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This Top Ten List of mine is half wish list, half currently owned but 100 percent awesome-ness. Out of all the cool stuff we have in our store at Good Sports Outfitters, I have managed to narrow it down to only ten items. That is a feat.

 Ben’s Top Ten List.

1. Helinox Big Agnes Chair

This collapsible chair is a very lightweight, and very easy to set up. It is a bucket seat camping chair that will sink you into “comfort zone”. I have a blog that I wrote about this chair already so I will not bore you. If you want more on the Helinox, go here.  I simply love this chair.


2. Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket

Not only does it look good, the Alpha SV Jacket is THE highest in performance gear. It is like buying a Yeti. A large cost upfront, but a product that will outlast the competition and out perform.


3. Nixon Big Player Black

First Impressions: This watch isn’t my style. I don’t really like watches that don’t have exact times on them. They are too modern. They are too artsy. They just aren’t practical. Once I put this watch on my wrist, all of those first impressions went through the window, to the wall and I can’t stop thinking about this watch. All of Nixon’s watches are landing more in time pieces and less watch functional practicality. These watches are the pieces you wear to look good in and it is easy to do so in the Big Player.


4. Eagle Nest Outfitters Hammocks Sunshine

I have two ENO Hammocks. One in the car for… well, who knows what, and the second in the backyard for everyday usage. I typically use it most when I take the dogs outside. They run and bring me the stick/ball/toys as I lay relaxing occasionally throwing for their entertainment.  There is absolutely no reason for me to have another Hammock other that the fact that I don’t have the Sunshine color. It’s my favorite new color that we have gotten in the store. Couldn’t hurt to have another one of my favorite things right?


5. La Sportiva Helios

The Helios is my current trail shoe. I have read and received plenty of great reviews form Ultra marathoners and other hardcore runners that come through the store about how the Helios is their favorite trail running shoe. I am a pretty low mileage runner (10- 20 miles per week). All I know is that I have found a trail shoe that is very responsive to the loose gravel and rocks here in south/central Texas hills. My low mileage may not have as much pull as an ultra runner, but I do know I am very happy with this shoe and would recommend it to any of my friends.


6. Burton Beercuda

So I play disc golf. It is somewhat mandatory to bring a beverage to play. Really that goes for any golfing sport. The Beercuda is a bandolier cooler for beers/sodas/sparkling water/whateverbeverageyouwishtokeepcold. Some of the staff already has the beercuda and they use them for the slopes in winter. I am taking their advice and stocking up on one or two. Only 20 bucks too!


7. Black Diamond Magnetron

So I’m honestly also not an avid climber. I DO boulder and climb when I get the chance but it isn’t exactly my THING. I simply enjoy it, I’m not all geared out with harnesses and rope bags. What I do like is the high quality outdoor equipment Black Diamond creates.  Their latest little toy is a carabiner with magnets to create easy one handed use of a two-point locking carabiner.  A video that will demonstrate the awesome-ness is here.


8. Swany Legend Mitt

I didn’t know how awesome this glove is until recently. I was just opening pockets looking through the gloves we have and then realized the hand-warmer pocket is actually meant for your hand to slip through.. Woah. Wait. Now I can get access to the little things while still wearing my large cozy mittens. Sweet! I am also a mitten snowboarder. You won’t catch me wearing gloves. I just don’t think they are warm (plus they are more snowboarder that regular gloves).


9. GoPro Hero 3 Black

I have previously had the Hero 2 (until the mountain ate it. Pro Tip: Don’t trust sticky mounts in very cold weather) and I currently have the Hero 3. The biggest upgrade from the Hero 2 to the Hero 3 is Wi-fi capabilities. I use this camera as a part of documenting all the fun I have, where ever that may be. In the mountains, the beach, the lake, playin’ with the dogs. Anywhere. I take this camera with me and I don’t have to worry about most issues that come along with a regular point-and-shoot. The waterproof housing allows me to be carefree in any situation. I don’t have to show people the fun things I do, I simply show them.


10. Benchmade AFO 9051BLK

This Knife is sick. Simply said. I use my pocket knife as a tool everyday and this Benchmade is the highest quality of American made knives. Easy one handed operation. The AFO II is an sweet knife. I have always been a serrated blade kind of person, but I am beginning to lean towards straight blade because it is much easier to sharpen it yourself.  Benchmade has always been on my wish list and hopefully Santa will make his way form the Benchmade factory and grab one for me this year. The AFO II is my favorite from Benchmade because well designed mechanics. They stand behind their product. You can send it in any time and they will restore it to factory sharp, as long as you pay the shipping. I respect a company that is publicly proud and prideful of their work.



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The newest from Nemo in our store currently. It is a product that caught my eye because after we ordered a dozen showers, less than a week later, our inventory was cleared out. Hmm. Interesting. Curiosity was nagging me and I had to see what the hype was all about. And boy-oh-me-oh-miss-ohio was I impressed.


