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Today in Gear: August 9, 2013

Cocoon Slim Backpack Backpacks hold a lot of stuff and they stay out of the way, leaving your hands free. Thing is, compartments that are actually cavernous holdalls turn ‘packs into bulky messes.


Cocoon Slim Backpack
Backpacks hold a lot of stuff and they stay out of the way, leaving your hands free. Thing is, compartments that are actually cavernous holdalls turn ‘packs into bulky messes. SLIM is so named for a reason: all loaded up, this pack is only 3.5 inches thick. The back compartment is for your laptop, 15-inch or smaller, and documents, etc. The front pocket is where the magic happens, though: GRID IT straps work together as “a rubberized woven elastic object retention system for gadget organization”, which covers at least two fetishes we can think of. $80

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping pad
This mattress is a big deal in a small package. Its shape makes it comfortable and efficient, but also easy to pack into a small space. In about 15-20 full breaths you’ll have an inflated sleep cushion that reflects body heat for maintaining warmth and supports body weight with a special internal structure. Just about anything beats being in a sleeping bag on the bare ground, but with adjustable firmness and ultra packability, this will make you the envy of the campground. $130+

Nike SB Project BA
Nike’s collaboration with skateboarder Brian Anderson has produced a unique skate shoe with classic looks and details engineered to deliver the best possible configuration for trick boarding. Anderson’s style requires a shoe that will withstand repeated jumps, which Nike has covered with their Lunarlon insole. The toe box is based on a rounder running shoe shape, which gives the wearer more control when performing kick flips and the like. Coming down the halfpipe soon. nike.com

Specialized SWAT Integrated Storage
When we saw “Specialized SWAT storage” come across our desks we immediately pictured armored attack bicycles and saddlebag-mounted rocket launchers. Not all that far off, really. This new tech, which stands for Storage, Water, Air, Tool, involves compartments tucked into various places on bikes across the Specialized range that hold anything from multitools to tire tubes and C02 cartridges to energy supplement packs. We wouldn’t ever suggest doing anything overtly dangerous, but a homemade battering ram attachment can’t be that hard to rig up, right? specialized.com

Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fire Place
This 1.5mm stainless steel structure folds and unfolds with nearly zero effort. That means you’ll be able to pull up to your friends’ garden party with beer, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate under one arm and this puppy under the other and immediately become the most popular guy on the lawn. Of course, that’s after you grab some cocktail napkins and children’s toys to use as kindling and a coat hanger or two to use as roasting sticks. It stores flat in a travel case, and is available in three sizes, depending on the kind of garden party you’re crashing. $190

Bombas Athletic Socks And Sock Donation
You know what’s sweet? Honey. You know what’s sweeter? Raw honey. You know what’s a sweet thing to do? Bee altruistic. Put the right foot forward and purchase some of these socks. For every pair bought — ankle or shin height — a pair will be donated to a person in need of socks (they’re in high demand among the needy). With bold colors and high-performance details like a blister tab, arch support and calf huggers that stay up without being too tight, these will go fast. Walk, don’t run: the campaign’s been funded fourfold and there’s still a month left. $24

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