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Top Camping App, The Dyrt PRO, and 70 Outdoor Companies Form New Partnerships to Gear Up for Increasing Camping Demand

  • Camping equipment purchases are projected to grow 30% over the next 5 years, with some companies currently seeing 200% more demand for their products.
  • The Dyrt PRO, the top camping app, is on track to grow 400% in 2021

PORTLAND, Ore., April 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, top camping app The Dyrt PRO confirmed that it has entered into partnerships with over 70 outdoor companies already this year to combine forces and meet the growing demand for camping.

Increasing interest in outdoor activities has put a spotlight on the need for campground information. The Dyrt PRO, with over 1 million+ campsites, reviews, and tips, addresses that need, and outdoor companies can now offer that value to their customers.

Customers of these 70 companies can now get free memberships to The Dyrt PRO, The Dyrt’s quickly growing premium membership. In return, The Dyrt will feature some of these companies in The Dyrt Magazine, and some as prizes in The Dyrt’s Campground Review Contests, which fuel their crowd-sourced campground review platform.

“From day one our focus has been on building the biggest camping community. Community allows us to provide the best camping information from the most trusted source — other campers,” explained Kevin Long, CEO of The Dyrt. “Increasing that information flow, with help from our new outdoor partner companies, will now make going camping even easier.”

The 70+ companies see the relationship as mutually beneficial as well.

“As a company, we strive to not only fill the needs addressed by our products, but to also improve overall outdoor experiences,” says Andrew Kinsman from Midland Radio Corporation. “Giving our customers The Dyrt PRO does just that.”

Customers of these 70+ companies will automatically receive free 90-day memberships to The Dyrt PRO with any purchase, effective immediately:

686, A Cajun Life, Action Heat/The Warming Store, AIYRE, Alpine Start, Amazing RVs, Banner & Oak, Basecamper, Boost Oxygen, Boulder Denim, CampFare, Capitol Hill Outfitters, CloudLine, Crazy Creek, Cruise America, CS Coffee, Cusa Tea & Coffee, Eddie Bauer, Four Points, Full Windsor, Good To-Go, GourmetNut, Gravel Travel, GrowlerWerks, Hammock Bliss, Hammock Gear, Heroclip, Hollywood Racks, Hybrid Light, Kalahari, Kelty, Kovr Sunscreen, Life in Tents, Liquid IV, LivBar, Marie Originals, Midland Radio Corporation, Native Camper Vans, Ncamp, NW Alpine, Out Van About, Outdoor Element, Outdoor Tech, Peace Vans, Pladra, Point6, Raw Rev, RedLedge, Shamma Sandals, Sierra Designs, SockGuy, Speedy Blaze, Supernola, Texas RV Rental, This American VanLife, Titus, TrailTopia, Travellers Autobarn, Tru Flask, US RV Adventure, Vintage Surfari Wagons, Wandervans PNW, Wandervans.com, Wandrd, Watershed, Wenzel, Wigwam, Wraptie.

About:

The Dyrt PRO
With over 1 million+ campsites, reviews, and tips, The Dyrt PRO offers the most comprehensive campground search features and camping discounts. Available on the web, iOS, and Android.

Sources: Camping equipment sales growth: https://www.forbes.com/sites/timnewcomb/2020/12/09/small-and-mid-size-outdoor-companies-see-quick-growth-face-major-decisions-amidst-pandemic/

Press Contact: Maggie Fisher mfisher@thedyrt.com

How to Choose The Right Outdoor Apparel for Weather Conditions

Whether you’re heading outside for a vigorous run, a lengthy hike, or just a quick stroll around the neighborhood, you should take the weather into account when selecting your outfit. Wearing the wrong clothes on the wrong day could be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Choosing the right clothes, on the other hand, will help you have a more enjoyable experience.

