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3D-printed surfboard fins shape the future of customized rides

Fins to the surfer are like footwear to the footballer. Sure they mightn't matter much to those just starting out but for the more experienced, different designs can deliver the added stability and control that is vital to improving performance. With a view to bringing bespoke rides to more surfers, Australian researchers are 3D-printing fins that can be tailored to individuals and their local waves. Read More

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LuminAID PackLite Charges on Sunlight to Provide 30 Hours of Light — 11% off

Folks who enjoy exploring the great outdoors often travel light. That means leaving behind many creature comforts, but a reliable flashlight is something you can't do without. The LuminAID PackLite offers up to 30 hours of illumination, with a built-in solar panel that can refill the battery in 8 hours. It is also waterproof, and can be used as a floating lantern. You can save 11% on the light now via Gizmag Store.Read More

Wearable climbing tracker elevates your alpine performance

The use of wearable computers is certainly on the up, and that's exactly where the Whipper will be headed if its rock-climbing creators have their way. The activity tracker monitors users' performance as they ascend gym walls and mountain peaks, offering stats and coaching feedback to help take their technique to new heights. Read More

Back-packable organizer stores cooking gear and protects the flame

Back in 2013, we looked at Utah startup Grub Hub and its idea for hauling cooking gear to camp. Its wheeled kitchen-in-a-box rides to camp like a roller suitcase and sets up to give you an organized place to prep and cook. While it's a convenient way to get your kitchen from car to campsite, no one's taking such a large unit backpacking, canoeing or bikepacking, and it might even prove too much for car campsites that entail any kind of real hike-ins. For those kinds of activities, Grub Hub presents the all-new Cirque, a backpack-friendly kitchen organizer that doubles as a windscreen. Read More

Wearable sleeping bag liner brings the heat at camp

Last fall, Utah startup Ravean brought some heated down garments and hoodies onto the scene in preparation of Winter 2016. Now that the winter is officially over in Utah and surrounding parts (more or less), Ravean is getting ready for summer by applying its 12V heating technology to sleeping bag liners. Its wearable liner makes your sleeping bag extra toasty on chilly nights and wears out of the tent, giving you a heated overcoat for cold mornings and evenings. It also charges your phone and other mobile gadgets. Read More

One80 headlamp spreads light from a half-halo

Some entrepreneurial adventurers (adventurous entrepreneurs?) seem quite convinced that the classic headlamp, lantern and flashlight just aren't cutting it anymore. They think campers, backpackers and other outdoorsy folks need to mix it up with solutions like chest lights, backpack strap lights and even 8,000-lumen belt lamps. Another alternative, the One80 works as a headlamp, but it's far from classic, replacing the typical central light housing with a curved LED band that spreads light the namesake 180 degrees. And if you prefer your light lower down, that LED band can be removed and strapped to your waist.
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Teardrop trailer "wows" with red cedar looks

Woodwork has a way of taking a nice product and making it extraordinary. The teardrop trailer is already a beloved icon inspiring visions of exploration and adventure. Add a birch interior, as High Camp has done, or a wood body, as on the Hütte Hut, and you take the teardrop to a new level of magnificence. The Australian-designed Wood on Wheels (WOW) Cedar Teardrop Camper might just reach another level yet. Built of red cedar from the fenders to the roof, this trailer is a downright beautiful shelter equipped with modern camping amenities.
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Flying Tent sleeps in or below the trees and doubles as a poncho

A camping hammock with extra utility, the Flying Tent from Austrian startup Startraveller Equipment GmbH lets you better react to the weather and terrain. It can hang lazily from the trees, stand up on the ground, and drape over you as a poncho. And it pitches in as few as seven seconds so that you can get out of the cold and wet in a hurry.
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