There are two very key dates in Trakker’s calendar: March and September. The latter is when they drop their Autumn/Winter range and March – i.e. right now – is when we get to see what’s on offer in their Spring/Summer collection, and first up is their bankside comfort items.
The new RLX Flat-6 Superlite: over 100% lighter than some of their competitors’ offerings
RLX Flat-6 Superlite Bed
We live in a world where things are getting bigger, more powerful, and in the case of bankside bedding, more comfortable, every day. Okay, Crème Eggs and Mars bars are definitely getting smaller, but these days it would appear to have comfort whilst you sleep under the stars, you have to have bulk and weight.
It’s refreshing, then, to see that Trakker have a new bed for us all this spring which focuses on the brand’s original ethos of comfort and lightness.
The big questions
How light’s light?
6.5kg light. So what’s that, super light-light when compared to the brand’s top-end Levelite Bed which weighs 9.6kgs? Or, to put it another way, it’s more than 100% lighter than some of their competitors’ beds.
Gee, that is light. But doesn’t lightweight equal zero comfort?
Don’t be daft. In terms of footprint, it measures 214 x 78cm – which is the same length as their Levelite and only 10cm smaller across the shoulders. It lays totally flat – like a witch’s tit flat – has a large, deep padded mattress, and a new roped mid-section to offer additional lumbar support – a feature which isn’t indigenous with cheaper, lighter beds.
Okay, so it’s clearly light, and according to you, comfortable, but will it last longer than one season?
Of course. By using a blend of aluminium and stainless steel, Trakker have not only managed to keep the weight down without sacrificing strength, they’ve actually increased it thanks to using a new oval-gauge construction.
The big question: can I fit my sleeping bag inside it?
Hell, yes. By using their now tried and tested hinged mechanism, it means the Flat-6 Superlite will comfortably fold and close flat with a winter bag in place. It’s even freestanding when in this position.
Awesome. What are the figures like?
When closed it measures 76(L) x 78cm(W), meaning it’ll comfortably fit into all boots. It’s a six-leg design with individually adjustable legs for maximum stability. It’s endured 12-months of rigorous testing. And it retails for around £179.99.
New Levelite Chairs
A word of warning: if you have plans that don’t involve lounging around idly for hours, then avoid these chairs! Once you slip into their doughy embrace you won’t be leaving anytime soon
Levelite Compact Chair
Top-notch bedchair and chair makers, Trakker, know style and functionality better than most and with its new Levelite Compact Chair for 2016, they’re practically showing off. Manufactured from a mix of aluminium and stainless steel to provide optimum strength combined with lightness, it features Trakker’s brand-new ergonomically-designed padding for the ultimate in comfort. It also utilises their unique patented leg mechanism: simply push the button and it drops into position.
“GIMME”: Look to pay around £79.99
Levelite Transformer Chair
This compact, strong and lightweight aluminium chair provides answers for (a) if you’re expecting company, (b) just roving for the day or (c) sitting sideways on your bedchair looking out over the lake and want to avoid backache. The aluminium frame folds down to a size zero and remains in that position during transit thanks to the dual clips. But where this chair really wins is with that new ergonomically-designed padding which provides optimum comfort whilst you sip your coffee.
“GIMME”: Look to pay around £99.99
Hardwearing: To ensure the new NXG Roll-Up goes the distance, Trakker have manufactured it out of their hardwearing 600D polyester fabric.
Easy lifting: EVA carry handles allow for easy lifting.
NXG Roll-Up Bed Bag
Although its introduction dates back almost three decades, it’s only become clear this spring that all manufacturers have been cutting and sewing their bedchair bags incorrectly. Unlike all previous models, this new version from Trakker adapts to whatever you’re carrying – be it a compact bed, a compact bed and guest chair, or an extra wide bed.
The roll-up style storage bag features two heavy-duty 10mm zips down either side to allow for easy access and ensure maximum use of space. This is a huge win when compared to traditional ‘top’ opening bags which have a tendency to collapse as you try to feed the bedchair in to it. And it’s thanks to this new roll-up style system which allows you to carry whatever you want. Once your bedchair/guestie are inside the bag, simply zip up the sides, roll down the excess fabric and secure everything in place with the two large clips.
Avoid your bed/chair/bag getting damp whilst in storage: Tick. Stop your bed/chair/bag getting covered in mud or wet whilst in transport: Tick. Available at a partner-friendly price point: Tick.
“GIMME”: £44.99; trakkerproducts.co.uk