Gear We Love: Oct/Nov 2016

Goodies for your active lifestyle


1. Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Ice Chest

Once in a while we prefer to stop dealing with ordinary and step up to extraordinary even if it costs more. Yeti makes rugged coolers of the highest quality and the Hopper Flip 12 is the Cadillac of personal ice chests. Like an oversized lunchbox on steroids, the Hopper will keep a 12 pack of beer plus sandwiches ice cold for days. At approximately 12” X 12” the Yeti is basically an indestructible cube that will go anywhere and hold anything for 1-3 people. Hint: this cooler would be an amazing Christmas gift for all the camping enthusiasts on your list.

MSRP: $279.99

2. Slackline Industries SlackStand

The SlackStand is a completely freestanding, portable structure allowing set-up indoors or out without the need for trees or other anchors. It includes a 12-foot slackline, making it the ideal system for schools, gyms or in-home use.

Steel construction provides a solid base and sleek design keeps the unit as lightweight and compact as possible. It’s easy to assemble and breaks down into two sections for convenient storage. We actually keep the SlackStand in our living room. Kids love competing against adults because the SlackStand is easier for lighter bodies. This is the product to purchase if you are looking to get started with slacklining and don’t have any good anchor points. If you haven’t tried slacklining yet it is an absolute blast and builds balance and core strength at the same time.

MSRP $299.99

3. Sandwich Island Composites FLOW Inflatable 10.6 SUP

If you are looking to purchase a touring SUP that is highly stable and beginner friendly then we highly recommend the SIC 10.6 FLOW inflatable. We have used this SUP in Lake Tahoe and for ocean surfing near Santa Cruz with fantastic results.

The biggest advantage of an inflatable SUP is that everything stows neatly into a large backpack, including the adjustable paddle and pump. Probably the biggest advantage of an inflatable SUP is the total weight of just over twenty pounds, which is about one-half to one-third of what a hard SUP of the same size typically weighs. At 34” wide and six inches thick this is a large board designed for beginners who want a stable platform and an easier learning experience. When fully inflated the board is very hard and comfortable to stand on.

MSRP $999.00

4. Tat Towels Moisturizing Tattoo Wipes

Keep your ink looking fresh and bright with these moisturizing tattoo wipes. Tat Towels instantly moisturizes your body art, enhancing the colors and creating a renewed look – an excellent option for keeping older tattoos bright and newer tattoos fresh. A great alternative to aftercare lotion, creams or oils, the non-greasy, unscented formulation doesn’t stain or become sticky after application and is safe to use on any tattoo. Stash a single-use packet in your vehicle, pack or purse for convenience. Made in the USA

MSRP $6.95-16.95

5. Adventures Medical Kits Ultralight .5

Weighing just a scant 3.5 oz, the AMK  Ultralight .5 is the perfect first aid kit to keep in the bottom of your pack for an all day adventure. We recommend this first aid kit for the minimalist who does not want to carry unnecessary weight. Nobody plans on getting wounded in the backcountry but it sure is nice to know you are covered when it happens.

The Ultralight .5 comes with a basic supply of bandages, gauze, tweezers, and other essentials. The nylon bag is watertight and roomy enough to add other first aid and survival items and provides rugged protection for the DryFlex™ liner. Ideal for hiking, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, climbing and any other outdoor activity where every gram counts.

MSRP $17.00

6. Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System 0.6L

This water filter is a must-have for adventurers on the go. With the BeFree filter, clean drinking water can be had just about anywhere … and it’s remarkably easy to use. Simply fill the flask and let the easy clean membrane filter do the work. The filter is quick and easy to maintain as well. Fill the flask with water, attach the cover and shake free the debris. Or, remove the filter from the flask and swish in any lake, river or stream. When you’re ready to “hit the road,” the collapsible flask packs small to fit into tight spaces.

MSRP $39.95

7. Advanced Elements Packlite Roll Top Dry Bag Set

Every adventurer knows the importance of quality, well-designed storage products, and Advanced Elements delivers. Designed for ultra lightweight on-the-go dry storage, the PackLite™ roll top dry bags come as a set of three sizes to provide a number of dry storage options. Set of three includes a 3, 5, and 10 Liter sized bag.

MSRP $25.99

8. Chacos Brio Boot

Chacos already makes one of our favorite technical sandles, so we always pay attention whenever they release a new line of footwear.

The Brio is the kind of boot that can be worn with shorts or pants and even slightly upscale outfits for men. The casual but stylish look is a classic take on the whole urban outdoorsy trend. The boot features oiled full-grain leather uppers, a synthetic leather skeleton with polyester mesh linings, and a mid-calf height for a smooth, clean look. Its polyester mesh lining helps to move moisture away from your foot, while removable, mesh-lined footbeds offer comfort, support, and light cushioning. The non-marking, all-purpose tread with 3-3.5mm lug depth helps supply plenty of grip on sketchy terrain.

MSRP: $135.00

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