Whether you hang them in your urban apartment, or in your lakeside escape, Norquay Canoe Paddles ($200) flawlessly combine form and function, lending a wilderness touch to your space. Individually crafted from cherry wood, painted, and varnish-finished for long-lasting durability, these paddles come in a range of gorgeous designs influenced by the outdoors. And, if the idea of hanging a paddle on your walls without ever using it bothers you, they work great in an actual canoe — just don't take them on a long trek through the backcountry. Each paddle comes with a handmade leather harness.
For most of us, mosquitos are nothing more than a nuisance we have to tolerate when we spend time outdoors — for the rest, a mosquito bite can mean illness, or even death. The Kite Patch ($35) renders people virtually invisible to mosquitos, without the harmful, nasty chemicals found in many of the solutions we use today. These small stickers adhere to your clothing, disrupting mosquitos' ability to detect the carbon dioxide we exhale. Even better, when you buy ten Kites, they'll send ten more to a family in Uganda, where mosquito-born illnesses are more severe than anywhere else in the world.
Nothing disrupts an outdoor meal quite like a swarm of pesky, winged pests. Strike fear into their hearts and thin their numbers with the Leather Fly Swatter ($24). An excellent example of form following function, these stylish leather and steel swatters are as useful as they are good-looking. The leather surface will last a long time, and wipes down easily, so you don't need to leave the splattered remains of dispatched flies all over it (unless you think that sends a message warning off future hordes).
Anyone who ever said mowing the lawn wasn't fun obviously never cut their grass with the Honda Mean Mower ($TBA). While they sourced the body from a production mower, this machine is all hotrod underneath. Its 309 pounds sit on a custom chassis and suspension, with wheels taken from an ATV. Power comes from a 109 horsepower VTR Firestorm 1,000cc engine, driven through a paddle-shifted six-speed transmission. The best part — it'll hit 60mph in just four seconds, and has an estimated top speed of 130mph. That'll make short work of any yard.
When two barrels don't quite cut it, you need the Chiappa Triple Barrel Shotgun ($1,629). This impressive twelve-gauge shotgun has three 18.5-inch barrels — two side-by-side, and one on top — all fired by a single mechanical trigger. This combination makes for a shotgun that is incredibly fast to shoot, and always reliable. Each barrel has an individual choke, allowing you to have three separately-adjusted chokes in the same weapon. A two-part stock lets you use a full stock, or a short pistol grip, making this a versatile home-defense weapon, and a really fun gun to shoot.
Sleeping bag makers have always omitted a critical section of the population from consideration — people who sleep on their sides. The Nemo Rhythm 40 Sleeping Bag ($230) has an hourglass shape, accommodating those who would rather not stare up at the stars all night. Flares in the shoulders and leg area allow you to shift your position throughout the night, and give plenty of room for your knees. The bag is rated to 40 degrees, has a fully-adjustable hood with a pillow pocket, and a waterproof footbox, so you'll be comfortable no matter how you sleep.
We have a hard time coming up with a more natural outdoor activity than gathering around a fire, and the Decahedron Fire Pit ($750) takes the classic fire pit and turns it into a functional art piece, making it a great place to come together. Naturally finished, and made from 4mm CNC engineered plate steel, each of the 10 pentagon pieces join to form a spherical shape. The removable and adjustable grill lets you cook while you relax by the fire, so now all you need for the perfect summer hangout spot is a cooler with a built-in stereo.
Whether you're a hardcore survivalist, amateur woodsman, or somewhere in between, you never want to go too long without access to hot water. The SunRocket Solar Kettle ($67) takes the trouble out of heating or boiling water, whether you're looking to purify, melt snow, or cook a meal. It's small, so it fits conveniently in a pack, but it still holds 17 ounces. It can heat water in just 30 minutes, using only the power of the sun. Once you've heated it up, the kettle acts as a thermos, keeping water warm for hours.
While you won't see Seal Team Six storming walled compounds with iPhones strapped to their rifles, it doesn't mean yours isn't welcome at the range. Turn your device into an optical system with the Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter ($70), a combination Picatinny or Weaver rail mount and iOS app that brings ballistics and environmental information to your next shoot. It has a HUD with custom crosshairs, digital zoom, video recording, compass, GPS, and all the data you could want. The reinforced mounting system protects your device, allows portrait and landscape orientation, and lets you aim around corners. It won't make you shoot like special ops, but it couldn't hurt.
No, it's not a flying saucer — put your camera away. It's the Sierra Designs Mojo UFO Ultralight Tent ($1,800). At an almost-unnoticeable one pound and 11 ounces, you might swear you left it behind. The durable, yet light Cuben Fiber single-wall design and Easton Carbon poles mean it can stand up to nearly any condition, while keeping you dry and comfortable. Its lack of a rainfly, exoskeleton structure, and envelop carrying pouch help you put it up and tear it back down in no time, so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors, and that bourbon you were able to bring along with all the weight you saved.
Anyone who's ever had the (dis)pleasure of tripping over the guy lines of their tent knows how important actually being able to see those ropes can be. Nite Ize Reflective Rope ($12) is here to help. Each pack includes 50 feet of green reflective cord that's great for setting up tents, hanging traps, tying up
prisoners tarps or shelters, or just marking the trail between the camp and the designated outdoor restroom area. Just remember: it only works when light shines on it, so if your flashlight goes dead, you're still screwed.
Reduce the amount of gear you're packing to and from the lake by carrying the Kombo Fish Tool ($30). This fisherman's multi-tool works as a fish "bonker", a scooper, and a sharpener, and hides a high-quality stainless steel filet knife inside its plastic body, using a patent-pending locking mechanism to keep it from sliding out accidentally. Of course, it's going to be around water an awful lot, so it's also a good thing to point out that it floats — so there'll be no need to go diving out of the boat on a tool rescue mission with this one.