Innate's Portal Deluxe Travel Envelopes - Gear Review

Monday, August 22, 2011

When I was laying out my gear and checking things off my pack list in preparation for a week in the BWCA it took all of about 30 minutes to realize 2 things; 1) I have trimmed much of the unnecessary weight from my pack and 2) this very process has left me with a large number of small items to pack.  From my first aid kit and bug deterrents to back-up fishing gear and my eating utensils, everything has been stripped down to only what I need.  The problem is I now had a pile of gear that would be lost in my pack if I were to just throw it in.  I would be digging, searching and undoubtedly irritated unless I could find a way to keep this stuff organized and readily available.


Enter the Innate Portal Deluxe Travel Envelopes. I was able to divide that mound of little individual items into three groups and tuck them neatly into my three different sized weather proof zipper pouches.  Each made from re-purposed/recycled materials and constructed with welded seams and a water-proof zipper, they were rugged and stood up to the elements better than I could have hoped.

One pouch with the first aid kit and bug dope spent its time hanging from a tree in camp, easy to locate and immune to the world around it whether it was the wind and the rain or the critters that may want to sample the contents for dinner.  Another held bobbers, sunscreen and anything else I needed for an afternoon fishing excursion.  Rather than loading up my daypack, I could grab this pouch and clip it to the thwart of my canoe. The third had the usual personal effects, toothbrush, toothpaste, Advil and a few other miscellaneous items.

What I loved about these things was how well thought out they were for what you would initially think a simple pouch.  The window on the side, made from recycled PU, was an obvious advantage especially when things are wet.  The reinforced clip points at the corners made attaching these to your pack with a caribiner all too handy and each point is rated to 26 pounds so ripping off was not a concern.

I am by no means a "highly organized" person.  In fact much the opposite, but that doesn't mean I can't keep my gear protected and somewhat wrangled.  The Portal Deluxe Travel Envelopes are the perfect solution for a guy like me.  They saved me from myself on more than one occasion.  At midnight sitting by the campfire, I knew where my bug spray was and the pain medication i was in despirate need of after a full day of paddling was dry as a bone and right where it should be.  Those things may not seem like that big of a deal, but when you are being eaten alive by the unofficial MN state bird (the Mosquito) and you can't lift your arms above your shoulders, you have a much different perspective.

MSRP: $30 for a set of 3 (1 small, 1 medium and 1 large)



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