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Festival Deluxe

Time tested gear we can't live without.


Shot at one of the high country’s best concert venues, the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, CO. (Photo Dave Cox)

By Kiran Herbert

The gear you’ll want for that mountain town concert series on your calendar.

Need a list of high country festivals? Check out our top summer picks at mountainonline.com/high-country-festivals.

Alite Designs Meadow Rest


Perfect for long festival days, the chaise lounge-style Meadow Rest keeps your spine erect while letting you stretch your legs. Damp ground? It’s waterproof. And the low back won’t tick off folks behind you. alitedesigns.com

Kelty Versant Sling


Field Test: My go-to for concerts, this eight-liter sling pack sits comfortably while dancing or can easily clip to a rail for retrieval later. The ventilated back panel is a must in hot weather, and the water-resistant fabric kept my phone dry during a light rainstorm. When I’m walking to the venue, I attach a camp chair or jacket to the external webbing. Why It’s Timeless: The symmetrical design lets you switch the sling from shoulder to shoulder. kelty.com

Tasc Switchback Quick Dry 10 Inch Short


A remarkable 55 percent of the fabric these lightweight shorts are cut from is derived from bamboo. Still, they feel silky, offer rock scrambling mobility, and dry exceedingly fast. And that last bit is vital, seeing that I always end up claiming the last patch of soggy turf at festivals. tascperformance.com  —Marc Peruzzi

Chaos Summit Pack-It Hat


This unisex sun hat is equipped with a wicking sweatband, removable chin cord, and UPF 50+. Best of all, it looks good on most everyone, and can be folded into its interior pocket so you’re never without. chaoshats.com

Mountain Hardware Hotbed Ember Camp Quilt


This synthetic-filled quilt keeps you warm on 40-degree nights, especially when you snap the foot-box together to resemble a more traditional bag. Snap it open when temperatures rise come sunup. mountainhardwear.com

EcoXGear EcoPebble Powerbank


Field Test: This Bluetooth speaker is an indispensible part of my festival gear thanks to excellent sound and battery life that lasts a weekend. Plus, you can plug in your phone for a recharge and a built-in LED flashlight illuminates your camp. Best of all? It quickly mounts to my bike. Why It’s Timeless: The rugged design withstands drunk friends. Throw it in a river and it floats. ecoxgear.com

Big Agnes Red Canyon 4 mtnGLO with Goal Zero


Field Test: Easy to set up, this 60-square-foot four person tent comes with a Goal Zero solar kit. Position the solar panel on whichever side of the tent the sun’s hitting, and charge multiple USB/12V devices. Getting hot? Plug in the included fan and open both doors for a breezy crossflow. At night, the integrated mtnGLO lights render my headlamp unnecessary and help directionally challenged friends navigate from beer tent to campsite. Why It’s Timeless: It’s stored in an easy to haul briefcase-style bag with designated compartments. bigagnes.com

Igloo Trailmate Cooler


Field Test: The Trailmate’s monster back wheels roll over everything from dirt to grass, sand to gravel, making for a true all-terrain cooler (ATC). It even performed well in snow while tailgating at Colorado’s Winter Park Resort, where the six drink holders, two bottle openers, and water safe storage for electronics were crowd-pleasing. When it’s hot, Ultratherm insulation keeps ice for days, while a suspended basket guarantees your open block of Limburger won’t get soaked. Why It’s Timeless: Bungee tie-down loops let the cooler double as a wagon. igloocoolers.com

Outdoor Research Helium Traveler Jacket


The Helium features water-resistant Pertex Shield+ fabric, which stayed breathable while deflecting a week of constant rain in the Pacific Northwest. While sitting and spectating, the jacket’s long length protects against a soggy rump. Pertex compressibility makes for easy packing. outdoorresearch.com

Bogs Rio Sandal for Men and Women


The waterproof Rio’s H2O Grip outsoles track well even on slick rock. The hook and loop closers, as well as the slider buckle, offer a secure fit, while the Neo-Tech padding leaves you comfortable all day. DuraFresh bio-technology helps keep unwanted odors at bay. bogsfootwear.com

From our Early Summer 2016 issue.

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