Gear Geek: Products to Survive the End of 2016

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Gear Geek: Products to Survive the End of 2016

Any way you slice it, 2016 has been one shitty year. Fires raging in the country (thanks, climate change!), so many deaths (Prince, Bowie, and Cohen sit at the top of a very long list), that trash fire of an election cycle and the perpetual hangover from the results of that election. It’s almost time to bid the last year a solid middle-finger salute, much like John Oliver suggested in his finale. But we need more than anger to survive the dog days of 2016. With that in mind, here are a handful of products to offer a bit of comfort you in these remaining days, and throughout the next four miserable years.

1.Rumpl Puffe Heated Blanket; 2. Spy Cyrus Sunglasses, $250; 3. Snow Peak Pack and Carry Fireplace, $150 for Medium; 4. Fox River Monkey Friends Socks, $14; 5. Drinktanks Juggernaut, $109; 6. Nuun Energy, $5; 7. Outdoor Research Yukon Cap, $40.

Photo: Thomas Hawk, CC-BY-NC

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).