Hot Stuff: Gear for Summer
Innovative, stylish, and totally compact tools for meeting your every beach need.
Bocce to go
With the Sanuk Sof-Bocce set, Hacky Sack-like balls sub for the usual wooden clunkers, so you can play the old-school Italian game anywhere. wetsandsurfshop.com, $30.
Like a laptop that cooks six burgers at a time, Direct Designs' stainless-steel Notebook Portable Grill folds into a one-inch tablet. aplusrstore.com, $68.
Sanyo's Xacti E2 lets you shoot an hourlong movie five feet underwater. Then, download your epic to a video-enabled iPod. Doubles as an eight-megapixel digital camera, in or out of the water. us.sanyo.com, $250.
Okabashi's waterproof Flip-Flops are no ordinary beach thongs. They come with a two-year warranty and an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association for superior foot support. Available in 12 colors. okabashi.com, $14.
After plugging this two-inch iHome speaker into your iPod, just twist and it will pop up to produce even more bass. ihomeaudio.com, from $20.
Easy bug protection
Using vitamin B1, the waterproof Don't Bite Me stick-on patch repels insects for up to 36 hours. dontbitemepatch.com, five patches for $5.
The Lunchbox, courtesy of the Dutch designers at Santa Fe-based Oots, has inserts that are dishwasher- and microwave-safe—and handy for keeping bites separate. madebyoots.com, $45.
In the bag
Sea to Summit's Ultra-Sil Shopping Bags unfold from a pouch the size of a lemon into a super-size tote that can hold over 250 pounds of summer gear—not bad for under two ounces of material that you can snap to your keychain. seatosummit.com, $18.
Unzip the mesh carrying case, and the Kelsyus Floating Hammock springs to three times its folded size in seconds. Only the pillow and perimeter inflate, so assembly is a cinch. amazon.com, recently $29.
Designer Chris Miksovsky's GoToob squishy bottles have wide mouths, making them easier to fill with your favorite shampoo. And since these ultra-soft-silicone containers are transparent and less than three ounces, the TSA will like them, too. humangear.com, from $6.50.
At under four ounces, the world's smallest and lightest digital waterproof camera can be dunked up to 10 feet. Fancy extras, such as auto-sizing and in-camera editing, make the 10-megapixel FujiFilm FinePix Z33WP more than just a bathing beauty. shopfujifilm.com, $200.