Tentsile took all of our aspirations for savoring nature without being savored by nature, and turned these imaginings into a product both practical and whimsical. We tested out the Connect Tree Tent, and we are still raving about it. As Tentsile says, “Tentsile combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security and …

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The hashtag that Electric sunglasses has emblazoned on its Instagram feed is #StyleThatPerforms, and however slick that may sound, when it comes to Electric, it happens to be true. The company manages to combine a California cool with Italian sensibilities to make something that looks effortless but feels thoughtful. Electric is rooted in the surf, snow, …

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Let us begin with that word: Rumpl. Does any other item on the outdoor gear market evoke the same sense of coziness as Rumpl? Designed by two guys who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, and were, as they put it, “unable to find a blanket that rivaled puffy jackets and sleeping bags in terms of performance, warmth, …

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It’s hard to know where to the start when describing Sea to Summit’s out-of-this-world Sleeping Mats, but suffice to say: if our Summer Stuff series is about sharing summer discoveries that have become summer necessities, the UltraLight, Comfort Light and ComfortPlus Mats are all slam-dunks. I didn’t grow up in an outdoorsy family, so most of my …

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I should start by stating my biases: I love Woolrich. I love their aesthetic, I love their customer service, I just like them. That said, I tried to be objective in my appraisal of two items I got to road test over the past few weeks, the Tie-Dyed Stag Shirt and the Cotton Beach Towel. By …

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In this series, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite summer discoveries that have quickly become summer necessities. Warm-weather travel and weekend escapes call for packing light, so it’s good to know what’s really worth it’s weight. The first featured brand is Francli Craftwear. Francli is the brainchild of two Cornish designers, Alison Goodman and Frances …

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The sunshine has won over the dark, the jean shorts are out of the closet, and fair-weather outdoor lovers are running for the mountains: it’s summertime. Forget wondering which radical adventure will consume your summer or where your next unique Instagram post will be. Wherever you are and no matter the radness, it comes down …

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It’s time once again to put on my gear-testing hat, or, in this case, my gear testing shoes. I tried out Arc’teryx’s new Arakys Approach Shoes in a variety of scrambles and scrabbles, and my feet felt just splendid. First of all, for those naysayers, approach shoes are a great invention. They can’t replace your …

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Just in time for the beach and early summer showers, Live Out There sent us Mountain Hardwear’s Urbanite II Jacket. If you haven’t heard of it, Live Out There is an online outdoors store and community that blends guides, stories, gear, and environmental activism. Besides finding the latest (vetted) gear for whatever you’re doing, you’ll …

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Stay hydrated this summer with a brand-new Hydro Flask! We’re partnering with Hydro Flask to give away a Wide Mouth water bottle, recently redesigned with a flexible cap and delicious new summer colors! (Seriously, though. Color options include “kiwi,” “mango,” “mint,” “citron,” and “plum” — how do the folks at Hydro Flask expect us to resist taking a bite? Guess we’ll have to …

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Wow. Usually, portable Bluetooth speakers are like pizza by the slice — always a good idea, but also always a little underwhelming.  Not so with the Big Turtle Shell from Outdoor Tech! Consider us fully whelmed. It sounds great. Period. Well-balanced sound, bass response and all — and it’s loud! The Turtle Shell also has …

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