June 5, 2017
By Carolyn Price, John Rezell and PJ Watanabe
Stormproof Rooftop Cargo Bag — REESE Explore
Thanks to the REESE Explore Stormproof Rooftop Cargo Bag, your luggage will stay clean and dry enroute to any adventure, freeing up valuable space inside the vehicle for family and friends.
Fifteen cubic feet of the rack’s cargo storage strap securely onto your existing crossbars or cargo rack, with side-release buckles, sonically welded seams and urethane coated zippers. Its heavy-duty canvas construction is UV-protected and water-jet-tested to prevent fading and premature wear.
REESE Explore even includes a handy storage bag to pack down the carrier when not in use. Retail: $119
Hydraform Ergo Minimalist —Amphipod
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Whether you hit the trail for a long-distance run, race a 5K or 10K, or just head out on a hike or walk, Amphipod’s Hydraform Ergo Minimalist bottle with handheld strap makes hydrating a breeze. The grasp-free Thumb-Lock custom strap design offers a lower profile ergonomic bottle for ease while carrying, keeping the bottle in your hand without cramping your style, or fingers. The bottle’s Jett-Squeeze cap is guaranteed to be leak-free, is BPA-free, dishwasher safe and comes in 16- and 20-ounce sizes with a wide mouth to accommodate ice cubes. Offered in two colors. Retail: $21.95 and $23.95
Camp 10 — Kershaw
From clearing brush and vines to breaking small branches and splitting kindling, the Kershaw Camp 10 is the ideal outdoor adventure and campsite tool. Bigger than a Bowie knife and not quite a machete, this perfectly balanced, durable blade will be your “go-to” when exploring the woodsy trails of the Pacific Northwest.
The full-tang Camp 10 is forged from carbon tool steel, and protected from the elements by a matte-black powdercoat finish to last a lifetime. It includes a ballistic sheath casing and belt holster. Take our advice and buy two, because once your friends see you using it, they will be tapping your shoulder every 10 minutes to borrow it! Retail: $70
Duro/Dyna Series Hydration Vestpacks — Osprey
Runners thrive on getting more with less, and the Duro/Dyna Series of hydration vestpacks will do just that. TheVestpack is designed for a comfortable, bounce-free fit that will stabilize your hydration load. You have flexibility to utilize bottles, reservoirs and add-ons to cater to the length of your run. It also offers front pockets for quick access to small items such as fuel and soft flasks, as well as storage for rain gear, extra layers or trekking poles.
The Vestpack is contructed with a breathable mesh wrap for a soft, irritation-free fit. The dual chest straps are adjustable and removable. The pack is available in 1.5L, 6L and 15L storage capacities, with accompanying hydration reservoirs ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 liters. Retail: $90 –140
Robin Pack — Timbuk2
Bike commuters will want to check out the new Robin Pack waterproof bag from Timbuk2, the San Francisco-based company that popularized its iconic messenger bags in the ’90s. Featuring a reflective mesh on the front of an external pouch, magnetic and zippered pockets and enclosures, and dual water bottle pouches, the Pack can hold up to a 15-inch laptop and enough clothing to change into at work. A small pouch at the bottom of the bag houses a rainfly, which can help keep the entire bag dry in case of sudden showers. Available in Flame Red, Surplus Gray and Jet Black. Retail: $179