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.
Inspired by the iridescent wings of the Blue Morpho butterfly, this new jacket from Vollebak has over two billion microscopic blue glass spheres embedded in resin on the jacket's surface. The glass spheres create an entirely reflective jacket that is constantly changing color while you ski or snowboard. The Blue Morpho is engineered for a max range of motion with plenty of room for a hoodie underneath. The jacket also is fully seam-sealed, waterproof, and includes an ocean-racing style marine hood and high collar. The visibly stunning piece of outerwear acts like a mirror for whatever light conditions you're in, with a liquid metal appearance under the sun that shifts to a bionic blue at night with any camera flash, torch, or searchlight.
Presented by Vollebak.
Presented by Vollebak.
The way you carry your toiletries and valuables needs to be simplified. This Doppel bag helps you do just that. It's made from a single piece of 100% silicone that keeps it leak-resistant inside and out. This helps it stand up to the elements outside, and keep anything inside that might spill from getting out. The TSA friendly bag is soft and easy to wash when it's not in use and is the perfect way to keep your grooming supplies and accessories organized and safe during travel.
Presented by Wurkin Stiffs.
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 ($620 and up). These spacious two-person tents — apart from offering lockable storage pockets, sturdy, easy-to-set-up poles, breathable cotton construction, and a large porch to hide your gear — feature huge, full-length graphics that transform the structure from a colorful blot on the landscape into a book, brick building, tweed jacket, illustration, giant piece of cheese — pretty much anything you'd want. [Scouted by Jon]
Keep your look light and crisp with these Laight Jeans from Mott & Bow. And they don't just look good, but they're built for comfort as well, made using high quality 16% stretch denim. And Mott & Bow have a great try-on program which sends you two pairs of jeans with a preprinted prepaid return label to send back the size that does not fit. Available in 32", 34", and now 30" length, they're hand-sanded, stone-washed, and treated for a just-right fade that pairs perfectly with bright spring and summer tops and requires no break-in.
Presented by Mott & Bow.
Daniel Craig's direct hand in shaping the wardrobe for James Bond has been well documented, and his earliest influence on modern Bond style is reflected in the Sunspel Riviera polo. Worn by Craig in the early moments of Casino Royale while in the Bahamas, the polo was hand selected for the film after being pulled from Sunspel's archives and altered to a more modern silhouette. Originally designed by the owners of Sunspel in the 1950's to be worn in the heat of the French Riviera, the mesh fabric was custom developed to provide the maximum amount of cooling to the wearer. Almost an oversized piqué, the fabric is truly unique and now instantly recognizable thanks to Bond. It's cut short and comfortably trim, and is always meant to be worn untucked. Available in black, white, and navy (as worn in Casino Royale), it's ideal for the summer heat anywhere your mission may take you.
Any longtime reader knows our affinity for small, unorthodox, outdoor offices, and the Tetra Shed ($TBA) continues this tradition in grand fashion. Clad in copper, zinc, corten steel, or marine plywood, and lined in birch-faced plywood or plasterboard, the Tetra is a modular garden office that can be combined with up to five other units to create a rather massive outdoor/indoor workspace. Coming in January. [via]
In case of emergency. In case of zombie outbreak. In case of rabid squirrel attacks — whatever the case, you can rely on the Mossberg Just-In-Case Kit ($360). This all-in-one survival pack includes a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 Pump-Action shotgun inside a re-sealable clear bag, inside a waterproof synthetic carrying tube which also holds gear like a "Survival Kit in a Can" and a multi-tool and serrated knife combo pack.
[Scouted by Rod]