Whether you're buying snowshoes as a curiosity, as decor, or as footwear, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better, more traditional pair than these L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary Snowshoes ($330). Crafted by hand, the frame of the shoes is made from steambent white ash that's specifically selected to ensure the grain runs the full length of the shoe, while the decking is handlaced using top-grain rawhide that's been varnished to seal out moisture and add rigidity. They haven't changed much since their 1941 debut, but then again, neither has snow. [via]
No, it's not a gas-powered hazard sized down to dangerously small proportions — the Pocket Chain Saw ($20) is instead a tiny-yet-potent saw made from heat-treated steel that can cut through limbs up to 3" in diameter with ease. It's perfect for campers, hikers, and anyone else who might need to cut up a
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Work boots need to be as reliable as you are and each pair of Danner's Stronghold boots are handmade and built to stand up to the toughest outdoor conditions. With a custom Vibram outsole that is oil and slip resistant for the traction you need on both wet and dry surfaces, they also feature a durable, full grain leather upper and a Vibram SPE midsole that provides extra support during a long day on your feet. Danner's legendary quality and heritage combined with modern construction and materials give you an advantage both on the job or the trail.
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If you're in a situation where you need to start a fire to stay warm, you need to know you can count on your fire-starting gear. These Stormproof Matches ($6) are about as reliable as they come, coated in a chemical that makes them both water- and windproof, ensuring that you'll be able to get things going, no matter what the conditions.
Make the outdoors your own by laying your head down inside one of these FieldCandy Tents ($620 and up). These spacious two-person tents — apart from offering lockable storage pockets, sturdy, easy-to-set-up poles, breathable cotton construction, and a large porch to hide your gear — feature huge, full-length graphics that transform the structure from a colorful blot on the landscape into a book, brick building, tweed jacket, illustration, giant piece of cheese — pretty much anything you'd want. [Scouted by Jon]