Always Keep Yourself Dry

Nothing will ruin an outing like getting drenched to the bone. When your clothes become wet, you’ll feel cold, itchy, and uncomfortable. You’ll have a hard time enjoying whatever it is you’re doing, and you might even develop a rash. You can avoid this problem by wearing waterproof outer garments. Rain jackets are an essential wardrobe item for anybody who doesn’t live in a desert. You should also keep your legs in mind. A soaked pair of jeans can ruin your day, no matter how nice a jacket you have covering your upper body. A nice pair of waterproof pants or a waterproof Bluetooth speaker will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors no matter the extent of the precipitation.

Choose The Right Material For Your Clothes

There are all sorts of outdoor clothes to choose from, and what separates them is usually the type of material they’re made from. You should make sure you buy a wide range of materials so you’re prepared to head out in any weather. As mentioned above, waterproof materials are important for rainy days. You should also invest in some sun-protective fabric for particularly sunny days. These will allow you to spend hours in the sun without putting your skin at risk. Breathable materials are also great for hot weather, while some athletic gear has the added benefit of slicking away sweat. With a sufficiently diverse outdoors wardrobe,you’ll be able to create the right outfit for any weather imaginable.

Put Thought Into Your Footwear

Keeping your feet comfortable is essential if you really want to enjoy your outdoor activities. Nothing destroys an outing like nasty blisters or shivering toes. If you’re going to be out in the rain or snow, then you should make sure you’re wearing waterproof boots. Letting snow into your shoes could even be dangerous, since frostbite is often quick to set in. You also need to make sure your treads are appropriate for the weather and activity you have planned. Hiking in the rain with indoor soccer shoes puts you at risk of serious falls.

Use The Proper Headgear

In addition to covering your body, you should make sure you have the right gear on your head. Hats are especially useful for keeping the sun off your face and protecting the back of your neck. While baseball caps are stylish, you might want something with a full brim for complete protection. In the winter, opt for a thick, comfortable hat that pulls down over your ears. This will keep you warm while protecting your skin.

Opt For Reliable Brands

Not all outdoor attire is created equal. The clothes you wear for your outdoor adventures will be subjected to the full forces of Mother Nature. That’s why you need reliable, high-quality garments that will stand up to the heaviest of rains and hottest of summer afternoons. While it can be tempting to snatch a cheap jacket from a discount retailer, these clothes might not last as long as you’d hope. In the long run, you might actually save money by buying a more expensive product that will last a few seasons.

Always Prioritize Safety And Comfort

When choosing outdoor apparel, it’s important to have your priorities straight. The first order of business is to do what it takes to keep yourself safe. That’s why waterproof jackets and sturdy boots are so important. The second priority is to provide for your own comfort. Outdoor activities are normally quite physical, and you won’t want your clothes to restrict you or cause you pain.

Last But Not Least, Consider Style

While safety and comfort are your main priorities, there’s plenty of room for fashion in outdoor wear. Lots of brands provide exciting styles that allow you to really glow out on the trail, bicycle path, or basketball court. With a bit of patience, you should be able to find clothes that allow you to look your best and feel your best in any kind of weather.

Kodiak Mini 2.0 Helps During Texas Snow Storm

We love hearing from customers that use our products. Check out this note from a snowed-in Texan. Those power banks really do come in handy sometimes.

Hello! My name is Isaac and I’m writing this short email to say thank you for your awesome products. I’m from Eagle Pass, Texas and as many are aware, Texas was hit hard with a snowstorm last week. My family and I were without electricity and running water for a couple of days, but thankfully they have since been restored. 

It was definitely a strange couple of days, it felt like camping in our own home…it was cold and dark once the sun set. Like most, we were not prepared for what came…it has only snowed in our city three times, so it’s beyond rare. Luckily for us we had a few candles around the house to keep it lit…but not many (My mom isn’t a big fan of candles, she usually gives them away [or regifts them 🤫]).

