Nathan's Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Nathan Human Propulsion Laboratories is known for cutting edge hydration systems, but the company's stainless steel water bottle is evidence that it also can do the simple things right. A leak-proof lid, sturdy drinking straw and BPA-free stainless steel construction makes Nathan's stainless steel water bottle stand out. The flip top features a carabiner clip for easy transport, and it comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it looks as good in the gym or office as it does in the great outdoors.
Gerber's Gator Knife
The Gator ($34.45 as of 2009) is one of Gerber's best-selling folding-clip knives, and with its unique gripping system, it's easy to see why. The Gator is a solid choice with its 400 series stainless steel blade, and Gerber's traditional combination of light weight and durability, but the tacky rubber handle is what makes it truly great. The handle is made with glass-filled polypropylene bonded with a Santoprene rubber on the exterior, making it tacky and a good grip in any condition.
Petzl makes headlamps for any situation that will fit just about any budget. From the lightweight and compact Tikka series to the bright and powerful Ultra series, Petzl makes a headlamp that will keep an outdoors enthusiast outside at all hours of the night. The Myo XP ($69.99 as of 2009) is a particularly good choice for the late night trail runner with its wide beam for staying on the trail in the dark.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.