If you’re one of our avid readers (welcome back!), you’ve likely heard about our Live the Adventure Club Gear Box. Or perhaps you’re already a member of the best subscription box in Canada.
This spring, we shipped out over one thousand gear boxes to outdoor adventure enthusiasts across Canada and the United States. Our boxes equip members to #LivetheAdventure while our weekly, monthly and quarterly challenges inspire and entice creative outdoor pursuits—with big prizes to be won just for participating!
Explore editor David Webb hand-picks every item in the Gear Boxes. Let’s break down everything that came in the Spring 2021 Box:
1. Go-Fast Shoulder/Sling Pack
This handy, perfectly sized tote bag fits snugly over one shoulder. With a plethora of pockets, it invites smart places to stash gear while the dimensions ensure you won’t overpack. This is a perfect pack for a short hike, city cycle or easy adventure where you want something cooler to carry than a typical backpack.
“I knew I had to include this pack,” says Explore editor David Webb: “it’s so great for quick, fast missions like speed-hiking, cycling and even walking the dog. Lighter than a conventional backpack, but bigger than a hip-pack, it bridges the gap nicely.”
2. XACT Nutrition Energy and Protein Bars
First of all, if you were expecting a dense, flavourless, tacky bar, forget about that—XACT Nutrition has mastered the art of taking delicious flavours and combining them with impeccable textures to fuel your adventure. “These are, without a doubt, my new favourite energy bars. I love the taste, I love how easy they are on my stomach and I love the boost they give me when I’m running out of gas!” David says.
3. Duke’s Smoked Meat Shorty Sausages
Sometimes you just want to nibble on a salty pepperoni stick around the campsite. This perfectly sized bag of shorty sausages comes in Original or Hatch Green Chile flavours. “So good. So much protein. And such quality ingredients. We’re stoked to have Duke’s Meats Smoked Shorty Sausages in this box—a truly high-calibre hiking or camping snack,” says David.
4. Lightweight Camping Air-Mat
Long-term LTA Club members will know we included an inflatable air-mat in a Gear Box long ago. This is the 2.0 version. It’s tough, light and small, with a two-way value and comfortable air pockets to sleep on during your next backcountry camping trip. “It’s almost hard to believe how comfortable this air mat is, given how light and packable it is,” David says. “It compresses to the size of a Nalgene bottle, yet offers a cozy night’s sleep—good for late-spring and summer camping.”
5. Survival Frog Quickheat Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Never suffer cold hands again! Not only will this durable unit charge your phone, it puts off up to 60 C of warmth—great for cold hands on early spring camping trips. “We all need our devices to function while we’re out—phones, cameras, GPS units and satellite communicators . . . plus, it’s a handwarmer,” David explains.
6. Stainless Steel Snowflake Multi-Tool
Once you have this, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Incredibly handy for on-the-fly bike fixes, camping and hiking needs or even adjustments while skiing, it’s also a cute nod to Canadian’s snow-flurried springtime across much of the country. “If this isn’t the coolest little multi-tool, I don’t know what is! I love that you can carry some allen keys, screwdriver heads, bottle opener and more as easy as a keychain, or attached via carabiner to your pack,” says David.
7. Explore magazine
“I’m really proud of this issue—we tapped into award-winning writers to uncover stories about cycling safety, freediving, inclusivity in the climbing world, Tribal Parks, long-distance paddling and more,” David says. Subscribe to Explore magazine here.
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