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.
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.