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Fred & Friends Beer Gardener Trowel

It might be a little too early in the year to talk about gardening, but prepare nonetheless with Fred & Friends Beer Gardener Trowel. It’s designed to give you a little more incentive to get your hands dirty thanks to a built-in bottle opener at the base of the stainless steel trowel’s blade, cracking open cold ones in between planting without you needing to swap to a different tool. Drinking Hoegaarden while working on the garden is particularly on-point.

Grab one at Amazon – $20 [via]

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Blunt + Tile Traceable Umbrella

When inclement weather strikes, you don’t want to be frantically searching for your umbrella. And yet. Umbrella maker Blunt just might have solved that problem once and for all with the Blunt + Tile Traceable umbrella. The umbrella itself contains an embedded tracking Tile that syncs up with Tile’s iPhone and iPad app to let you keep tabs on your umbrella’s whereabouts at all times. If it’s lost but you’re within about 100 feet, a loud, handy tune can be played to help you locate it. The umbrella is also virtually un-loseable: if you misplace it, fire up the app to find its last known location, or attempt to crowd-source its location if other tile users are in its vicinity. The cherry on top is that that this tech comes built into Blunt’s famously sturdy umbrellas, complete with safety tips and a fully tensioned aerodynamic canopy that can withstand winds of up to 72 mph. It’s also available in a smaller XS_Metro size for those who need to stay dry when space is at a premium.

Grab one at Blunt – $60 to $90

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Deal: ZeroLemon SolarJuice

With its 10,000mAh LiPo battery pack the ZeroLemon SolarJuice has enough to revive most smartphones from dead two, three, even four times over. But if you’re off the grid and it runs out of juice a built in 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel refuels the SolarJuice just enough over 8 hours to then recharge your smartphone halfway — a godsend for emergency scenarios. Dual 2.1A and 1.0A outputs allow you to simultaneously charge two devices, and the battery pack itself is ruggedized, with a shockproof, dirtproof, and rain resistant enclosure.

Grab it at our shop – $30

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Side Project Skateboards

Inspired by the do-it-yourself spirit of the skateboard culture half a century ago, Side Project Skateboards was started as a literal side project by woodworker Jake Eshelman. Each skateboard is built using recovered hardwoods, hand selected for their unique beauty before being cut, paired, and laminated to highlight the character and intricacies of the grain. Boards are then shaped by hand, optionally painted or stained, and finished with two coats of marine grade varnish — all by hand in Houston, Texas. Get yours bare or fitted with Bennett Vector trucks, Tekton Abec 7 bearings, and Seismic 3dm Cambria Wheels, the latter option coming ready to ride right out of the box. Just don’t go too crazy grinding lest you scrape, chafe, and otherwise tarnish the skateboard’s finish.

Learn more at Side Project Skateboards – $225+

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Yoga Design Lab Combo Yoga Mat

No need to bring a towel alongside your yoga mat anymore while performing hot yoga. Yoga Design Lab’s Combo Yoga Mat boasts a highly absorbent microfiber top layer that soaks up your sweat, actually increasing in grip as the session goes on. The mat is also soft and solidly grips the floor below thanks to the 3.5mm thick biodegradable tree rubber mat underneath. Get it in one of thirteen non-fade prints (Geo Blue shown), all made with biodegradable materials imbued with water based inks and designed to survive machine washing — though you’ll need to hang it up to dry.

Grab one at Amazon – $68 [via]

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Grayl Water Purifier

It’s likely you already know how to use the Grayl Water Purifier without outright knowing it. Built like a french press, just fill the outer cup with suspect water, press the inner cup into it with a steady downwards pressure — like you’re sequestering coffee grinds — then drink the clean resulting water. Each Grayl comes with one of three filters: a tap filter, which removes chemicals and heavy metals; a trail filter which does the above as well as filtering out bacteria, protozoan cysts; and a Travel purifier, which also traps viruses. Each is good for filtering a total of 40 gallons, or about 300 uses.

Grab one at Amazon – $60 to $90

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Aegis Lifeshirt

A life jacket can only save a life if its user is actually wearing it. The Aegis Lifeshirt boosts this likelihood by melding a fully functional floatation device to a reasonably sleek shirt, significantly improving comfort as compared to traditional life jackets. Pull the left-mounted activation handle to inflate Lifeshirt’s bladder in case of emergency or set it to auto-inflate, which triggers when your shoulders are submerged. Their CO2 recharge kit lets you refill the Lifeshirt after inflation and each shirt features Channel Flow moisture wicking technology to keep you dry and sweat free while preventing chafing and rashes.

Check out the future lineup at Lifeshirt – $TBA

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Nike Metcon 2

Like its predecessor, the Nike Metcon 2 was designed from the ground up as a training shoe, more specifically for Crossfit. The latest iteration improves upon the original thanks to a flat sole for stabler weight lifting, zero-drag heels for frictionless hand-stand pushups, flex foot grooves for forefoot flexibility throughout deep lunges, and an abrasion-resistant film that protect the shoes against premature wear encountered during high-heat friction-generating activities. They also provide a secure, locked-down fit thanks to Nike’s Flywire technology and feature a dual-density foam midsole for plenty of comfort and cushioning.

Check it out at Nike – $130

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Oru Kayak Beach Foldable Kayak

It’s not the company’s first folding watercraft, but the Oru Kayak Beach Foldable Kayak is their lightest and most user-friendly to date. The Beach is designed for the casual kayaker and features a 28-inch width for increased stability, a shorter assembly time of only three minutes, and a large open cockpit that’s a breeze to get in and out of, and that’s even big enough to fit a copilot — a dog or child — plus refreshments. Else the Beach sports a comfortable, adjustable foam seat and, like all Oru kayaks, folds up into a briefcase-sized container that’s easy to carry and slides into the trunks of even the smallest cars.

Preorder at REI – $1,175

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LifeStraw Steel

No need for carrying large amounts of water or filtration systems the next time you’re backcountry hiking or backpacking: one nine-inch long, 4.2 ounce LifeStraw Steel is all you need to make river and stream water safe and drinkable. The straw features a two-stage filtration process, including a 0.2 micron hollow fiber filter and an activated carbon capsule, that rid water of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of protozoa, various chemicals, and bad tastes. Each is good for filtering 264 gallons (1,000 litres) of water on the fly, no batteries, pumps, or additional effort required.

Pick one up at Amazon – $60

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