I’m a huge fan of Black Diamond’s lanterns. They have a dimmer feature that I love–you just hold down on the button and it gets dimmer, saving battery life and customizing your lighting. They’ve updated the Orbit Lantern and have included a flashlight feature on the bottom. This tiny lantern fits in the palm of your hand, and the top collapses to make it even smaller when not in use. It’s perfect for backpacking and travel, taking up very little space in your pack. The clip on top of the lantern makes it a breeze to attach to the top of your tent, tree branches, etc. Find it HERE.by
Braven’s BRV-1 is a compact rugged bluetooth speaker perfect for your spring and summer activities. It’s smaller than some of the other tough speakers which makes it great for travel. Another helpful feature is the charging port, so you can charge mobile devices in a pinch. The BRV-1 is shock resistant and waterproof, so it’s a great choice for camping, kayaking, hiking, and hanging out by the pool.
The sound is great. I listen to a wide variety of music and thought the speaker sounded awesome and loud enough for my needs. I’m still in awe of how something so tiny can sound this good. You get 12 hours of play time with this little guy. It has a rubber housing that gives it a soft, grippy feel. The black body with blue accents is a nice look–the blue helps it to stand out, making it easier to see.
It comes with a wrist strap like the kind you get with cameras. This is actually handy and you can use it to secure the speaker to a backpack, bicycle basket, or hang from a tree branch while you’re swinging in your hammock. The BRV-1 is an excellent all around travel and adventure speaker, and a great value at $99. Find it HERE.by
Nemo’s new Puffin Blanket is a must have for road trips and car camping. And the park, the beach, outdoor concerts–anywhere you’re hanging around outside and need that extra warmth but not the bulk of a sleeping bag.
Look at that puffin graphic. I’m totally in love with this artwork and find it frame worthy. Please make more Puffin stuff, Nemo, so we can see more of this awesome image. The world needs more of this. And I’m not surprised they added this cool feature because as far as design aesthetics go, Nemo is tops and they often throw in a pleasant surprise like this.
They always nail the visual aspect, but also quality and usefulness. This blanket has DWR water repelling material, so if it starts to rain or you spill something on it, it doesn’t absorb it the way cotton or fleece would. If you get the blanket dirty, you can just throw it in the wash. For added snuggly foot comfort, there are buttons which create a little pocket for your feet. The Puffin Blanket is perfect for keeping warm in your hammock. It comes in a zip storage bag which is nice for keeping in the car for the impromptu sunset. Find it HERE.by
Modeled after a Santoku knife, Gerber’s Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife is a must have for cooking at camp. A Santoku is what I use at home for most of my food prep and I was thrilled to discover this rugged version. The grippy handle stays put in your hand while the bright green accents make it stand out among your stuff.
It comes in a sheath that has reflective accents so it’s easy to spot with your headlamp around camp at night. Part of the fun of camping is cooking meals and enjoying them outside and around the fire. This knife is a great addition to the camp kitchen and adds to the pleasure and ease of cooking up chow alfresco. Find the Freescape HERE.by
Let me just say upfront that Fjallraven got me with their epic website immediately. I just want to crawl right in there, see for yourself. Sea planes, Land Rovers, dense mossy woods–yep, I’m in. Where to start? I wanted to try one of their classic pieces of gear. So I’m discovering this brand with the Kanken Laptop Backpack. This is a no muss–no fuss basic backpack with a padded compartment for your laptop.
Often laptop bags are too big and unwieldy for me and this one is compact and easy to manage. Originally designed in the 70′s for Swedish school children, the Kanken retains that old school-rucksack look and feel. The fabric is water repellent so no worries about getting caught in the rain. They come in a ton of different colors, so if you are traveling with family, you can color code. Find this cool retro-ish backpack HERE.by
Need a tough case for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Here are three options from Griffin Technology. All three are said to sustain 2-meter drops and each has a different of protection to suit your lifestyle.
Survivor All Terrain: This one (on the far left) is the toughest. How tough? Tough enough to withstand a nine year old boy. My son has had one of these on his iPod for the last year and has put it through the wringer without the device sustaining a scratch. This case is beefy and adds some bulk, but I like this one for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and cycling. At least you know if your phone gets knocked on the ground, it will be safe. It has a built in screen protector, a polycarbonate shell, and silicone on the outer layer which stays put in your hand. Comes with a detachable belt clip. Find it HERE.
Survivor Core: The Core (in the middle) is minimalist but still offers substantial protection. This is the one I have on my phone at the moment (with glass screen armor on the touchscreen) and I have not tested the drop, but the corners are beefy and I imagine they could handle some impact. There is a lip on the front, so that if you lay your phone face first it will not touch the surface, however, there is no lip on the back which I would like to see. It looks great with a clear back that allows you to see the pretty surface of the phone and the sides are somewhat grippy for holding. Find it HERE.
Survivor Slim: If you prefer something in-between the heavy duty All Terrain and the minimalist Core, the Slim offers a dual-layer protection with a silicone outer sleeve and an inner polycarbonate shell. Comes with screen film. Find it HERE.by
Need some seriously awesome sunglasses for your springtime adventures? Check out Revo’s Descend N shades. Why do I love these so much? Because they are crazy comfortable. So much so that I forget I have them on. Also, I have sensitive eyes and the polarization is excellent. They are ideal for wearing on the water and cut down on the glare that can cause eye strain and headaches.
They are grippy in places which helps them stay on through activities, but not so grippy they get tangled in my hair. I really like the clear frames. They will match any outfit and they don’t take up much visual space. Low profile, but high performance. Find them HERE.by