Best Summer Gear of 2020 - ACCESSORIES
We’ve researched all the new gear along with some existing classics to provide you with only the best of the best, which we’ve broken down into three categories: Camping, Apparel, and Accessories. Whether you need to replace an outdated, broken or well-loved piece of gear—or are just in the market for something new, the following list should help ensure that your hard-earned money is well spent. If you are just window shopping that’s ok too, nothing wrong with making a wish list for your upcoming birthday, Christmas or just because.
Peruse over the list and see what strikes your fancy and if inclined click the ‘Buy Now’ button and get a great deal too!
Peak Design Travel Tripod
Peak Design has been revolutionizing the camera accessory market for years now and we’ve been big fans from the very start when we reviewed Peak Design’s Every Day Messenger Bag and the Capture Pro Camera Clip. They have now set their sites on improving the common travel tripod since they have always suffered from needless bulk, weight and wasted space. Peak Design has spent the past 4 years designing their new for 2020 Travel Tripod from the ground up. They have created a travel tripod that packs down to the diameter of a water bottle—without compromising height, stability, or features.
The Peak Design Travel Tripod includes a protective soft case, ARCA-compatible Standard Plate, mobile mount, hex tool with carrying clip, and bushing removal tool for maintenance.
If you’re looking for a tripod that's built for adventure with pro-level stability, high load capacity and a high deployable height for the versatility you need to get the shot you want—then this is it.
Ball Head, Hub, Load Hook: Powdercoated A380 aluminum
Legs: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum (Alloy), Carbon fibre (Carbon)
Quick Release, Adjustment Ring, Center Column Knob: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum
Locking Ring: Polycarbonate/ABS blend
Feet: ShoreA60 TPU
- The spatially efficient design eliminates wasted volume when packed down
- Packs down to the diameter of a water bottle
- No protruding knobs.
- Unique design allows quicker, easier setup/takedown
- Secure, fast, and ergonomic camera quick release
- Fast-locking, low profile leg cams
- Legs deploy in seconds, without having to flip over like traditional travel tripod legs.
- Pro-Level Stability and features
- Ultra-smooth, omnidirectional Compact Ball Head
- 20lb weight capacity (optimized for a full-frame DSLR + telephoto lens)
- Stability and vibration damping performance comparable, if not better, than most tripods in its class
- Low and inverted modes position your camera inches off the ground
- Integrated load hanging hook
- Nonslip, shock-absorbing feet
- Anchor attachment points for carrying with Peak Design straps (sold separately).
- Weather and impact-resistant materials
- All parts are serviceable, cleanable, and replaceable
- Includes a padded, weatherproof case
- Securely grips any phone/case
- Guaranteed for life
Price: Aluminum - $512CAN / $349.95US;
Carbon Fibre - $878CAN / $599.95
Weight: Aluminum - 1.56kg / 3.44lbs;
Carbon - 1.27 kg / 2.81lbs
Weight capacity: 9.1kg / 20lbs
Dimensions: Length - 39.1 cm / 15.4”; Height: 130.2cm / 51.25”; Diameter - 7.9 cm / 3.125”
GoPro Hero 8 Black
GoPro has been the leader in action sports cameras for years now and they further cement their position with the release of their new Hero 8 Black. This is the best GoPro yet with a more streamlined design, higher maximum bit-rate, 1080p live streaming, new microphone and improved app. They have also built-in new time-lapse modes, capture presets and improved the digital stabilization. On the hardware side, GoPro now offers a series of Mod accessories to make blogging easier. There is the Media Mod which attaches a premium shotgun 3.5mm mic and HDMI out ports to the Hero 8 Black, the Display Mod incorporates a flip-up screen to make framing your shots even easier, while the Light Mod adds powerful LED lighting.
While all of these features are great additions to the GoPro Hero 8 Black, the best one by far has to be the integration of the new built-in mount which means that there is no more need for the cage. Waterproofing used to be provided but the cage, however, that long went away when the GoPro itself became waterproof, so the only real benefit the cage provided was for mounting the GoPro to tripods or add on's. The new GoPro Hero 8 Black has two hide-away mounts that fold out from under the GoPro which work with all current GoPro accessories.
