Fall Weekend Gear Guide

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Well, it happened.  Fall is here.  The leaves are dropping from the trees and there is a chill in the air.  Whether you are headed out camping, going up to the cabin or (like me, unfortunately) cleaning up the yard this weekend, here are a few things that will make life easier for ya'.


Best Made American Felling Axe:  Nothing feels more like fall than a campfire.  If you have let your wood pile dwindle this summer, this is the perfect weapon for replenishing it.  A 35" handle and a 4 pound high carbon steel head makes chopping efficient.  This axe is so pretty though, you may just sit and look at it for a while... (Starting at $158)

SOG Salute Folding Knife:  With a blade just over 3.5" long and solid as a rock, this folder with handle any cutting task you throw at it.  G-10 handles make it comfortable and reduces slippage when damp.   ($46.75)

Woolrich Stag Shirt:  Not cold enough to bust out a jacket, but still a bit chilly?  This rugged wool button-up has you covered. Somewhere between a shirt and a jacket, the Stag serves a wide range of functions. Plus, nothing says classic Americana better than a plaid wool shirt, and it's now machine washable.  ($129.00)

Mountain Khaki's Alpine Utility Pants:  These pants were built for hard use.  Reinforced knees and seat and a utility pocket make these feel like your trusty work pants.  One trip through the wash and they are ready for a night out.  Relaxed fit and no binding or bunching put these at the top of my "gettin' stuff done" gear list.  ($89.00)

Cocoon Outdoor Sleeping Bag Blanket:  Crashing in the tent or sitting by the campfire, this blanket adds just enough warmth.  It zips shut to form a rectangular sleeping bag, pairs with another bag to make a great 2-person sleeping option, or just wrap up in it like a trusty blanket.  The soft as silk nylon exterior is water resistant and the fleece lining feels warm and cozy.  ($80.00)

Wolverine ICS Folcrum Boots:  Heading out for a hike?  Getting some serious work done?  The Folcrum boots are on my super short list of all purpose boots.  The ICS (Individual Comfort System) is included, allowing for the perfect amount of cushion just for you.  The tread on these is super gnarly, so just go for it.  ($200.00)

Sierra Designs Transporter Gloves:  Not too bulky and plenty warm, the Transporter gloves are a work/play hybrid like few options on the market.  Raking leaves or strapping into a snowboard, they are right at home.  Reinforced knuckles and great grip make these ideal for anything you need to hang onto, from an ice axe to a frosty beverage.  ($79.00)

Sanuk Lumberjack Chills:  Once the hard work is done, and it is time to enjoy yourself a little, slip your feet into the Lumberjacks.  Like your favorite slippers with all-terrain traction, the wool outer and fuzzy lining makes these my best campfire buddies.  They just make me and my feet happy!  ($65.00)

Christopher Ward C60 Trident Watch:  When you just need to know the time, and not the altitude or your GPS location, this is the ticket.  Tough as nails, waterproof to 300 meters and tailor fitted to your wrist, the C60 Trident is an amazing watch.  Fully dive capable, but elegant enough to wear with a suit, you don't get this kind of class and quality out of a digital timepiece.  (about $575 US)

NanoStriker from Exotac:  Lighters are for wimps.  Anyone can get a fire going with a Bic and a little gasoline.  Be adventurous, go a little old school and try your hand at getting that campfire going with one of these.  One scrape of the striker across the ferro rod and you have a shower of insanely hot sparks that will get start just about anything on fire. Plus, it's just fun. ($26.95)

 

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