Friday, October 26, 2012

BAM Gear: B.O.B. Revolution Duallie Weather Shield

Ok, so for people who use their BOB's night and day, rain or shine, this piece of kit is for you. Yes it is $77, and yes it is a facetious over-priced piece of fitted tent material and clear plastic vinyl, but...it beats me spending my time surfing the internet looking for cheaper alternatives that might fit, and that might provide the weather protection required for my wimpy bad ass kids. When BAM and BAD are out in the inclement and extreme weather conditions and are required, by law, to drag the kids out with them and not leave them at home to fend for themselves with the dog, this weather shield provides ample protection on rainy and windy outings.

It is made with polyurethane-coated nylon (think tent weather fly) with the clear plastic viewing window made of thermoplastic polyurethane. There is reflective tape sewn into the upper corners where the vents are co-located. The install (if you can even call it that) is simple - it fits using a combination of elastic and velcro - think triangular bedsheet.

The nylon also has a DWR finish that allows the water to bead off. Note that the material is non-breathable, so open those vents in the rear, so your kids don't die of suffocation. Because of this property, the weather shield actually creates a micro climate within the interior of the BOB, so if you have two heavy breathers who are also very warm kids, they will quickly make a nice and cozy atmosphere.

I also like this canopy because it mutes out the sounds of my complaining and crying kids. Hey, its not my fault they don't heed my warnings about it being 0 degrees Celsius outside and still prefer to wear their princess skirt. The acoustics in there is probably pretty good, I can only imagine what surround sound crying sounds like for the adjacent kid.

Like all nylon materials exposed to the weather, they need to be treated once a season with either a silicone-based spray or something similar to retain that DWR. Its that DWR that enables the water droplets to bead and just glide off - if you run fast enough, that shit'll just hit you, so wear gore-tex.

My recommendation is that, IF, and that is a big IF...you are a hardcore outdoors person rain or shine, or just want to look the part, go ahead and get this piece, you will not be disappointed. If you can't afford the one or two hour's wage to get this piece of kit, a $0.25 lawn bag works just as well. It just looks a little more ghetto.






2 comments:

  1. Good review! Although I don't do the hardcore outdoor thing enough to justify nabbing one of these, I do know a few guys who could benefit from it.

    And I dig your writing flair. Two thumbs up. :)

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  2. Thanks for the bad ass review Nate! Everyone in the GBR could use one of these!

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