GoPro also unveiled their new GoPro Plus service which offers unlimited cloud storage for all of your footage along with 50% off mounts and accessories, plus free replacement of your GoPro should you break it—no questions asked! GoPro Plus is available for $4.99US/month or $4.17/month with a year-long contract.
The new GoPro Hero 8 Black was just released in the fall with most of the Mods being released in early 2020 so now you can get the latest and greatest action cam to capture all your hero worthy adventures.
- HyperSmooth 2.0
- TimeWarp 2.0
- Live burst photos
- Improved HDR
- Better low light image processing
- RAW Photos
- 100Mbps bitrate for 4K and 2.7K
- Capture presets
- Twice the shock resistance
- In-built mount
- Front-facing mic
- Improved audio wind-resistance
Price: $526CAN / $399US
Weight: 126g / 4.44oz
Dimensions: 6.63 x 4.86 x 2.84cm / 2.16 x 1.9 x 1.11”
Video: 4K60, 2.7K120, 1080P240.
Max video bitrate: 100Mbps (4K)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
Waterproof: 10m / 33ft
Battery: 1-2hrs, 3hrs charge time
Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed & Boomer Dog Bowls
If a Dog is Man’s best friend then why would you let them slumber on anything less than the Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed? This two-in-one dog bed features a Home Base and a removable Travel Pad so it has your four-legged adventure-loving companions covered no matter the destination or adventure. The Trailhead Dog Bed has a cushy base pad and wrap around pillow bolster so they can stretch out and prop their head up on their very own built-in dog pillow. Built tough like all Yeti products the fabrics are not only durable but also removable and easy-to-clean—because they are dogs after all.
The perfect companion to the Trailhead Dog Bed is the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowls. They come in two sizes, 4 and 8 cups and are both dishwasher safe and engineered with double-wall, non-insulated stainless steel so they are just as tough (if not tougher) than any of Yeti’s other products. They are chew-proof, built for rough-housing, resistant to rust and easy to clean. Best of all they are also ‘scoot-resistant’ meaning they won’t move across the floor as Fido gets aggressive with his food. The built-in Barefoot Non-slip ring on the bottom of the Boomer Bowls ensure they stay put no matter the size of your dog or the veracity of it’s eating habits.
Both sizes of the Boomer Dog Bowls are ideal for freshwater, kibble, and prime cuts. The size you choose just depends upon the size of your dog or perhaps the Boomer 4 for food and the bigger Boomer 8 for water, totally up to you.
Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed Features
- Pillow Bolster - mattress topper encircling the bed. Conducive to chin resting and sweet dreaming.
- Sturdy Bottom - EVA-molded base is ultra-durable and sturdy, so it stands up to the weight of the big dogs.
- Quilted & Cushy - A high-density foam core delivers comfort and support, sandwiched by another lighter-weight foam for extra cush.
- Waterproof Bottom - Rugged, waterproof material prevents the wet ground from seeping through, keeping the foam protected.
- Food safe
- Dishwasher safe
- Barefoot Non-slip ring
- BPA -Free
- 18/8 Stainless Steel
- Duracoat Colour
Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed Specs
Price: $399.99CAN / $299.99US
Dimensions: Home Base - 6 1/2" × 39 3/8" × 29 1/8"
Travel Bed - 32 1/4" × 2 3/4" × 22"
Boomer 4 Dog Bowl Specs
Price: $49.99CAN / $39.99US
Weight 544g / 1.2 lbs
Capacity: 946ml / 4 cups
Dimensions: 8 x 17cm / 3 1/8" × 6 3/4"
Colours: Coral, River Green, Stainless Steel, Navy, Seafood, Brick Red, Black
Boomer 8 Dog Bowl Specs
Price: $64.99CAN / $49.99US
Weight: 861g / 1.9 lbs
Capacity: 1893ml / 8 cups
Dimensions: 8.9 x 20cm / 3 1/2” × 8”
Colours: Coral, River Green, Stainless Steel, Navy, Seafood, Brick Red, Black
With what seems like an endless array of water bottles hitting the market over the past few years how is a relatively new brand like Purist supposed to catch your attention? With the ability to keep your favourite liquids hot for 12 hours and ice cold for 24 the Purist Bottles offer up impressive functionality but what really sets them apart is their minimalist design. Purist Bottles are the ultimate in sleek modern design without giving up any features, not to worry, form still follows function but they really nailed in on the form thing.
