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We Tested the Sea to Summit Fall Collection—Here Are the Must-Haves

Sea to Summit is rolling out its fall collection, and there’s a lot of gear that can help you get more out of fall. 

When temperatures drop, wind picks up, and rain chases most people back to the house, there are still lots of great adventures to be had outdoors. Whether you’re chasing fall foliage or getting in some late-season backpacking, you’re going to need different gear than what you used all summer.

Sea to Summit has built a well-deserved reputation for quality in the outdoor space. Its products can be pricey, but I consider them worthwhile investments. This season’s gear drop is no exception. Ward off bad weather, stretch out in your tent, and get snuggly with a must-have camping comforter.

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Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Bags

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If you have a pack full of soggy clothes, you might as well have no clothes. The same goes for wet electronics. A simple dry bag can mean the difference between a fun camping trip and a stressful, cold hike back to the trailhead.

Sea to Summit lightweight dry bags are perfect for keeping your gear dry in your pack, no matter how hard it rains. The 70D nylon comes with a DWR finish to keep moisture out and weight to a minimum. Use them to keep your gear organized and separate clean clothes from dirty clothes. They’re available in 1.5-, 3-, 5-, 8-, 13-, 20-, and 35-liter sizes. Five colors are available, so you can remember what’s what when you need to grab something out of your pack.

Larger dry bags make great pack liners. I use the 35-liter lightweight dry bag to waterproof a 35-liter pack when I expect bad weather. Smaller sizes are my go-to for sensitive camera gear and power banks during photo shoots in the wild. I’ve used these bags in the rain and soaked them with a garden hose, and they’ve never let me down.

Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bags

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Lightweight dry bags are great at protecting your gear from water, but they aren’t built to resist punctures and tears. For hardcore toughness, you’ll want Sea to Summit Big River dry bags

The rugged Big River line benefits from 420D waterproof fabric with a TPU film, a triple-layer base, double-stitched and taped seams, and exterior mounting points. I use one for my sleeping bag and strap it to my pack to free up space inside. Bags come in 5-, 8-, 13-, 20-, 35-, and 65-liter sizes and four colors. 

Comparing Big River and lightweight dry bags side-by-side shows the huge difference between the two. Big River bags weigh a little more, but the added durability means you can strap them to the outside of your kayak, bicycle, or vehicle and trust that your gear will stay clean and dry. These are a fantastic upgrade for anyone who needs to haul lots of equipment across gnarly terrain with confidence.

Sea to Summit Tanami Camping Comforter

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Outdoor-friendly blankets like the Sea to Summit Tanami camping comforter are one of the most underrated pieces of gear out there. They’re more versatile than a sleeping bag, more cozy than a jacket, and worth every penny.

Unlike normal down comforters, the Tanami uses 30D nylon on the outside to hold up to frequent use around the campsite, including getting trampled by four-legged friends. The inside uses soft-touch 20D nylon. It’s light and packs down to a portable size (preferably in a lightweight dry bag), with baffles to keep the 750-fill down from clumping. If you want to use it instead of a sleeping bag in warm weather, there’s a drawcord to keep it secure on your sleeping pad.

The Tanami is one piece of gear I find myself reaching for all the time. I use it around the fire pit and in the house, and I’ll definitely make it part of my camping kit next summer when it’s too hot for a sleeping bag. I tested the 50-degree blanket, but there’s a 35-degree version that would be excellent in colder weather or to keep in the car as an emergency blanket.

Sea to Summit Ikos TR3 Three-Person Tent

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Sea to Summit recently expanded on the Alto family of ultralight tents, and the brand is on a roll with the more robust Ikos TR3. The tent offers the same durability and waterproofing we expect from Sea to Summit in a package that’s easy to spread—load with your camping buddies and set up in no time.

This all-new tent is rated for three people and three-season use (a two-person version is available, too). The mesh canopy comes with a waterproof floor and rainfly made out of 68D nylon, and the whole thing weighs just under seven pounds. Sea to Summit calls the roofline of the Ikos TR3 a tension ridge; I call it more headroom. The lofty crest and vertical walls provide lots of space for everyone to sit comfortably. 

One of the best features of this tent is the creative rainfly design. Once the tent is up, you can roll up the fly to have it out of the way and ready to deploy in seconds. It’s also free-standing, so you can use it separately from the tent in hangout mode. This also lets you take down the tent when it’s raining without getting it wet—a huge advantage for multi-night camping trips in wet climates.  

While I haven’t been able to get my hands on an Ikos TR3 for testing, initial feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and I have no reason to start doubting Sea to Summit now. If you aren’t bothered by the weight or $529 price, this might be the last tent you ever need to buy.

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