Xbox has launched a clothes and accent collection devoted to tenting. No, not the online game form that esports group 100 Thieves lambasted with its personal clothes line — Microsoft’s is about truly getting outdoors and touching grass. The camper collection consists of quite a lot of shorts, shirts, and headgear, together with issues like a hammock and tenting chair.
Given that most individuals do not normally affiliate gaming with going outdoors, a few of the objects in the lineup truly appear respectable. 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. Given that it is considerably cheaper than the Helinox, although, it is onerous to complain about weight.
The hammock additionally appears high-quality — once more, individuals who depend each ounce in all probability would not 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 individuals to drink extra water with this Nalgene water bottle, I simply want it wasn’t charging double regular retail value for it now that its admittedly very cool topographical branding has been slapped on.
As an outdoorsy individual 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 outdoors,” however they’re product of 80 to 90 % cotton, in accordance to their spec sheets. If you’ve got ever even been inside spitting distance of an REI or different outside store, you may acknowledge that is a little bit of an issue — the phrase “cotton kills” is in all probability one in every of the most-cited items of recommendation in the mountaineering and tenting neighborhood.
It is, to be clear, an overdramatic slogan. Cotton clothes has been implicated in a couple of deaths from publicity over the years, but it surely’s not such as you’ll die instantly when you step foot on a path sporting this ABXY heather tee. However, when you get caught out in dangerous climate, you may have an actual drawback in your palms — cotton would not preserve 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 preserve sapping heat out of your physique. And whereas that in all probability will not kill you except you are in a fairly distant space, in the phrases of Sans Undertale, “you are gonna have a foul time.” Also: moisture will not essentially come from precipitation. I’ve had loads of hikes the place a cotton tee soaked up all my sweat after which proceeded to chill me to the bone as soon as I bought to a shady part of the path.
I do not need to overstate the hazard right here. You do not want a shirt product of wool or fancy athletic materials to go mountaineering; you may simply have a extra pleasurable expertise when you do. (And for the costs Microsoft is charging for these shirts, you may positively get a pleasant mountaineering shirt when you’re going to be spending quite a lot of time outdoors.) What’s bizarre, although, is that different items of clothes in Microsoft’s collection, like this nylon windbreaker or these nylon shorts are made out of a fabric that is truly suited to mountaineering.
I’m not saying that you simply should not purchase any of this gear — I’ll even admit that the Xbox-y outdoors-y patterns look fairly cool. But when you do decide them up to add them to your Microsoft clothes collection, maybe depart the shirts at house in your subsequent tenting journey, except your definition of “tenting” is sitting close to a spawn level in Call of Duty. You monster.