Purist currently offers three bottles to choose from, the Maker (10oz), the Mover (18oz), and Founder (32oz) all of which are dishwasher safe, guaranteed leak-proof, and easy to clean, thanks to their wide mouth openings. Their interior glass finish means that Purist Bottle can go from water to coffee to beer and back again without any after taste and the exterior surgical-grade stainless steel is not only appealing to look at and easy to hold but also surprisingly durable.
Each Purist Bottle has three available top options to choose from, the Element (jar top), the Scope (360-degree top), and the Union (pour top). Each of these tops is guaranteed leak-proof and made with easy-clean, PBT (BPA-Free) plastic materials. The Element is the Jar top option that uses a sleek, flush design and comes with an integrated handle that hides away when not needed. The Scope is a 360-degree top with a twist-to-open function. It has an adjustable sip volume and is only available for Mover and Maker bottles. The Union is a pour top with a flip-top cover that locks back while open. Like the Element Top, the Union has an integrated handle for easy carry but is only available for Founder and Mover Bottles
If you appreciate well-designed products that make a statement and also keep your beer cold and your coffee warm, then the Purist Bottles are worth checking out.
- 12 hours hot and 24 cold
- Dishwasher safe
- Guaranteed leak-proof
- Surgical-grade stainless steel
Prices: Founder - $54US with Union & $52US with Element lid
Mover - $42US with Scope, $44US with Union, $42US with Element lid
Maker - $42US with Scope & $34US with Element lid
Tops: Element ($14US), Scope ($14US); Union ($16US)
Volumes: Maker (10oz), the Mover (18oz), and Founder (32oz)
Colours: Bare, Black, Ash, Bone
Smith Guides Choice Sunglasses
For Spring 2020 Smith has taken their original Guides Choice Sunglasses which were initially designed in the early ’90s and have redesigned them with several new improvements and Smith’s latest and most advanced technologies. The modern design of the Guides Choice Sunglasses provides large facial coverage with wide temples and an aggressive wrap for superior light protection. Their premium Italian auto-lock spring hinges, soft nose and temple pads and detachable sunglass leash are a few of the features that make this new Guides Choice ideal for mountain and lake adventures.
Smith used their most advanced eyewear technologies in the new Guides Choice Sunglasses including their proprietary ChromaPop lenses which amplify detail and enhance natural colour beyond the normal capabilities. These high impact resistance lenses filter two specific wavelengths of light that cause colour confusion and deliver greater definition. This means more natural colour and unmatched clarity which enables you to see more detail. They provide 100% UV protection and feature a backside anti-reflective coating and complete water and oil resistant lens coating as a barrier against the elements. The lightweight yet durable frames are comprised of a proprietary Evolve eco-friendly material that doesn’t sacrifice durability or fit.
The new Smith Guides Choice Sunglasses are ideal for those who want on the water optical performance, comfort and versatility no matter the adventure.
- Lens options: ChromaPop polarized lenses / TLT polarized glass TLT lenses
- Anti-reflective and hydroleophobic lens coatings
- Medium-large fit / coverage
- Stainless steel spring hinges
- 8 base lens curvature
- Includes integrated/detachable sunglass leash
Price: $260CAN / $239US
Lens Colour: ChromaPop Glass Polarized Bronze Mirror, ChromaPop Plus Polarized Blue Mirror, ChromaPop Glass Polarized Green Mirror, ChromaPop Polarized Opal Mirror
Frame Colour: Tortoise, Mate Black
Hydro Flask Down Shift Hydration Pack
Hydro Flask is best known for their iconic drink wear which is built tough and keeps your refreshments cold for hours and hours. The same can be said for their new Down Shift Hydration Pack since it uses Hydro Flask’s innovative Cold Flow System that consists of an insulated reservoir, neoprene sleeve with reflective lining with an articulated back panel to keep water chilled for 4+ hours. The 2L insulated sweat-proof reservoir is included with the Down Shift Hydration Pack and is located at the bottom of the pack so that it provides a stable carry while providing ample storage for your other gear.
While Hydro Flask designed the Down Shift Hydration Pack mainly as a biking pack it can also be used for hiking, paddling, running or any other activity where you need easy access to cold water on the go.
