer with a difference, Abhinav is intent on showing the world the beauty of the night sky.

Abhinav Singhai : Facebook Instagram –Twitter – Flickr

 

 

 

Shanu Babar (Travel Film-Maker): A film maker, editor and cinematographer -Shanu makes India come to life through a lens. His work is largely urban, and completely magical.

Shanu Babar : Facebook Instagram – Twitter

 

On the Yacht, again. #shootlife #ilovegoldcoast #goldcoast #visitgoldcoast #thisisqueensland

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Swati Saxena (Explorer):If long distance walking is your thing, you can do no better than to follow Swati. An ex-accountant, she now ‘walks around the country’, and writes while she does it too. Her blog is full of helpful hints for those who want to explore on foot.

Swati Saxena : Blog – Instagram 

 

 

 

Jehan Driver (Kite surfer and Explorer)

Jehan is a kite-surfer – one of the few of his kind in India. He owns a travel and exploration brand – Quest Expeditions, which also undertakes training for water-sport activities like kite-surfing, kayaking, sailing and outdoors survival.

Jehan Driver : FacebookInstagram – Twitter

Happy time #thekitesurfingholiday #kitesurfing #kitesurfingindia

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Rishad Bhumgara (Mad BawaMotorcyclist)

Rishad is a long distance rider who loves doing it the old school way. He successfully completed a solo ride from Mumbai to Myanmar and back; on his 30 years old Yezdi! Rishad has been a long standing customer with Outdoor Travel Gear and a dear friend. Recently, we had invited him to be a guest blogger for outdoortravelgearblog.wordpress.com. Check it out in our blog

Rishad Bhumgara : Website –Facebook – Instagram

 

 

 

Kaustubh Khade (Kayaker)

Kaustubh is on a kayaking journey for life discovering bits about this own self along the way. He’s been literally making ‘waves’ at international kayaking circuit. Kaustubh maintains a blog showcasing his escapades. A must follow for any one who has an adventurous streak.

Sagar and Pritesh from Outdoor Travel Gear met with Kaustubh in summers of 2015 and amongst other things, they discussed kayaking, water-sports and adventure – #OTGathletes – Paddle Hard with Kaustubh Khade

Kaustubh Khade : Facebook –Instagram – Twitter

 

There’s also much inspiration outside our borders. Here’s another (very short) list of people you should follow if international travel and adventure is your thing.

 


 

Brad Ringstmeier (World Traveler): An aerospace mechanic turned travel photographer, Brad has been on the road for a year and half with his venture Perpetual-Moto-Discovery – collecting adventures, stories, memories, goodwill and friends as fast as he can ride.

Brad Ringstmeier – Facebook – Instagram

 

 

 

Pete Mc Bride (Explorer): Pete Mc Bride is a film-maker and Nat Geo photographer, in addition to being a writer and speaker on all things inspirational. You can follow Pete’s work on his website. His focus is largely on the travel and environment.

Pete Mc Bride – Facebook –  Instagram

 

 

 

Tiffany Coates (World Motorcycle Tourer): Tiffany Coates is an inspiration to women the world over. Regardless of the terrain, Tiffany rides her heart out in conditions that would daunt the most adventurous riders.

Tiffany Coates :-Website – Blog – Facebook –  Twitter

Tiffany Coates (World Motorcycle Tourer)

 

 

 

Ewan McGregor (World Motorcycle Tourer): The famous actor and television producer is also a motorcycle tourer. His two movies – Long Way Round and Long Way Down are audacious on their attempt to document some of the longest rides ever.

Ewan McGregor : Instagram – Twitter

@cyclegardenmotoguzzi

A photo posted by Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) on

 

 

 

Eric Cedeno (Cyclist): Eric Cedeno instituted Bicycle Nomad with the intention of pursuing not just cycling, but also a cultural immersion. Through his cafe store, merchandise and dedicated documentation of his journeys, he inspires thousands to join him in to being nomads.

Eric Cedeno : Website – Facebook –Instagram 

 

 

 

Hubert Kriegel (World Traveller on a Sidecar)

Hubert Kriegel has been travelling the world ‘horizontally’ and ‘vertically’. This is the 12th year of the 10 years on road! His website is a must read for understanding how colossal sounding dreams can be achieved – simply by getting on to it.

Team Outdoor Travel Gear had a unique opportunity to track down Hubert when he was in India and spend quality time talking to him about his globe-trotting experiences –A day with Hubert Kreigel – The Timeless Ride

Hubert Kriegel – Website

 

 

 

Anders and Petra Stridfeldt (Biker Couple)

When their three sons moved out to do their own thing, Anders and Petra knew it was time to do theirs. So they sold their house and everything they owned, hopped on to their BMWs and started an epic tour round the world. They are an inspiration to many bikers around the world.

Anders Stridfeldt : Facebook –Instagram
Petra Stridfeldt: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter
Two Bikers One World : Website – Facebook


As you can see, the list of travellers and adventurers is immense… and growing! So whose name would you like to see on our next list?

Adventure Survival Kits – The why and how of it

Adventure Survival Kits – The Why and How of it!

There’s plenty of information on the web about survival kits and how to put one together. Chances are, if you’re reading this post, you’ve already read up on the basics – a fire starter, a utility knife etc. However, regardless of how well put together your kit may be, it is most likely that you’ve forgotten one big aspect – as an adventurer, you are choosing to put yourself in high-risk situations. Any pre-assembled survival kit you buy is likely to be based on a certain premise, for eg: you will be in a city, or that there will be search and rescue teams out looking for you (think natural disasters like the floods in Sri Nagar). But as an adventurer, a climber, a camper, a rider – these assumptions may not hold good at all, rather, they may even prove fatal! So here are some tips on how to put together an adventure survival kit – something every adventurer should do without fail.

