MAY 2016 ;e Costco Connection 55
STAND;UP PADDLEboarding (SUP) has surged
in popularity over the past
few years, for several great
reasons: It’s a full-body
and cardio—that’s easy to
learn and fun.
The Jimmy Styks
hybrid SUP package is a
perfect choice for entry-level paddlers.
Jimmy Styks uses the finest materials for
maximum strength and light weight. Flexible
for use on flat water or in coastal environ-
ments, the 11.2-foot board features an extra-
wide 32.5-inch platform for maximum
stability and weighs just 32. 5 pounds. An
integrated utility tie-down bungee system
allows paddlers to safely secure belongings.
It also features the revolutionary JS
self-breathing vent handle with Gore-Tex
membranes. The pressure vent regulates air
pressure contained within a watertight skin,
preventing warping and delaminating.
The package includes a complete set of
accessories, such as an adjustable composite
paddle, padded board bag, 10-foot coil leash
and a stabilizer fin, plus mounting and additional spare hardware to get you out of the
box and onto the water.
This item would easily go for more than
$1,000 elsewhere. It’s available at Costco and
on Costco.com for just $699. Item #232463.
Travel Zoom Camera
MY PHONE IS very
handy for taking quick
photos in the course of
daily living, but when it
comes to something spe-
cial—such as a big trip or
celebration—I want a
camera that can fully
capture the moment.
After all, these special
times often come around only once.
A smart option is the Panasonic ZS50.
It’s perfect for travel because it’s not too
big—it fits in a pocket or a purse. Yet it’s
still packed with many advanced features.
The ZS50 has a 30x zoom, which is
surprisingly powerful for a camera this
small and is great for capturing objects at a
distance. The lens also has a macro option
for extreme close-ups. In-camera stabilization helps keep your shots in focus, and the
12-megapixel image sensor ensures images
with deep colors and details. Also, this
camera does very well in taking photos in
low-light conditions, thanks to a high-sen-sitivity sensor and image processor.
The ZS50’s controls make it easy to use
a variety of scene modes and filters and to
switch quickly to video mode. A rear LCD
displays the scene in pleasantly clear detail.
All in all, the ZS50 acts like a big camera, and it certainly outperforms my
phone’s camera for those special times.
Available in the warehouse and on Costco.
com. Item #1050139.
Electronics F l 30-Inch Split-Level
F;L HAS CARVED out
an excellent reputation
for creating quality bags
with a fashion edge for
people on the move.
This duffel is no excep-
tion. The bag’s oversize
capacity should handle
whatever you need to
pack, with huge drop-
bottom storage, a large U-shaped main
compartment, two zippered exterior end
pockets for added storage and a side exte-
rior zipper pocket for boarding passes
and other frequently used items.
The bag opens book-style, and the two
compartments are separated by a zippered
divider panel that allows you to create one
extra-large storage space. The lined water-resistant bottom compartment keeps shoes
and gym gear separate from clean items.
This duffel is lightweight, yet rugged
and durable, with an exterior made of
420D nylon. Skate-style wheels are inset
into corner-mounted wheel housings, and
the bag is protected by an end bumper and
bottom runners. Dual top handles and
handles on the ends make for easier lifting.
It’s a great value: Duffels offering similar capacity, durability and features can be
found at retail for up to three times as
much as this one. Available in the warehouse and on Costco.com. Item #1012751.