Xbox is camby now

Xbox has released a collection of camping clothing and accessories. No, it’s not the kind of video game that 100 esports organization thieves criticized for its clothing line — Microsoft is actually about Go out and touch the grass. The camper set includes an assortment of shorts, T-shirts, and headgear, along with things like a hammock and camping chair.

Since most people don’t usually associate playing with being outdoors, some of the items in the lineup actually look good. The Xbox camp chair looks like a clone of the design made famous by the Helinox Chair Zero (to be fair, it looks a lot like every other camp chair), but it’s electric green and twice as heavy. Since it’s so much cheaper than Helinox, it’s hard to complain about the weight.

Left: Helinox Zero chair. Right: Upside-down image of the Xbox Camper foldable chair. Helinox introduced the basic design of its chair around 2012.
Image: Helinox Image: Microsoft

The hammock also looks good – again, people who count every ounce probably won’t want it, but it looks just right for skating between two trees at the campsite. And while I love that Microsoft is trying to get people to drink more water with this Nalgene water bottle, I hope it doesn’t charge Double Its normal retail price is now that its very cool topographical brand has been slapped.

as a outdoorsy person myselfI’m not sure, though, that Microsoft’s “cart” marketing is consistent with how some of these products are actually made. She says her shirts, hats, and jackets are for “exploring the great outdoors,” but they’re made from 80 to 90 percent cotton, depending on her specifications. If you’ve ever been within walking distance of a REI or other outdoor store, you might realize that this is somewhat of a problem—the phrase “cotton kills” is perhaps one of the most-cited advice in the hiking and camping community.

And to be clear, it’s an overly dramatic mantra. Cotton clothing has been implicated in a few deaths from exposure over the years, but it’s not like you’d die instantly if you walked down the trail wearing this t-shirt from ABXY. However, if you get stuck in bad weather, you may have a real problem with your hands – cotton doesn’t keep you warm when it gets wet. To make matters worse, it dries very slowly, so even if the rain stops, your covered T-shirt can keep you warm. And while that probably won’t kill you unless you’re in a very remote area, in the words of Sans Undertale, “you’re going to have a bad time.” Also: moisture does not necessarily come from precipitation. I’ve been through a lot of hiking where a cotton T-shirt soaked up all my sweat and then proceeded to cool me to the bone as soon as I hit a shaded section of the trail.

Does this person seem to be enjoying their time outdoors?
Photo: Microsoft

I don’t want to overstate the danger here. You don’t need a fleece shirt or fancy sports fabrics for hiking; You will have a much more enjoyable experience if you do this. (For the prices Microsoft is charging for these shirts, you can definitely get a great hiking shirt if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors.) Oddly enough, though, is that other pieces of clothing in Microsoft’s collection, like this windbreaker, Nylon or these nylon pants are made of a material suitable for hiking.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy any of this gear – I’ll admit that the Xbox-y’s outdoor styles look pretty cool. But if you choose to add them to your Microsoft clothing collection, you’ll probably leave the T-shirts at home on your next camping trip, unless your definition of “camping” sits near a spawn point in Call of duty. You are a monster.

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