This may look like the most boring product ever to be featured in these legendary pages, but it's harder than you think to find a storage box that isn't a shade of lilac and isn't made overseas. The sturdy Iris Air-Tight Storage Trunk ($45) is not only a manly shade of black and USA-made, but also features an air-tight seal, steel buckles, and a lockable lid to keep the moisture, bugs, and campground heathens out.
Cook up an army-sized serving of chili, gumbo, or even, yes, jambalaya with the King Kooker Jambalaya Pot ($235). This all-in-one package includes a 10 gallon cast iron pot that's perfect for making massive meals, a 17.5-inch bolt-together outdoor cooker boasting 60,000 BTU of cooking power and a shape that's perfectly suited to holding the pot, two steel lifting hooks, and a thermometer for deep frying. Friends to help you eat all the food? Totally optional.
Yeah, we were surprised too — a clothing company making furniture? But when it comes to the Aether Beach Chairs & Table ($500), it actually makes sense. Designed for maximum portability, both the table and chairs fold down to fit inside of the included travel bag. Features include hardwood Ash construction, stainless steel hardware, a matte black finish, and backing fabric and travel bag made from reclaimed Army tent that was cut, dyed, and sewn in L.A. A simple, sleek way to upgrade your beach trips this summer.
Most of the wearable compasses we've seen lately have been integrated into watches — which makes this Joey Roth Compass ($75) a nice change of pace. Built around the Francis Barker survival compass, this unique wayfinding tool is made from laminated Maple and East Indian Rosewood, and produced by hand in collaboration with Shwood in Portland, Oregon. It's limited to just 200 pieces, so whether you need it for actual adventuring or are just looking for a cool necklace, we recommend moving quickly.
When you find yourself in a situation where you don't just want to start a fire — you literally need to — you want the most rugged, dependable lighter available. One like the Wenger Fidis Camping Lighter ($80). This tank-like fire maker operates using traditional flints, wicks, and lighter fluid, and conveniently houses a compartment for extra flints as well as a separately sealed reserve lighter fluid reservoir inside its roughly three-inch-tall body. [via]