If you’re into the outdoors and own a car, chances are you own or have owned a Thule product for hauling your skis, bikes, kayaks and other outdoor gear. Nearly 80 percent of the company’s products for the U.S. market are made in the states, many of them at their Seymour, CT facility. We dropped in for a visit.
An Unlikely Expat
The right gear haulers make the difference between beach misery and beach revelry. We’ve assembled ten great summer carriers that will transport everything from an ATV to personal watercraft to the smaller (but still vital) bits for the shore. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
Old Man Winter Anti-Venom
You welcome winter driving like you welcome a root canal without novocaine. It’s just something you’re going to have to deal with, and most of the time it won’t be pretty. And though you certainly can’t control the guy who thinks his 4×4 means he can drive like the abominable idiot, you can at least ready yourself for most situations on the cold, heartless road. As the Boy Scout motto says, “Be prepared”. That’s a wise way to approach winter’s worst, one reflected by this kit of essentials.
Gifts for the Rubber Burner
Drivers can be a picky bunch. It’s likely that fuzzy dice and sheepskin seat covers won’t cut it this (or any) year, so take some direction from us this holiday season. Car or motorcycle guys tend to appreciate things that enhance the experience or provide a bit of insight into the hobby/obsession. And you have no excuse to be stingy. He’s given you rides in his vintage roadster, and he even bought you some driving gloves for your Camry SE in hopes of steering you toward a more legitimate ride someday. It’s time you ponied up for something he’ll appreciate. Of course, you can still stuff his stocking with a box of synthetic 5W30.
American Harvest Vodka Usually when we think of vodka we think of a certain debonair chap from overseas, or, of course, Russia. But what if the man who created a famous French vodka decided to create a new vodka right here in the U S of A? Wonder no more: American Harvest small batch vodka…
Capture Pro Camera Clip v2 The “gear-up” montage is an action movie cornerstone: quick cuts of the hero strapping on body armor, loading pistols, hooking magazines to a bandolier — each motion accompanied by a meaty click. If you’re a camera slinger you can bring the montage to life with this all-aluminum clip, the second…
If the white stuff comes down in droves where you live and laws allow for tire chains in your state, the only thing stopping you from procuring a set is the pain installation can cause. Thule Easy-fit CU-9 ($450) tire chains can easily change all that (of course, you should always be prepared for the worst during winter weather driving).
Safe and secure
There are quite a few cyclists in our crew here at Gear Patrol, and amongst us, there’s always grumblings around the watercooler about the best way to strap our two-wheeled rides onto their four-wheeled cousins. Standard mounts make it nearly impossible to access anything in the back of our vehicles, and swing-away versions tend to…
Have Bike, Will Travel
Recently, we got the chance to get our hands on a Thule 699 Round Trip Bike Case ($370). As you’d expect from its name, the Thule case serves as a rugged method of packing one’s bike and related gear into a travel-ready case that can ship via UPS, check as luggage, or stow out of…