While my daughter loves to camp, there is only so much reading, whittling and hiking she can stand before boredom sets in.
Looking for something our family can do together, I came across the Pocket Disc, a cylindrical object made of cotton. After perusing the multitude of colorful patterns, she found one to her liking, and we gave it a test run at Wagner Park, where it quickly gained our favor.
“I like it,” my kid said. “You don’t have to be afraid of it.”
We have a hard plastic Frisbee, but the Pocket Disc will likely be supplanting it.
The $16.99 price initially made me balk, but I justified it because that’s a lot cheaper than a medical or dentistry bill for a broken finger or chipped tooth that could arise from the plastic version (I speak from vast experience here).
The North Carolina-based company behind the disc, Phd Productions, suggests various games, including a version of bowling that involves plastic cups.
Speaking of vessels, the company also says the Pocket Disc can be used as coozie for drinks. Now we’re talking. And it suggests using the disc to knock out spider webs: “Can’t reach that cobweb with a broom? No problem, just take aim with a Pocket Disc.” Having grown up in Arizona around black widow spiders, I would advise carefully checking the Pocket Disc afterward if it’s used like this.
But mainly I think it’ll be a fun addition to a summer afternoon at the pool, at the campsite, pre-fire, and around the neighborhood.
Phd Productions touts its product as being woven in impoverished Guatemalan villages through a fair-trade agreement.
“In return for the amazing artistry that these women add to the Pocket Disc, the women are paid fairly and work under good conditions,” the firm’s website says.
Whether the Guatemalans are aware that their products will be used to keep a Budweiser cold or chucked at cobwebs isn’t clear. But it’s still a bit better knowing that the relatively expensive cost of a flying disc is going to a good cause.
Get your own:
Pocket Disc, available at the Ute Mountaineer, $16.99