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
body tree in a pinch.
Hiking boots were once only worn by avid outdoorsmen. Now, they're versatile enough to wear every day, whether you're tackling a trail or slippery pavement on the way to work. The Summit Hiking Boot is made using smooth full grain and vintage vegetable tanned leather that will age gracefully. Each pair also features molded rubber soles for solid footing on almost any surface. In addition, they're backed by Frye's commitment to quality, which dates back to 1863.
When Casper entered the mattress market a few years ago, they changed the mattress industry. And now, after 30 engineering improvements and nearly half a million happy customers, the Casper mattress is more breathable and comfortable than ever. Each mattress is made of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you sleep cool and comfortable. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest homes or apartments. You get 100 nights to try it out and can return it for free if you're not satisfied.
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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]