(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Backcountry Tools and Toys

The real fun starts once you get off the grid

Inga Hendrickson(Photo)

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Get off the grid and the real fun starts. Admire the craftsmanship of these gifts, then get out there—way out there.


Victorinox Swiss Army RangerWood Damascus Knife

Each Victorinox Swiss Army RangerWood Damascus knife is unique. The handle is fine-grain walnut, and the blade’s wavy pattern is achieved by hammer-welding strips of iron and steel during forging. It’s got looks, but the RangerWood boasts all the utility you expect from a Swiss Army knife.

Price $300

Topo Designs x Tenkara Rod Co. Kit

You might be wearing waders, but you don’t have to completely forgo style when fly-fishing. The Topo Designs x Tenkara Rod Co. kit couples a beautiful leader wallet and hip pack from Topo with a mid-action, telescoping, reel-free wand that’s perfect for chasing bluegills around small creeks.

Price $259
(Of One Sea)

Of One Sea Paddleball Set

The handcrafted Of One Sea Paddleball set offers the same countless hours of entertainment as a classic wooden beach kit. But unlike its bargain counterparts, the birch top, tape-gripped handle, and suede ties make it classy enough to leave on the mantle when you’re done playing.

Price $90

Brooks Cambium C17 Saddle

Natural rubber and organic cotton give the Brooks Cambium C17 saddle hipster charm, but they hide true performance. The waterproof seat won’t soak up moisture and delivers a cushy ride for such a minimalist package.

Price $175
(United by Blue)

United by Blue Explorers Ax

Resist the urge to leave the United by Blue Explorers ax mounted above the fireplace. The sturdy hickory handle and two-pound head make it an excellent choice for actually chopping wood.

Price $165
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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