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This is a ‘1st look’, rather than a review where we’ve had a chance to use the equipment itself.
Wandering around a country-show one weekend my eyes were drawn to the strikingly subtle (yes, I know that’s a juxtaposition) Green Outdoor display.
Even from afar, you can tell that the Green Outdoor tents and tipis are something a little different – they don’t glimmer or ripple like a tent ‘should’, so you’re drawn in to have a feel. And what a great feeling it is. Each of their tents is made from a mixture of heavyweight hemp, organic cotton (and in the past recycled polyester) and feel like they’d keep out the elements with ease.
Set up 3 years ago, Green Outdoor is trying hard to develop eco-friendly, yet innovative outdoor gear and they’ve succeeded in coming up with some really neat design features. The video here shows their Bush Shelter, which in under a minute and with a single pole converts from snug tipi to spacious rain shelter.
Some of the small touches I liked were the recycled webbing used on pulls and ties, and simple addition of windows to traditional tipi designs. They also use nice solid, chunky zips which feel like they’ll last well.
Green Outdoor currently have a sale on their website, with what I see are some huge discounts.
You may not have heard of them yet, but Green Outdoor are a strong contender in the quality tent/tipi/shelter market and well work a look. I’ll be asking them for some gear to review soon for a more in-depth review.
SUMMARY: The Green Outdoor Bush Shelter, based on what we’ve seen and played with at a show, is a beautifully made, heavyweight construction. Apparently it dries quickly, is fully waterproof (PU coated canvas) and has some great design features. If you’re in the market for an all-season shelter, or end-of-season bargain, have a look at their site.
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