- HydraPak IsoBound 2 L Insulated Reservoir
- High-flow HydraPak Blaster Bite Valve self-seals after each sip
- HydraPak Plug-N-Play connect system lets you easily disconnect the hose and remove the reservoir from your pack for convenient refilling
- Padded back panel for added comfort
- Fully adjustable shoulder, sternum and hip straps
- Soft pocket for sunglasses or a phone
- Helmet attachment loops
- Chest strap with integrated whistle
- Webbing for a bike light attachment
Price: $174.95CAN / $144.95US
Weight: 997g / 2.2lb
Water capacity: 2L
Dimensions: 45.7 x 25 x 17.8cm / 18 x 10 x 7” (L x xW x D)
Colours: Black, Sapphire, Guava
Suunto 7 GPS Smart Watch
Suunto’s latest offering in their GPS sports watch/smartwatch line is the Suunto 7 which was just released in January of 2020. It is not only a beautiful timepiece but also offers up all the smartwatch features from Wear OS by Google and will also pair with iOS phones. The Suunto 7 will track your adventures with the built-in GPS and full-colour maps along with the 70+ sport modes you can choose from. It's both durable and waterproof, so you can take it along on any adventure and the built-in altimeter, barometer and digital compass will ensure you always find your way.
You can connect the Suunto 7 with your smartphone via Bluetooth to retrieve notifications, view incoming calls and messages, use Google Pay, and get smart help from the Google Assistant. You can even connect via wifi to the internet to access thousands of apps on Google Play or just keep the Suunto 7 up to date with the latest software upgrades.
Use the touch screen to navigate the Suunto 7’s interface to easily find the features or information you need. You can also enjoy 1,000’s of songs with the Suunto 7’s 8GB of storage space and a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones.
There is no need to worry about battery life since the Suunto 7 battery lasts up to 48 hours in smartwatch mode or up to 12 hours in GPS tracking mode. Should you need a quick charge the Suunto 7 can get two hours worth of power in just 20 minutes, and in just 100 minutes you can completely recharge the battery.
From work to the trail, and the gym to the pool, the Suunto 7 has you covered for all the features you could ever want in an appealing, user-friendly package.
Bezel - Stainless steel
Glass - Gorilla glass
Case - Glass fibre reinforced polyamide
Strap - Silicone
Suunto 7, USB cable, 1 additional strap loop, Quick guide, International limited warranty leaflet, Safety and regulatory leaflet
- Over 70 sport modes
- Free offline outdoor maps
- Optical heart rate sensor
- 50 m water resistant
- Touch colour display
- Water-resistant to 50m
- Rechargeable lithium-ion
- Wireless firmware upgrade
- Vibration alerts
- Smartphone compatibility
- Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
- Digital compass
- GPS Tracking and Navigation
- Google Fit, Assistant, Play and Pay
- Music storage: 8GB
Price: $649.99CAN / $499.00US
Weight: 70g / 2.47oz
Measurements: 50 x 50 x 15.3 mm / 1.97 x 1.97 x 0.6 "
Colours: Graphite, Graphite Copper, Black, Black Lime, Sandstone Rosegold, White Burgundy
Battery Life: 7 hours - 40 days
Charging: 20 min = 2 hour charge, 100 min = full charge
HydraPak Flux 1.5L + Expedition 8L
For Spring 2020 HydraPak has unleashed a slew of new hydration products to make your time outside even more enjoyable. The new HydraPak Flux 1.5L ultra-light reusable bottle is a flexible bottle that’s shaped like a hard bottle only it compresses down like a soft flask and cuts weight by 60 percent. It's ideal for thru-hikers and backpackers who don’t want to carry extra weight or bulk on the trail. Weighing only 97g the Flux’s dual-layer film laminate construction packs down smaller than a deck of cards yet it still has a semi-rigid structure that will stand on its own when filled. The RF-welded soft walls provide grip and the large 42mm spill-proof twist-cap opening is compatible with the Katadyn BeFree Filter (sold separately) which easily screws on to the top allowing you to drink creek water directly from the bottle. The built-in bail handle allows you to keep the Flux secure in your hand or on your pack and helps compress the Flux 1.5 Down to a minimal size when not in use. It also comes in a 1L version for those who don’t require as much hydration on those cooler or shorter adventures.
