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Goods + Gear – October 2023

by Randy Woods
Toadfish Hat

The World is Your Oyster (Hat)

Move over geoduck, it’s the oyster’s time to shine: Celebrate your love for the Northwest’s favorite bivalve with this charming Oyster Hat from Toadfish. Made with an appropriately beachy sand-colored fabric, the high-crown, five-panel snapback features an embroidered graphic in the lower right with oyster shells cleverly posed in a heart-shaped pairing. Infused with breathable saltwater- and stain-resistant materials, a moisture-wicking inner headband, and a Teflon coating, the hat can be used for all occasions, from oyster harvesting in the flats of Hood Canal to an after-work boating party. $25 // toadfish.com

Mustang’s Windshell Will Stave Off Fall Chills

The fall chill is already on the horizon, so this is the perfect time to update your weatherproof windbreaker collection. This women’s Ventus Hooded Windshell from Mustang Survival is light enough to allow freedom of movement, yet tough enough to keep out the autumn damp and cold. The water-resistant, nylon ripstop shell, made with Bluesign and Oeko-Tex materials, are PFC-free, environmentally safe, and designed to easily scrunch into tight spaces when you’re on the move. The jacket comes with a tall collar and cinchable hem to protect you from icy morning breezes, plus a removable hood that can be stowed in a chest pocket when the sun makes a (sometimes brief) appearance. $180 // mustangsurvival.com

Mussels All the Way Down

Mother Nature shines through here in this dazzling sculptural piece of marine beauty called “Infinite Mussels.” The painstakingly arranged piece by French/American artist Valerie Carmet is comprised of dozens of shells collected on beaches from Long Island to Cape Cod, with the finished 11-inch square artwork making for a handsome addition to any den or boat salon. Mounted on a floating metal frame, the piece can be easily hung from a wall or positioned on a shelf, with its wide wooden frame. Each hand-made artwork is unique, and signed and numbered by the artist, creating a one-of-a-kind appreciation for the alluring variety of natural sea patterns. $395 // uncommongoods.com

Time For Fall Party Season… Chop-Chop!

Have you noticed the Sound getting a bit choppier in these windy days of early autumn? Now you can be prepared for rough weather with the cheery “Choppy Today” cheeseboard for all fans of kitschy kitchen accessories and terrible maritime puns. Measuring 10- by 11-inches, the cutting board by Port & Lemon features a sturdy handle, a leather thong for hanging on walls, and whimsical blue-and-white artwork, depicting a boat being tossed about by ocean swells. The melamine top coating can handle endless slicings of crudites, from meats to cheeses to snappy veggies, and easily wipes clean. The board, handmade in England, is suitable for a boat’s galley or land-based kitchen. $26 // portandlemon.com

Goods + Gear Shoes

Block the Croc with Reef Slip-Ons

When you want to keep your feet protected your from sharp rocks and shells on the beach, you could go the sandals route or even—heaven forbid—go for the Crocs beach walk of shame. Or, you can rest assured that you can always look great, whether splashing through streams or hopping through beach bars, with the new Water Coast slip-ons from Reef. With flexible EVA outsoles that provide arch support to cushion whatever low tide can dish out, the Water Coasts are soft and breathable, with a mesh of wide perforations for fast water drainage. The molded thermoplastic polyurethane uppers look like leather boat shoes but can withstand much more submerged in seawater. $65 // reef.com

BioLite Does Bright Light Right

As the days get shorter and the weather starts gloomin’, you’ll thank yourself later for a little extra lumen(s). Why struggle with late-afternoon darkness when you can use BioLite’s HeadLamp 330, giving you hours more hands-free work time on your boat? Providing a crystal-clear beam distance of nearly 250 feet, the forehead-mounted lantern puts out 330 lumens for 3.5 hours on the high setting; 40 hours on low. The adjustable unit is rechargeable through a micro-USB cable and includes a red “night vision” option to help reduce eye strain. BioLite’s 3D SlimFit construction provides added comfort and prevents slippage with a moisture-wicking headband when temperatures start rising. $60 // fisheriessupply.com

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