Gear­ing Up

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NO PLACE FOR TRUE GRIT:

Is there any­thing more re­fresh­ing than a cold bev­er­age on a hot beach day? How about some sand in that? Not your idea of a great mixed drink? But how do you keep out those gritty grains when you set down your cup — even if it doesn’t tip over and moot the point by dump­ing the con­tents? Just spike it — not with booze, but with the Spiker Sand Drink Holder. The bot­tom half of this 8-inch-high by 4-inch­di­am­e­ter heavy-duty plas­tic cup holder has four in­te­grated slats that an­chor into the sand with a twist of the wrist, steady­ing and el­e­vat­ing the cup holder top above the sur­face. The Spiker is just the right size for a can of beer or soda, pint or quart bot­tle or ta­pered plas­tic cup. The Spiker can also do the dirty work of keep­ing sun­glasses, phones, keys and other small stuff clean and dry (as­sum­ing no­body kicks up sand or shakes their towel too close). At only a third of a pound, the Spiker (or even a pas­sel of them) won’t weigh down your beach bag. Back on solid turf, Spikers can serve and pro­tect on counter tops, ta­bles or even wedged be­tween sofa cush­ions. (Just make sure they’re not vul­ner­a­ble to plop­per-down­ers or free-rang­ing dogs, cats or tod­dlers.) The Spiker is avail­able on­line and at chain stores and gift shops, sold in­di­vid­u­ally or in mul­ti­color mul­ti­packs (it’s made in 26 bright col­ors). And, hey, they needn’t be all busi­ness; any­one up for a game of ball or ring toss?

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