Written by 8:27 am 2020, Editor's Picks, Summer

2020 Sportsman Gear Picks

Our editors field-tested some unique gear that’s ideally suited for Virginia Sportsman readers.

biolite

BioLite FirePit

Taking the art of making fire to the next level, BioLite’s FirePit is the perfect complement to a summer backyard barbecue, beach bonfire or off-the-grid camping trip. This award-winning smokeless firepit can burn either standard firewood or charcoal—if you prefer a hibachi-style grill. The FirePit’s patented airflow system uses 51 jets that inject oxygen into your fire to burn off smoke before it can escape. Compact and light, the FirePit is easy to transport and setting it up is a breeze. The FirePit is the perfect fit for summer adventures that require fire—without the smoke. $249.95; bioliteenergy.com

green collective

Green Cove Collective, Commonwealth
Crew Sock

The average person takes 2,000 steps to travel a mile, so why not do it in comfort? Designed and made in Virginia, the Commonwealth Crew is a full-cushion outdoor crew sock perfect for hunters and hikers. Manufactured from the highest quality Merino wool, these socks keep feet warm and comfortable, and wick away moisture in all seasons. $18; greencovecollective.com

oru kayak

Oru Kayak, Beach LT Foldable Kayak

Designed for easy transport and storage, this folding kayak weighs 26 pounds and folds down to the size of a large suitcase. Made from 5mm double-layered polypropylene, the Beach LT’s stable 12-foot hull is perfect for a day of recreational paddling. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, the kayak’s simplicity and ease of use makes it the perfect “get in and go” boat. $1,199; orukayak.com

somewear labs

Somewear Labs, Global Satellite Hotspot   

When your travels and trekking take you off the grid, Somewear Labs Satellite Global Hotspot is a must have device. Using the Iridium Satellite Network (which boasts 100% global coverage), the Hotspot is lightweight (4oz), user-friendly and the perfect tool to keep you in touch when you don’t have cell phone coverage. For a monthly fee, you can send and receive texts, get weather reports and track yourself anywhere in the world. And if things get really bad, the device offers SOS functionality that sends an alert through GEOS Worldwide, which is monitored 24/7.  Sometimes we just need to get away, the Global Hotspot provides the peace of mind to let you get far away. $349.99 (data plans extra); somewearlabs.com

peak design

Peak Design, Everyday Sling

Combining the functionality of a traditional camera bag with the stylish and sleek design that Peak products are known for, the Everyday Sling accommodates the needs of frequent shooters and travelers. Made from a weatherproof, 100% recycled shell, the bag is available in three sizes—3L, 6L and 10L. Plus, the flexible EVA foam dividers can fit a variety of cameras and lens combinations comfortably and securely. $149.95; peakdesign.com 

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