#GearMe The Navigator WINNER! 

200 votes 







$50 SMr Credit & SMr VinTee!

62 Votes








$25 SMr Credit & SMr VinTee!

51 Votes





Honorable Mention and SMr VinTees go to Reverend Jon, Brad xTc,  and Luis Rodriguez-Vodak 



Congratulations to the winners and huge thank you to all who submitted photos.

  Never stop adventuring! 

#GearMe The Navigator Finalists! 

Check out the three #GearMe adventures below then vote for your favorite! 


#GearMe Adventure 1

Father and Daughter Trip to the BWCA

Adventure by Lyle Hovland

It Starts with a Gear Addiction

                 I absolutely love camping in the outdoors, but I also adore the gear I bring to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's backpacking, climbing, kayaking, or base camping, I am always searching for the best gear. Gear must be reliable, long lasting, and it always helps when it looks cool as well. To put it bluntly, I have an addiction, an addiction to gear. Sometimes I treat myself with a special pay check
or even use my ebay sales to support my addiction. My Sierra Madre Research Nubé is my latest treat! My latest addition to support my craving for the outdoors and gear. Each year I take 3-4 trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Northern Minnesota. This past October, I was able to take an extended weekend with my youngest! A week before we left, as we were packing, I mentioned I had some new gear. She wasn't surprised, because I had been dropping hints for the past two months. I'd shown her multiple times, this new website I found called Sierra Madre Research and we watched every possible video they and others had about this product called the Nubé. We talked many times about how awesome it would be to battle the mosquitoes in the BWCA. At times, they can get really bad, unless you're prepared. We've been prepared and have some neat gear like our bug shirts from the Original Bug Shirt Company, a 12x12 Bugout shelter from Nemo, and an Eno Guardian Bug Net for our Eno Hammock. Like I stated before, I like gear, and many would suggest I'm addicted and love certain brands (The North Face, MSR, Eno, Nemo, Patagonia, Perception, etc...). 

             Over the years I have learned that many people avoid the outdoors for two common reasons; getting wet and cold, and also dealing with nasty bugs. I love the outdoors, but even more I love sharing it with my family. I have always wanted them to have fun, without suffering coldness or dealing constantly with our Minnesota mosquitoes that can be gigantic. The SMR Nubé has exceeded my
expectations in combating both elements. When we arrived at our first site on Birch Lake on October 16th, we took the usual time to get camp set up, but were really excited to hang the Nubé. Even though the mosquitoes were not going to be a problem because of the colder weather, we were excited to try it out in anticipation for our summer expeditions. We set up the Nubé in no time at all.
Sierra Madre Research has thought of everything with the Nubé. Our Eno Guardian Bug Net has been nice, but having an all in one tarp/bug out shelter for my hammock is amazing. And besides, the Nubé is incredibly roomy. Though I had read about the roominess online, you can't imagine it until you get into the Nube. I am 6' tall and my high school daughter is 5'8". The two of us in a double hammock had more
than enough room in the Nubé. It is so nice that the netting is away from you and gives the feeling that you are in a roomy tent. That first day, we played Farkle for hours in the Nubé. It even rained with a splash of snow and we stayed dry the entire time. It was so nice to have gear stowed in the storage compartment below without having to venture out in the misty rain for supplies. SMR truly made a great product with the Nubé. Taking it down two days later for our next site was even easier. I love that the tie down cords have a Velcro wrap system, that is so convenient. Once it is stuffed in its own compression sac, it's ready for the next hang. 

                  After we paddled to Sucker Lake, we had decided we would not set up  everything because we were only staying a day. Because our experience with the Nubé was so easy on Birch Lake, we obviously chose to hang it up for another night. I am pretty sure that from start to finish we were able to secure and hang everything in under four minutes. We chose a great set of trees right by the lake
shore. The pictures of this site on Sucker Lake, cannot do justice to our Nubé experience. With the loons calling, the waves gently splashing on the shoreline, and our bodies nestled in the Nubé, it was heavenly. That night after supper we played more Farkle, and just talked for hours while relaxing in our Nubé. That, and we took a couple of selfies with our "mock" Xmas lights hanging with us. You can tell that SMR has spent a great deal of time with the details. This new piece of gear, my Nubé, will never be left at home. In fact, my daughter is already planning our next trip and seems to think two Nubés would be better than one. I think this Nubé Experience, our first, has truly changed the way we will camp. Thanks Julie again for shipping my Nubé to me so quickly and making sure our fall BWCA adventure was a great experience. I am so excited to see what other products SMR will create to support my addiction of the outdoors and gear. This great NEW EXPERIENCE, has been an incredible NUBÉ EXPERIENCE !

