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.

Grooming

Give Your Dad the Gift of a Good Shave with These Razor and Shave Kits

From a heated razor to a luxury splurge shave kit, there's something for even the pickiest of fathers.
Culture

19 Classic Books Every Man Should Read (or Re-Read) in 2019

Make 2019 one for the books. Here's your reading list for the rest of the year.
Outdoors

Escape in Style With the Best Ultra-light Travel Trailers of 2019

It doesn't matter what kind of traveler you are — weekender, hardcore explorer, gear hauler, etc. — there's a camper for you.
Living

A Review of the Floyd Sofa, a Minimalist’s Perfect Perch

The Manual received a sample of the Floyd Couch and we tested it by putting it together and binging Netflix for nearly two weeks.
Living

Designers Share Their Unique Ideas for Rebuilding Notre Dame’s Iconic Spire

From a glass roof garden to a stained glass ceiling, these concepts are as wild as they are cool.
Living

LumiPod is the Pre-Fab Circular Bedroom Suite You Can Put Almost Anywhere

Put a bed and bath anywhere from your backyard to your mountain lot.
Living

Rivendell Comes to Life at Tree House Constantia

Elrond and his elves may not live here, but this one-of-a-kind retreat still offers the opportunity to get fully immersed in nature.
Living

Grovemade Introduces Extra-Large Felt Desk Pad and We Are Here For It

“But, what are the benefits of using a desk pad? Because doesn’t it seem like a sort of superfluous thing to have on hand?” To those questions, we answer: Many and no.
Living

The LooLoo is a Bathroom Stink Preventer and Night Light in One

Stuff happens. Specifically stinky, wake-the-dead-only-to-re-kill-them-with-the-horrendous-stench stuff.
Living

The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain

Do you toss and turn at night? A latex pillow might be just what you need.
Living

JaxJox KettlebellConnect is the One Kettlebell to Rule Them All

This one kettlebell can do the work of six kettlebells, allowing you to streamline your at-home gym equipment.
Living

The Sexy, Sleek Look of a Bugatti is Now Available for Your Home

Each piece has curves inspired by the legendary automaker’s sleek cars.
Living

Tumble Creek Cabin is a Net-Zero Vacation Home Nestled in the Cascade Mountains

Sustainable and stylish, Tumble Creek Cabin is the perfect weekend escape
Living

House of Marley Serves Up Sustainable Speakers and Awesome Audio

House of Marley keeps the spirit of Bob Marley alive and well by crafting sustainable speakers that respect the earth through production and through sound.