Outdoors

Cartom Wrist Wallet

As slim as wallets have gotten in recent years, there are still times when it’s unfeasible to carry one. Some mornings, I enjoy a quick bike ride to and from my local coffee shop but I’m often wearing shorts with no pockets. I could toss my wallet and keys into a backpack, but I don’t need or want to carry all my…

Velo Transit’s Edge 30 Waterproof Backpack

The Edge 30 Backpack by Velo Transit is an ideal bag for cyclists—or really, anyone who ever has to deal with rain while carrying their things around outdoors. The interior lining is RF-welded and thus prevents moisture from leaking in or out. The bag’s main enclosure is of the “rolltop” variety, meaning it rolls down when not in-use to keep rain out,…

Sanborn Firestarter Kit

One of the most important things you can have on a camping trip is a way to start a fire. The Sanborn Firestarter Kit ($16) fits the bill nicely, and includes the following: Eight cedar firestarters A match safe Some cedar kindling A small burlap bag to hold everything Sanborn is a company that makes great canoe paddles, and the scrap cedar…

Sea to Summit’s Spark Spl Sleeping Bag

The Spark Spl is a sleeping bag designed by Sea to Summit that can keep its occupant surprisingly cozy, given how light it is. It has a breathable, water-resistant 10D Pertex Quantum shell, a liner made from soft-yet-durable 15D nylon, and is filled with 850+ loft goose down treated with Ultra Dry-Down (a water repellant). The neatest part is that the whole…

LifeStraw Go

LifeStraw Go is essentially a sports water bottle, but with a crazy-good filter built in. You can use it to scoop up water from just about anywhere in the world and then safely drink it through the mouthpiece. By the time the water has made it up the straw, the filter has already removed 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne…

GORUCK Bullet Rucks

The folks at GORUCK are well-known for producing military-grade bags, the sort you’d typically want to carry a lot of stuff in. But they’ve also got a line of smaller, more streamlined bags they’ve dubbed Bullet Rucks, for those single-day excursions on the trail. Each of these three “day rucks” — sized at 5 L ($95), 10 L ($175), and 15 L…

Packtowl Nano Light Towel

Anybody who’s ever read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will tell you: a towel is one of the most important and useful things a traveler can carry. And if you’re going to have one with you at all times, the Packtowl Nano Light Towel is an excellent choice. This thing can absorb just about any liquid you throw at it (up to…

Oyo Mountain Foot Bag

When I was in marching band back in high school, one of the ways my friends and I chose to pass the time during competitions (when we had nothing better to do than stand by the school bus and wait our turn) was play Hacky Sack in the parking lot. I still have one of my old hacky sacks from those days,…

Snow Peak Coffee Dripper

Coffee and camping are two things that go together very well, but I feel like a lot of brewing equipment is too delicate for the outdoors. As much as I like my Hario V60, I’m not sure the ceramic would hold up well in my bag. The Snow Peak Coffee Dripper, another pour-over brewer, may be a solution to this problem. It…

JOBY Action Series

JOBY, makers of the popular GorillaPod tripod, have teamed up with GoPro to develop some cool new tripods and mounts, which they’ve dubbed the Action Series. There are four items in this series: GorillaPod Action Tripod: Essentially the same as the normal GorillaPod – meaning the sturdy-but-flexible legs can be wrapped around objects – but specifically designed to hold a GoPro, Contour,…

Capture Camera Clip System v2

In early 2012 ,the original Capture Camera Clip System became an interesting and very popular alternative to wearing a camera strap. The company behind the project, Peak Design, has taken their success and ingenuity and poured them into creating a new version of the product: the Capture Camera Clip System v2. Like the original model, the Capture is a two-piece system: A…

Topo Designs and Woolrich Bag Collection

I’ve often heard good things about the bags sold by Topo Designs, but to be honest, I never could get into their design aesthetic. Thankfully, they recently partnered up with the people at Woolrich (one of the oldest flannel companies around) and together they’ve produced a line of awesome-looking bags that are definitely more my style. These are essentially the same bags…

S’mores Roasting Rack

Personally, I like to toast marshmallows one-at-a-time, catching each one on fire and letting the exterior burn to a crisp. But most people I know seem to prefer only a slight toasting, and if you’re going to be making a bunch of s’mores at once, you might as well use something like this stainless steel S’mores Roasting Rack by Charcoal Companion. It’s…

Felt Firewood Holder

Sure, there’s something to be said about living alone out in the wilderness*, where no one will ever see you lugging firewood around — but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do it in style. The Felt Firewood Holder allows you to do just that, with a thick 100% wool construction that looks awesome (and is also very durable). There are nice…

Oakley Snowmad R.A.S. Backpack

Our fearless editor Shawn Blanc is known to be an avid snowboarder, and with winter almost upon us, I think it’s the perfect time to talk about Oakley’s new Snowmad R.A.S (removable airbag system) Backpack ($225). Designed for cross-country treks, this bag can hold your snowboard vertically, or your skis in one of two positions: diagonal or A-frame. It also has multiple…

GORUCK Leather Reverse Flag Patch

GORUCK is an American company that makes super-durable rucksacks (amongst other things), and they take their patriotism very seriously. All of their gear is made right here in the U.S., it’s designed to meet the standards of Special Forces soldiers, and they test its durability with an insane physical challenge held in various cities across America (and which our friend Patrick Rhone…

Blackstone Urban Quiver

If you’re the type of photographer who’s always dreamed of carrying your gear like Hawkeye, then the Urban Quiver by Blackstone Bags should be right up your alley. Made of military-grade nylon and sporting a surprising amount of storage space despite its slim profile (including a dedicated smartphone pocket on the shoulder strap), the Urban Quiver is an awesome way to tote…

Exotac Matchcap

If you do a lot of camping or hiking, you should check out the Exotac Matchcap waterproof match case. It’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum and can hold quite a few strike-anywhere matches. It also has several types of built-in striker surfaces and a lanyard loop for convenience. This thing is very durable, will keep your matches dry, and it even floats on…

MaCool

There’s a Kickstarter campaign happening right now for a product called MaCool, which is basically an insulated cooler designed to look like the original Macintosh. This thing may end up getting sued into oblivion by Apple, but I couldn’t resist posting it because, well, just look at it! Now, if only it let you play Oregon Trail… Thanks, Alex!

Yield Picnic Bag

Summertime is in full swing, and the weather here in Oklahoma City has been quite pleasant this year, unlike previous years where it’s constantly 100°F or higher. It’s perfect picnic weather, and I’m considering picking up a couple of these Yield Picnic Bags. Essentially, it’s a tote bag you can carry your food and/or drink with, and when you get to the…

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