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Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter

The Ultimate Fire Starter

Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter

Vargo’s new Ultimate Fire Starter might just become your new favorite companion for backpacking, hiking, camping, hunting, paddling, or any adventure in the backcountry where you need a reliable way to start a fire regardless of conditions. Combing a collapsible belllows with a flint striker enabling you to create a hotter burning fire more quickly, even with stubborn or wet wood.

Waterproof Protection For Your Gear

Wadi Mujib

Wading through Wadi Mujib, photo courtesy of Columbia Sportswear

The pervasive theme of my summer so far has been fog and water. I am not complaining, however, as I prefer this very much to unrelenting heat, but wet weather can do a number on you and your gear. Whether you are canyoneering, paddling, or just recreating outside in not so suitable weather, there are plenty of waterproof gear options to keep your stuff dry. Below you will find five items that I have regularly taken with me on my adventures this summer. 

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The Lightest Outdoor LED Lights On The Planet

By Don Jurries

Ay Up LED Light

Looking for an ultralight LED lighting solution for just about any outdoor pursuit? Australian company Ay Up has created what they claim to be the lightest LED lights on the planet. Initially popular with mountain bikers, the Ay Up lights are so flexible and customizable that they can be used for just about every outdoor activity, including running, hiking, camping, kayaking, cycling, and even sled dog racing.

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