The North Face Patrol Avalanche Airbag Pack

It may seem expensive, but if it keeps you afloat in an avalanche, it'll seem like a bargain. The North Face Patrol Avalanche Airbag Pack ($1,200) is a fully serviceable backpack, with internal pockets in the main compartment for organization, a ski or snowboard carry system, and a large tool pocket. The real highlight, however, is the integrated ABS airbag system that, with a pull of the handle on the left shoulder strap, uses compressed nitrogen to inflate two large airbags that will help keep you on the surface and make it easier for rescuers to find you. With a 95% success rate in real-world use, it might just be a life saver.

  • GloveShot Slingshot

    Dennis works in HR at an insurance company. While he likes his job, he pines for the status he had when he was younger; back when he was known by a different name: The Menace. Dennis tries to recapture his glory days with the GloveShot Slingshot ($190). Far more powerful than the twig and twine of his youth, it can handle bands with pull weights of up to 35 lbs., and its paracord covered body braces against the back of his hand so as to not run afoul of state regulations. Mr. Wilson would be proud.

  • Coleman Glow In the Dark Koozie

    There's nothing worse when camping than losing your beer in the wilderness. (Okay, there are lots of worse things, but none that you're all that likely to experience). This Glow In the Dark Koozie ($6) can help prevent such a problem. Made by the outdoor lighting experts at Coleman, it accommodates most 12 oz. cans, helps keep them cold, and ensures that you'll be able to find them in even the darkest situations.

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