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Fourth Of July Essentials: Red, White and Blue Favorites

June 27, 2016

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  • Peter Reese

Staying home or jetting off to places GPS barely functions, Active Junky’s out to equip you to stand tall, proud and chill out this summer.

Howler Bros. Electric Mesh-Back Hat:  Red owns the day

Howler Bros. Electric Mesh-Back Hat

Six-panel designs fit today’s look but are at their best when they generate smiles.  And questions such as “who are the Howler Bros?” and “where you’d get it, man?”  This standout version continues to capture positive attention from coastal North Carolina to the Rockies and beyond.  While pushing $30 retail, the fully-adjustable hook and loop closure dials in the fit whether your curly locks are saltwater-soaked after a surf session or pancake-flat with approach hike sweat.  Under the arched brim, navy fabric reduces glare as the curved contour accommodates even oversized sunglasses.  Active Junky loves telling the story of this Austin-based brand and thinks the bolt graphics mean only one thing:  The Bros. need to start a band.

Best For: Casual everyday, fishing and after-sport wear

Goodyear Vulcan Var Canvas Shoe:  Treads that celebrate

Goodyear is behind – and underneath – some of the most accomplished racing teams in history.  Plus, there’s no denying the eye-popping impact of a blimp on the horizon.  In the same way, this canvas shoe sets itself apart even beyond the grippy (but fleet-footed) clear outsoles.  Active Junky embraced the 14-eyelet design that conceals a breathable, full-fabric lining.  One of few models that carries the day in sockless mode, Var is a star on beach, dance floor and the platform pedals of your favorite single-speed.  Testers recommend a fabric treatment to keep the $80 off-white (“oatmeal”) version looking fresh: McNett’s ReviveX Nubuck & Suede Water Repellent covers canvas as well.  

Best For: Endless summers, sneaking your way into office environments where sandals won’t cut it

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Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55:  Blue in tan’s clothing

The bluer side of cool is good.  More capacity is better.  An amazing value makes it all work.  The bestseller in a brand line-up you’ll be spotting at more river pullouts, music festivals and campgrounds, Outfitter is serious perishables protection at under $300.  Indeed, this category of RotoMolded cooler often pushes the $400 mark to repel physical drops, repeated abrasion and scorching afternoon sunlight with ice retention well past a week.  At 24lbs and 54 quarts of food and beverage capacity, Outfitter finds a place between casual recreation and backcountry adventure for year-round utility.  Marine-grade hinges are complemented by non-skid feet, multiple tie-downs and a locking lid. Active Junky anoints this HUNTX foam-insulated model as a worthy upgrade to that banged up, borrowed cooler that makes a better bench for sitting than a tool for keeping the journey safe, fun and going longer.

Best For: Home, campground, trip and festival use with a Lifetime Warranty as solid as the product’s value 

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