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Scoured: The Best Gear On Amazon

There are plenty of people out there that think the changing seasons also signifies a shift from spending time outside to being locked up in their homes. Sadly, that can mean a lot of missed opportunities to check out the changing landscape and experience cold-weather adventures. But you don’t have to fall victim to that line of thinking if you’d rather take advantage of all the seasons — and that starts with the first post-summer season, autumn.

If this is sounding like something you might be interested in, then we have some even better news: this month’s guide to the best gear on Amazon is all about apparel and gear that’s ready for some of the inclement weather you might have to contend with in fall. Of course, it’s also all well-designed and constructed soundly, so you can be proud to wear, carry, and use each and every piece you see here. All you have to do is hit that purchase button and hit the ground running.

Rite in the Rain Weatherproof Hard Cover Notebook

Perfect for recording observations, musings, miscellaneous notes, sketches, or whatever else you might want to scribble down, a pocket notebook is an EDC necessity. But this one is even more special, as you can actually use it even if it’s raining outside — and it won’t bleed or turn into pulp in your hands. And that makes it the ideal notebook for outdoor usage.

Purchase: $20

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

A pen is just a pen, right? Not when it’s the Gerber Impromptu. This is one of the best tactical writing utensils ever made with a rugged impact-resistant stainless steel body, Rite in the Rain all-weather ink cartridge, and a simple clicker-style deployment. When they say the pen is mightier than the sword, this is the pen they mean.

Purchase: $68

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket

Not only is the Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket waterproof and perfect for all-weather adventuring, but it also happens to be super light — meaning you won’t feel bogged down by bringing it along with you no matter how much else you’re carrying. And, when you’re done with it, you can just pack it into itself for more compact carry to the next trailhead.

Purchase: $112+

Magpul Explorer XL Sunglasses

Honestly, most sunglasses are fine for a jaunt or two up your local hiking trail. But if you’re a serious explorer, you need something a lot more capable and durable — like Magpul’s Explorer XL Sunglasses, which are actually ballistic-rated, boast polarized lenses, and look a lot better than a lot of the other “tactical” options out there.

Purchase: $120

AMABILIS Dave Jr Duffel Bag

Ideal for short, weekend camping adventures, the AMABILIS Dave Jr is one of the absolute toughest duffels around — boasting a waterproof exterior and armor-plated SuperFabric, meaning it is practically indestructible in any weather conditions. And, paired with all that rugged durability, it’s still small enough to be a reasonable grab-and-go bag.

Purchase: $149

ESEE-5 Fixed Blade Knife

With an 11″ overall length — split between a 5.25″ 1095 steel blade and an accompanying Micarta handle with a glass-breaker pommel — the ESEE-5 isn’t so much a fixed blade as it is a one-stop survival tool. And that makes it perfect for everything from casual weekend camping trips up to full-blown mountain man living. To prove that further, this USA-made knife also comes with a lifetime warranty.

Purchase: $150

adidas Terrex Free Hiker Sneakers

Adidas’s Terrex lineup includes some of the best lightweight trail-going sneakers and sneakerboots around, including the Free Hikers you see here. They feature a sturdy upper, cushy midsoles, and an ultra-grippy outsole for all-terrain adventure. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that, along with their comfort and capability, they also look outstanding.

Purchase: $178+

Bose Sport Open Earbuds

Just because you’re out on the trails, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to pipe in some tunes. But rather than snagging your favorite noise-canceling pair of ‘buds, we’d suggest giving these a gander. That’s because they offer an open-ear design that will allow you to hear your music with crystal clarity while still letting you hear what’s going on in your surroundings — which is a design choice that could potentially save your life in the great outdoors.

Purchase: $199

Garmin Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition Hiking GPS

If today’s smartwatches seem a little more like cute oddities to you than legitimate useful off-grid navigators, you might be the exact target market for the mil-spec Garmin Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition Hiking GPS. Along with GPS, it’s also compatible with both GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems for dead-on-accurate positioning. It also has a wealth of onboard sensors and is about as indestructible as GPS units get.

Purchase: $527

Heimplanet The Cave Camping Tent

Still one of the most interesting and innovative camping tents out there, the Heimplanet Cave can fit 2-3 people inside comfortably, uses no heavy poles (opting instead for an inflatable exoskeleton that offers the same support, if not better), can withstand winds up to 110mph, and is completely waterproof and great for 3-season camping.

Purchase: $789

Scoured: The Best Gear On Amazon - August 2021

Not everyone is drawn to the great outdoors, and that’s okay. If you’re more of an urbanite city slicker, you’ll probably be much more drawn to last month’s skater-focused guide to the best gear on Amazon.