If mass hydration storage is what you need for a group of people or a base camp then look to HydraFlask’s new Expedition 8L soft-sided storage. It’s ideal for car camping and base camps and has a wide-mouth Plug-N-Play cap for easy pouring. The flexible built-in handle makes carrying and hanging easy but the Expedition 8L is also free-standing thanks to its dual baffles for stability. Like the HydraPak Flux 1.5L, the Expedition 8L is super lightweight and extremely packable—only it stores a crapload more water.
HydraPak Flux 1.5L
- Spillproof - Twist to drink nozzle with a self-sealing valve
- Filter compatible - Compatible with most 42 mm threaded water filter
- Easy carry - Flexible bail handle for comfortable carrying and easy attachment
- Comfortable fit - Soft walls won’t give you that hard bottle bounce, fits in pack bottle sleeves
- Lightweight - 60% lighter than most hard bottles – replace your single-use bottle
- Packable- Flatten and roll when empty and stow in bail handle
- Easy to clean - Cap and valve come completely apart, top-rack dishwasher safe
- Lightweight water storage and delivery solution for camping, picnicking, or any backcountry expedition
- Widemouth Plug-N-Play cap creates a versatile dispensing solution at basecamp, easily pour or use the included dispensing tap for a controlled flow
- Low profile daisy chain for lash points and am unbreakable webbing handle provide multiple options for hanging or attaching to your pack or moto
- Dual baffles provide stability to the flexible walls so it is free-standing when full, embossed top and bottom add structure and durability
- Backcountry water filter compatible, most 63mm threaded filters screw on to the top allowing you to filter more water at camp
- External capacity gauge allows you to track your hydration intake or measure out the contents
- Made of ultra-rugged, waterproof TPU film laminate & RF welded seams for superior durability and versatility
- 100% BPA & PVC free, wide working temperature range (can be frozen - max temp 60° C / 140° F)
HydraPak Flux 1.5L
Price: 1.5L $34CAN / $25US; 1L $27CAN / $20US
Capacity: 1.5L / 50fl oz, and 1 L / 32 fl oz
Weight: 97g / 3.4oz and 77 g / 2.7oz
Dimensions: 29.5x 9.3cm / 11.5 x 3.6in and 24.5 x 8.5cm / 9.6 x 3.3in
Colours: Malibu, Mammoth
HydraPak Expedition 8L
Price: $74.99CAN / $60US
Capacity: 8L / 270fl oz
Dimensions: 38 x 20cm / 14.8 x 7.8in
Weight: 257g / 9oz
Smith Trace Helmet
Several years back Smith replaced their best-selling Overtake model with the Trace Helmet and now they have an updated Trace version debuting in their Spring 2020 line. You’ll find improved ventilation on the new Trace Helmet with the top two vents being fully open and no integrated Koryod panels to maximize airflow while riding. The lightweight in-mould construction of the Trace Helmet surrounds the interior of the helmet in Koroyd which is proven to absorb more energy during direct and angled impacts. The use of Koroyd provides a solid skeletal structure with all the protection you need while not sacrificing ventilation. The Trace’s AirEvac system dissipates heat build-up around your eyewear to prevent fogging while channels on the sides of the helmet provide secure storage for your sunglasses when you no longer need them. The overall sleek look of the Trace Helmet means it is more aerodynamic than most other helmets on the market and makes it a great all-round bike helmet.
- Lightweight Aerocore in-mould construction
- Complete ventilated protection featuring Koroyd
- Integrated skeletal structure
- VaporFit adjustable fit system
- 18 optimized vents
- XT2 anti-bacterial performance lining
- Ultra-light single layer webbing
- AirEvac ventilation
- Ultimate eyewear integration
- Light mount compatible
- MIPS system available in all colours
- Weight: (Size M, MIPS) 10 oz / 280 grams
- Certification: CPSC
Price: $300CAN / $250US
Sizes: Small (51-55cm), Medium (55-59cm), Large (59-62cm)
Colours: Matte Mystic Green-Black, Matte Neon Yellow Viz, Matte Rise-Mediterranean, Matte, Black, Matte Iron, Matte Hibiscus-Black-Teal, Matte Gravy, Matte Indigo-Iris-Jade
Weight: 280g / (Medium)
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