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Seven Favorite Things: Father's Day Picks from Alite

Outdoorsy. Techy. Handy. Smart. Local. With everything from locally designed tents (#7) to mutli-purpose iPhone stands (#2), the SF-based urban-outdoors brand, Alite, captures all of this and more. And with Father's Day just around the corner, say cheers to all of the dads in your life with a sweet gift from Alite. Here are our favorites.

SF's Alite Brings Delight to Camping Gear

With so many great natural spots within an hour or two of driving, the Bay Area is a camper's paradise. But even as we pack our organic local edibles, throw on our Timbuk2 backpacks, and cover up with a locally-designed raincoat, the gear we take with us is pretty much the same as the rest of the country's: blandly designed, more functional than fun. That's why we were excited to see the new spring product line from Alite, a Mission-based manufacturer of outdoor gear. Founded by three Stanford grads, the company's manufacturing life began with colorful butterfly chairs, which roll up to the size of a burrito (SF-style, of course) and fit easily into a bag.

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