HOG Haven Camping Gear
Monday, Oct 4, 2010 1:50 pm
As we mentioned in a recent Carolina Rider Scene, FancyFree and I took a little camping escape recently on our bikes ... in part to get out of the office and away from our eternal to-do lists, in part to enjoy a little countryside and mountain riding, and in part to check out some camping equipment from our new friend and sponsor, Brett Causey, of Hog Haven Motorcycle Camping Gear.
Honestly, we were extremely pleased with this gear and its motorcycle-specific usefulness. Brett and his company are focused on providing camping equipment that works well for riders to carry with them and we found it to live up to its intentions. Here's what we tried out and our reactions to each:
Tent - very well made compact tent for 2. Amazingly simple to assemble and breaks down into a gear bag small enough to transport
Small travel lantern - this thing's coolness shines bright! With a swivel position lamp that can be a hanging lantern or a flashlight or a sitting lantern, it is truly a small wonder.
Double air mattress - This isn't one of those big bulky air mattresses but more like the thin self-filling air cushioned mattresses. It comes rolled neatly in a workable small duffel and you just open the valves for it to fill up and become a most amazingly 2 inches of comfort. We weren't expecting it to make our night on the ground so comfy!
Double sleeping bag - nicely constructed and just right for our warm evening. We'll have to give it another test when it's colder but so far so good!
Travel cooler - an orange and black soft-side cooler that breaks down or fills out to hold your brews or food essentials. We were impressed that melted ice didn't leak through it like most other soft coolers we're used to.
Travel stove/french press coffee maker - It's like an uptown version of high school chemistry's bunson burner! This comes as a really neat package about the size of a wide mouth thermos. Unscrew one end and reveal the coffee press parts, take off the other end and pull the parts needed to create the burner out of the cup you'll use once you're done. This thing takes off like a jet and heats water in 2 minutes easy. I forgot my coffee so didn't get to try out its unique deal tho - it has a french press coffee maker as part of it. Also, on the outside of the carrying case there's a utensil pouch for the spoon you need for your coffee of soup. I like this equipment a lot.
Travel soap/shampoo - we tried out the soap which is a highly concentrated liquid and it worked just fine to get the road grime off. Sorry shampoo, I have no hair for you and FancyFree has too much to wash on a camping trip!
Chairs - These are low-sitting and comfortable folding camp chairs. They're like the ones you might take to an outdoor concert or fireside chat and we like the way their carrying cases can be carried like a backpack on your back.
Table - Honestly, we didn't take our table with us on this trip but it's pretty cool. It's a folding canvas table that'd be great for eating or playing cards and it already has a checkerboard printed on it too! Besides the generous top, there's a small shelf under the table top for camp essentials.
pillow - Like the mattress, this thing self-inflates. It's constructed of a heavyweight synthetic and comes with straps to roll and wrap it back up when you're done.
cup - This is a metal cup for your favorite beverage but here's the interesting part: it has a clip for a handle so you can just clip it on your jeans or the side of a backpack to carry. And this one's got the HOG Haven logo on it!
Check 'em out: www.hoghaven.net
You know you have an Autumn camping ride you need to take sometime this season!
February 26th, 2012 1:22 pm
I purchased camping stove from hog Haven that comes with cook pot,two containers w/lids to eat or drink out of as well as eating utensils and burner that is small and very light weight.It's case is also used for carrying water of cleaning dishes,AWESOME !The store carries a grand display of items for the back packer and for sure the biker that needs all the room he can get to travel.
July 24th, 2011 6:03 pm
I looked at a bunch of these items at the Mad Dog Customs open house on Saturday (Hog Haven had a tent set up). Even tho I'm not much into camping, a lot of this stuff (like the butane stove and the lantern and the folding table Jon mentioned)is just so cool you might find yourself using it in the back yard.
December 17th, 2010 9:00 pm
How about some camp site's? Some have already closed, are there anymore open in the Smokies.