The Beachcomber

Gear Guide – The Great Outdoors

The Best Gear for Our Local Woods and Streams
Jul 11, 2017
Photo by: Jack Reynolds Summertime and the great outdoors. This year’s Beachcomber Gear Guide will help you have the right gear and look in the woods and on the stream.

Even beach folk need to strike off into the woods sometimes to feel surrounded by the trees, earth and wild animals. Sometimes it just means switching over to freshwater tackle and pitching a tent instead of a beach umbrella.

It’s a big decision to leave the coast in the summer for a jaunt to the Wasatch Range or even Vermont’s Green Mountains. But actually, there’s no need to go trekking out of the area when our surrounding Pinelands are so rich in outdoor pursuits. From Pilgrim Lake and Bass River to Wharton State Forest and even the trails at Stafford Forge, summer adventure exists on both sides of the parkway.

For this year’s gear guide, we opted for the smell of pine trees and some cold cans of Miller High Life (special thanks to Publisher Curt Travers for that). We collected some of the best outdoor gear from our area retailers. We grabbed a gorgeous wooden canoe, a fishing pole and local knifesmith to head out into the Wild West … well, West Creek—J.C.


Howler Bros // Matagorda Shirt $89: Light, quick drying poly blend, engineered stretch shirt with simple pocket configuration for gear and vented rear yoke for air flow. Perfect for woods life. Available at Sink ‘R Swim Shop. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
Brixton // ATV Transport Cargo Short $69: Standard fit 19-inch Nylon ripstop cargo short with two-way stretch and water-repellent coating. Zippered pockets for all manner of outdoor activity, one short for the stream, beach, campsite, or woods, literally all terrains. Comes with a custom dry bag for your phone. Available at Farias Surf & Sport. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
United By Blue // Steele Packable Parka $48: Wind and water resistant, lightweight jacket protects from the elements and can be stashed in its own stow pocket for convenient carrying. Available at Sink ’R Swim Shop. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
Woodstrip Woodcraft Co. // Wooden Canoe $3400: A classic among all the classics. Handmade by Al Bratton in Gilbterstville, PA. Light and durable, edge-glued cedar strips, bead and coved, covered with 6 oz. fiberglass cloth and epoxy. Available at East. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
Wandering Gypsea // Brass Stacking Necklace $22-$28 Locally handmade jewelry by Brie Fagan (model here) inspired by her love of the ocean, mountains and everything in between. Available at Viking Outfitters, East, Reynolds Floral, Firefly United by Blue // Inlet Enamel Steel Mug $20 Campfire and stovetop safe, rim and handle are double dipped in porcelain.Available at Sink ’R Swim Shop. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
PA Designs // Outdoor Knives $125-$285 Amazing custom cutlery from local craftsman Phil Adams. Made in Tuckerton, these knives are all custom made, forged from reclaimed metal with finished handles of reclaimed wood. Available at (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
Yeti  // Hopper Two Cooler $299 Leakproof portable soft outdoor cooler with wider opening and easier access, great for storing beverages or transporting home fish and game from excursions. Keeps ice for days. Available at Fisherman’s Headquarters (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
Black Diamond // Cosmo Headlamp $29: Sleek, super bright and ready for the woods (or nighttime fishing, considering our geography.) Updated with 200 Lumens of light and modern waterproof housing. Available at Fisheads. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
Nixon // Mission $400: Like a real outdoorsman, rugged but Smart, the world’s first Sports Smartwatch. by Android Wear™ and working hand in hand with Surfline and Snocountry, the Mission is equipped with preloaded apps and real-time surf and snow shred alerts right on your wrist so you’ll never-not-know. Available at Farias Surf & Sport. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
Nebo // ECOLantern $23 Portable, reliable and energy saving. Lantern is water and impact resistant. Charges with AC, DC, solar or wind up. Available at Tip’s Hardware. (Photo by: Jack Reynolds)
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