Summer is almost here, so it's time to start getting your arsenal of outdoor beer-drinking activities together, and none is more classic than horseshoes. We recommend the L.L. Bean Horseshoe Set ($60) for its high-quality forged-steel horseshoes and solid-steel stakes, and for the handy rule book and carrying case that let you take the fun with you when you're traveling — whether it be out to the local lake for some camping, or just to your buddy's house for a cookout.
Most 20' x 6' rooms that sit above the water are expensive — after, real estate is all about location. Now you can have that same space on a platform above the water for less than you might think. The Watermat ($600) is a 20' x 6' mat made of closed-cell foam that weighs only 50 pounds and yet can hold up to 1500 pounds on the water. The mat is also double-sided for traction on the one side and sliding fun on the other.
With a name like that, you just know this thing is gonna be all kinds of fun. The ginormous blow-up water slide has a 22' long dual-lane setup that lets you and your drunk buddies your kids and their friends race down and splash into matching pools. The Banzai Falls Mega Racer ($400) comes with a heavy-duty 13" blower motor that inflates the slide in less than 3 minutes and provides constant air support — so you can kick back and enjoy the fact that you won't have to take the family to the waterpark this year.
Even though you might not be a seasoned angler, you can still appreciate these unique Bottle Cap Lures ($35/6-pack). They're made from recycled beer and soda bottle caps and can be used to snag everything from bass, crappie, and perch, to trout, salmon, walleye, and whitefish. And even if you don't catch at thing, you'll still score originality points with your father-in-law when you whip one of these out during your next fishing trip.
We're always sad to leave behind the amphibious drunks of the pool bars we visit on our travels, and now it looks like we'll get to make as much fun of our pool guests as we do those strangers thanks to the Aquapub ($TBD). The 'pub is a floating table for six complete with cup holders and two containers in the middle to keep the drinks handy and cold. Sick of the water? Pull the puppy out and you've got a nice table for the poolside or deck, and it will even hold a large umbrella to keep your pasty ass from getting too burnt. Now all we need is some tropical landscaping, a little slide built into the rocks, and plenty of drinks — and maybe a grotto just for good measure. [via]