If you want to use your iPhone to take pictures or video in the water, we suggest you put a case on it. If you want to go scuba diving with your iPhone (!), we suggest you use the TAT7 iPhone Scuba Case ($84.95). This waterproof iPhone case let’s you use your iPhone while swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving to 30 m (100 ft). Now you can get a close-up of Jaws right from your iPhone.
Can’t decide if you are a Sky or an Urchin? Now you can get the best of both worlds with Dual Snowboards ($265). The dual boards are definitely a unique experience, giving you freedom of motion on most terrains while also strengthening muscle groups that you use while snowboarding. Which means you will never get stuck on a catwalk again. Go big or go home.
Have you ever tried to start a fire the old-fashioned way? Grab a stick a rub it on another stick like Link from Encino Man until you make sparks. Well, it’s damn near impossible, which is why there’s the Campfire Dragon ($8.99) from Duluth Pack. Aside from its incredible name, this hose is designed to help you get the fire going and keep the fire going. Just direct the air to the spot that needs a little air, and watch the fire roar.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means Spring is right around the corner. If you need a lightweight jacket to knock around in, the anorak is the go to garb whether you are hiking or just hanging out. The Mountain Classic Anorak ($49.95) from L.L. Bean is windproof, water resistant, packable, and it’s under $50. Made from two-ply nylon, it feels like cotton and folds into the front pocket.
Nobody likes lugging a heavy cooler around the back yard, which is why we like the Rio Entertainer Rolling Cooler ($80). The all-welded steel body and injection-foam-unitized interior keeps up to 100 12-ounce cans cold for up to 3 days. It has a built-in bottle opener and cap catcher for when you are enjoying your favorite microbrew that doesn’t come in a can.
Most traditional sleeping bags have the same shape: rectangular. But we aren’t interested in traditional, which is why we suggest the Poler Napsack ($130). This interestingly shaped sleeping bag is rated to 50 degrees, it has zippers at the shoulders for your arms, a cinch at the bottom for your legs, and a chest pocket to keep your personal goods (like gummy snacks or something). So whether you are a habitual couch-surfer, or you are just looking to upgrade your lazy-Sunday wardrobe, this napsack should suit you well.
Unless you are Bear Grylls, you probably aren’t dropped in the middle of nowhere very often. But in the rare occasion that you are left to fend for yourself, make sure you are stocked with some Tactical Sammiches ($6). This survival sandwich has a shelf life of two years, has less than 300 calories per sandwich, and comes in both pepperoni and honey BBQ. It might not completely save your life, but it will at least keep you fat and happy for the albino hill people.
If you live where it snows, you have undoubtedly fumbled around with hand warming beanbags to fend off frostbite. Well now you can keep your digits thawed with a little more style. The Zippo Hand Warmer ($19.95) is a sleek metal hand warmer that fits in your glove or pocket for up to 12 hours of warmth. Just fill with Zippo premium lighter fluid and don’t try to light your cigarette with it.
Without clean water, your hiking excursions quickly becomes a fight against bacteria and protozoa. The Katadyn Pocket (~ $390) is one of the best water filters in the business. At only 10″ long, it fits easily in your pack and its easy to use, durable design will keep your water clean in even the most extreme conditions.
It used to be that the worst part about skiing (or wakeboarding) is that you needed to have somebody pull you behind a boat. Well, not anymore. This Skier Controlled Tow Boat ($17,000) from Solo Watersports will let you do the driving AND the riding. We are not kidding, this is a real thing, watch this video. The unmanned boat has a 2-stoke, 70-horsepower engine that can generate speeds up to 40 MPH and an auto-kill feature for when you
bust your ass decide you need a break.