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Goods + Gear – January 2023

by Randy Woods

Stay Warm with Yeti When Temperatures Get Low
Defeat the damp with the new Lowlands indoor/outdoor water-resistant travel blanket by YETI. The tough outer layer provides ultra softness on one side and a waterproof shell on the other, allowing you to relax on deck or in your cozy cabin. The machine-washable camping blanket is insulated for the chilly winter nights and comes with three-year limited warranty. Salty dogs are welcome, too—the Lowlands blanket is made with blended polyester and rayon material that repels dirt and pet hair, so Fido can snuggle right on up beside you. Available in purple, yellow, pink, and blue colorways, and includes a zippered carrying case. $200 // yeti.com

Keep Shore Contacts InReach with Garmin’s New Messenger

Never be out of contact on your coastal excursions with Garmin’s new inReach Messenger satellite communicator. An active satellite subscription is all you need to maintain global two-way messaging, interactive SOS, and constant connection with friends and family, even outside of cell coverage. The inReach also provides weather updates and lets you share your GPS location, texts, and group messaging via Garmin’s Messenger smartphone app. The unit switches seamlessly between Wi-Fi and global Iridium satellite networks, ensuring you always get the most cost-effective connections. The inReach can also be networked with other Garmin handhelds, marine equipment, wearables, or other smart devices, keeping you in control anywhere on or off your vessel. $300 // Available from Fisheries Supply in Seattle, fisheriessupply.com

7 Fishing Tools in BlackTip Kit

With this sturdy BlackTip tool kit, anglers have everything they need close at hand before the big one bites. For all of your cutting needs, the zippered case features a 2.5” bait knife and a 6” fillet knife, both of which are made using nonstick 420J2 Japanese steel. An 8.75” marine shear includes a serrated edge for descaling and an integrated bottle opener, with handles that come apart for easy cleaning. The 8.5” dehooker is made with aluminum and stainless steel, and the 37” tape measure makes sure you can brag about that three-footer you caught and back it up with evidence. All tools come with molded, ergonomic grips for a sure hold every time. $77 // Available at West Marine stores, westmarine.com

Grundens Bib Fabric Bag

Grundéns Won’t Let Bib Fabric Go to Waste

Few fishing-gear items are as tough as classic shoreman’s bibs and pants, used to keep the hard workers free of fish guts after the nets are hauled in. When it’s time to make new ones, why waste the scrap material? European clothier Grundéns is now upcycling bib and apron scraps from its cutting-room floor to create this handy Shoreman Tote Bag. Made of the same double-coated, PVC/PU-blend fabric used in the company’s indestructible aprons and pants, these water-resistant totes include an external storage pocket, an internal zippered pocket for added protection of valuables, and strong nylon webbing for handles, the stylish tote takes care of all of your hand-carrying needs. Available in black, white, or Grundéns’ signature orange. $37.49 // grundens.com

Go Stuff it in a Pelican!

Make sure your next little overboard accident doesn’t lead to new phone purchases or canceled credit cards. This 10.6- by 5.4- by 2.4-inch Pelican G40 Personal Utility Go Case has an IP67 waterproof rating and is large enough to fit most cell phones (up to iPhone Xs Max and Samsung Note 9), along with a divider tray for credit cards, USB cables, jewelry, and many other small valuables you want to keep safe. Equipped with an impact-resistant ABS outer shell, the Go Case is also crushproof and dustproof, thanks to a built-in valve to balance interior air pressure. It all comes with a rubber protective bumper around the edges to handle sudden drops on hard decks, as well as a lifetime guarantee. $44.95 // pelican.com

Walk on Water with Astral Brewer Shoes

They may look like ordinary sneaks, but these Astral Brewer 2.0 shoes are actually super sailors. With breathable Airmesh canvas uppers, front and rear drainage vents in the EVA midsoles, and razor-siped, non-marking rubber outsoles, this new men’s footwear from REI is built for a winter’s day on board. Precisely balanced to place the heel and ball of your feet on the same level, the Astral Brewer gives you the balance and agility you need for keeping a firm grip on pitching and rolling decks. A step-down heel makes quick removal a snap, while built-in sock liners and soft foam provide unparalleled comfort. Available in three colors. $115 // rei.com

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