Essential Outdoor Gear Guide

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The summer is full on and prime camping weather is still ahead of us this Fall so it’s time to suit up! Check out our Essential Outdoor Gear Guide for some excellent equipment that you just might want to have with you when you’re outdoors.

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SOG Tangle, Trident Elite, Dark Energy

The SOG Tangle is a fixed 3.9″ blade paracord wrapped knife. It weighs only 5.60 ounces, with 0.19″ thickness and 8.75″ overall length. The SOG Tangle is solid, made from one-piece tang construction. The lightweight Tangle is solid and balanced enough to throw. 7 Feet of wrapped paracord give you some super important cordage and comes with a molded sheath with belt loop for convenient storage and quick access when you need it in a hurry. The Tangle is a beautifully made knife and certainly categorizes as essential survival gear. The images do no justice, the Tangle is nothing short of impressive when in your hands. Highly recommend and would want this knife with me should I ever be in a survival scenario.

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The SOG Trident Elite Black TiNi is designed for emergency use vs survival. This cool little utilitarian knife is equipped with a slot cutter for cutting thin rope, belts or webbing without ever opening the blade and a glass breaker for those emergencies. The Trident Elite measures 3.7 inches and is made of AUS-8 stainless steel with a durable glass-reinforced nylon handle. Textured rubber inserts to improve overall grip. Designated as an emergency responder knife the overall length is 8.7″, closed 4.8″, blade measures 3.7, blade thickness 0.12″, weighs 4.40 ounces. The assisted opening mechanism allows you to quickly deploy the blade, lock it into place with a simple nudge of the thumbscrew and get into action when time is short.

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The SOG Dark Energy 247-A Flashlight encased in a black Hard Anodized 6061 T6 aluminum black body dispersing 263 lumen of blinding light at only 5.1 inches weighing 4.10oz. The flashlight fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and provides fixed focal length of brilliant light with 5 modes of operation: momentary on/off, 100% power, 40% power, reading, and tactical strobe without the need to press and hold the button. Total burn time at 100% 171 min or 89hrs using reading mode. This is a great little light, super bright and has that tactical design that looks cool too!

$80.00 Tangle FX31K-CP
$96.00 Trident Elite Black TiNi
$130.00 Dark Energy 247-A Flashlight
sogknives.com

 

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Icemule Classic Soft Cooler

The Classic Cooler from Icemule Coolers is just about the most convenient way that I know of to take some beers ah hem drinks with you to the boat, beach, camping or a day out at the park.

The Classic Soft Cooler comes in a 10L, 15L and 20L sizes to best suit your needs and features an attached and padded (only on the 15L and 20L) shoulder strap for easy lightweight carry. Measuring 12″ in diameter and 16″ tall (closed) you can comfortably fit about 18 cans or 6 bottles of wine, that’s WITH a bag of ice.

The minimal and effective design features a TriFold DriTop System, MuleSkinEV tough inner/outer layers and a PolarLayer insulation to keep the contents cold for up to 24hours.

Excellent to carry full and even better when your day is done and you can dump it and roll it up and slide it back into it’s convenient mesh carry sack. Weighs 2.90 LBS empty.

Icemule Soft cooler 10L $49.99, 15L $59.99, 20L $69.99
Icemulecooler.com

 

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Primus ETA Express portable backpacking stove

The Primus ETA Express backpacking stove is lightweight at 449g, compact and armed with a clip on windscreen to help you cook out in the field. You can boil a liter of water in about 2.5 min. The ETA Express comes with a 1 liter EtaPower pot with lid that doubles as a frying pan, all nestled in a neat little mesh satchel for excellent non-snag packing size. The ETA Express is armed with a pushbutton Piezo igniter and the aluminum pot and lid/fry pan have titanium nonstick coatings for the ultimate in cleaning convenience. Essential for anyone spending extended periods out in the field and a great addtion to your survival gear. Runs on any standard Isobutane-propane canister for portable backpacking stoves outputs 8900BTU with an approximate burn time of 85 min using a typical 230g fuel canister.

