Trekking: The Base Camp X Sling Shot ditches nostalgia for strength

Base Camp X Sling Shot
Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.

They say you can never go back. However, although you certainly can’t relive all aspects of your youth — nor would you want to — there still ways to capitalize on your childhood tendencies without completely evoking Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver. Take the Base Camp X Sling Shot ($185) for instance, a premium projectile weapon that’s just as apt at shooting targets as it is small game and the neighbor next door.

Related: The Haswell Survival Knife is forged for perfection

Image 2The Base Camp X Sling Shot is more than just a forked stick outfitted with a rubber band, though. The initial design was taken and shaped from the company’s axe handles, and moreover, relies on a custom-pressed laminate core for immense strength and the utmost precision when shooting. Nathan Masters — a self proclaimed master of all things sling shot-centric — hand cuts and shapes each limited edition piece of hardware, lining the hickory handles with black walnut scales and a ¾, straight-cut band that renders them as versatile as they are attractive. The bundled, leather Rockstar pouch even holds the sling shot ammunition so you don’t have to. Just remember to watch those wrists.

Check out Base Camp X online to make a purchase, or to browse the company’s robust selection of premium axes, journals, knives, and other outdoorsy wears.

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