12. Ace Camp’s tiny Flame Stick fires things up even when wet
Ace Camp’s Michael Beverly sets a waterlogged Flame Stick alight. The small, lightweight sticks make a great pack item.
An ounce of prevention, the old adage goes, is worth a pound of cure. In the case of Ace Camp’s Long Time Flame sticks, that ratio is reduced to a few grams and costs just five cents. Along with the lighter or strike-anywhere matches that belong in your pack, these waterproof, odorless firestarters each burn for 6-8 minutes, giving you time to ignite materials and get your fire going. A box of 100 sticks cost just $5. acecamp.com
13. A little bit of everything among OR displays, demos
The OR show featured many unique displays and activities—among them, venerable thermos-maker Stanley’s classic Airstream, knife-maker Gerber’s murdered-out Honda CB-90, and people doing yoga on standup paddleboards. I don’t make up the news, I just report it.
14. Nau perfects techy threads that don’t scream ‘Fred!’
Nau’s forthcoming Tripoly jacket ($255) looks denim but works synthetic, while their Utilize pant ($100) has zippered pockets and a hem that reveals reflective tape when rolled. The lightweight Mojave Dez-Shirt ($98) brings some welcome breathability to the business-casual Friday commute.
Clothing-maker Nau (“now”) is known for blending tailored looks with technical function…the kind of stuff an adventuresome sort could wear to a nice restaurant without looking like Crocodile Dundee. And while cyclists adopted Nau early on, the company got more purposeful in their approach to cycling a couple years back. They didn’t go the cycling-specific route so much as make regular duds with some biking functionality—a subtle but significant difference. Shirt arms and tails got longer to cover when stretched out on a bike, a hidden zip vent got added here or there for some airflow, polyester was blended in to wick more and stink less—those kinds of things.
If you’re beyond the expiration date for fixie kid skinny jeans—and can afford a few shekels—Nau might be the ticket for townie jaunts, commuting, and even the occasional urban freeride session. nau.com