I myself own one of your products, a little red Kodiak Mini 2.0 and it proved to be quite the lifesaver during those strange days. I had purchased it a while back because I thought it was neat by the fact that it can charge my phone in an emergency but more importantly the powerful light that comes from such a little device.

This little device was beyond helpful for those days we didn’t have electricity. I would prop the light on top of the kitchen cabinet and it would light the area for us to be able to prepare our food for dinner. It helped us walk around the house and not bump into things at night, haha… so much easier than carrying around a candle.

Before the snowstorm came I always had the little Kodiak Mini 2.0 on my desk….only using it occasionally when I needed a flashlight on the fly. It usually sits on my desk for weeks or months on end without being used or charged. But something I find amazing about your products is that they hold their charge for a really long time. I know this because on occasion I press the battery check button and I’m surprised that it still has a full charge after months of just sitting on my desk.

I just wanted to say thank you for making quality products. I definitely want to add more Outdoor Tech to our “Emergency Kit” that my family and I have started creating, now that we’ve experienced such a bizarre and unexpected event, because we definitely want to be better prepared next time.

Well, I guess this email was a lot longer than expected…Thanks again

-Isaac🙂

6 Ways to Make Your Camping Experience More Convenient

For some people, the hardship of roughing it is part of what makes camping fun. They like pretending to be Bear Grylls or on the set of “Survivor,” pulling their food out of a river and starting a fire by hand. It’s part of “getting back to nature” for them.

But that’s not you. You love being in the great outdoors, but the more convenient and comfortable you can make the experience, the happier you are. You probably have a portable charger. There’s nothing wrong with that (no matter what your survivalist neighbor might say), and there are plenty of gadgets to support that preference. Here are our six favorites.

6 High-Tech Gadgets to Enhance Your Camping Experience

1. Portable Solar Power

Although getting at least a mile away from the nearest power outlet is the whole point of camping for some, access to electricity for light, cooking, and music can make the whole experience more enjoyable. Reliable phone charging can also give an otherwise rough camping site an extra margin of safety.

In the past 10 years, breakthroughs in solar technology have made solar charging and power cheaper, portable, and more reliable, resulting in solar charging stations you can easily pack.

Camping solar units are foldable or rollable for easy portability and come with or without batteries (or with detachable batteries to give you the option). Be sure to get the outdoor or ruggedized models, as opposed to the more fragile units designed for urban or academic use.

Some of the most highly recommended camping solar units for this year include:

  • BigBlue 28W
  • X-Dragon 40W
  • Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus
  • Goal Zero Boulder 100
  • Renogy 15,000maH

2. Pressure Showers

Camping showers have been around for a long time, but they’ve been far from perfect. Mostly, they consisted of a bag — or, in earlier years, a bucket — attached to a tree above your head, which you filled by hand and let the sun warm up. These showers sort of got you clean and were slightly better than just washing in the nearest river or lake.

A pressure shower improves on this model by attaching a foot pump to the unit. As you stomp on the pump, it fills an internal bladder with air, pushing the water out through the hose. That means you don’t have to elevate your water reservoir, and you can get reasonable water pressure. It also lets you use the shower for other things like washing dishes and winning squirtgun fights with your kids.

As a bonus, most come with a trigger nozzle so you can avoid wasting water between sprays. A few come with solar or electric heating so you can take a hot shower in the wild.

This year’s top pressure showers for camping include:

  • RinseKit Portable Outdoor Shower
  • NEMO Helio X
  • Advanced Elements Summer Shower
  • Sea to Summit Pocket Shower
  • Reliance Outdoors Flow Pro

3. Water Treatment Tech

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve been camping and hiking enough that we don’t have to go into detail about how heavy water is to carry and how much water you need per day to stay hydrated, healthy, and clean. You already know how convenient it is to be able to use whatever water is on-site.

Water treatment used to mean boiling it or screwing up the taste with iodine tablets, but recent technology has added two new options. Portable, fast-acting water filters have come so far you can drink water you found in a stream through a straw that delivers drinkable H20 by the time it gets to your mouth.

