As ACK’s photographer, I’ve had my hands on a majority of the products we carry at some point and if I haven’t had to photograph something we carry, I’ve at least seen photos of every item. That means long hours in the studio and staging the shoots allows me to become more familiar with their features. We stock a ton of great products but from time to time, something stands out because of its unique features or functionality, here are a few I thought I’d share…

Something that caught my eye a while ago was the SteriPEN Adventurer Handheld Water Purifier. For starters, I didn’t really know the technology existed in this form. I was under the impression water filtration and purification for personal use was mainly through pitcher filters, refrigerators or tap add-ons but a handheld water purifier can be your best friend if you’re camping, hiking, paddling or doing most anything outdoors where you might be away from clean drinking water. This guy works quickly and, well… it works! It even doubles as a backup light so you can use it in the dark or use it to light your way. Its compact and lightweight so its a great gadget even for those outdoor minimalists.

Another product that peaked my interest is North Water’s Four Play Paddle Float. Some paddle floats are generic and perform the minimum task expected but this one rises to the top for several reasons. While the Four Play performs the advertised task with ease it also has several alter egos. It has multiple uses like a camp chair, a sleeping pad, a cushion on top of your car when unloading a kayak or canoe, a skid stopper to protect the bottom of your boat from scraping the ground and more. I prefer products that surprise you with their functionality and this is certainly one.

As I continue on with the clicking, I’ll be sure to stop by from time to time to offer some insight on some unique and usefull products that I come across. -Trent @ ACK