This new product is a game-changer if you enjoy camping, sitting around the campfire, picnicking, or participating in outdoor activities.
by the OutsideDaily staff
Any campground owner will tell you that if the forecast calls for rain, many campers will stay home because camping in the rain isn’t all that much fun.
I used to feel the same way about wind. When it’s blowin’, I’m not goin’. Fighting the wind when you’re outside for fun is a chore.
That was then. Recently, I came across a new product that solves the wind problem quite handily. It’s called Wind Warrior.
My family and I were staying at a campground in northern Wisconsin and I was off to fetch some water when I walked by a site with this nylon wall in front of a picnic table and fire ring. On the way back, curiosity got the best of me. The campers were from Madison, Wisconsin, and they discovered the Wind Warrior the same way I just did.
Like most great ideas, Wind Warrior is simple. Essentially, the Wind Warrior is a 10×6-foot heavy-duty, tight-weave nylon wall held up by a framework consisting of one-inch diameter poles and three beefy stakes, and its purpose is to block the wind.
That day, we had struggled to keep things from blowing off our picnic table, yet those campers were using paper plates, and the plates weren’t going anywhere. That’s all I needed to see. We had our own Wind Warrior before our next camping trip.
It takes just a minute or two to set up, and since the poles are telescoping and the nylon wall folds up, it fits into a compact bag that stows neatly in your vehicle. Equally convenient is the setup. Wind Warrior requires no tools and there are no loose parts to lose. Check out the video at the end of this article to see how easy it is to set up.
I fully expected the Wind Warrior to use guy lines as part of the supporting structure. While they are available, you really don’t need them. This is a good thing, because I am always the one who trips over the guy lines that hold up our tent, whether it’s daylight or dark. The support structure is comprised of three vertical poles that are open at the bottom and slide over “stakes” that use a clear plastic tubing as a spacer. The stakes are made of heavy-duty steel and feature a square stabilizer plate. You step onto the plate to press it into the ground, and then the plate serves as a stabilizer to help the stake hold the Wind Warrior upright.
Once set up, the Wind Warrior is designed to deflect the wind away from you rather than simply block it. You can easily adjust the angle of the wall for optimal performance in any wind condition—an acute angle for strong wind or a wider angle for light wind. Because it diverts wind, the Wind Warrior can withstand winds up to 35 mph.
Wind Warrior is billed as a portable wind block, but we find ourselves also using it as a convenient, unobtrusive privacy wall to block out campers in adjacent sites who may be obnoxious, nosy, overly-friendly, or otherwise unwanted.
Here’s the kicker. We’ve found Wind Warrior to be useful away from the campground, too, such as the kids’ ballgames, especially in the spring or fall on windy, chilly days. Temperatures drop considerably when the wind is factored in, so the Wind Warrior allows us to sit and enjoy outdoor events in comfort.
As you can see, this product has many uses beyond camping. It’s great for picnics, backyard barbeques, or anything you do outdoors at home or away. Wind Warrior is also a welcome companion at the beach. My wife even uses it while gardening. Of course, it’s a “must-have” around our fire pit.
We’ve seen a lot of camping gimmicks come and go over the years. This isn’t one of them. The fact that we can use the Wind Warrior year-round for multiple outdoor activities made it an easy purchase decision. That you can buy the Wind Warrior direct from the factory and that it is made in the U.S.A. simply sealed the deal.
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