Kickstarter now live!
We just launched the ordering of the Little DEAN through Kickstarter. The event will end Dec 6, 2023. Orders will be shipped out January 2023, but based upon production completion, as soon as before Christmas!
The Little DEAN™ is a kids outdoor ultralight 20-liter organizational, compact backpack made with high quality materials.
It is perfect for day trips or use as a compact overnight camping pack.
Why Near Zero?
Near Zero takes the guesswork out of backpacking by providing a simplified approach to camping with ready-to-go lightweight outdoor backpacking bundles, all designed to maximize comfort and optimize weight distribution.
Near Zero is now partnered with Leave No Trace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing Leave No Trace programs, education, training and outreach in all 50 states and more than 100 countries around the globe. Utilizing the power of science, education for all, and stewardship to support and protect nature, Leave No Trace is on a mission to ensure a sustainable future for the outdoors and the planet.
Leave No Trace!
All 4 of us loved the small compact size of this chair, and it's ability to fit in each one of our backpacks. At one time I noticed our creative scouters were using one of them as a card table for their favorite card game. :) You can't match it's compact size. It worked well for our recent trip and will be with us for many more.
I’ve only had the tent for one trip for a few nights in Canyonlands, but it seems well made. Light, easy to setup and breakdown.
The folks at Near Zero are wonderful and great to work with. I’d recommend.
Incredibly light weight, compact, and very warm!
The solution I’ve been looking for at a price I love!!!
Happy with the purchase. Have not had the chance to use it yet.
Last year I started backpacking again after about 4 decades since I was a Boy Scout (Eagle with palms). My wife surprised me by stating she would also like to join me in the Backcountry. So, I needed some high quality, lightweight gear that wasn't going to break the bank. Near Zero was the perfect solution. I absolutely love all NZ gear, well almost all. The headlamp is just OK, but I hear that it's being upgraded soon. My pack was one of the original production runs and the webbing was too narrow and would slip, so I just tied it off at my desired setting and no issues from there on. I guess the new ones have wider webbing and new buckles. The thing about NZ is they listen to feedback and are always finding ways to make stuff even better. I love that. I have the 2p and 3p tents. We squeezed 3 adults in the 2p tent when we got evacuated from Havasupai Falls in the middle of the night in the rain. We made it work. I then bought the 3p tent for our Maroon Bells hike with 3 adults and it was great as well. We had lots of rain but stayed dry, warm and comfy. I love the sleeping bags. We have a few of their sleeping pads. All are great, but the insulated one is awesome. Very comfy and warm. NZ is my go to source for a lot of my gear - great stuff for a great price. And, they make it so easy to get someone set up for the first time.
I volunteer with Scouts in Canada and work for Outward Bound. I’ve been searching for a lightweight bag that could still hold everything I need on a backpacking trip. The ‘Dean’ certainly comes close to greatness. It’s comfortable, compact and organized. The couple of complaints I had seem to be dealt with in version 2.0! A few more litres of space and a rain cover! Wish I’d waited a couple of weeks before ordering my ‘Dean Classic’…. But I still love it! Thanks for a great pack…
Scouter Sean, camping in Toronto
I look forward to using this on my next trip. Its slightly lighter than my last and definitely smaller. It held air well on testing. Nice blowup bag as well.
I got to test this pack at an event over the summer and was impressed by the overall system design and how well thought-out it was. I'm actually kind of surprised more companies haven't offered something like this for folks that don't want to buy ~25 different items just to go backpacking. I kind of expected a few items where corners were cut, but everything from the stove to the pad and sleeping bag were great all-around choices.
Ultralight gear can be ridiculously expensive and flimsy. Near Zero does a great job keeping their gear affordable and lightweight—but also super functional and sturdy. The sleeping pad is practically luxurious but still packs down small and weighs little. The tent is spacious, easy to use, has plenty of pockets, and even quality stakes (something many brands skimp on). The pack rides well and feels lightweight even fully packed. I forded a waist deep river in Maine while wearing it with no issue. Everything is built to work together and it is clear a lot of thought has been put into all of the products.
The tent bag and pad are the bomb!!! It’s hands down the best set up I’ve used! There are more expensive bags for sure!! The bag bag is super comfy and warm for most nights in Az. The pad is light very lofty and the tent is a quick stet up that’s light simple to put together has lots of room for me and not cramped at all with my girlfriend.
I took a couple clients on a trip recently and supplied both of them with a Near Zero Sidekick Pack. It had everything we needed! The packs fit great on both clients. They were both stoked on how easy the tent was to set up and how light it all was. Night time temps dropped into the high 50s and they both slept very comfortably in the 20 degree bag with the featherlight sleeping pad. They got a kick out of using the fill bag to easily blow it up. They loved not getting their fingers sticky as they stirred their meal bags with the long spork. The head lamp was plenty bright and lasted through the night. The pack was organized and easy to pack back up after we took down camp. It was great to have the hydration pack and Nalgene bottles on the side made it easy to share water. These pack will be my go to for all my clients going forward!
These are huge upgrade for me in my camping/backpacking adventures. They feel very comfortable (on the hard basement floor-haven't had a chance to test them in the field just yet), and took no time at all to inflate. Deflated/storage space minimalists as well which is a huge plus! Well done!
Finally had a chance to use the spoon on the trail. Reached the bottom of the dehydrated food pouch as advertised. Hardly weighs anything. Cleaned easily. Seems sturdy. Will keep in my kit for the next trip.
I used this system when I traveled to Arizona for a backpacking trip. Has everything you need and the components are high quality. The tent was light and easy to assemble (even in the dark); the sleeping bag was super light and warm, and the pad was comfortable and had good insulation. I would buy these even as separate items. If I were a guide, I would have these for clients, for sure. Also great for getting into backpacking. Everything is here, it is all good, and you don't have to scour the internet and watch YouTube videos to find the best of every component. Just grab and go.