Stay dry in inclement weather with this Watertight Rain Jacket from Columbia. Lightweight and durable, the jacket packs up into it’s own pocket for easy storage when it’s not in use. Throw it on during a rainy day and it’s also great jacket for hiking and camping – available in a slew of colors.
We received a prototype from a current Kickstarter project, The Qlipter. The Qlipter prototype has only been our possession for a few days, but we can already see the nearly endless uses for this ingenious clip. Not only does it work like a standard carabiner, but the padded hook swivels outward, allowing you to hang your stuff virtually anywhere. While it’s great for outdoor activities like hiking and camping, you can also use The Qlipter around the house (we found it great for hanging dress shirts in the bathroom during showers to get a little steam action).
Ever head out for a run and tie a key to your shoelace or drawstring? The Kickstarter project PocketBands aims to end that nonsense. Perfect for going to the gym, running, swimming, surfing, biking, and more – PocketBands are lightweight wristbands with a secret compartment to stash a key and/or some cash without interfering with your activities. Why has nobody thought of this before?!?
If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer, check out this Victorinox Swiss Army Knife set that comes with two Swiss Army pocket knives. The 3-1/2-Inch Swiss Army Ranger features more than 20 useful stainless steel tools and the 2-1/4-Inch classic pocket knife with seven tools. Both are perfect for hiking, camping, or just having for handy for when you need a blade or tool. Best of all the set is currently 59% off!
The common excuse for not going camping is, “I don’t have a tent.” Getting outdoors for the weekend can do wonders to clear your head and reset your batteries, so buying some camping gear is a worthwhile investment. This Coleman SunDome 3 Person tent will comfortably sleep three campers on it’s 7′x7′ floor area. It only weighs 8 pounds, making it easy to carry along to your campsite if some hiking is required. It’s two pole dome design allows for a ten minute setup – so you’ll be able to quickly create a shelter if rain clouds start threatening your adventure.
After being rained on for a week straight, it dawned on me that a rain jacket may be a good investment. This Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is completely waterproof and won’t weigh you down – making it perfect for rainy spring weather. Pit zips with storm flaps allow you to stay cool, dry, and comfortable in warmer weather or while being active outdoors while hiking, camping, or etc. Best of all it rolls up into it’s own pocket making it super portable for those “is really going to rain?” kind of days. Available in a ton of colors.
Today marks the first day of winter (although it’s been freezing in many places for a while now). If you plan on embarking on any outdoor winter adventures, check out these Traction Cleats from Yaktrax. Slipping over your shoes or boots, you can help turn your existing footwear into snowshoes. Similar to tire chains for winter driving, this simple add-on well help you cover snowy and icy surfaces. If you plan on doing some mountain climbing, try the Pro edition.