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Lodge Sound Outdoor Solar Speaker
Summer is here, and it’s time to move the party outside. The Lodge Sound outdoor solar speaker set ($600) is built for backyard BBQs and beach hangs. Wrapped in 180 square inches of solar panels, this speaker soaks up the sun from all angles and offers up to 15 hours of music on a full charge. Plus, it’s waterproof, dustproof, and sand-proof. For the audiophiles, there’s an integrated tweeter plus a 4-inch subwoofer. The speaker set comes with two speakers and two stands.
Bajío Paraiso Sunglasses
“Paraiso” is Spanish for “paradise.” To the folks behind Bajío Sunglasses, paradise means fishing, and that’s exactly what these shades ($199-249) are made for. Despite their modern and stylish look, these sunnies are purpose-built to help you cut glare and see fish through the water’s surface. They’re available with a variety of lens colors, and each is geared toward specific light conditions. The Paraiso can be ordered with prescription lenses.
Dovetail Workwear Britt X
High-quality women’s workwear is like precipitation in California — it’s much-needed and long overdue. The new Britt X pant ($99) from Dovetail Workwear is made for women by women, and it’s loaded with technical features. Here are the stats: The Britt X has two tool loops, an adjustable waist, a crotch gusset, and a grand total of 13 pockets. A touch of spandex woven into the fabric increases stretch and mobility.
Aquaglide Blackfoot Angler 130
Some of the best fishing holes require a bit of hiking to access. Adventurous anglers will appreciate that the Aquaglide Blackfoot Angler 130 ($1,300) weighs just 41 pounds and stows away in an included backpack. For stream crossings and other technical approaches, the ability to carry your boat on your back is clutch. Once inflated, the Angler 130 has capacity for two people and features a built-in fishing cooler.
ANTHM Saltzmn Bike Jersey
ANTHM is a small-scale cycling jersey manufacturer based in Portland, Ore. The brand’s flagship product is the Saltzman ($112, long-sleeve) — a classic-looking top made from 40% merino wool and 60% polyester. According to ANTHM, this material blend provides the ideal balance between stretch and comfort, and it holds up well even after many washes. The Saltzman fits a bit looser than a traditional racing jersey, and the monochrome style is just plain handsome. It’s available with short and long sleeves in men’s and women’s styles.
SAXX Underwear x Yardbird Hong Kong
Chefs need underwear too. While this collaboration between boxer-brief brand SAXX and Michelin-star Japanese restaurant Yardbird may be unexpected, the results are certainly eye-catching. Featuring a print made up of “ball-shaped” food from Yardbird’s menu and a waistband that reads “All Balls Don’t Bounce,” these undies ($36) are odd yet delightfully intriguing.
Rapha Explore Series Lightweight Jacket
Rapha’s new Explore Series Lightweight jacket ($160) is inspired by the tones and topography of the Colorado Trail. While this jacket functions adequately on daily commutes, its true comfort zone is deep in the backcountry. It’s made from superlight 25gsm fabric and packs down into its own pocket, which is ideal for bikepacking trips when storage is limited.
Jackery 2000 Pro Solar Generator
Channel the power of the sun and charge your various doodads with the new Solar Generator 2000 Pro from Jackery ($6,199). This robust system comes with a high-efficiency battery and six 200W solar panels. At 153 pounds total, this kit is designed for families and large groups who want to go on long trips off grid and power lots of devices. This is Jackery’s most advanced solar generator yet. In full sunlight, the battery can charge from zero to 100% in 2.5 hours. The Solar Generator 2000 goes on sale today!
Hydaway Travel Camp Bowl
When it comes to camping dishware, your grandma’s fine china probably isn’t the best choice. Instead, you need something durable, packable, and easy to clean. Hydaway’s new Camp Bowl ($30) is up to the task. It packs down into a slim one-inch package but holds 4 cups of food when it’s time to chow down. Every bowl comes with a “leakproof” poly lid and an insulation sleeve.
In Common The Better Men's Crew
Founded on the core principle of sustainable manufacturing, In Common makes underwear and other wardrobe staples. The Better Men’s Crew ($30) is made from “responsibly sourced” cotton and recycled thread. The brand aims to achieve ultimate softness and comfort, combined with timeless style and flattering fit. It takes pride in its “bicep-hugging fit.”