article and photos by Corbin Hart
Some of the most unique outdoor gifts from Andy Thornal Company. There are ideas for every price range.
Give the ability to charge electronic accessories, from GoPro to iPhones, anywhere. That could be recharging the camera on the water for more tries at capturing the perfect top water hook-set on film or juicing up the camp speaker for the evening. The battery pack can be charged via USB from tradition sources or paired with a Goal Zero Nomad Solar Panel ($89.99) for ultimate backcountry power control.
2. Seal Line Dry Sack $19.99
Weather can change in an instant and any outdoor activity is affected by the environment. Backpackers and fishermen alike need a variety of waterproof accessories. Small bags protect electronics and wallets while the larger sizes will hold sleeping bags out of the elements.
3. Simms Waypoints Slingpack $99.99
Keep fishing essentials close to the chest (without a vest). Sling packs hold just enough to provide convenience, while retaining a slim profile. Whether a fisherman fishes from a boat or primarily wades, the simple organization pockets will allow access to the most important items without digging into the tackle bag!
4. Osprey Stratos 36 $160.00
Challenge the outdoors-lover on your list to set their sights on a multi-day backpacking trip during the New Year. The Stratos is an ultra-light pack that has many applications, from backcountry backpacking and camping to travel. The Florida Trail beckons.
5. Biolite Thermoelectric Camp Stove $109.99
One of the most innovative pieces of gear to hit the outdoor industry in the recent past. The wood-burning stove charge a battery pack (see #1) by burning twigs in any weather condition. Cook dinner at basecamp and charge the battery for another day of adventure.
All terrain, all-purpose sandals from a trusted name in the outdoors. The ergonomic and anti-microbial foot beds nicely complement the light-weight platforms for use in casual outdoors. Imagine kayaking to a small island on the coast and setting up a hammock for the day.
7. ATC Full Day Fly School $125.00
Help someone you know take the leap into fly-fishing. Most fishermen have considered taking up the sport, but are unaware that such resources exist! After one day of practice with a Fly Fishing Federation certified instructor, participants will have the knowledge and confidence to test their luck in some of the premier fishing destinations around the world. Belize, New Zealand, Iceland.
8. Simms Solarhood UPF50 $29.99
In the most recent development in the fight against sun exposure, Simms has updated the design of sun proof neckwear and added a new color-palate to make every moment spent outdoors GoPro-worthy. The Solarhood is designed to cover the neck and hold a ball cap in place on a speeding skiff.
9. Patagonia Atom Sling 8L $50.00
The outdoor icon, Patagonia, has made a sling pack to cover every adventure. From day hikes in the Tetons to walking the dog around the block, the Atom Sling is conveniently designed to hold everything one needs.
10. Yeti Coolers Hopper 30 $349.99
Perfect for days on the water or setting up base camp for a day trip. The Hopper 30 belongs in any outdoors situation, performing admirably whenever asked to keep ice cold. Like all Yeti products, the Hopper is Wildly Stronger.
Feb 20, 2013 Fox 13 News made a terrible mistake.
They ran promos about an old Bay Area business 'calling it quits.' The story was about a Tampa Bay Army Navy Store and Fox 13 MISTAKENLY ran video of Andy Thornal Company! The story did not air until 11pm and most that saw the dozen promos never realized that the story was about the Tampa Bay Army Navy Store.
As a follow up, Fox 13 ran this feature on the 10pm and 6am news. We appreciate the positive exposure from Fox 13.
We have spoken to several dozen people, but won't hear from the several thousand that saw the promo. Please let folks know about this screw-up. To quote Mark Twain: The rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated! 2013 has been a very good year thanks to our customers!
And business has continued to grow. We opened a store on Anna Maria Island, several months ago. It is called 'Libby's Island Jewelry," named for Andy Thornal's mother who opened the first store in the family in the 30's on Anna Maria Island. Click here to see the Libby's website.
Store Closings usually mean bargains. Well we are not closing, but there are always a lot of bargain in our sale room. Ironically, most of these items go to our online customers. But here is a quick link to all of our closeouts. Shop online, or come check out the sale room.
We hope to hear from you soon. And please, help us to squelch the rumors.
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