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Uncategorized / September 4, 2016

Gear for Labor Day (and beyond)

Written by: Jon Gaffney

Labor Day might not be the technical end to summer—that’s not until Sept. 22.

But things change after the spiritual end of the season, and not just the acceptability of white pants. So this week, we rounded up some gear that will help in the transition.


The Kindling Cracker

Splitting kindling with a hatchet is dicey, no matter how much practice you’ve had.

The Kindling Cracker makes perfect kindling without putting you in danger of earning the nickname “Lefty”. Just stick a log in and smack it down with a mallet or a smaller log. It’s a little pricey, but a heck of a lot cheaper than a trip to Urgent Care.

Tell your fingers you love them for just $89.99.


JAAC Pullover Hoodie

The new JAAC pullover hoodie from Prometheus Design Werx is designed for the casual adventurer. It’s made with US Spec Polartec Microfleece, and has a longer cut that wont’ creep up when you ride a bike or wear a backpack.

The California-made hoodie is has flat-locked seams, so you won’t get hot spots when you layer it under a pack. It’s also got a mini sun brim under the hood, thumbholes in the cuffs, and a kangaroo pocket with an internal stash.

Get it online for $89.


The collapsible pourover

Early fall is camping season. There are fewer crowds and fewer bugs, and it hasn’t yet gotten too cold to manage.

Autumn mornings do get chilly, though, so hot coffee is a must have. Snow Peak’s collapsible steel pourover packs down easily in your car or pack. Then it can be set up in just seconds for a coffeeshop quality brew.

Get one online for $29.95


The Stabyl Cam

We’ve gotten pretty solid at smartphone photography. But shooting hi-def video that doesn’t bounce around like a shot from the Bourne movies? That still eludes us.

Enter the Stabyl Cam. This collapsible, easily-handled counterweight rig solves the stability problem for smartphones and GoPros. It’s also made in the USA, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Get it online for $74.95


The RUMPL Down Puffy

We backed RUMPL on Kickstarter way back when they were just an idea for a “camp blanket”.  Years later,  they’re still one of our favorites in an increasingly competitive market.

Their new Down Puffy has definitely caught our eye. It packs down small (not a strong suit of the poly­fill version), uses 600 fill Dry Down, and DWR coating for water resistance. It’s perfect for tents, stargazing, campfire hangouts, and colder weather safety.

Get it online for $199.

about the author

Jon Gaffney

Jon Gaffney is a wanderer. A native of New England, his warm months are spent in pursuit of water activities and his cold months training for the warm months.

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