Xbox has released a clothing and accessory collection dedicated to camping. But not the kind of video game Sports organization 100 Thieves lambed with own clothing line — Microsoft is actually about that go outside and touch grass. The Camper collection includes a variety of shorts, shirts and hats, as well as things like a hammock and camping chair.
Given that most people don’t typically associate gaming with going outdoors, some of the items in the lineup actually seem decent. The Xbox camp chair looks like a clone of the design popularized by the Helinox chair Zero (To be fair, it does pretty a lot of everyone Miscellaneous warehouse chair), but electric green and twice as heavy. However, being significantly cheaper than the Helinox, it’s hard to complain about the weight.
The hammock seems fine too – again, folks who count every gram probably wouldn’t want it, but seems perfectly suited to tossing between two trees at a campsite. And although I love that Microsoft is trying to get people to drink more water with this Nalgene water bottleI just wish it wasn’t charging double normal selling price for now that its admittedly very cool topographical branding has been pitched.
As a I am a nature person myselfHowever, I’m not sure that Microsoft’s “camper” marketing matches how some of these products are actually manufactured. It says it t shirts, hatsand pullover are for “exploring the great outdoors,” but according to the data sheet, they’re made of 80 to 90 percent cotton. If you’ve ever been in close proximity to a REI or other outdoor business, you might realize that this poses a minor problem – the expression “Cotton kills‘ is probably one of the most quoted pieces of advice in the hiking and camping community.
It is, to put it bluntly, an overdramatic slogan. Cotton clothing has been implicated in a few deaths from exposure over the years, but it’s not like you’ll die instantly if you set foot on a trail this mottled t-shirt from ABXY. However, if bad weather catches you by surprise, you could end up with a real problem on your hands – cotton won’t keep you warm if it gets wet. To make matters worse, it dries out very slowly, so your soaked cotton shirt may continue to draw heat from your body even when the rain stops. And while that probably won’t kill you unless you’re in a fairly remote area, in the words of Sans Undertale, “you will have a bad time.” Also: Moisture does not necessarily have to come from precipitation. I’ve had many hikes where a cotton t-shirt soaked up all my sweat and then chilled me to the bone when I reached a shady section of the trail.
I don’t want to overstate the danger here. You don’t need wool shirts or fancy sporty fabrics to go hiking; You will only have a more enjoyable experience if you do. (And for the prices Microsoft charges for these shirts, you could definitely get a nice hiking shirt if you spend a lot of time outdoors.) What’s funny, though, is that other clothes in Microsoft’s collection, like this nylon windbreaker or those nylon shorts are made of a material that is actually suitable for hiking.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy this gear – I’ll even admit that the Xbox-y Outdoor-y patterns look pretty cool. But if you pick them up to add to yours Microsoft dress Collection, maybe leave the shirts at home on your next camping trip unless your definition of “camping” is near a spawn point call of Duty. you monster