  1. Think Big: Most survival kit tips out there tend to focus on making them small and handy. These are kits that focus on convenience and the fact that you’ll carry the kit around every day, in work situations etc. While a kit like that is also a good idea, you should definitely carry a larger one on your adventures. Don’t limit yourself by size. A medium-sized backpack is a fair starting point. It can be carried around on all your adventures, while also being large enough to accommodate some of the bigger necessities.
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While a small kit is handy for daily, regular use, one should definitely carry a larger, more extensive and purpose built survival kit when on an adventure trip.

  1. Think tools and gear: Being an adventurer will put you in high-risk situations fairly regularly. With this in mind, seasoned adventurers always carry along the tools of their choice and spare parts or gear as well. However, do consider if you are prepared for a true emergency. Before setting out, assess the risks objectively and pack for the maximum risk. For example, if you’re a cyclist setting out on a solo ride or a cycling expedition; objectively assess the chances of all possible high-risk situations. You’re likely to be carrying a puncture kit, but imagine you having a breakdown in a completely remote area with no mobile connectivity. What could have gone wrong with your cycle to make his happen? Pack accordingly. If you’re a motorcyclist, carry the exact fuses, spark plugs, a length of electric wire, and jump starter set. Campers, trekkers think about a fire starter kit, a spool of paracord, etc. Water sports athletes; don’t forget your dry bags, spare towel and a change of clothes. If you’re out rafting or kayaking in winter, also think about how you’ll keep yourself warm after getting wet.

    Think tools and gear: Being an adventurer will put you in high-risk situations fairly regularly. With this in mind, seasoned adventurers always carry along the tools of their choice and spare parts or gear as well. However, do consider if you are prepared for a true emergency. Before setting out, assess the risks objectively and pack for the maximum risk. For example, if you’re a cyclist setting out on a solo ride or a cycling expedition; objectively assess the chances of all possible high-risk situations. You’re likely to be carrying a puncture kit, but imagine you having a breakdown in a completely remote area with no mobile connectivity. What could have gone wrong with your cycle to make his happen? Pack accordingly. If you’re a motorcyclist, carry the exact fuses, spark plugs, a length of electric wire, and jump starter set. Campers, trekkers think about a fire starter kit, a spool of paracord, etc. Water sports athletes; don’t forget your dry bags, spare towel and a change of clothes. If you’re out rafting or kayaking in winter, also think about how you’ll keep yourself warm after getting wet.

    Always carry along the tools of your choice, spare parts as well as gear, and be ready and equipped for emergencies.

  1.  A multi-utility knife, basic medicines, a small torch, a fire starter kit and a length of strong rope are definitely important. But don’t forget to include some more stuff depending on your activity. For campers, include a large knife (or a weapon of some sort) for protection. For trekkers and hikers, an additional set of warm clothes can go a long way in case you’re forced to spend a night in the open. For motorcycle riders or cyclists, a small bag of mixed nuts and bolts, some super glue and zip ties (cable ties) will come very much in handy.
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Research on small tidbits you’re that’ll be specifically useful for your type of adventure in an emergency. With time and experience, you’ll have a holistic kit.

  1. Pay Heed to the Forces of Nature: Irrespective of what season it is, in a terrain like Ladakh, for example, the weather can be really unpredictable. Ask anyone who’s ever travelled there and they’ll tell you. So carry some rain protection, some cold protection and an extra pair of socks everywhere. You may also want to include a set of bandannas, scarves or simple large squares of cloth that you can use in multiple ways – for shade, for warmth, for protection against dust, and so on. In countries like India, it is also a good idea to carry along mosquito or insect repellent. As a last resort warming solution carry packets of Warmee. Warmee is a self heating pouch that keeps you warm for 8+ hours. You can use it under the outer shell of your clothing or in the sleeping bag at night. It is also handy for keeping the batteries of your cameras and other gadgets from draining out due to the cold.
  2. Food and Water: One of the big mistakes we make is tending to forget these two simple things. In India especially, we tend to operate under the assumption that food and water are easy to come by. Never start your adventure without planning for these two things. Getting stuck even for a few hours in North India in the summer will put your body under tremendous strain. Now multiply that by days, and it can quite easily prove fatal. You should carry at least 2 liters of water in your kit, and emergency food rations are a must. When packing food, make sure you pack high-energy bars, peanut bars and the likes, to give you a boost of energy. Remember, this ration of food and water should go into your adventure kit and are quite separate from the regular rations you will carry on your journey anyway. These are to be broken into only in case of a serious emergency. It’s also a good idea to keep dry fruits with you as they are nutritious and have a high content of iron and protein depending on the dry fruit, and perfect for emergency nutrition.

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    How long you survive in an emergency is a direct function of how well stocked with food you are.

As you start gathering things together for the perfect adventure kit, you’ll be tempted to add more and more items to it. Our one bit of advice on this is to restrain you only in the case of really large or really heavy items. The trick is to have multi-purpose, multi-use items in there, and you’ll need to draw a fine line between what you can reasonably carry along, and what you’re likely to need. However, do remember that it is always better to be over prepared than under!

After you put your kit together, the key is to maintain it. Ideally, (and if you’re lucky), you’ll open this particular backpack only once every few months to replace your stores of food, medicines etc as they expire. Water will, of course, need to be replenished just before the start of your adventure. Make sure you check the items for damp, rust etc when you open the bag. It is also a good idea to make the bag itself waterproof. Invest in a waterproof bag or a dry bag, keep your adventure kit dry and snug, and step out confidently, ready to face anything that can be thrown at you!

If you’ve ever been in a situation and have had to use your survival kit, we’d love to hear your story in the comments below!

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