Trekking: Get back to the basics with Filson’s Wedge Tent
Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.
Filson has always had a knack for the outdoors, every since the Seattle-based manufacturer first began selling outdoor wears to prospective gold miners on their way up to the Klondike. The company is still at it more than a century later, though it’s now just as concerned with make leather-trimmed luggage and woman’s apparel as it is heavy-duty jackets and baselayers. Nonetheless, the Filson Wedge Tent ($1,000) is a suitable homage to the old-school camping tents of yesteryear — or maybe just a sweet, military-grade mockup that’s poised to become your child’s favorite getaway.
So, what separates the aptly-titled Wedge Tent from the technical, mesh offerings you’re used to seeing at your local outdoor store? Well, for starters, the A-frame design. The tent relies on a classic, triangular build that offers 7 feet of vertical clearance and 8½ square feet of floor space, which is enough to easily accommodate one or several people with ease (even if it lacks a traditional floor). The mildew-resistant tent is also made of 10-ounce Marine Finish Army Duck — allowing it to thwart both heavy rain and bouts of snow — and utilizes heavy-duty nylon zippers that will keep other elements, such as dust or deer, at bay. You can even set it up between to trees, or using the bundled sheer poles, just in case the allure of the desert is more appealing than a tree-lined, alpine trek. It may weigh 20 pounds, sure, but that’s precisely what your venture wagon is for. Now all you need is the enamel percolator and a vintage Coleman.
Check out Filson online to make a purchase, or to simply browse the company’s robust selection of outdoor equipment and apparel.