Summer Gear

Eight Pieces of Summer Gear You Can’t Live Without

Words: Megan Michelson

You’ve already got board shorts and sunglasses. But do you have a solar-powered camp trailer and a kayak that folds into a backpack? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

The essential items of summer may seem like a simple list: sunglasses, shorts, flip-flops, beach towel. And sure, you can get by just fine with that basic stuff. But to really boost your adventure game and increase the fun factor, we’ve put together a list of eight pieces of gear you didn’t even know you needed—but once you have it, you won’t be able to imagine summer living without it.


Yeti Cooler

© Courtesy of Yeti

The Cooler

In the summer, you’re constantly on the go, so you need a cooler that’ll keep up with the journey. Yeti’s Hopper 30 is a portable, ridiculously durable, over-the-shoulder cooler that’ll keep ice frozen for days for campouts, barbecues, and exploratory missions into the woods. It can fit 24 cans and 30 pounds of ice, and the tough exterior fabric is made from the same robust material that goes into hazmat suits and whitewater rafts. [$350;]

Hiking Boot

© Courtesy of Ridgemont Outfitters

The Shoes

Hiking shoes look eternally dorky. But not Ridgemont Outfitters’ new Monty Hi boots, which were designed with a nod to the streamlined, leather hiking boots of the past. They’re made with waterproof mahogany leather for a classy look and gum rubber soles for grippy, you-won’t-slip-on-mud traction. [$119;]


© Courtesy of RC Barcelona

The Grill

Up your tailgates and picnics with a compact grill that’ll stun your friends with its design-school aesthetic and perfectly cook your burgers. RC Barcelona’s Mon Oncle looks like a vintage suitcase. But inside you’ll find a sleek, stainless steel tabletop barbecue with perforated holes on the side to increase airflow and enable the grill to get extra hot. [$390;]

goflow app summer gear

© Courtesy of GoFlow

The App

Going surfing? Download the goFlow app, which lets you search for swell reports at specific surf breaks or share a first-person update, plus real-time photos, with friends in a matter of seconds. The app also works if you’re going sailing, diving, kitesurfing, fishing, paddleboarding, and more. Professional forecasting data supplements the details you’ll get from your friends on the beach. [free;]


© Courtesy of Homegrown Trailers

The Trailer

Upgrade your car camping setup with a tow-behind, hand-built trailer from Washington-based Homegrown Trailers. In 94 square feet of living space, you’ll get a couch that pulls into a queen bed and another that transforms into bunkbeds, a kitchen powered by solar energy, and a composting toilet. Plus, these wood-paneled trailers are so light (around 2,500 pounds) and aerodynamic that you don’t need a massive truck to tow them. [Rent from $199 a night or own one starting at $27,500;]


© Courtesy of State Bicycling Co.

The Bicycle

Tempe, Arizona-based Four Peaks Brewing and State Bicycling Co. have teamed up to create this one-of-a-kind steel-framed cruiser bike, perfect for rolling around town or to a friend’s backyard party. Features include mustache handlebars, a built-in bell, bottle opener, front basket, rear pannier holder, and leather straps to securely affix a six-pack to the frame. [$579;]


© Courtesy of Oru Kayak

The Kayak

Imagine hiking into a remote alpine lake—then going for a paddle with a kayak you carried in on your back. That’s now possible thanks to Oru Kayak, a San Francisco-based company that makes lightweight, folding kayaks that can be stored in the trunk of your car and easily worn like a backpack. The Bay Series kayak, which is so beautiful it’s been on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is 12 feet long, weighs 26 pounds, and has ample storage for supplies. [from $1,275;]

coleman tent camping summer gear

© Courtesy of Coleman

The Tent

Camping often means waking up with the first glints of sunrise. But prepare to sleep in with Coleman’s Carlsbad Fast Pitch 6-person tent, which has Dark Room technology to block over 98 percent of sunlight. It’s like a blackout curtain for your tent. The spacious tent sleeps up to six and has a separate, screened-in bug room in case the mosquitos bombard. Bonus: It pops up about 50 percent faster than traditional tents. [$280;]

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