Fire & Rain

Founded in 1972 by a Seattle mountain climber and a couple of ex-Boeing aerospace engineers, Cascade Designs is behind some of the outdoor industry’s most enduring and popular innovations – the self-inflating open-cell-foam mattress (better known as the Therm-a-Rest) to pick just one. This past summer and fall we demoed their gear both under the rain and over the fire.

SealLine HP Map Case

On a big paddling trip, we often find ourselves using old-fashioned marine charts. That way, we don’t have to rely on small-screen devices and batteries, not to mention unreliable cell or sat signals. And the best way to protect your chart is this tough and waterproof roll closure SealLine HP Map Case. It even boasts four tie-down tabs to lash it to your kayak or SUP deck if you like.


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  • Made from PVC-free clear urethane.
  • Adjustable neck strap.

E-Case eSeries 9

Though we may use old-school marine charts, we still bring our phones. And these flexible cases let you operate buttons and touchscreens to stay connected while keeping your equipment enclosed and protected. And the E-Case’s lash points and slim design are features mostly absent from other weatherproof cases we’ve demoed.


    • Tough urethane windows remain supple and clear over time.
    • Screen protection with full touchscreen compatibility.
    • Low-profile submersible zip closures.
    • Individually tested to withstand submersion to 1m for 30 minutes.
    • Size 8 fits smartphones (iPhone®). Size 9 fits larger smartphones. Size 13 fits GPS units and small cameras. Size 18 fits small tablets and e-readers. Size 20 fits 10in. tablets or several smaller devices.

MSR Strike Ignitor

Here’s an old-school technique brought up to date. This ultralight, weatherproof striker is the solution for lighting canister and white gas stoves in rotten weather. We also successfully used it on pine-needle tinder in our Firebox.


    • More reliable than a lighter – moisture and air-pressure don’t affect performance.
    • Produces 5,500°F sparks that light stoves quickly.
    • Lasts for 3,000 to 12,000 strikes – far more than average lighters.
    • Like many MSR Stove accessories, it has a built-in bottle opener.

Check out all the Cascade Designs brands here.