This year has been spent exploring, discovering and trying many rad things before selectively settling on a few. From experiences to products, gear to goods, the goal for 2017 was not consumer more, but consume more consciously. Buying and giving are something that for most of us, is somewhat inevitable, but with this in mind, it’s become a priority for me personally to leave time and room to slow down and really dive deeper into the what and why behind the buy.
November through February is the time of year for giving and receiving and The BTS Tribe has had the opportunity to spend some time with some really rad products this year. We’ve gotten to try + buy shirts, shoes, beauty products, and sunscreens. And with each use, we’ve considered, WHY is this something we want to tell our community about. For me, and the others who have spent time formulating an opinion on what each means and how it’s incorporated into our day to day, the importance of the purchase is tied to consuming more consciously. For the people, for the planet, and for the sake of enhancing our lives and experiences while considering how and where the effects of these enhancements land beyond just our personal use.
A year in review of testing, researching and personal pride building has created this year’s Holiday Gift Guide for a source of inspiration to turn to as you consider what gifts to share your loved ones this season. Whether you find one that’s a great fit for your outdoor friend or something to take home for yourself, our hopes that this serves as a start to purchasing with the belief that less is more and that each decision we make is one small impact towards the change we want to see in the world we create.
Consume consciously, adventure responsibly amigos.
Anti Plastic Holiday Bundle (includes: 1 CTF Stainless Steel Cup, 1 CTF x Khala Cloths Set (4 reusable/washable beeswax wraps), 1 CTF Reuseable Bag (Bagito)- Request Color (based on product availability), 1 CTF Bamboo Utensil Set- Request Color (based on product availability), 1 Simply Straws Glass Straw- Request Color (based on product availability) and a Bonus Straw Cleaner (while supplies last)
online at Changing Tides Foundation or one of their local events
Every impact counts. We’re trained to shop, dine and explore with convenience and ease. But when was the last time you trekked down a trail or paddled out into your favorite break and discovered intruders in the form of plastic pieces not only acting as an eyesore to your sacred space but as a toxin to the creates that call these places home? If answered honestly, we can’t remember the last time we didn’t have this experience. This anti-plastic to go kit is one simple way for you + your amigos to make a tiny impact by saying, “no thank you” to single-use, plastic items and replacing them with these stylish kit bundled to not only support adventuring consciously with each purchase you make moving forward, but also funds raising awareness and addressing social, environmental, health and safety concerns in travel by bridging the gap between the traveler and the causes on the ground.
14 x 11 print. Custom handlettering “Some Stories Inspire” on world map. Designed by Denver-based artist + designer, Adam Vicarel
Southwest Sand + Sea Postcard 4 pack. Photography by, Eunique Deeann.
online through Paypal, send with note “Travel Inspo Print Pack” and your mailing address + shipping is on us.
We support fueling curiosity through creating, exploration and collaborations. Stranded on Land artist collaborations are small opportunities to keep creation alive.
Some Stories Inspire is a reminder to share your big wins + celebrate the small ones. To live a life filled with passion, chasing your dreams + doing what you love. A permission to tell these often, because you never know who’s listening, who’s watching or who your words will give the wings to fly. This collaborative handlettering placed oh-so-perfectly on a map is the sweetest merger of travel, the outdoors + the heart and soul of what feeds both Adam + Stranded on Land separately. The Sand + Sea Postcard pack gives multiple opportunities to send letters of love that inspire taking a moment to #getoutsidethegrind.
$5 of each poster sold will be donated to The Ed Keating Center in honor of Adam’s cousin Cory who sparked his interest in the outdoors + inspired a way of living filled with love.
Field #8 Cast Iron
online at Best Made Company
We’ve spent some time this year getting outdoors and testing out our chef skills and one campfire cooking essential we can’t live without is a cast iron skillet. The only thing that has made cooking some of our favorite foods surrounded by the great outdoors better, is preparing them in a solid cast iron skillet. What distinguishes The Field #8 Castiron is that it’s lighter in weight (weighing in at 4.5 pounds), and smoother than anything we’ve seen. This beauty comes with a pre-seasoned surface, an almost no-stick finish and a perfectly even sear. The Field #8 Cast Iron Skillet is ready to go out of the box but continues to improve with use, whether you’re cooking on an induction range or over an open fire.
Men’s Nepal Henley Long-sleeve shirt
online at Aloha for People
We spent all summer strutting around town + off on adventures in the Aloha for People shirts and can’t imagine our wardrobes without them. The newest brother to the collection are a run of shirts made in downtown Los Angeles, USA using fabric hand-woven in Nepal. Aloha for People has expanded their business model outside of Guatemala and are with excitement, working with the people of Nepal to utilize their fabric and provide clean water access in the country. Same story, different way to strut it: Every Aloha for People product sold, provides a child in need access to clean water for 2 years thanks to our partnership with local water filtration companies.
Durt Original – an extreme exposure sunscreen for all adventures. Naturally pigmented, surf resistant + reef-safe. Available in two colors – tinted tan or zombie white.
online at Surf Durt
What you put in + on your body is important. Not only for you, but for everything you come in contact with. The rad ladies behind the scenes at Surf Durt understand that every detail counts. That’s why they’ve taken time and care to craft this coco smelling, buttery batch of yumminess that is safe on your skin and for the envoironments you choose to play in. SurfDurt refuses plastic from production to product. Beautifully packaged in one of nature’s most ecological materials: bamboo lined with aluminum to protect the product from overheating and the environment from extra plastic pollution. Products are organically made right here in the US.
$98+ tax + shipping
Groceries Apparel website
This is the perfect every day, everywhere and everything dress. Groceries has mastered a way of creating wear that you’ll have a hard time getting out of and the versatility of each piece supports you transforming from day to night with ease and little effort. Manufactured in the heart of Los Angeles, each piece is crafted through localized manufacturing and recycled/organic textiles.
All in One Survivial VSSL includes: Triple mode LED light/lantern (including SOS mode), Compass (oil filled), 6 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle, Razor blade, 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets. Purify up to 3 gallons (each tab purifies up to 2 liters, depending on water quality), Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps), Aluminum beadless emergency whistle, Waterproof matches, Tinder Quik® fire starters, Fishing Gear, Signalling Mirror, 25′ of marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength), Reflective trail markers, P38 military GI Type can opener, First aid supplies, and a VSSL priorities of survival and instructions
$98 + tax + shipping
VSSL website or selected retailers
Handcrafted with care and adventure in the mind. The perfect starter kit for any new explorer or a great go to grab for the seasoned outdoorsman or woman. This lightweight (weighs just over 1 pound) and compact handheld is bound to please any one. Whether you plan to be out for a few days or a few hours, having critical supplies in a compact weather-resistant case is an essential part of preparation.
Crawford Butterfly Top
$98 + tax + shipping
SEAWEED & GRAVEL website or boutique in Leucadia, CA
Handcrafted with love, this vintage-inspired everyday crop is one that will steal any girls heart. Complimentary to any figure and soft, durable and well made. Crawford Denim is made with love for Men & Women and hand-crafted in the USA with vintage pieces influencing the designs.
Eunique Deeann + Stranded on Land