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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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For those of you who don’t know, there’s a new version of the GoPro out. The Hero 3, which is available in three editions, is much smaller and lighter than its predecessors but still gives you the high quality video and ruggedness you’ve come to expect from the brand.

First up is the white edition of the GoPro Hero 3.  This replaces what the first Hero was with 5MP photos, a photo burst and time lapse options as well as your 1080p HD video.  In this, as with all the new cameras, WiFi is built in which allows you to either use a GoPro WiFi remote or your iPhone/iPad/iTouch/Android smart phone.  Even though the new form factor of the camera has rendered all your old housings obsolete, you don’t have to worry about trying to remove that perma-stuck sticky mount from your kayak.  All mounts are still compatible with the new cameras.  As with the older editions of the GoPro you have a waterproof housing (up to 60 m) included.  The nice upgrade is that this housing actually doubles as a dive housing which used to cost you an extra $50 to get your hands on.

Next up is the silver edition.  This camera replaces the Hero 2, which means an upgrade to 11MP photos, better photo burst, and still your time lapse.  The video is upgraded from the white edition in that you can shoot in the wider viewing angles in full HD as well as faster frame rates for some of the lower resolutions.  Once again WiFi is included in the camera as well as the dive housing stock. The new cameras (in all editions) can now take up to a 64GB micro sd memory card which doubles the previous maximum capacity.

Last, but far from least, is the new crown jewel of the line.  The black edition of the Hero 3 doubles most of the capabilities of the silver. Your photos get a bump up to 12MP but the photo burst takes those at up to 3x the frame rate.  Time lapse is of course included but you also have a simultaneous photo + video feature.  This allows you to set the camera to pull pictures while simultaneously taking video.  You also bump up the resolution of the video to a maximum of 4k (better start looking for a new TV) in an ultra wide viewing angle.   The black edition also boasts 2x better low light performance and a image processor that is twice as fast too.  Normally you would have to get the WiFi remote separately but it is included for this edition alone.

We’ve just restocked on cameras and accessories so that you can bring back proof from all your outdoor, or indoor, adventures. Stop by the store or our website to either add to your collection of GoPro or start one!

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