The Under-Bed Gear Shed

6 packable products for the tiniest of city apartments

Jun 11, 2015
Outside Magazine
35-39 years

Gear that travels and stores as well as it performs is worth the investment if you're a city dweller.    Photo: Erik Isakson/Offset

No gear shed? No problem. These six items pack a performance punch in a tiny package. 

Super.natural Essential Full Zip Hoody 220 ($125)

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This sleek hoody looks like a fashion item but performs like a high-tech mid-layer, thanks to its merino wool, polyester, and stretchy elastane blend and articulated sleeves. The Essential will keep you warm on pre-dawn runs but won’t get too hot when you’re interval training at the gym, and it will look good on the subway ride home to boot.

Red Paddle Co. Elite SUP ($1,799)

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Fiberglass inserts in Red Paddle Co.’s 14-foot inflatable Elite SUP provide hard-paddling efficiency, and progressive rocker gives it more glide than other blow-ups. The result isn’t necessarily beginner-friendly, but it’s the only inflatable you’d ever want to race against a hard board.

Sawyer Storm Traveler Paddle ($250)

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The novelty and convenience of owning a SUP that rolls down to the size of an air mattress wears off quickly if you have to find space for a seven-foot paddle. The Storm Traveler separates into three easy-to-store pieces and packs high performance into a featherweight (30 ounces) package, thanks to judicious application of fiberglass. It also sports a locking mechanism for lightning-fast adjustments. 

Allen Sports Ultra X ($4,999)


The beauty of a bike you can stash beneath your desk is undeniable, but most folding models are a heavy, clunky compromise. Not Allen Sports’ Ultra X. It boasts features we expect on a full-size bike but are unheard of on a folder, like a carbon-fiber frame and slick-shifting SRAM drivetrain. And you’ll appreciate the bike’s light weight—less than 19 pounds—whether you’re pedaling over a bridge or humping it onto a crowded subway.

Sons of Trade Fleet Duffel ($95)

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This duffel could be the most stylish bag you’ll ever use to lug around sweaty workout clothes, and with its waxed-canvas exterior and leather accents, it won’t scream fitness dweeb to everyone in the office. The bag is plenty functional: it’s the perfect size for a locker, and the pockets keep essentials organized. 

Oru Bay+ ($1,495)

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Oru’s second-generation boat, the Bay+, is made from a single piece of corrugated plastic and has a solid seat back, a waterproof hatch to stash your stuff, and ratcheting closures. Plus, the 12-foot craft folds down to the size of a couch cushion. 

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