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Equipment Check: 4 Commonly Overlooked Pieces Of Outdoor Gear

SUN COMPANY | September 4, 2019

Before you embark on your next adventure, it’s always a good idea to look through your gear and guarantee that everything is present and in working order. You should check the power sources of those pieces of equipment requiring batteries or solar power, as well as check over your most frequently-used items for tears, breaks, or missing pieces. Unfortunately, just before your departure, there is one thing you cannot do for your gear: order new equipment. So, if you’re hoping to hit the road or the trail with everything in order, it’s best to start thinking about what you need right now.

To keep you fully prepared for the adventure ahead, we’ve gathered together four of the most commonly overlooked outdoor accessories--complete with a specific recommendation for each category:

1. Altimeters. Altimeters measure your current elevation, providing useful information to hikers, climbers, bikers, and skiers. This information is useful in tracking personal progress, anticipating the weather, and timing both your ascent and descent of the elevated area.

The Altimeter 203 is packable and lightweight with a surrounding hard case. It is available in models measuring in either feet or meters, and it is backed by our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

2. Pedometers. Pedometers track your individual steps, helping you to hit your fitness goals while roaming all over the great outdoors. They are a simple and accessible item that is worn on your wrist, belt, or clothing, and digital versions of pedometers are becoming more and more popular on personal electronic devices, such as digital watches and smartphones.

But, not all pedometers are created equal! For example, the HikeLINQ 2 comes equipped with a 3D sensor and accelerometer that can accurately monitor your steps from any angle or orientation. This pedometer also doubles as a weather instrument, as it can track and display humidity, heat index, UV exposure, and time of day.

3. Multitools. As their name implies, outdoor multitools are tools outfitted with modular parts that make it possible for your tool to transform from one tool to another, such as from a small knife to a pair of scissors. A multitool is an absolute must for an outdoor enthusiast! While the exact contents and functionality of each multitool can change depending on your activity and location, the basic mission of combining multiple essential tools into one piece of gear remains the same.

Our 9-in-1 Survival Tool boasts a whistle, compass, LED light, utility knife, signal mirror, spark striker, thermometer, 3X magnifier, and storage chamber, as well as a lanyard for securing the tool to your body or equipment. All Sun Company multitools are made of high-quality material and are backed by our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee!

4. Dashboard Instruments. Dashboard instruments are collections of measuring instruments, such as an altimeter, thermometer, and compass, designed to be mounted on the dashboard of your vehicle. These instruments can be invaluable when traveling to and from your trail, campsite, or starting point, and many models are designed to be removed and carried with you once you embark from the vehicle.

The Navigat’r 6 holds an altimeter, barometer, ball compass, dial thermometer, and signal mirror all in one durable package. When you leave your vehicle, the Navigat’r 6 has a LED light that functions as a small flashlight, and it is available in models measuring in either feet or meters.

Are you satisfied with your equipment check? Do you feel guaranteed that your gear is ready for what’s coming? If you’re unsure, take some time and check out the rest of the high-quality outdoor equipment on our website!

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