Sometimes the simplest of designs are the most effective. Such is the case with the Scout Single Pole Tent ($982). Seattle-based outfitter Scout is bringing back your boy scout roots with this canvas tent. The collapsible hickory pole makes for an easy pitch, and the canvas carry bag makes this two-person tent a great addition to your hiking pack.
Whether you regularly fight fires, or battles, or both, be always prepared with the Lansky Fireman’s Battle Axe ($60). This super-tool was designed with the help of professional firefighters to be the “sidearm” of choice when tackling that five-alarm flame. Includes a hammer tool, a hose wrench, a gas valve wrench, and load-bearing up to 600 lbs.
Next time you and Fido are getting some exercise, make sure you don’t throw your arm out with the Hyperdog Ball Launcher ($15 – $30). With 2-ball, 3-ball, and 4-ball editions, this tennis ball launcher flies balls up to 220-feet, giving you some time for a cup of tea in between launches.
Native footwear brings hiking boots to new altitudes with the Fitzsimmons Hiking Boots ($90). Made from one single EVA foam mold, these lightweight hiking boots are water-resistance and eco-friendly. The Native uses a low emission manufacturing process, giving you a minimal carbon-footprint and maximum comfort.
Beef jerky should always be at arms length when you are on the move, which is why we like Field Trip Beef Jerky ($18 for three pack). With three flavors: Original, Honey Spice, and Teryaki, this jerky will keep you from getting hungry no matter your adventure. Field Trip Beef Jerky is the product of three guys looking for a protein and nutrient rich snack to munch on while they were trekking, or training, or both. All natural, all delicious.
Planning an inner-city hiking trip during the fierce Winter? Consider gearing-up with the Marmot Urban Hauler ($50). This Japanese fishing bag style backpack is made from UpCycled® fabrics (the greenest of the green), and the internal organizer pocket lets you stash smaller goods for easy access. It’s practical gear for city-dwellers, and even more practical for jetsetters (think: overhead compartment).
If you and Fido are the adventurous type, be prepared for the unthinkable with this Paracord Dog Leash ($40) from SGT Knots. With 16 different colors to choose from, this dog leash stands at 5 feet in length, 8 strands of US made paracord totaling approximately 60 feet of paracord. And if you aren’t a hiker, this dog leash will make you and your pup look like secret MacGyvers on the paved running path.
If a bike and a skateboard had an child, it would be the Gauswheel (~$100). At first we weren’t really sure how it worked, but upon further review we see that this push-powered, big-wheel rig is the coolest/weirdest ride since the caster board. We have yet to see somebody hit the vert ramp with it, but we appreciate the ingenuity nonetheless.
It might look like a sneaker, but it is a golf shoe at heart. The Ashworth Cardiff ($120) is a crossover golf shoe that looks more like a town shoe than the old oxford cleats your grandpa used to wear. With built-in rubber spikes, you won’t have to worry about losing grip by going from grass to concrete.
When “roughing it” doesn’t exactly carry the same meaning for you as it does for everyone else, your ability to create a fire purely from sticks is not very likely. Lucky for you there is the City Boy Picnic Grill ($229). This powder-coated stainless steel grill runs on a 225g standard gas cartridge, so your next camping trip will include less cold canned food and more warm meats, even if you didn’t kill it yourself.