$129.99 Primus ETA Express
Primuscamping.com

 

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Lifestraw by Vestergaard, Water for Life

LifeStraw makes some of the most important survival gear available, water purification systems.  You’ve seen enough survival shows at this point to know that you can theoretically survive about 3 weeks without food but only about 3 days give or take without water, depending on the conditions. Hydration is essential and the LifeStraw Personal, LifeStraw Go, and LifeStraw Family 1.0 make it possible to have clean drinking water in even the most desperate of situations. The Lifestraw products are BPA free and contain no chemicals. Removes virtually all bacteria (99.9999%), protozoa (99.99%), and viruses (99.999%) that can contaminate water.

The product that made the company famous, the original LifeStraw personal water filter is just that, a big fat straw with a hollow fiber membrane technology. Weighing only 2oz and measuring about 9 inches long, it’s light enough to hang around your neck. It can filter out up to 1,000 liters of water, effectively filtering out protozoa and bacteria. The tried and true LifeStraw personal water filter is a must have for your survival pack!

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The LifeStraw Go portable water bottle takes the same great hollow membrane technology and incoporates a bottle so you don’t have to spend time planted in one location. Open the lid, scoop some water and you’re ready for clean drinking water. The unit weighs just 5.9 ounces and measures 9.25″ and comes equipped with a flip-top bite valve and carabiner for convenient carry.

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Taking the idea a step further, LifeStraw Family 1.0 allows for large amounts of water to be purified; up to 18,000 liters, that’s 4,755 gallons of water! The LifeStraw Family weighs only 1.17 lbs, no pumping necessary and is BPA and chemical free. Great if you have more than a couple of thirsty people and want to be prepared for any prolonged loss of a clean water source. A must-have for anyone residing in a less than resourceful or stabile landscape area.

$19.95 LifeStraw personal water filter
$34.95 LifeStraw Go
$79.95 LifeStraw Family
Lifestraw.com

 

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Blackburn Toolmanator 12 Multi-Tool, Outpost HV Mini-Pump

Whether you’re into mountain biking or road biking, a pump and bike tool are essential gear for going any ride. The Toolmanator 12 Mult-Tool and Outpost HV Mini-Pump are great friends to have along with you on a ride for adjustments and so you don’t get stuck walking your bike back to the car.

The Blackburn Toolmanator 12 Multi-Tool super compact folding up flat and made of a one piece aluminum frame, hardened forged and drawn chrome vanadium tool bits are highly resistant to round-out. Features 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm Hex Keys, Torx T25, T30, bladed screw-driver, 10s chain breaker and 14/15 gauge spoke wrenches.

The Outpost HV Mini-Pump is a HV/High Volume pump that allows for up to 80 psi! It’s the largest air volume mini pump on the market today and will operate smoothly even at temperatures as low as -40°C while the TwistGrip valve head design makes it easy to use even when you’re wearing thick gloves. It’s top frame mountable and comes with mounting hardware. Looks good and works great! An excellent on-the-go mini pump for bikes.

$29.99 Toolmanator 12 Multi-Tool
$39.99 Outpost HV Mini-Pump
Blackburndesign.com

 

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Thermos Insulated Stainless Steel Food Containers and Funtainers

Survival and camping gear isn’t all flashlights, knives and tools. You need containers, pots and pans, knives and forks etc etc. Whether you use them for camping or just need them to carry a hot lunch with you to work or school the Thermos Insulated Stainless Steel Food Containers and Funtainers are super convenient and made to last.

The SK3000BKTRI4 Vacuum Insulated 16 oz Food container comes with a full-size Folding spoon that stores itself in the lid! The extra wide mouth makes it easier to deal with when you’re scooping your food in or trying to get your food out. The vacuum insulation keeps the cold, colder and the hot, hotter for longer. At 16 oz the larger size allows you to carry a little more food while remaining compact. It measures 3.7″ W x 3.7″ D x 5.6″ H and comes in Matte black so you can keep it looking cool.