So the standard for camping showers are essentially a black bag with a cheap spigot at the bottom. Anything better than a hanging dry sack is probably too heavy to even consider for backpacking.

The first thing I noticed was that it has a kitchen sink spray hose. The Kitchen sink sprayer you would spray Mom, Little Sister, or the dog with from the sink while doing dishes very responsibly… Yes. That spray nozzle. It packs an efficient punch of flow especially considering you might be lost out in the woods. Whether you are lost or not, you can wash away the grime and enjoy a fresh night’s sleep. Gravity can help make this pressurize shower more efficient, but it really isn’t necessary.  The water spray rate is solid.

If you are only limited to use 11 Liters of water, you better make it count, right? Well, The Helio makes it count by not letting out too much water to pressure ratio.  The pressure is built by stepping on the Nemoid Foot Pump which is a foam stomp pad that fills pressure efficiently.    The Bubbles rising up within the clear top dome of the Helio are also proof of your effective foot stomp. The bag is also logically dark to absorb the heat and warm the water up for a nice shower.


For the next best in cutting edge gear, Nemo has the best option for cleansing yourself of the dirt and grime from your adventures in an efficient easy, packable way. For only $100 it really isn’t going to break the bank. Good Sports Outfitters currently has the Helio Shower in stock. Check out our website and stay fresh during your next camping trip.

Good Sports Outfitters. Where you adventures begin…

Volume 2.9 gal/11 L
Weight 22 oz / 650 g
Packed Dimensions 5.5″ x 8.5″ dia / 14cm x 22cm
Inflated Dimensions 17″x8.5″ dia / 42cm x 22cm
Fabric PU coated polyetester, TPU, neoprene tubing

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ReVolt-GreenWe’ve been loving the innovation coming out of Black Diamond as far as illumination goes, and this new addition to the line is no exception.  The ReVolt by Black Diamond is their new headlamp built on the same platform as the Spot and the Storm, but now rechargeable.  The ReVolt comes with both alkaline as well as the rechargeable AAA batteries, and depending on which you’re using, you’ll get different lumen outputs:

ReVolt SpecsYou can see that even though the rechargeable AAA’s don’t give quite the lumen output that the alkaline do, but that’s still just as bright as the Spot!  Built on the same platform as the Spot and Storm, that means that you have a focused, non-focused, and red light options.  All three options are dimmable, rather than having separate high/medium/low settings which makes the lighting a bit easier to customize the output.

We’ve got these lights in now and on display for you to come in and check out.



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We’ve extended our line of Black Diamond headlamps to include their revamped version of the Icon. This larger cousin of the Black Diamond Storm touts a 200 lumen high setting, dimming in both the focused beam as well as the wide beam. The icon also is waterproof down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.  This means that in even the worst conditions, you have a light that is built to perform. For those late night bathroom trips where you don’t want to blind yourself with 200 lumens there’s also a red light that you can use.  We’ve got both this and other great lighting options in the store for you to check out today!

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We’ve got a new headlight in the store by Petzl, the Pixa 3.  This new piece features a super rugged design that is waterproof up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes.  That means in even the most torrential of downpours, your light will keep on working.  For those of you caving or climbing, this headlight features a mounting plate for helmets.  You won’t have to worry about fumbling around for a button to adjust the light on the Pixa 3.  Instead, there is a large knob on the side that makes switching between the 3 light modes very easy.  While the headlight comes with two AA batteries, with lithium-ion batteries you can double the burn time.  Come in to Good Sports today, we’ve got both these and the little brother, the Pixa 2.

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For those of you familiar with ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters), you probably think hammock automatically.  Eno has branded a fun new product to carry out there with your hammocks.  The ENO Slackwire is a slackline (and for those of you who haven’t seen these things before youtube ‘slackline’, slit back, and enjoy the ensuing awesomity) that uses a 2′ webbing and ratchet system to tighten between anchor points.  The slackwire even comes with its own carrying case so you can keep things organized.  We’ve got these new camp toys here in the store today, so come by and pick one up for your next outdoor adventure!

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We outfit a lot of world travelers, from disaster relief workers to mission trip takers and one item that is a must for these folks is a SteriPen. The SteriPen is a water purifier NOT a filter; meaning that is doesn’t remove particulate matter from the water.

The SteriPen makes purifying water easy by using a UV light to metabolize the microscopic organisms (viruses, pathogens, germs) which in-turn makes the water drinkable (even if it looks a little ugly).

There are 3 choices when it comes to SteriPen. The Adventurer and the Protector are the same other than color but the Adventurer comes with a carrying pouch. The Journey Kit is equipped with an LCD read out screen, Nalgene bottle, funnel w/ small pre-filter and carrying pouch. All 3 use 2/CR123 lithium batteries, will purify up to 2000 gallons and cost $99.95.

Don’t risk the rumble belly. If you’re concerned about the water on your travels, this could be your best $100 spent.

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