Over the past few years, “gorpcore” style has brought high-fashion cred to outdoorsy apparel like hiking boots and rain jackets. (Gucci’s collaboration with North Face may be the ultimate evidence of this trend). It’s named after a colloquial term for “good ol’ raisins and peanuts” — otherwise known as trail mix.
Now, lighting designers are starting to deliver their own take on utilitarian camping gear. Don’t know how to start a bonfire? Pick up one of these great gorpcore designs instead. All four charge via USB-C and deliver at least six hours of light at their full intensity.
Canadian designer Tom Chung continues to reach new heights with his torch-like Piton lamp, named for the metal pegs that anchor rock climbers to a mountain. Choose from anodized aluminum or black finishes. muuto.com
Named after ultra-bright celestial bodies, French designer Samy Rio’s take on gorpcore design leads the way to midnight stargazing. It’s available in five anodized aluminum colourways, each with a coordinating polyester rope. petitefriture.com
* Quasar and Piton are currently available in Europe, with a North American launch planned for later this year.
Mimicking a flashlight — but casting light downward rather than outward — Luci sets the mood for post-dinner ghost stories. Its anodized aluminum body is offered in satin silver, black, brass and matte white finishes. pablodesigns.com
A built-in hook on the bottom of this caged polycarbonate lamp allows it to be hung upside-down like a classic construction light. Offered in four hues, the waterproof gorpcore design is by Spain’s Joan Gaspar. marset.com
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts: here are four go-anywhere lamps ready to accompany you on your next adventure.