The Vacuum Insulated Food Jar with Microwavable Container from Thermos is a cool little thermos. The 12oz stainless steel insulated container features a convenient removable inner plastic container that you can microwave and eat out of, how great is that?! The TS3200TRI6 features a wide mouth easy to fill mouth and measures 3.7″ W x 4.5″ D x 4.8″ H. This thing is great for soups, pasta, ravioli’s and excellent for the office!

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Let’s not forget the little guys! The 10 oz F3005NT6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and F3005SP6 Spiderman Funtainers are awesome. These colorful little guys pack in the fun as much as the food! Just because it’s for kids, this is no childs toy; The Funtainers also feature the same great vacuum insulation technology that the big boys have, top rack dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Kids love the familiar characters but parents love the quality! There are lots of other characters to choose from.

$24.99 SK3000BKTRI4 Vacuum Insulated 16 oz Matte Black Food Jar with Folding Spoon
$24.99 TS3200TRI6 Vacuum Insulated Food Jar with Microwavable Container
$17.99 10 Ounce Funtainer Food Jar, F3005NT6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and F3005SP6 Spiderman
Thermos.com

 

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Braven BRV-X Outdoor speaker

Being out in nature is great and one of the many pleasures in life, but sometimes you just want some tunes; With the Braven BRV-X you can bring your music with you for 12 hours of music play and best of all you don’t have to worry about a delicate speaker. The Braven BRV-X is IPX7 certified which means it’s waterproof; able to survive up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water and shock absorbent so it’s able to withstand a few bumps and bruises.  Works great for your backyard, beach, camping, fishing, even on the canoe. Dual audio modes optimize the sound for indoor and outdoor projection while IOPT/HFP 1.5, A2DP1.0, AVRCP1.4, GAVDP1.0, HSP1.2 profiles give you the ultimate wireless compatibility. It’s even NPC pairable and doubles a charging source for your smartphone or tablet when you’re out in the wild; You can even pair two speakers together for true stereo sound anywhere you want it! Available in Blk/Blu/Blk or Gry/Rd/Blk

$199.99 Braven BRV-X
Braven.com

 

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Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Camp Lantern

Camping can be so much fun, except when you get plagued with mosquito bites; it’s a quick way to ruin your fun when you’re outdoors in the wilderness or even your own backyard. Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Camp Lantern is another essential item for campers or people who like to actually enjoy their backyard in the summer. The double duty lantern protects a 15×15 foot area and produces up to 300 lumen of light. The unit runs on D-cell batteries and provides up to 50 hours of light on it’s highest setting! Nice to hear when most companies base their reach on their lowest or most economical settings. It’s water resistant and comes with a folding carry handle and also a hanging clip on it’s underside. The  butane powered unit runs on the same butane and insect repellant mats that all the Thermacell products run on, so you can mix and match using the same ammo for any unit! More importantly, this thing works great! Much more effective than the personal Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Appliance unit and is also EPA registered. Comes with 1 butane cartridge and 5 insect repellant mats.

$59.99 Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Camp Lantern
Thermacell.com

 

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Stetson No Fly Zone Hat Collection

Hate mosquitoes? Me too! I dislike using an excess of bug spray, skin so soft from Avon doesn’t cut it for me. Check out the Stetson No Fly Zone Hat collection. Treated with insect repellent permethrin, this 71% Nylon mesh hat not only keeps the sun off your neck and face offering UV protection UPF 50+ but keeps the mosquitoes away from your head and upper body. The chin cord allows you to strap it down or add some hanging convenience when you don’t necessarily want it on your head. Easily hangs off a branch or other upright nearby.

no-fly-zone-nylon-boonieThe Nylon Boonie offers a more contemporary jungle gear style with the same great repellant technology. No Fly Zone is EPA registered and proven to repel mosquitoes, ants, ticks, chiggers, flies and midges.

$39.99 STC198-KAKI Mesh Safari
$36.00 STC200-KAKI Nylon Boonie
Dorfman-pacific.com

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