Looking in the rearview mirror to see the canoe you just lashed to the roof flying above the freeway like a fiberglass Scud missile is a crappy feeling. And it’s one you could avoid if you could tie a legit knot but you can’t, so you need a LoopAlien. It’s a lightweight, easy-to-use aluminum cord attachment & tensioner with a versatile design that makes it easy to secure loads of all kinds.
The San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado offer some of the best mountain biking in the lower 48; the ideal R & D lab for Durango-based Bedrock Bags. They make bombproof bags for biking and bikepacking. If you like to do it in the dirt, their growing line of handmade handlebar and frame bags will carry your cargo proper-like.
Titanium is cool. The functional minimalism of Bauhaus-style design is cool. A compact way to carry your many keys is also cool. That makes this titanium carabiner keychain from L.A.-based Más Design, roughly three times cooler than yours.
When you’re way out in the wild and the water supply at camp is of questionable quality, the Lifesaver Jerry Can will keep you and your cub scouts from splattering the countryside in fits of bacteria-induced sickness. The sturdy 18.5-liter Jerrycan filters & removes all bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi & other microbial waterborne pathogens.
Because you don’t have a third hand, the flashlight often ends up clenched in your teeth. The Lapel Torch is an LED flashlight that clips to your lapel, shirt, backpack chest strap or sticks magnetically to any ferrous metal. So no more flashlight in the mouth, okay?
The artist behind these unique knives is 3rd-generation knifemaker Logan Pearce. Carrying on his grandafther’s legacy he uses a coal-fired forge & hand-hammering to turn ordinary metal objects like railroad spikes, wrenches, bolts, and tire irons into gleaming, razor-sharp knives.
Normally flasks are designed to be stashed in a pocket or jammed in your boot for stealth boozing. Not this one. Handmade of gleaming 100% solid copper in the USA, it’s the kind of thing you’ll want to show off, so be prepared to share your whiskey.
Machined from heat-treated billet aluminum, the 1.5 oz. Muzzleshot is a shot glass designed to look like the Flash Hider on an M16 rifle. If you’ve had the experience of carrying one of these weapons into combat, you deserve a drink. Probably several. So here’s to you.
Kneeling down & drinking straight from the stream is not advised: it will turn you from a happy camper into a dual-spout human geyser. And no tent-mate deserves to witness that. By killing 99.99% of bacteria, protozoa, & bacterial disease, Vapur’s BPA-free, flat-pack filter bottles mean Montezuma’s Revenge won’t ruin your trip weekend in the woods. Available Spring 2013.
Until that inevitable day when the YOLO Multi-tool is launched, we’ll keep ourselves in the game with the WTF keychain. This pocket-size titanium tool has the soul of a throwing star but it’s really a wrench that fits standard 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, & 1/2″ heads plus metrics in 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, & 13mm.