(Original post at TheHammockForum.com , Personal Blog , and Photo Reel )

#GearMe Adventure 2

Rainforest Rooftop Hang

Adventure by Wouter Baa

    So as we all know hammocks are a great way to keep off the wet ground and safe from the critters. Now, in the tropical rain forest of Costa Rica... just how high would that have to be? I went ahead and got my Pares Hammock at just above 100 feet in the Costarican canopy and it is AWESOME! The only truly tricky bit is getting in. Now all I need is the Nubé to really be able to spend a night up in the canopy. Hey #SMr #GEARME the #NAVIGATOR#Nubist4Life !

(Original post on Facebook )

#GearMe Adventure 3

Camping in Glacier National Park 

Adventure by Corey Schroeter

Camping in Glacier National Park with the Nubé 

Our trek appeared simple enough. Land at point A,  hike to first nighttime camp at B for 2 nights, and then make a trek to campsite C for one last night before hiking back. 

It’s amazing how squiggly dotted lines can seem so unimpressive, but when translated to carrying gear and hiking mostly uphill, they become the most powerful lines you can draw. It’s not my first trek into Glacier Park, and it won’t be my last, but it was my first chance to shed a lot of carry weight by packing in the Nubé instead of a formal tent!

After a lengthy drive down some very bumpy roads, we successfully landed at Bowman Lake campgrounds. For those interested in the views without the hike, this is one of the best places to go.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the launch point, only 20 or so yards from where people camp:

From there, we began our hike. It was less than 7 miles, but it felt like 15. The first 5 miles are almost exclusively uphill. Although the grade isn’t terribly steep, carrying packs and my own version of winter fat (a lot like a bear’s, but it lasts year round and is caused by cookies), the trek quickly becomes a sweaty challenge.

Oh, and there are mosquitos. In fact, were I to have had an electric swatter, we could have killed enough of those to more than replace our trail mix. If you were into eating bugs, that is. I’m not Bear Grylls, however, so I merely attempted swatting. I momentarily considered trying to wear the mesh that protects me when sleeping in theNubé, but was reasonably sure it would void the warranty when worn like a coat. So tempting….

Anyway, the trek there had beautiful sites! Once we got out of the dense uphill climb. The photos don’t do it justice in the least, because believe it or not, this view was one of the prettiest in my opinion:

I will admit, however, that part of the enticement to this particular location is that I finally had stopped hiking uphill. The thought of being able to reshape my hammocks into makeshift gliders and just plummet made this a dreamy type of view. Darn warranty probably wouldn’t cover that, either, so I decided to just hike down after getting some pictures.

Finally, after a grueling steeply downhill hike, we reach our destination site (B). Before even setting up camp we take photos, proving to ourselves we actually made it.

Ah, upper quartz lake campsite – she was beautiful and buzzing. Not with people,  but rather mosquitos. We apparently brought groupie mosquitos with us, and they met up with all their relatives who lived down this way. At this point, sky visibility is actually determined by whether or not you are in a cloud of the critters. As such, I realized it was time to get the Nubé launched and get some relief from my flying tormentors. 

This was my first time using the Nubé in a real camping setting. And at times like this, let me tell you – the open design is heavenly. Unlike a normal tent, in which I would have cooked, I could actually relax (on the bottom bunk, at least) and remain capable of getting a breeze. It was wonderful!

Now, to be fair, I actually regretted not having the Winter Barrier at night, because the bottom bunk gets a lot of breeze, and if you are using a summer sleeping bag in the mountains where snow isn’t impossible to find, you are probably going to regret not having a wall. So if you are looking to camp in the mountains, you can carry a lighter bag if you go ahead and act smarter than I did and buy the Winter Barrier. Consider yourself warned!

Fishing was good. The lake was beautiful, and we ate well the next 36 hours!

Btw, I’m especially lumpy in this photo, but that’s a firearm under my coat. I’m not carrying all my fat on one side. I do a good job of putting it everywhere. Why a firearm? Cause I can shoot farther than I could use bear spray.

And yes, we did have a bear visit – though I was too busy yelling at it to get photos. Sorry.

More than enough for 5 of us, and even enough to have left overs!

On the second night there, a very strong storm came through. And this was a great test for the Nubé. I’ll admit, I was skeptical that it could hold well under winds. Thankfully, my fears were unnecessary. My friend and I in ourHambunks in the Nubé slept almost completely through the storm, while my friends in the regular tent were awake through most of it. Nothing in the Nubé got unhooked, damaged, or even moved, near as we could tell. We swayed back and forth with the wind in the most gentle of fashions, and it actually caused me to fall asleep within a minute of awakening to the sound of the rain. I now have a trust for this hammock shelter that I couldn’t have had without giving it this test.

