Camping Gear – Then & Now


At Eastern Mountain Sports, we’re as obsessed with the latest and greatest outdoor innovations as anyone. If it makes you faster, lighter, and more comfortable in adverse weather conditions, we love it unconditionally. In fact, the only thing we love more than the sight, smell, and performance of brand new gear is seeing the same looks of awe and excitement on our customers’ faces.

In the spirit of not forgetting where we came from, our crack research department thought it would be fun to look back on just how far outdoor gear has come over the years. So grab your rucksack, your walking stick, and your clodhoppers and have a gander at what technology has done for anyone who likes to camp and hike. The next time you’re tempted to complain about how your ultra light tent is a few ounces shy of perfection, just imagine if everything nylon was canvas…

Camping Gear - Then and Now

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Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.