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Gear Check :: August

Written by Melanie Stuparyk & Rebecca Heaton
Posted Jul 31, 2008

Check out our gear picks for summer fun and travel like the Therm-a-Rest Comfort System to keep you cozy when you're camping.

Sweet Dreams

When a sleeping bag is just too hot for summer camping, Therm-a-Rest’s Comfort System lets you slide the soft, striped Fitted Sheet over your sleeping pad then wrap the Tech Blanket around for extra warmth. The blanket attaches to the sheet via snaps and a draw cord at the feet for a snug and comfy fit. Unsnap the blanket and wrap it around your shoulders sitting around the campfire, too. Blanket $50-$60; Fitted Sheet $21-$25. Thermarest.com


Rock You To The Bone

For those swimmers who don’t reach a Zen state while swimming lap after lap, a musical interlude might just help you enjoy it a bit more. The Finis SwimP3 v2 uses a unique waterproof technology that uses bone conduction to relay sound to your inner ear via vibrations. Place the device against any bone in your skull and enjoy clear music for up to four hours. Holds 60 songs and attaches to any goggle or snorkeling mask. $139. Finisinc.com


Creature Comfort

Outdoor companies keep coming up with new and innovative ways to improve performance. Mountain Hardwear’s latest innovation utilizes Chitosan, an odor-controlling, natural anti-microbial agent sustainably-derived from crustacean shells, in an array of lightweight and midweight base layers. Available in both proprietary Advance and Continuum lines in short and long sleeve tops, tights and underwear. $18-$60. Mountainhardwear.com


Ergonomic Travel

With recent airline restrictions and fees for checking bags, the search for the lightweight and spacious carry-on luggage has begun. Victorinox’s Werks Traveler 3.0 collection includes carry-on sizes of 20 and 22 inches that fit in an overhead bin. The roller bags feature a patented ergonomically curved swivel handle that turns parallel to the user’s body to reduce wrist stress while maneuvering the bag through crowded terminals. The bags also have 6.5 cm. of expansion. $280-$300. Victorinox-travelgear.com


Drink Safe

With everyone giving up their BEP-clad bottles from years past, we’re all in need of a safer, healthier way to bring along our own re-useable water bottles on trips or to the office. The new Nathan Flip Straw steel bottle is BPA-free, the flip straw makes for easy drinking without removing the top, and Nathan's finger loop QuickClip is a built in caribeaner-like clip that attaches anywhere with ease. $25. Nathansports.com

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