Another year has come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the fact that our camping gear, rain jackets, and boots have more wear and tear than they did last year we’d likely not have noticed the completion of our most recent trip around the sun.
But unfortunately, time has made its mark the tools and toys we hold most dear. A lot of us got re-upped during the holiday season, but even for those lucky enough to have been hooked up by Santa – there are always those one or two pieces we’d still like to replace or update. Whether that is a shell for wet weather, some new headphones for motivating yourself in the gym, or just a salt gun for defeating bugs – you’ll find plenty in this month’s roundup of the best gear on Amazon. Take a scroll through and see for yourself.
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
The last thing you want to deal with after gathering wood and kindling for a fire is a faulty lighter. Guard against spending a night in the cold with this stormproof match kit from UCO. It comes complete with 25 matches and 3 strikers set in a waterproof case.
Montem Ultra Strong Hiking Poles
Keeping solid footing while on the trail can be the difference between a great hike and a near-disastrous one. This pair of hiking poles from Montem are built to be super light (each weighs just 9.6-ounces) while still being durable enough to brave tough, long backcountry treks.
Bug-A-Salt Original Salt Gun
It’s never too early to start building up your defenses against summertime mosquitos and flies. This gun from Bug-A-Salt is engineered to fire off 50 ‘shots’ of salt at pesky winged insects without doing damage to windows or furniture. That being said, it’s still likely you’re going to be told to sweep up after yourself.
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Runner
Looking for a water-resistant trail running shoe for putting in miles this winter? Consider Salomon’s Speedcross 4 Trail Runner. The shoe features a mesh upper paired with an aggressively lugged outsole for traction. A fun pick for the avid runner.
Benchmade Mini Griptilian Knife
For those who hate searching around the bottom of their pack for gear, this yellow-handled Mini Griptilian from Benchmade is a solid pick. The knife features a high quality stainless steel blade, ergonomic handle, solid locking mechanism, and an ambidextrous clip for those lefties out there.
Kodak Mini SHOT Camera
This simple camera from Kodak is a worthy addition to any photographer’s arsenal. The 10MP gadget has a simple point-and-shoot functionality and prints out 2.1 by 3.4-inch photos that you can give away or keep in your wallet. To top it off, the camera seamlessly sends images to your phone or computer for posting online for friends and family to see.
Grivel Air Tech Evolution Ice Axe
It’s getting pretty cold out there, folks. Whether you’re just a suburban adventurer prepping for a The Day After Tomorrow-style freeze or a serious outdoorsman looking to add a fresh ice axe to your kit – this one from Grivel is well worth considering. Made from hot forged chromoly steel and featuring a horizontal resistance of 400 T, it is tough enough to take on even the steepest climbs.
TRX Suspension Trainer
Trust us. We get the impulse to bundle up and stay cozy during this cold time of year. But that doesn’t mean you have to let your fitness suffer. Something like the TRX Suspension training strap brings thousands of great bodyweight exercises right into your home.
Lowepro PhotoStream Roller
Looking to do a bit more traveling this coming year? If you’re a photographer you may want to consider something like the Lower PhotoStream Roller. This carry on compatible bag features a gridded compartment system that you can arrange to your liking – making it safe for you to bring along all types of lenses and camera bodies.
Seiko Prospex Divers Watch
Great dive watches don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. This one from Seiko is rated to 666 feet, features a screw down crown, rotating bezel, and large luminescent indices on the face. And at 44mm, it’s large enough to make for easy legibility without feeling oversized.
B&O Play E8 Bluetooth Earbuds
Apple Air Pods are cool and all, but they’re not the only player in the world of wireless earbuds. Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay E8 headphones fit snuggly in your ear for great, tangle-free listening in the gym, on a run, or at the office.
Arc’Teryx Beta SL Hybrid Jacket
When it comes to whipping up great outdoor equipment, few are as good as Arc’Teryx. Just look at their SL Hybrid jacket and try and tell us otherwise. The waterproof layer is made from 2L Gore-Tex fabric and features a 3L Gore-Tex backing. For protection from downpours, the layer also features a hood with high collar, velcro cuffs, and large zip pockets along the waist.
Scoured: Best Gear On Amazon - December 2017
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