Trekking: VSSL’s flashlights are masked multi-tools

VSSL Flashlight

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.

Trust us, we know there’s a certain appeal that comes with moonlight when camping. However, although even the faintest glow can illuminate and shed a little light on your surroundings, there’s no denying how crucial a flashlight is in the wild. They come in all shapes and sizes — from simple headlamps to compact cannons that float — but most flashlights don’t tout convenience quite like those in VSSL’s lauded series.

Related: Prep with the Best Made SOLKOA Survival Kit | Our favorite LED lanterns

Manufactured in Canada and initially funded via Kickstarter, each flashlight essentially functions like a versatile multi-tool of sorts. They’re made of seamless, military-grade aluminum and measure 9 inches long, while housing a hollowed interior for quickly stowing a variety of tin canisters. Each of the company’s six models serves a different purpose, though, whether intended for traditional emergency situations or more… post-apocalyptic … scenarios. The Supplies model ($105), for instance, contains a razor blade, beeswax candle, can opener, beadless whistle, and purification tablets among a host of other useful tools. The like-minded First Aid model ($65) on the other hand, offers a selection of tools aimed at alleviating minor medical issues.

However, the best of the bunch isn’t designed as much for survival as it is stashing your favorite libations. The aptly-titled Flask ($65) boasts space for up to 10 ounces of booze, not to mention two collapsible, stainless-steel shot glasses. The dual-mode LED and oil-filled compass only make finding a spot to sit back and sip that much easier.

Check out VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools online to make a purchase, or to browse the company’s noteworthy selection of utility flashlights and accessories.

Living

A Modular Tiny House Meets Water in the Adventurous Koda Light Float Houseboat

Live on the water, not next to it, with this fully customizable tiny house turned houseboat.
Living

Embrace Your Inner Minimalist in Long Island’s East Lake House

Getting away from dated classic coastal style, East Lake House is a fresh new take on old-school East Coast summertime retreats.
Culture

The Dopest Weed Gear to Get You High this 420

Take a major step up from your gas station starter-bowl.
Fashion & Style

Moleskine’s Limited-Edition Backpack Celebrates the Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary

The design is an an homage to the huge life support packs of the original lunar astronauts.
Living

2 Historic Buildings Become One at Portland’s Woodlark Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Woodlark is fresh and sophisticated with classic Old World charm.
Living

Casper, Tuft and Needle, and Helix Drop Steep Mattress Discounts This Weekend

This weekend all of the best mattress sales will help you fall in love with a brand new mattress at an affordable price. Rejuvenate your bedroom this spring with Amazon's steep mattress deals. The retail giant is discounting Casper and Tuft…
Living

This Cliffside House Turns the Triangle on Its Head (or Side, in this Case)

Perched on a cliff in Brazil, Peninsula House rethinks the traditional home form.
Living

Do Your Ass a Favor and Get a Tushy Bidet Attachment. Seriously.

Don't let the fear of a bidet stop you from getting the cleanest you can get.
Living

You Can Catch Us Riding Dirty in this Motorized Pool Lounger All Summer Long

Be the Vin Diesel of your community pool with this twin-motored floatie.
Living

Skip the Chocolate Bunnies and Build Your Own Adult Easter Basket

Swap chocolate rabbits, plastic grass, and colored eggs for beer, sausages, and a $1,000 pair of bunny ears.
Culture

Seth Rogen Proves Life Imitates Art with New Cannabis Company, Houseplant

Along with selling recreational marijuana products (bud, soft-gels, pre-rolls), the company plans to focus on cannabis advocacy and education.
Living

Fender Custom Shop Unleashes Game of Thrones Guitars

Put these axes in the hands of Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, and Arya Stark, give the Mountain a double-necked bass and Cersei a mic and a tambourine, and you’d have a stadium rock concert for the ages.
Living

Slash Bed is the Environmentally Friendly, Easy-to-Set-Up Bed of Your Dreams

You can put this thing together over the course of two commercial breaks.