Further along the sci-fi spectrum, you can find UV light water treatment that feels like you’re using something from “Star Trek.” You just insert the battery-powered UV light into your water, follow the directions, and kill all the bugs.

Filter straws for camping we recommend include:

  • Sawyer Products MINI
  • LifeStraw Steel
  • LifeStraw Personal
  • Membrane Solutions Water Filter Straw
  • Survival Hax Outdoor Water Filter

UV camping water purifiers on our list include:

  • SteriPEN Adventurer
  • SteriPEN Aqua
  • CrazyCap Deep UV

4. Sandless Mats

If you have trouble finding sandless mats in the camping section, look for them in beach gear. These mats and blankets are made with a weave and material that actively repels sand and dirt. If you set one down in front of your tent, it keeps the tent cleaner because you track in less dirt and dust. When you pack up to leave, the mat is grit-free, so you don’t end up with gunk in your pack or gear bag.

For added convenience, most models come with attached pockets you can fill with sand (ironically), dirt, or rocks to keep them laying flat and prevent them from blowing away in the wind. Our favorite makes and models of this simple but helpful camping tool include:

  • Wekapo Sand Free Beach Blanket
  • WELLAX Sandfree
  • Wildhorn Sand Escape
  • FUTERLY Sand-Free Mat
  • CampMe Premium Beach Blanket

5. Next-Level Tents

For a very long time, tents came in various configurations but with only a couple of basic structures. They all required setup using those bendy poles you slid in through the loops even though you were tired and it was probably already getting dark. They were fine, at best.

Newer models offer multiple other solutions. Some spring out and pop up, fully assembled and ready for use. Some have inflatable ribs you can pump up, possibly using an electric air pump powered by your portable solar unit. And some versions come with hammocks on the inside for extra-comfortable, warmer camping.

The specific features you’ll want will depend on what you like and dislike about your current tent and about how deep into the wild you like to go. The fancier the tent, the bulkier or heavier it tends to be.

Depending on what you want, check out the following prime examples of the various types of upgraded tent options:

  • Hemiplanet Inflatable Geodesic Dome Tent
  • Vango Odyssey Air 800
  • ICOrer Automatic Pop Up Tent
  • EDMBG Instant Tent
  • Kammok Roo Double
  • ENO JungleNest

6. Cooking With Style

We know you love your classic Coleman gas unit. You’ve built a lot of great memories making simple, nutritious meals with it over the years. But there are ways to make cooking and eating much more enjoyable —  dare we even say decadent — in the 21st century. Consider the following additions to your camp kitchen loadout:

  • Portable electric cook pots like the Biolite KettlePot
  • Gelatin-based edible cups so you don’t have to pack or burn the trash
  • The Bearbowl, a cooking pot that folds flat for packing
  • The Roccbox, a stone bake oven you can fold and pack

Final Thoughts

Just because this article focuses on high-tech camping conveniences, don’t forget that there are many low-tech camping survival items you shouldn’t leave out of your planning.

If you combine these old-school tools with new-school technology, you can turn your next camping experience into something as easy and luxurious as a stay at a five-star resort. Well, maybe not that luxurious, but it will be very comfortable.

Charles Greene grew up on the East Coast roughing it with his family on camping outings. But as an adult, when he camps, he enjoys some of the luxuries mentioned above.

Protempo US Acquire Outdoor Tech

IRVINE, CA – April 20, 2020 – Protempo US Limited, a global consumer electronics distributor announced the completed acquisition of Outdoor Tech, a leading ruggedized consumer electronic and helmet audio company.  The Outdoor Tech brand will contribute tremendous value to the Protempo product offering, providing for high-margin quality goods to be offered through Protempo’s expansive sales and distribution network. 