Of course, the bad news is that camping trips rarely go as planned. The rain started moving in in force, so we decided to end our trip without staying at lower quarter lake site ( C ). We did hike through it, but by then, I was too tired to take any photos. And the hike from C back to A… Well, we found out later they call it “Cardiac Hill”. Shame on me for not researching better, and shame on my body fat for not following the example of my sweat and fall out of me. 

All in all, a beautiful (albeit exhausting) trip into some of the most incredible countryside you’ll ever see. TheNubé and Hambunks have changed camping for me, and I’ll never go back to the old way again!

(Original submitted at adventure@sierramadreresearch.com)

Honorable Mention

Brad xTc on Instagram:

Luis Rodriguez-Vodak on Facebook

My buddy and I both got Nubés and have put them to good use so far. We have done everything from urban setups at work, camping in the back woods of Old Lyme, CT (haven’t gotten lyme diasese yet!), Peddocks Island, MA, East Burke, VT, and just about any chance we get! Oftentimes when we attend parties we just set up our Nubés and spend the night in someones yard (Don’t drink and drive!!).

We received so many amazing shots from all over the world! 

Thanks for sharing.


Does Your Adventure Have What it Takes?

Here is How to Enter to Win The Navigator:


Express your own style! It can be a GRAND adventure with your Nubé, a single photo taken in a spectacular place in your Pares Hammock, or even just Hambunkin' in your own backyard. We want to see how you adventure with your SMr Gear! 

*You may also send in photos/videos to Adventure@sierramadreresearch.com*


Need More Details?

Read on for #GearMe guidelines! 

The Gear That Makes The Navigator an EPIC Addition to Your Pack:

Ideas of what to share:

  • Adventure photos of your SMr Gear with clever captions
  • SMr gear reviews . Inform, instruct, advise how you use your SMr gear
  • Epic Adventure stories using your SMr gear. 
  • Videos featuring your adventure with SMr Gear 

Tag Line Examples:

  • When you share your adventure be sure to add a tag line so we can find it!
  • After you post, make sure your tags work!! Otherwise we won't see your awesome adventure! 

Here is an example of what your adventure tag lines could look like:

  • " Adventuring with my #Pares #Hammock in the #Amazon #Rainforest so please #SMr, #GearMe #TheNavigator! @SierraMadreResearch #Nubist4Life! " 
  • " Took my #Nubé #Hammock #Shelter with me for 3 months on the #AppalachianTrail! #Nubist4Life!  @SMr_Gear, #GearMe #TheNavigator! "

Here are the correct tags to use for specific social media channels:

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  • YouTube:   #GearMe   #TheNavigator    www.smrgearme.com

Determining the Winner:

  • Our SMr Staff will pick our favorite 3 out of the shared adventures.
  • We will share the top 3 on our website on this page on November 28th, 2014.
  • As soon as we share the top 3 stories, you and all other SMr fans will be able to submit your votes from November 28th, 2014 to December 10th, 2014.
  • The adventure with the most votes will determine the winner.
  • After tallying the public votes, the #GearMe Navigator winner will be announced on this page on December 10th, 2014.
  • Runners up will each receive an SMr VinTee!
  • The winners will receive his or her prize immediately after we receive shipping info!

#GearMe Dates:

  • #GearMe begins October 15th, 2014
  • Continue sharing your adventures until 5:00pm November 27th, 2014. (Central Time Zone)
  • Voting will take place on this page November 28th, 2014 - 12:00am December 10th, 2014 (Central Time Zone)
  • December 10th is the final day of #GearMe and the day the final winner will be announced.

Additional Info about #GearMe:

  • Your adventures can be grand, or even just in your own backyard! This is a way to feature your own creativity, style, and sense of adventure. 
  • Your adventures may be featured on our website or social media sites with full credit to you! Copyright of the content remains the property of the adventurer. 
  • By sharing your adventures for the #GearMe contest you agree to grant SMr permissions and rights to use the image indefinitely on any page at SMrGearME.com, Facebook, Instagram, twitter, or Yonder accounts, and in any online advertising or printed materials.
  • By sharing a photo specifically for #GearMe 2014, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed with all the #GearMe rules above.
  • Please email any questions about #GearMe to adventure@sierramadreresearch.com.
  • You can post as many times, and as many different adventures as you'd like! 

Be Creative, be epic, be adventurous!

We can't wait to see the way you xPlor.