Day One: Outdoor Retailer Summer Expo

August 4, 2011    |    By +
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We’ve sent our intrepid Gift Guru, Dan T to Salt Lake City for the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Expo. Being an outdoor enthusiast and veteran product expert, Dan will be scouting out all the latest trends and cool products for the active and outdoor lifestyle that will be coming out for 2011. And of course, having a bit of fun in the process. Stay tuned the coming weeks for continued coverage of the expo and shop Dan’s favorite picks.

Up first, is the Pakmat by Aerobed.

We’re all probably very familiar with Aerobed as the leader in portable, inflatable beds. The innovative Pakmat is a self-contained inflatable bed that comes in a canister. The really cool part is that the Pakmat’s canister doubles as the bed’s inflator! So you unscrew the top of the canister to take out the twin size Aerobed.

Then you fasten the top back on the canister and you attach to the bed inflation valve. Using the canister, you then pump up the bed, and in less than a minute you have a fully inflated sleeper. Genius. So no more trying to stuff the bed back in a box or stuffsack. And no more need for an electric pump. Easy to set up, easy to store- easy to see why Pakmat is a great gift.

The Pakmat is a great gift for Back To School, a perfect house warming gift, or ideal for the casual camper. Also, great for accommodating those unexpected guests too. I’m loving the Pakmat!

Photo Courtesy of: Steven Ford

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Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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