Gerry Fay, Protempo US CEO stated, “I have long been an admirer of the Outdoor Tech Brand.  Their product design skills and unique brand has allowed them to quickly grow within both the consumer electronic and outdoor industry.  There is much opportunity ahead for Outdoor Tech, particularly when combined with Protempo’s vast resources and omnichannel network. We believe we are well positioned to develop Outdoor Tech into one of the largest action electronic brands globally.”

Both US corporate headquarters, which are conveniently located in Southern California, have already begun to diligently work on a seamless transition and integration of their operations. In addition to added sales support, Protempo offers customer service, fulfillment and reverse logistic services.  Protempo’s additional resources will help the Outdoor Tech brand continue to flourish and gain market share.

“We are so excited to be part of the Protempo Family.  Outdoor Tech has been searching for the right partner to expand their sales and distribution reach for their high-quality helmet audio kits, earbuds, headphones, speakers, power banks, chargers and cables. We have been successful at designing and producing unique consumer electronics in support of a healthy and active lifestyle.  The acquisition by Protempo will allow the Outdoor Tech brand to flourish within Protempo’s global network,” said Charlie Gugliuzza, Outdoor Tech’s CEO.

About Protempo
Founded in 2004, Protempo works with leading brands worldwide combining a single, integrated technology platform with global logistics infrastructure and an international sales force based in every major market to offer complete management of reverse logistics, refurbishment, remarketing and distribution of consumer electronics. Protempo delivers tailored customer solutions through a broad product and services portfolio.  For more information, visit www.protempo.com .

About Outdoor Tech
Founded in 2010, Outdoor Tech® is an outdoor designer brand creating accessories for an action-filled lifestyle. Packing the world’s most complete line of Bluetooth audio and power built for reveling in the open air and on the road, Outdoor Tech proves there is a way to stay connected but not tethered. For more on Outdoor Tech and the rest of its line including rugged portable power and the iconic Yowie® Logo apparel collection, visit www.outdoortech.com .

5 Things To Do While You Are Stuck Inside

These are some strange times… strange times indeed. Fear not friends, this will all be figured out soon. For now, make sure you are safe and responsible. You may find yourself spending a lot of time inside (just like us) over the next few weeks. Here are 5 things to do so that you don’t go stir crazy.

Watch X Games’ Real Ski and vote for Alex Hackel

Alex is on our ski team and he is amazing. His Real Ski part is insane so watch it and vote for him. Protip: You can vote once a day, so do it every day. http://www.xgames.com/xgames/real/28891617/hackel-28891692

Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning

spring cleaning
Clean all the things

This isn’t inherently fun but it can be. Put on your favorite maids outfit and get scrubbing. Or maybe you need to go through that closet and get organizing. You will feel so much better when you can finally find that one shirt that g-ma got you.

Support Small Businesses Online

Make sure you support your favorite small guy. Stock up on those non-essentials that will come in handy when it’s time to go outside and enjoy the outdoors again. https://www.outdoortechnology.com/

Write A Letter and Mail It

This is for you.

It’s crazy, right? Just think of the glory and excitement that someone will get when they have an actual letter in their mailbox. Not a bunch of coupons or political campaign nonsense. An actual letter… from an actual friend. Maybe the letter is a poem. Maybe it’s a love letter. Or maybe it’s a dissertation on why Blue Cheese is awful and should be banned throughout the world.

Make A List of Something and Post it to Social Media

Selfie

Lists are fun. Creating a list of 5 things to do during quarantine can be fun. There might be a little research involved. But at this point, you are really grasping for content out of shear boredom. Well at least you a being productive. Let me see your list.

Gadgetuser Reviews the Mantas

More and more journalists are getting a hold of the Mantas True Wireless earbuds. Guess what? They are loving them.

“Finding earbuds that provide clean and distinct sound while also being comfortable is not always an easy task. Luckily, the Mantas True Wireless Earbuds sport a unique ergonomic design meant for comfort. And comfortable they are. “

Head over to Gadgetuser to read the entire review.

