Monday, May 30, 2016

Accessorize Your Camping Style With Gear From Cascade Designs

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If you've ever spent any time camping, or if you are planning to in the future, you know that one of the most important things to plan for is the unexpected. Sometimes the weather can go from sunshine to downpour, and a quick walk down a trail turns into a much loner expedition. Planning for all the outdoor possibilities has never been easier thanks to the products at Cascade Designs, who sent me the items pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review, and I"m thrilled to share with you the accessories you won't want to leave behind on your next outdoor adventure!

SealLine Waterproof E-Case ARV $19.95-$29.95

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Submersible protection for everyday essentials

Perfect for ensuring your everyday essentials stay dry, the waterproof E-Case® guarantees protection from wet conditions while maintaining full functionality of touchscreen devices, and has a quick, easy zip-style opening

  • Full functionality: Ultra-clear polyurethane windows allow full use of touchscreens, cameras, and voice functions.
  • Easy security: One-step, waterproof SealLock™ zipper and rugged RF-welded seams guarantee protection from the elements.
  • Validated performance: Every case is individually tested to meet the IPX7 standard of withstanding submersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
  • Versatile carrying: Leash points make it easy to secure the case to a pack, boat, or other object; smooth surfaces enable the case to slide easily into a pocket or bag, depending on case size.
  • Eco-friendlier: PVC-free materials offer a reduced environmental footprint over vinyl.
  • Lasting visibility: UV-resistant windows stay clear. - Cascade Designs Product Description

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We have had what seems like weeks of endless rain here in West Virginia. These SealLine E-Cases arrived just in time and I was both excited and relieved to finally have something I knew I could keep my electronics in without the worry of them being damaged from rain. The XS red case was the perfect size to fit my cellphone and I was overwhelmingly surprised at how easy these cases are to open and close. Because no one wants to have to dig into their pack to reach their cellphone when it rings, I really appreciate that SealLine went the extra step in putting corner loopholes on their pouches as I can easily attached it to the outside of my backpack.
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Amazed is probably the best way to describe my thoughts on how well the touch screen on my cell worked while inside the SealLine case. Extremely easy to see all of my apps and icons, the clear cover definitely lives up to all of my expectations in terms of usability. I really didn't have to press on the screen much harder than I normally do and in reality, much easier to open everything on my phone than I thought it would be. You can even make calls, and answer calls, talk, and hear from your cell while it's inside the SealLine. The larger SealLine is the perfect fit for a small tablet. Since I like to limit my use of electronics to a "must have" basis (cell phone for emergencies, checking weather) I chose to use my larger pouch for other items I wanted to ensure didn't get wet on our camping trip. Portable batteries for my cell, and paper disposable products like Q-tips, first aide supplies, and feminine sanitary products all worked great and fit perfectly in this pouch!

  Click HERE to take a closer look at the SealLine E-Cases! 

Platypus Softbottle ARV $7.95-$8.95

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Platy’s most flexible water bottle.

Nothing’s cleaner, greener*, or more versatile than a Platypus SoftBottle flexible bottle. Whether you’re out running, catching a flight, or hitting the yoga studio after work, the SoftBottle flexible bottle is your source for easy hydration.

  • Platy’s most flexible water bottle.
  • Lightweight and packable – 80% less weight and bulk than a hard bottle.
  • Taste-free as well as BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free.
  • Food-grade liner with rugged exterior is pliable and durable.

Available with Closure Cap or Push-Pull Cap. Please note: HyperFlow™ Cap only available on select styles. Compatible with any threaded Platy lid or drink tube. *Per the materials and manufacturing processes we use, the SoftBottle has a lower overall environmental impact than many other manufactured water bottle options.
Made in USA - Cascade Designs Product Description

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This was my first experience with a Platy and I was quite impressed with how much liquid these softbottles hold! No one likes having to carry a huge, heavy water bottle with them from start to finish on a long hike. When we are hiking up at my Granddad's, apart from the view, there's nothing I love more than stopping by one of the natural mountain springs on my way and filling up on delicious, pure water. One of my favorite attributes of the Platypus Softbottle is that I can roll it up in my pocket or backpack, fill it up, hydrate, and then roll it back up and put it back in my pack.

 You will need to make sure not to leave liquid in these bottles for long periods of time as they are a little more difficult to clean and because of their pliable material it took a little longer for the bottle to dry in order for me to put it away to store until the next time. The bottles come in two different sizes, multiple style options, and you can choose from either a closure cap (screw on lid) and a push-pull cap. My bottle has the closure cap, which worked fine, I'd probably choose the push-pull cap for the avid outdoors man, simply because you don't have to keep track of the lid every time you want to take a drink. No matter the lid, these bottles are great on the budget and an ultra convenient way to keep from getting dehydrated during activities.

  Click HERE to take a closer look at the Platypus Softbottles!  

PackTowl Luxe Towel ARV $12.95- $44.95

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New for 2016: Introducing the new Luxe towel, the most luxurious, quick-drying towel available. Whether traveling, camping, boating or spending time in the water, the Luxe towel offers cozy, cotton-like comfort with fast-drying performance. With the Luxe towel, you take the comfort of home with you and leave the bulky, slow-drying, and smelly parts behind.

  • Soft looped fabric: Ultrasoft looped terry knit microfiber fabric feels just like your fluffy cotton towels at home.
  • 5x Absorbency: Absorbent fabric soaks up 5 times its weight in water, which can be wrung out easily.
  • Fast-drying: Dries 30% faster than cotton.
  • Fresh: Silver-ion odor control helps keep towel fresh.
  • Compact: Takes up less space than similar cotton options.
  • Hang loop and zippered storage pouch included for easy drying and packing.
  • Machine washable. - Cascade Design Product Description 

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If you take a close look at this towel, you can see the undeniable softness! I'm not the tallest of gals but as you can see from the picture above the Luxe Beach Towel is one large towel. Perfect for a long day at the lake or on the river, and definitely the towel you want to have with you on those longer outdoor adventures. The pouches included with each towel and washcloth keeps them clean and dry between uses while the hooks on both the towels themselves as well as the packs make it easy to hang from a tree to dry, or strap to a backpack. The bright, bold colors make it easy to stand out among the outdoor scenery (I'm holding the "sunburst" color) As a Mom who definitely doesn't look forward to the after-camping cleanup, I can definitely appreciate that these Luxe Towels are machine washable!

  Click HERE to take a closer look at the Luxe Towels! 

 It's the unexpected things that make life fun and exciting! Let the exciting moments on your next camping trip have nothing to do with your gear getting wet, and instead, stumble upon a fantastic view when you hike a little further with your Platypus Softbottle, or go for an unplanned swim in the lake knowing your Luxe Towel will get your dry in no time! No matter what the adventure, Cascade Designs has all your camping accessories covered!

  Click HERE to visit the Cascade Designs website and see all the products they have to offer and to order any of the products listed above. 

  Camping accessories giveaway

TWO lucky readers will win a camping accessory prize pack with one Luxe Towel, one SealLine E-Case, and one Platypus Softbottle!  The giveaway will end June 14th, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Haytarpr and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.


  1. I'd love to have the slacker hammock. Looks so relaxing!

  2. I'd love to have the slacker hammock. Looks so relaxing!

  3. Id love the DREAMTIME™ mattress!! Just realized this past weekend that this lady cannot sleep on hard surfaces anymore lol :/

  4. I would love to have the LUXURYLITE® MESH COT
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