25 Days of Gear: Stocking Stuffers from UST


Lots of stocking stuffer items on deck over at UST Brands, who make everything from coffee cups to compasses. We picked out three items to showcase: The Spright Lantern, which diffuses soft LED light from its collapsible silicon dome. It features a well-though tent-hanging hook and has three degrees of brightness. Bonus: the silicon also glows in the dark, making it easy to find in a pitch-black tent. ($14.99, ustbrands.com)

We use paracord all the time and we dug that UST Brands even incorporated fire tinder into theirs. Just pull out the internal single red strand from the Paratinder and light it up for some instant fire-starting help. The p-cord itself functions as normal 550 cord for all your gear tie-down needs. ($4.99 for 30 ft., ustbrands.com)

While there are plenty of camp ax and hatchet options out there, the ParaHatchet stands out as a small option that packs easy (and light) with some handy accessories like a p-cord handle and magnesium fire starter. The blade also features three hex-wrenches and a rope-cutter. So while the hatchet might not be your go-to for regular camp use, it’s is good mainstay to slip into your survival kit. ($19.99, ustbrands.com)

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GSI’s Glacier Stainless 8 Fl. Oz. Hip Flask

A convenient hip flask to boost your holiday spirit(s) in the backcountry.

Voormi River Run Hoodie

A gossamer-thin, made-in-the-USA merino wool sweater.

Xero’s Z-Trek Lightweight Packable Sport Sandal

Lightweight sandals that fit easily into a kayak and wear well in any situation.

Therm-a-Rest and Grand Trunk Down Pillows

Two down pillow options for comfort campers and intrepid paddlers.

Practical Power Luminoodle Light Rope

An ultra-bright string of white LEDs to light up your life.

Alpine Laboratories Pulse Camera Remote

An intelligent camera remote that allows full control over your camera.

Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech Hammock

A durable hammock using a patented nylon blend.

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is a small, portable battery to power your gadgets.


A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.

Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero

The Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero is the ultimate camp chair for light-and-fast adventures.

Platypus Meta Water Bottle and Filter

A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.

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