National Park Free Days Schedule 2012

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Over the course of more than 150 years, a once-radical idea has evolved into our cohesive national parks system often referred to as America’s best idea. Their mission: to make the more than 100 parks across the country accessible to all and to preserve them for future generations. To encourage that, the National Parks System sponsors several fee-free days throughout the year. This years schedule has January 14-16 as the first free weekend.

Salomon "Exo Slab" Tech Tee in White

Salomon’s Exo Sensifit Tech Tee

Run easier, longer & recover better. This hi-tech compression shirt is ready to go the extra mile with you. Made with Salomon’s Smart Skin fabric, the tight-fitting tee, and the entire EXO line, promotes circulation while providing postural support for your muscles. A honeycomb grid provides the support, while space in between allows for ventilation. And, as you would expect, the rest of the tee is made to wick moisture away from the body. All seams are flat locked for comfort and to reduce chaffing.

Iron Palm Hangboard by Cryptochild

Iron Palm Hangboard

The Iron Palm Board is here to disprove the myth that anything bigger than a handful is a waste. You’re sure to get a great workout on the two giant slopers, test your wits against its two pinches, or just hang around on the various edges. It may look a little odd, but it has all the grips you need to train and help level up your climbing ability. A must have above every lonely door frame – or find an angled wall to mount it on if you’re looking for a real challenge.

Wood Biscuit Surfboard by Grain Surfboards

Grain Surfboards Wood Biscuit

York Beach, Maine isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think surfing. Mike LaVecchia is okay with that – he’s the guy out surfing in the wind-slop when the rest of us can still see our breath and are wearing turtlenecks. He’s also the founder of Grain Surfboards. With a background in snowboards and traditional boat building, Mike started building beautiful wood boards that let surfers lessen their impact on the planet, and surf a great board. Built of local white cedar on a lightweight, rugged, internal frame, their boards are fully structural before they’re even glassed – which means that a heavily-used Grain board will never show pressure dings, doesn’t stress-crack, and surfs (and looks) as good years from now as it did when it first hit the water.

Lifetime Geometric Play Dome Climber

The Play Dome

Remember these? They’re not just for school playgrounds and recess any more. Give your kids a reason to put down the Xbox controller and be the envy of suburban backyards every where. Add a climbing wall and you’re well on your way to a decent obstacle course. Five-feet tall and 10-feet in diameter, the Play Dome is constructed of heavy-duty, weather and rust-resistant powder coated steel. Real rock climbing hand grips connect the steel poles and allow room for up to six kids (ages 3 and up) to develop strong muscles and coordination.

Yeti Tundra Series Coolers: Tundra 75 pictured

Yeti Coolers

The team at Yeti has built an ice chest that will stand up to just about anything – hurricanes, floods and Grizzly bears included. Constructed from a single piece of molded polyethylene, the walls of Tundra coolers are two inches thick with freezer-style gaskets that lock in the cold. They’re tough enough to accept dry ice (-109F) that will crack ordinary coolers. If you depend on a cooler for work, a Yeti will pay for itself with the money you save just buying ice. Oh, and about those Grizzly’s – padlock holes are molded into the corners of the body that, when combined with a MasterLock, certify it as a bear resistant container. Now that is tough.

Force 10 Cargo pants shown here in green

Force 10 Cargo Pants

Who says you have to sacrifice form for function? TAD Gear brings us more top-quality gear by way of their new Force 10 cargo pant. Made from military spec 50/50 nylon cotton Ripstop fabric, the Force 10′s improve on their previous version with a streamlined silhouette for a lower profile, fewer lines and reduced bulk. TAD still managed to include eight pockets, D-rings on the front belt loop for attaching accessories & keys, knee slots for inserting T-Pro Knee Armor, and reinforced knees and pocket clip patches.