The Ultimate Summer Outdoor Gear Guide

Prep for this season's big adventures with the best fresh gear finds from local companies.

By Rachel Sandstrom June 25, 2015

The Oregon summer is tailor-made for the adventurer. And lucky for us adventurers, local companies are hard at work outfitting us with manifold gear for our hiking, biking, camping, mountain-scaling seasonal conquests. Here, we share some new releases to get you inspired to get out!


Columbia: Ventralia Shoe ($90)
A lightweight athletic shoe with midsole vents allowing for air ventilation and cooling, Columbia’s “Omni-grip” non-marking traction rubber outsole will help you leave no trace while comfortably hiking any terrain.



Keen: Zambezi shoe ($100)
This high-performance water sandal is custom-crafted for the kayaker and rafter. Made with a high-traction rubber sole, the shoe’s grip on wet surfaces (rocks, sand, etc) is maximized.

Eagle’s Nest Outfitters: Singlenest Hammock ($59.95)
This compact hammock is perfect for backpacking, or to just hang in the backyard. It stores small in its own sack, but when set up, it expands to over 9 feet by 4 feet. (Eagle’s Nest also makes a Doublenest and a Doublenest Deluxe if you need more swinging space.)



Poler: Dutch Oven ($49.95)
Built to last, this cast-iron stove comes pre-seasoned and ready for your campfire feast-making. Try a seasonal fruit crisp or a one-pot meal in this stylish, three-footed oven.

Snow Peak: BiPod Stove ($89.95)
The BiPod stove is small and compact; great for those who want power without the weight. It’s small enough to pack on a backpacking trip, but thanks to its wide support arm and sturdy legs, it’ll support a larger cast iron pan.  

CRKT: Squid Black Stonewash ($29.99)
Just 2.25 inches, Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Squid is a small folding knife with big cutting capability. The Squid stores safely with an internal frame lock, but acts powerfully, thanks to the balance of tip strength to point geometry for utility tasks.

IceBreaker: Spark & Strike ($89.99–99.99)
Made with IceBreaker’s exclusive “cool-lite” fabric and merino wool, Icebreaker’s two new apparel lines for men and women breathe well, keep you cool in the heat, and thanks to merino magic, are odor-resistant.

Portland Design Works: Lars Rover 650 ($110)
Much more than your average bike, light, the Lars Rover could guide you through the deepest, darkest of chasms. It’s USB-rechargeable, lithium-ion powered, and features a Cree LED light that burns for 7.5 hours.

Tiktaalik: Field Knife Set (Kickstarter)
Designed to be light and ergonomically sound, Tiktaalik’s stainless-steel Field Knife Set consists of a paring knife, a serrated knife, and a chef’s knife. Made for both indoor and outdoor cooking, taking this set with you means you can cook like a pro wherever you may be.



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