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Take Your Party to the Park

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ENO DoubleNest Hammock

Whether you’re sick of sleeping on the cold, hard ground every time you go backpacking or you just want a better place to relax in your garage, this hammock is one sweet chariot.

As the name suggests, the DoubleNest is built for two. At 6?8? wide by 9?10? long, there’s plenty of room for two or three people — up to 400 pounds total. But the real coup here is portability. The nylon nest packs down into a softball-sized package weighing less than two pounds. Stuffing it into a carry-on for your next island getaway is a no-brainer.

Setup takes about two minutes with ENO’s Slap Straps ($20, sold separately). Find two anchor points (aka trees, or the steel columns over by the copier) and loop the straps around them. Then, clip the DoubleNest’s carabiners to the straps and commence napping.

WIRED Far more comfortable than sleeping on rocks. Simple setup. Lightweight, takes up almost no space in a pack.

TIRED Useless when there aren’t any anchor points around. Nylon isn’t comfortable against bare, sweaty skin when it’s hot out.

$65, Eagles Nest Outfitters

Stanley Nineteen13 Carbonated Drink Bottle

Bringing your beer (or soda, or Perrier) on a ride to the park or the beach entails a lot of risk: Glass bottles can crack, aluminum cans can be punctured, and both have a tendency to sweat condensation, potentially soaking whatever else is in your bag. Not to mention the drinks’ explosive tendencies when you finally open them up.

With unique design features like dome-shaped ends, and an aggressive thread on the screw-top lids, Stanley’s Nineteen13 Carbonated Drink Bottle defuses any carbonated pyrotechnics.

The domed top and bottom, combined with the wide-mouth opening’s beefy threads, keep the bottle from cracking under pressure, while grooved threads in the narrow-mouth opening release pressure gradually, keeping the drink from foaming up and spilling out.

A rubber hand strap provides a solid grip, a tall profile makes for easy packing, and an insulating foam sleeve keeps your beverage cold during transit. It carries 32 ounces and sports a wide opening for easy filling and cleaning, and a narrow opening for spill-free drinking.

WIRED Completely leak-proof. No more explosions when opening your beer/soda. Keeps your drink cold.

TIRED 32-ounce bottle can be a bit unwieldy. Friends may pressure you to share.

$28, Stanley


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