Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.
BMW hasn't been playing around at this year's big concours events. Following the 3.0 CSL Hommage from Italy's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in May, BMW brought both a more race-ready version of that design and the all-new Concept M4 GTS to Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance over the weekend. The new M4 concept must have been quite antsy on its dais; this two-door silver bullet clearly yearns for a hunk of open, twisty asphalt.
The hard-shell pop-top roof tent is a popular style of vehicle tent that features a cube-like fabric body below a hard-shell roof. Such designs offer a number of advantages but are usually limited in space because they're only about as wide as the car itself. The iKamper Hardtop One is billed as the world's first expandable hard-shell roof tent, offering an extra-large footprint that extends off the side of the car and sleeps a family of four.
We've covered plenty of folding electric bikes and a few electric fat bikes. What we haven't previously seen is a folding electric bike with fat tires. The Fat Bad from Italy's Bad Bike launches with claims of being the world's first. Its thick, knobby tires are secured to a folding frame and powered by up to 500 watts of pedal assist.
Audi is expected to show an all-electric crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, and this week the company revealed that the eventual production EV will boast a 310-mile (500-km)-range battery built on cells from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. That battery will be integrated neatly into its new MLB platform, which will be dressed in new design language.
A waterproof shelter, sleeping bag and sleeping pad are three of the most important pieces of kit you'll need when bedding down in the great outdoors on a cold night. Usually those three things are purchased, packed and set up separately, but Swiss startup Polarmond has a different idea. Its All-In-One sleep system rolls all three components into one unit with the goal of delivering a warmer, more comfortable night of sleep in temperatures down to -22° F (-30° C).
Products like the Grayl filtration cup and ÖKO Odyssey six-in-one bottle make treating water quite simple and intuitive. The Oasis water treatment system looks to add even more ease and versatility by bringing your filter of choice to your drinking vessel of choice – it filters out harmful bacteria and viruses or just bad taste from inside a water bottle, hydration pack and more.
After years of waiting, North America has finally gotten the 4x4 version of the Mercedes Sprinter van, which is quickly gaining popularity amongst camper van converters. We took a look at the rugged Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4 expedition van a few months ago, and now Winnebago has rolled out a more highway-friendly 4WD Sprinter camper called the Era 4x4.
Backpacks are an essential means of everyday carry for everyone from grade school students to world record-setting athletes. While they remain one of the most comfortable and popular ways of carrying equipment, books, clothing, food and water around, they're not perfect. The Paxis backpack attempts to solve one downside, eliminating the need to take the pack off to access your most essential items.
Outside of the basic ground tent, the timeless teardrop trailer remains one of the lightest, simplest ways to take a camping trip. While they're small, light and efficient behind your vehicle, teardrops can feel a bit tiny and cramped at camp. The Australian-made Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper packs more livable space by borrowing the idea of a slide-out living module from larger campers like the Bett Mobil and DoubleBack.
Chevy seems determined to increase its visibility among off-road enthusiasts, slowly but surely. At last year's LA Auto Show, it showed the aggressive Colorado ZR2 concept pickup. Although the company hasn't given any official word on whether that model will make it through to production, it is offering impatient dirt lovers a novelty prize in the meantime. The 2016 Colorado Z71 Trail Boss lights up the dirt with several key off-road features.