LightHeart News (8)
Here at LightHeart Gear, we're not all about ultralight backpacking tents! We also sponsor an awesome Cyclocross athlete, Rebecca Gross. Rebeccas has been making huge strides in the world of Cyclocross, and if you don’t know who she is yet, you will soon enough. The first question you might be asking yourself is what in the world is Cyclocross? It’s a specific type of bike racing that involves all kinds of unique obstacles and required skill sets as well as different environments that would challenge even the seasoned biker. This article from CX Magazine helps to further explain the details around this ruggedly awesome sport.
Appalachia is known for Iits superb craftsmanship, and the world of outdoor gear is no exception. Some of the industry’s best equipment is made right here.
The idea for LightHeart Gear was conceived on the Appalachian Trail when a nurse practitioner and lifelong seamstress named Judy Gross realized that the four pound tent she’d be hauling around for hundreds of miles was inadequate and decided it was time to make her own.
“While hiking the Appalachian Trail, I met a guy who had a tent that, quite frankly, pissed me off. It was a lot lighter than mine and it was huge – like a palace,” Judy remembers from the experience. “I was schlepping a 4 ½ lb, 2-person tent. A tent that was really only large enough for 1 ½ people.”
With a strong knowledge of pattern making, she set about designing her own tent. The original plan was to just sew one for herself, but that was before Judy showed her prototype to a few friends and received some seriously positive feedback. She made the decision to launch the LightHeart Solo, and Lightheart gear was born. The unusual design of the LightHeart Solo provides for spacious headroom, allowing even tall individuals to sit up inside without hitting their head and plenty of length for sleeping comfortably.
What we recommend: The Lightheart Solo Tent
For the full issue, click HERE! We're on page 39 :-)
The worst situation is to be inside a tent during a downpour and finding out you have a small hole in the fly. Drip, drip, drip. Your down sleeping bag is getting wet. Don’t despair though! Here are some ways to be warm, happy and – most importantly – dry again.
You may have noticed a few weeks ago we closed up shop and headed over to Germany with the EDPNC (Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina) for one of the largest outdoor market trade shows worldwide: The OutDoor Friedrichshafen. The show attracts more than 900 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors from over 40 countries! It was a brand new experience for us, and while we were on a hunt to find international distributers, we did get a few moments to look around. Here is our round up:
Judy Gross didn’t get her nickname, “HeartFire”, from just anywhere. She got it while hiking the Appalachian Trail. In fact, over her lifetime Judy has hiked over 4,000 miles of trails, coast to coast. It was on one of these trails that the idea for what is now LightHeart Gear was born.