Properly securing a bike is a headache and a half. Sure, a decent U-lock might keep your frame from getting stolen, but then a wheel or two might be up for grabs, not to mention your saddle. Short of avoiding quick release fasteners (which is a good idea regardless), there’s Seatylock, which kills two birds with one stone in that it functions as a seat and a lock, naturally making the former that much harder to steal. Its universal adaptor finds any standard bike and adjusts for your preferred seat angle. Once set up, pop it off the post, unfold its chain links, and secure Seatylock around a bike rack, your frame, and perhaps one wheel, space withstanding.
Find it at Kickstarter – $85
Hands got a little numb when you played a few rounds of pond hockey last winter? A pair of Third Assist’s Pioneer Gloves will put an end to that. These leather gloves boast a rabbit fur lining that mold well to your hand after repeated use, customizing its feel after a few games. Importantly, they’re of course also extremely warm, dry fast when they inevitably get wet, boast breathable palms to avoid overheating, and are decked out in fun, bold color schemes of either gold or bronze.
Grab a pair at Third Assist – $100
Unsurprisingly, the creators of the Mega Hammock aren’t solely in the business of making massive, 1000 lbs-rated hammocks. Their Single or Double Hummingbird Hammock is made of the same 1.1-ounce Rip Stop Nylon used in parachutes, boasts lock stitching with nylon thread, and 1000 pound Spectra end loops, adding up to a 300- to 400-pound weight capacity depending on the model and size. And, just like their namesake, each Hummingbird Hammock is lightweight, starting at just 5.2-ounces, and incredibly small, packing away into a palm-sized bag for easy transport.
An umbrella is an umbrella is an umbrella. Or not. Davek’s Solo smoothly slides open at the push of a button and boasts a WindFibre frame system that melds aircraft grade aluminum with flexible fiberglass to form a resilient structure that won’t cave to the wind. This frame is fitted with a 43-inch diameter, 190-thread count microfiber canopy that effortlessly sheds water and dries fast after the fact. It also boasts gorgeous finishing touches, including a zinc alloy and leather handle, polished metal clip, a leather strap, and a collapsing function upon pressing the button a second time. And if it somehow manages to fail, they’ll repair or replace it free of charge as per Davek’s unconditional lifetime warranty.
Find it at Davek – $100
The Cobra QR Buckle: a handy, durable slab of aluminum, though quite not the most discreet when worn as a belt with a concealed carry. Like their Cobra QR-equipped Ranger belt, Ares’ Aegis is hard-wearing and durable, but with a cleaner overall appearance, in large part thanks to the bead-blasted stainless steel buckle. It also comes in a wide range of color combos, boasts double-layered 1.5-inch wide scuba webbing strap, and releases just as easily as the Ranger: just slide the buckle’s pin to one side. And it puts up with excess tension just as well, actually tightening as more pull is put on the strap.
Learn more at Ares Gear – $100+
Spend less time packing and more time tailgating with Instagate. Pack along an Instagate in your trunk to simultaneously tackle ten tailgate essentials, including a grill plus grilling tools, cooler, utensils, cups, plates, napkins, condiments, disposable garbage bags, and a lighter/bottle opener combo. The box even unfolds to form three low table platforms on which to affix the grill securely or play a quick round of seated beer pong.
Find it at Kickstarter – $39
Fog build-up in ski goggles is the quickest way to ruin a good day on the mountain. Abominable’s F-BOM goggles take on the task not by employing passive hydrophobic coatings or vents, but rather by using a system similar to your car’s rear window. A transparent heating element lies between the two-part lens, heating it up to slightly above dew point to stave off fog. Moreover, each pair employs swappable, distortion-free Zeiss polycarbonate lenses, helmet compatibility, and a li-ion battery that lasts for between 7 hours and 7 days on active (always on) and on-demand burst (press to activate for 10 minutes) modes, respectively.
Roughing it just got a little cushier with Disc-O-Bed Cam-O-Bunk Cot. This portable, collapsible cot system is built of powder-coated stainless steel and bears up to 500 lbs of human per bed, each equipped with its own side organizer to stash personal belongings. It’s also extremely accommodating to whatever your tent situation may be, setting up as two individual cots or stacking (with added head room thanks to optional leg extensions) to occupy less hard-to-come-by floor space.
Hitting the waves on a stand up paddleboard is all fun and games until the wind picks up: then, it becomes a living nightmare, particularly since standing turns you into a large air brake of sorts. Sailpaddle avoids such a predicament, instead harnessing the wind to help you zip about nigh effortlessly. Pull the handle cap on this carbon fiber paddle to reveal a lightweight sailing rig that sets up in seconds, providing more than enough sail area to outrun fellow paddleboarders in moderate winds. Then, if the wind dies down, pack it back in just as quickly and get back to work paddling.
Lug around critical emergency gear without having to think much about it with VSSL Supplies. Each mil-spec extruded aluminum tube sports an LED flashlight on one end, an oil-filled compass on the other, and seven well-organized canisters filled with a wide range of outdoor supplies, including a wide saw, 4-hour beeswax candle, razor blade, six water purification tablets, waterproof matches, fire starter, kevlar rope, fishing gear, a p38 can opener, and more.
Stock up at VSSL – $89