A few of our favorite summer things



The new Leatherman Signal goes to 19. Nineteen different tools, that is. Of course there’s a knife, and then there are also needlenose and regular pliers, wire cutters, a wire stripper, saw, hammer (!), and can and bottle openers. (To name just nine of the nineteen.) The Signal brings you all of these tools in a mere 7.5-ounce package that is 4.5 inches long. $119.95, available at JD High Country Outfitters, 50 E. Broadway, Jackson 


Gregory is likely proudest of the men’s- and women’s-specific shoulder harnesses, hipbelts, and backpanels on its new Miwok (men’s) and Maya (women’s) day packs. And these do ensure the pack fits us nicely. But we love a little detail: the pack’s quick-stow system for sunglasses. On the pack’s shoulder harness, this lets you quickly and securely store your shades where they won’t be scratched. Both the Miwok and Maya come in 10-, 16-, and 14-liter capacities. From $89.95, available at Teton Mountaineering, 170 N. Cache St., Jackson


If you you’re going on an adventure in which you might get wet, it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when being safe is as easy as SealLine’s new 18-liter SkyLake Dry Daypack makes it. This is the first drybag we’ve found that doesn’t suck to use as a daypack … as long as you don’t load it up with too much weight (the shoulder straps are comfortable, but there isn’t a waist belt). External mesh pockets are expandable to hold water bottles and extra clothes. A roll-top closure makes the inside of the pack waterproof. Just need a regular drybag? These shoulder straps are easily removed. $99, available at Rendezvous River Sports, 945 W. Broadway, Jackson


Neither Jackson nor Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has yet to enact a single-use plastic bottle ban (Jackson just banned plastic bags earlier this year), but why not get ahead of the curve with the fits-in-your-pocket HydraPak Stash collapsible water bottle? It comes in 500-mililiter and 1-liter sizes and is made from ultralight and durable Thermoplastic Polyurethane, which is BPA- and PVC-free, leak-proof, packable, and light. It weighs about half of what a traditional hard-sided bottle does and, when empty, rolls up or collapses flat to be pocket-size. From $14, available at Skinny Skis, 65 W. Deloney St., Jackson


Thermarest unveiled its new Ramble Down Blanket as the ultimate #vanlife and backcountry camping accessory. And it’s certainly got the technical specs to succeed at this—it weighs less than 3 pounds and is stuffed with 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic down. Is it wrong that we love it just as much when we’re lazing at home on the couch as camping in the van?
We haven’t yet brought the brand’s newly improved Air Head Lite Pillow into our bedroom, but in the backcountry, its 4-inch thickness and ability to fit into a pants pocket gives us
nothing but sweet dreams. Blanket $259.95, pillow $29.95, available at Skinny Skis, 65 W. Deloney St., Jackson


It seems like everything Smith has been doing the last decade or so has been leading up to its new Caravan MAG sunglasses. These shades feature the interchangeable technology of ChromaPop lenses with a magnet-based fastening system that enables quick and easy lens swapping. Use the Bright Sun ChromaPop lens on sunny days and a secondary ChromaPop low-light lens on cloudier days. From $249, available at Shades of Jackson Hole, 28 E. Broadway, Jackson 


Stay hydrated while showing your love for Yellowstone National Park (or Grand Canyon, Olympic, Joshua Tree, or Great Smoky Mountains) with Hydro Flask’s National Park Foundation Collection bottles. The National Park Foundation, the official charity of the National Park Service, gets a royalty from the sale of every bottle. You get a 21- or 32-ounce double-wall bottle that looks as good as it insulates. The bottles keep beverages cold for twenty-four hours or hot for twelve. Or maybe you’ve got a can you want to keep cold? The company’s new 12-ounce Cooler Cup is pretty ingenious. As its name implies, it is both a cooler (for a can) and a travel-friendly, insulated cup. From $39.95 (bottle), $24.95 (cooler cup), available at Jackson Whole Grocer, 1155 US 89, Jackson, hydroflask.com


We thought hydration reservoirs might have reached peak innovation. Platypus shows us how wrong we were with its new Big Zip EVO. Available in sizes between 1.5 and 3 liters, the Big Zip EVO has a noticeably higher flow rate over other reservoirs and a slide-lock close and shut-off valve that are truly (finally!) leak-proof. Other features include a center baffle that makes cleaning (and drying) easier and embedded silver ion technology that protects clean water from mold and bacteria. From $36.95, available at Teton Mountaineering, 170 N. Cache St., Jackson


We resisted. And now it’s time to admit we were being silly. Because who likes biking home carrying 45 pounds of groceries on their back? Or trying to stuff the same groceries in saddlebags meant to carry half that weight? And doing either sweating up a storm because biking with that much weight is hard.  Meet Yuba’s new Supermarche cargo bike which offers an electric assist (in the form of a Bosch Performance Line CX motor) and 300 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. $5,999, available at Hoback Sports, 520 W. Broadway Ave., Jackson


Eagle Creek’s new Migrate Duffel comes in sizes from 40- to 130-liters. Because 110- and 130-liter duffle bags are likely to be pretty heavy, these two sizes, the largest in the collection, come with treaded wheels. All Migrate Duffels have wide-mouth openings, convert to backpacks, fold flat when not in use, can be cleaned with a quick hose off, and have a water-repellent coating. The latter was developed by harvesting windshield plastics from landfills in Asia, so these duffels aren’t just good for you, but also the planet. From $79, available through JD High Country Outfitters, 50 E. Broadway Ave., Jackson

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