The Mantas Factory Reset Procedure

All earbuds should work perfect directly out of the box. However, True Wireless pairing technology is a sophisticated technology and it is possible that through use, the settings can accidentally be altered to effect pairing.
If in the future you experience any issue pairing your earbuds, please follow the instructions below to reset the functionality.

  1. Make sure both the Left and Right Mantas are powered off.
  2. Enter your Bluetooth settings on your phone / device and forget both “ODT Mantas R” and “ODT Mantas L”.
  3. Reset Right earbud first – start with the earbud powered off.
    • Press and hold the Right power button (Approx. 10 seconds)
    • The LED indicator will flash, and you will hear voice prompts in the order below:
      • “Power On” (blue LED)
      • “Pairing” (flashing blue/red LED)
      • “Reset Paired Devices” (purple LED)
      • The earbud will turn off and you can release the button
  4. Repeat the same steps you did on the Right earbud for the Left earbud.
  5. Power on Right earbud, you will hear voice prompts “Power On, Pairing”.
  6. Power on Left earbud, you will hear voice prompts “Power On, Pairing, True Wireless Stereo Connected”. “True Wireless Connected” will indicate that the Left earbud has paired with the Right earbud.
  7. Pair “ODT Mantas R” with your phone.

The Chips Ultra Factory Reset Procedure

If your Chips aren’t pairing with each other you may need to reset the Chips Ultra. Here is how you are going to do that.

First, remove the Bluetooth pairing (forget ODT Chips Ultra) from your phone or other paired device and make sure both left and right Chips are powered off.

Power on the right Chip. It’s the one with the round logo on it.

On the right Chip there is a small hole on the top side of the Chip, take a paperclip and insert it in the hole and press twice. The blue light will go from flashing slowly to flashing rapidly. Leave powered on with light flashing rapidly.

Now turn on the left Chip and insert the paperclip in the hole on the top side and press twice so that the blue light flashes rapidly.

Both Chips will then pair to each other.

You can now pair the Chips with your phone or other Bluetooth devices.

If you continue to have trouble, please contact our support department by emailing support@outdoortech.com or calling 310-677-0190.

What Are True Wireless Earbuds?

True Wireless earbuds, sometimes referred to as TWS earbuds are earbuds with no wires anywhere. None, zip, zero, zilch. Isn’t that convenient?

Traditional Bluetooth earbuds have a wire that connects the left channel with the right channel. True Wireless earbuds use a Bluetooth connection to connect the right channel with the left channel. The Bluetooth connection in True Wireless earbuds eliminates the need for a wire to connect each earbud together.

Bluetooth Earbuds Explained
Traditional Bluetooth Earbuds

It’s important to note that while True Wireless earbuds do use Bluetooth to connect to each other, there is only one Bluetooth connection to the device that streams the audio. The way it works is that one of the earbuds is set as the parent earbud. That is the earbud that connects with the Bluetooth device (phone, tablet, etc.). Then the other earbud is the child so that one connects to the parent. Get it? Good!

True Wireless Earbuds Explained
True Wireless Earbuds

One of the best features of True Wireless earbuds is the ability/option to only use one earbud while streaming audio from your phone, computer, or other Bluetooth devices. When only listening to one earbud, the audio switches to mono mode. So both the right channel and left channel of the audio are combined so you don’t miss out on any stereo-mixed music. The ability to use one earbud in a set of True Wireless earbuds also makes it safer when riding a bike, running, or any other activity where you need to pay attention to your surroundings. Different states and areas have laws about diving with earbuds. Using one earbud may be legal in your area, you should check on that. This is a newer technology so don’t be surprised if the laws change rapidly.

I hope this helps you figure out the difference between wireless and true wireless Bluetooth connections. If you think I left anything out or if you want any more info, just leave a comment and I’ll try to help.