With summer around the corner and the crisis of the past year slowly but surely dwindling down, it’s with a hopeful outlook that we set our sights on enjoying the outdoors again. And that means dusting off gear and loadouts that have been sitting on shelves and in the closet, ready to be used anew. To help, our friends at Outdoor Gear Guide have put together a list of their favorite brands to help all of us get prepared to go outside again. Below are our picks for some solid upgrades you can make to your outdoor EDC, just in time for some great deals this Memorial Day Weekend.
Filson Dryden Backpack
Filson is a brand that’s been making classic, durable goods since 1897. Their Dryden backpack brings that same heritage styling and “buy it for life” quality you might find on a traditional waxed canvas bag to modern day with its ballistic nylon construction. The Dryden’s thoughtful layout provides 25.5L of storage space inside and out for anything you might need on your day-to-day, while still being sized for carry-on compliance. The rear panel features a 270-degree zipper for full, easy access to its main compartment that fits most 15“ laptops. Three different exterior zippered compartments at the top, middle, and bottom of the bag stash frequently used essentials, bulkier gear, and smaller items, respectively. Last but not least, two side drop pockets are perfect for slotting in a water bottle, small tripod or umbrella, and more.
Gerber Armbar Slim Drive
As the name implies, the Gerber Armbar Slim is an even more lightweight and compact version of their original Armbar tool, streamlining its functions to a knife, a bit driver and the ever-useful bottle opener. Starting off with its main tool, it features an ultra-thin 2.5“ long bit driver, designed to get into most nooks and crannies you might encounter in your day to day. It also comes with an included two-sided ¼” bit, featuring both a flat and Phillips head for common tasks. Moving on to its blade, you’ll find a 2.5“ long edge which can be operated one-handed, thanks to a large cut-out in the center, and securely held in place by a minimal framelock. Finally, a small keyring is included for convenient EDC on a keychain or lanyard.
Yeti Rambler 46 oz with Chug Cap
Whenever you know you’re going to need a lot of water but you need to stay on the move, the Yeti Rambler is definitely worth considering. Big enough to hold enough fuel for an extended workout session but small enough to not slow you down, the Yeti Rambler is one heck of a companion to bring to a long commute, a day of hiking, or your next weekend adventure. Like most Yeti products, the 46 oz Rambler uses double-walled vacuum insulation which keeps your liquids for longer, just in time for summer. As for everyday carry, an 18/8 stainless steel construction ensures the Rambler can take on daily wear and tear, with and an ultra-wide handle to facilitate its transportation. Last but not least, its unique chug cap makes sure that you can quickly and easily consume its contents when you need to re-fuel.
VSSL First Aid Mini
VSSL prides themselves on being able to fit a ton of gear into a small, durable package. Streamlining their original First Aid Kit, this Mini version stands at just 6.75“ tall and weighing 9.9 oz. This grab-and-go first aid kit is housed in a cylindrical, 6061 military-grade aluminum tube for a sleek and durable carry. Inside you’ll find 3 different ”Supply Tins,“ each containing items for specialized tasks. The first tin features supplies for cleaning and covering wounds, like bandages and antiseptic wipes. The second one features first aid tools like medical gloves and a sewing kit. The third one has outdoor essentials for burns, rashes, and insect bites. VSSL’s First Aid Kit is ideal for camping, hiking, or for leaving in a bag or car for emergencies.
Solo Stove Grill Ultimate Bundle
Who says grilling has to be a one man job? The spotlight of the Grill Ultimate Bundle is the Solo Stove Grill, which uses a 360-degree design so everyone can enjoy charcoal grilling easily and comfortably. It comes with a 13“ Grill Short Stand and a manageable 38.5-pound weight, which means you can take it with you anywhere from a friend’s house and a family trip, offering compact cooking convenience. The bundle includes everything you need to get you started: a set of grill tools, a grill shelter to protect it from inclement weather, a carry case for portability, charcoal, and fire starters—all that’s missing is your favorite food and your favorite friends. The Ultimate Bundle comes with a massive $295 discount for Memorial Day, too.
Rumpl NanoLoft Travel Blanket
If you need reliable protection from the elements while you travel, this high-quality blanket more than fits the bill. It’s main feature is a Nanometer high-elastic cloth insulation designed to keep you warm during those cold outdoor nights. Construction comes from 100% recycled 30D ripstop polyester fabric, designed to resist most scratches and wear that you’d normally encounter in the outdoors. This material also includes a DWR finish for stain and water resistance. To add even more convenience, the blanket comes with a “Cape Clip,” a feature that lets you clip it on your back and use it hands-free like a cloak. The best part about this travel blanket is the fact that you can roll it up to the size of a large water bottle and stuff it in its own water-resistant stuff sack. At just 0.7 lbs, taking it from place to place will feel like a breeze, something you won’t feel at all while wearing it. Pick it up at a steep 25% off discount this weekend at the link below.