Summer Vibes

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Hey KAMPers, we may not have observed the summer solstice yet, but it is HOT in Missouri, so we think it's totally cool to get those Summer Vibes flowing a little early. Last time, we focused on the ladies, so this time, it's a little more guy-centric. That said, with the exception of maybe the shorts, everything in this post is happy to hang on or near anybody.

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1. Grand Trunk Goods, Double Parachute Nylon Hammock in Rasta

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2. Grand Trunk Goods, Trunk Straps

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#Hammocklife, swaying between two trees in a warm, gentle breeze with birds chirping or maybe waves crashing, is truly the shit you dream about while stuck 9-5 in cubelandia. So ask yourself, what's in the way of you seeing this through? You've got weekends, right?

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Grand Trunk Goods are built for the road ahead, and their double hammocks are up to 20% larger than competitors' options. This means that you can sit across them more easily (converting the hammock into one of the raddest chairs you've ever had), and that swaying with a pal is so much more comfortable. 

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3. Topo Designs Map T-shirt, Red

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There are many apparel companies that try to pull off the duality of gear that is as at home on the trails as on the city streets, but few that succeed. Topo Designs is one of the few. 

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4. SWRVE Durable Cotton Shorts

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What can we say about SWRVE, the menswear line out of Los Angeles so embraced by the urban cycling community? Their clothes are sort of an open secret, either you've worn them, tried your hardest to thrash them and failed (and so fully get it), or you haven't. No hard feelings if you are not in the club, but don't say we didn't try to invite you.

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5. Topo Designs Klettersack in Charcoal

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One of the ways that Topo Designs is able to bridge the gap between city life and outdoor adventure with their products is to keep things simple and functional. The Klettersack is a great example. This 22 liter pack, named after the German word for "climbing", is as utilitarian as it gets. Topo has followed a bag design that has worked for decades, and just happens to look great too. Inside, there is a pocket for up to a 15" laptop, a small pocket for accessories, and the rest is open space for you to fill up with climbing gear or daily essentials. A drawstring closure keeps out the snow, while the flap increases weather resistance, adds a level of security, expands to slide-n-cinch a sleeping pad or jacket, and acts as a quick access pocket for things you need always at hand (phone, passport, etc.). Outside, a loop on the very bottom accommodates an ice axe (spun around the handle and lashed upside down) or camera tripod legs (the optional Camera Cube fits in this guy). Side pockets fit a small water bottle or collapsed trekking poles, in conjunction with the side compression straps. And finally, the leather pig-nose lash tabs allow you to strap items ranging from climbing equipment, to a skateboard, to a sleeping bag.

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6. Shoots! Brand Sashimi Trucker Hat

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Shoots! Brand is a Hawaiian surfer-formed company, and it shows. There is not a product that they produce that takes itself too seriously. This hat is but one example. This hat is for you if:

  • you like sashimi
  • you are missing some #islandvibes 
  • you think a Supreme hat is too damn expensive

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7. Stay Wild Magazine, Spring 2018

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In 2018, everything you could possibly want to read is available online, right? NOPE. Don't miss a single issue of the only all-about-adventure magazine that has been outsider from the start; the great outdoors are for everyone and they mean to show you. And, as they say in the magazine, "The rain, the soil, the seeds, the trees, the mill, the paper, the printing machines, and the people who physically made the magazine are hiking distance from each other in and around Portland, Oregon."

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8. Word. Notebooks, Black Rock print.

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Word is the company that truly catapulted the pocket notebook into everyone's ...er, pocket. There is good reason to stick with the original too, including this sleek new cover design.

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9. BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle (grill not pictured in intro image)

10. BioLite Coffee Press 

11. BioLite BioFuel Wood Pellets

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BioLite, like many of our vendors, is a mission-driven company which is something that is very important to us. Through a process they call Parallel Innovation, BioLite makes commercial energy solutions for campers, hikers and more that can be used or can be modified to be used by communities that live off a traditional electric grid, which is where the giveback of their mission comes in. To date, they have provided free/low cost energy assistance or solutions to more than 40,000 homes around the world. Oh, and it should also be mentioned that their CampStove 2 was just awarded "Best Camp Stove 2018" by Outside Magazine! Form, function AND a heart, what's not to love?

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When BioLite heard that we were partnering with Gateway to the Great Outdoors, a non-profit that brings outdoor experiences to public schools in Chicago, St. Louis, and Fort Worth, TX, they very kindly chose to support our gear drive to outfit those kids, in a big way. We are publicly announcing the KAMP x GGO partnership next Thursday night with an event at KAMP (details below). Bring any new or lightly used outdoor items for a 5% discount on any item in-store (excluding the kayaks) or a tax deduction. Topo Designs and Deso Supply have also signed up to support our gear drive!

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