Xbox has launched a clothes and accent assortment devoted to tenting. No, not the online game form that esports group 100 Thieves lambasted with its personal clothes line — Microsoft’s is about really getting outside and touching grass. The camper assortment consists of quite a lot of shorts, shirts, and headgear, together with issues like a hammock and tenting chair.
On condition that most individuals don’t often affiliate gaming with going outdoor, among the gadgets within the lineup really appear first rate. Xbox’s camp chair seems to be like a clone of the design popularized by the Helinox Chair Zero (to be honest, so does just about each different camp chair), however electrical inexperienced and twice as heavy. On condition that it’s considerably cheaper than the Helinox, although, it’s exhausting to complain about weight.
The hammock additionally appears advantageous — once more, individuals who depend each ounce in all probability wouldn’t need it, but it surely appears completely appropriate for slinging up between two bushes at a campsite. And whereas I like that Microsoft is making an attempt to get folks to drink extra water with this Nalgene water bottle, I simply want it wasn’t charging double regular retail worth for it now that its admittedly very cool topographical branding has been slapped on.
As an outdoorsy person myself, although, I’m unsure Microsoft’s “camper” advertising strains up with how a few of these merchandise are literally made. It says that its T-shirts, hats, and sweaters are for “exploring the nice outdoor,” however they’re product of 80 to 90 % cotton, in keeping with their spec sheets. In case you’ve ever even been inside spitting distance of an REI or different outside store, you would possibly acknowledge that’s a little bit of an issue — the phrase “cotton kills” might be one of many most-cited items of recommendation within the mountain climbing and tenting group.
It’s, to be clear, an overdramatic slogan. Cotton clothes has been implicated in just a few deaths from publicity through the years, but it surely’s not such as you’ll instantly die if you happen to step foot on a path carrying this ABXY heather tee. Nonetheless, if you happen to get caught out in dangerous climate, you possibly can have an actual drawback in your fingers — cotton doesn’t maintain you heat when it will get moist. Making issues worse, it dries out very slowly, so even when the rain stops, your sopping cotton shirt might maintain sapping heat out of your physique. And whereas that in all probability gained’t kill you until you’re in a reasonably distant space, within the phrases of Sans Undertale, “you’re gonna have a nasty time.” Additionally: moisture gained’t essentially come from precipitation. I’ve had loads of hikes the place a cotton tee soaked up all my sweat after which proceeded to sit back me to the bone as soon as I acquired to a shady part of path.
I don’t need to overstate the hazard right here. You don’t want a shirt product of wool or fancy athletic materials to go mountain climbing; you’ll simply have a extra pleasurable expertise if you happen to do. (And for the costs Microsoft is charging for these shirts, you possibly can undoubtedly get a pleasant mountain climbing shirt if you happen to’re going to be spending numerous time outdoor.) What’s bizarre, although, is that different items of clothes in Microsoft’s assortment, like this nylon windbreaker or these nylon shorts are made out of a fabric that’s really suited to mountain climbing.
I’m not saying that you simply shouldn’t purchase any of this gear — I’ll even admit that the Xbox-y outdoors-y patterns look fairly cool. However if you happen to do decide them up so as to add them to your Microsoft clothes assortment, maybe depart the shirts at house in your subsequent tenting journey, until your definition of “tenting” is sitting close to a spawn level in Name of Obligation. You monster.