SylvanSport announced Greig Heil as the grand prize winner in their “Coolest. Camper. Ever. Adventure Contest,” winning a GO popup camper loaded with outdoor adventure gear from eight different sponsors.
The GO, an all-in-one pop-up camper and trailer from SylvanSport, was hailed as the “Coolest. Camper. Ever.,” by National Geographic, according to a press release.
To enter, contestants wrote short essays pitching an outdoor adventure they wanted to take with the GO, and three finalists were selected to borrow the GO and document their adventures for up to three months. At the end of their journey, one would be crowned the ultimate GO winner.
Heil, who is a mountain biker and blogger for Singletracks.com and Tripleblaze.com, was in the market for a camper for a mountain biking tour he wanted to take in the Pacific Northwest.
He noted, “In the process of seeking out potential campers, I wrote an essay and entered it into the ‘Coolest. Camper. Ever. Adventure Contest,’ and then promptly forgot about it.”
His submission was selected from over 2,000 entries and earned Heil a spot in the top three finalists competing for a chance to win a GO pop-up camper. The other two finalists included Aaron Smith, a riverboarder hailing from east Texas, and Meghan Wolfgram from Florida, owner of Swift Paws Lure Coursing Equipment for dog agility and training.
Accompanied by his wife, Summer, Heil hit the road with the GO and camped and mountain biked through Bend and Oakridge in Oregon, and Salida and Steamboat Springs in Colorado, before heading back to the southeast. Along the way, he hauled four mountain bikes, a massive cooler, and a tool box on the GO, with plenty of room to spare.
In an online review for Singletracks, Heil praised the GO for its design and engineering. “A traditional camper is designed for pure luxury and indulgence, whereas the GO is a versatile piece of high-quality technical gear that is designed to perform well on the way to the campground, at the campground, and on the way back,” he wrote.