Innate Gear is a Vancouver, BC-based company that makes a lot of cool ‘things’ for storing and transporting various ‘stuff.’ This includes everything from vacuum insulated bottles, stainless steel flasks and other food-storage containers to stuff sacks, travel towels and document envelopes. Due to Innate’s commitment to sustainable design and manufacturing most of these ‘things’ are made from leftover, surplus or repurposed materials.
I received a bunch of various Innate Gear ‘gear’ last summer and have been using them over the past few months, during climbing adventures as well as ‘real life’ travel and work. To wit:
Portal Deluxe Travel Envelope
Whatever you call this, it is brilliant. It is an awesome topo holder: soft and pliable enough to fold into a pocket, roomy enough for a folded piece of letter-size paper, weather-resistant enough to withstand the occasional shower and the clip-in point is big enough to fit a carabiner through. I now bring it on every multi-pitch rock route for which I have a topo. Stuff it into your pocket while climbing; clip to the belay for easy study without fear of losing the topo to an errant gust of wind.
In ‘real life’ I use it to separate and store all my various cords when travelling (If you’ve never travelled with a photographer, we bring cords for camera battery chargers, AA-battery chargers, iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, card-readers, external hard drives, Ethernet cables. Basically, a lot of cords!) I have several of these envelopes by now and cannot imagine travel without them. Light and tough, they’ve made my life much more organized (which is a good thing). Oh, they’re also handy for throwing a selection of energy bars, gels, sandwiches, etc. into your backpack, or keeping vital travel documents, like passports or plane tickets, separate
Mentor Trail Sacs
This is basically a small roll-top storage sack. This one, however, is very supple, weighs pretty much nothing, and comes with a handy carabiner clip. I use mine for storing two 500ml thermoses for those long, cold days: the roll-top and welded seams ensure none of the honeyed tea goodness ends up on my gear! Additionally, the small size is handy for bringing some snacks along on multi-pitch climbs, hanging off my harness via the handy carabiner loop.
These are kind of like the envelopes, but roomier. I use a small one as my outdoors ‘medical kit’ (think two bandages, a handful of painkillers and some duct tape). Aside from the medical kit, I have also managed to stuff some climbers’ tape, a tiny headlamp, a small knife and a wad of toilet paper into this little bag. It comes with me on every climb, be it a multi-pitch adventure in the Ghost or cragging at Haffner Creek.
I’m pretty sure when Innate designed this as a response to requests for a tumbler that could handle “a couple of shots” they were thinking coffee not Scotch. But, given that I don’t drink coffee, I have found numerous other uses for these tiny, double-wall mugs: such as keeping your drink colder for longer. I’m sure it works well to keep coffee hot, but it is truly excellent making sure the ice in your whisky doesn’t melt too fast.
Overall: Innate makes a whole bunch of cool stuff for all your random organizational needs: it’s awesome!
Note: Innate Gear provided The Alpine Start with a selection of products for review, however this in no way influences our opinion of the products.