Nau + Snow Peak Motil Kit


If you’re anything like me, you are bookmarking every holiday gift idea and guide that comes across your RSS reader. I was tipped off to this awesome collaboration between two of my favorite brands and I wanted to share it with you. Nau and Snow Peak have teamed up to create a package for the on-the-go traveler who also isn’t too keen on disposable cutlery and dinnerware. I think it’d be perfect for a student or professional that packs their own lunch.

The set contains  the Nau Motil Pedal bag, Nau branded Snow Peak sport, chopsticks and a large cup. It’s limited to just 50 sets and retails for $180, saving you $50 when you buy the kit. It’s available on the Nau site starting today, December 5th.

Snow Peak Titanium Straw


I remember when I was younger, titanium was this magical material. Lightweight but strong. What more could you ask for? Well, at that time, anything made out of titanium was very expensive. Today? The picture is still mostly the same, but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than it was five or ten years ago. I don’t own many titanium items, but I always marvel each time I hold one because it’s so lightweight. My grandma, who grew up during a time where quality goods were heavy and solid, took one look at my titanium watch and declared it cheap. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that light is the new heavy.

Snow Peak, one of my favorite quirky outdoors companies, sent me a titanium straw to check out. Why would anyone need a titanium straw, you ask? Well, why not? The thing weighs next to nothing. Honestly, it feels like you’re holding a plastic straw. It does not hold any residual flavors or odors, is easy to clean, and because it’s so strong, you can use it to jab juice boxes or even large soft fruit such as oranges and drink directly. To me, the best part is that it’s not disposable. I’d rather just keep one straw in my kitchen drawer that I can use for smoothies and cocktails than a bunch of plastic ones. Another great thing is unlike plastic bendy straws, the titanium one doesn’t suffer from the dreaded slit. You know what I am talking about; when a slit develops in the plastic around the bendy part and you are sucking in air instead of liquid.

At $15 the Snow Peak Titanium Straw is not cheap, but it’s not going to bust any wallets either. It’d make a great gift for a gadget freak or an ultra-light backpacker or camper. Or just someone who has everything.

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