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Blowing into the large opening of the Windcatcher valve draws in surrounding air to inflat...

If you go camping down in the wild woods, the chances of happening upon a conveniently-placed power outlet for blowing up your mattress with an electric air pump are pretty remote. Unless you have a hand or foot pump in your backpack, you'll have to wrap your lips around a tiny valve that likely has a history of being dragged through all sorts of unmentionable nastiness, and then spend the next long while taking deep breaths and blowing. Ryan Frayne's Windcatcher system inflates in just a few seconds with a valve that never touches your mouth.  Read More

Design concept sketch of the ADAIA adventure phone being designed by BMW's design arm

In the future, there will be no excuse for becoming the next Aron Ralston. Within the past few months alone, we've seen survival watches, tablet computers and satellite phones built specifically for adventure use. Add to that the latest BMW, which isn't a car but a collaborative mobile phone project with mobile company Adaia. The phone will offer both business and adventure modes and will include advanced emergency communications capabilities.  Read More

The Earl tablet could become your best friend in the outdoors, offering you navigation, co...

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are great when you're sitting on the couch or running around the city, but they aren't as great in the wilderness where cellular service disappears and bright sunlight renders LCD screens near-illegible. The Earl is a tablet designed to skirt around those shortcomings and keep you connected in the deepest of backcountry terrain. The "backcountry survival tablet" navigates you across the land, keeps you in communication with your crew and lets you know what weather lies ahead.  Read More

The KODIAK is a Paracord wristband that contains four outdoor survival tools

For anyone who ventures deep into the great outdoors, it's possible that a real life-or-death survival situation could occur. A new product called the KODIAK is a wristband designed for people who may be faced with such a situation, as it comes with the tools needed to fish and start a fire.  Read More

The main RukSak backpack with 10 additional pouches

A number of companies have been working on modular backpacks and messenger bags that can grow and adjust around different trips and purposes. One designer seems to feel they haven't been taking things far enough. The new RukSak hangs 10 different modules on a multi-day backpack, making for dozens of different configurations and uses.  Read More

The Adjust-A-Butt allows the length of the rod to be altered in under a second

When it comes to fishing rods, there’s no true one-size-fits-all solution. But angler Terry L. Manley believes he has come up with a system that (literally) extends the suitability of a rod for a variety of conditions. The patent pending Multifunctional Rod Foundation (MRF) System – a.k.a. the “Adjust-A-Butt” – allows the length of the rod to be altered in less than a second as well as amplifying vibrations to improve sensitivity when the fish are on the bite.  Read More

The Glad Company recently experimented with a combination tent and garbage bag, known as t...

Outdoor music festivals are notorious for a lot of things, one of the biggest being the amount of garbage left behind by the concert-goers. In an effort to get music fans to clean up after themselves, while also providing them with half-decent temporary shelter, the Glad Company recently experimented with a combination tent/big garbage bag, known as the Glad Tent.  Read More

Rainshader has been tested in a wind tunnel up to gale force 7

Anyone that looks at press releases with any regularity will no doubt have felt the onset of re- fatigue, induced by the weight of new products which claim to "rethink," "re-imagine" and "redefine" things (but seldom do). So while we're a little dubious of the claim that Rainshader "reinvents" the umbrella – it is still a canopy on a stick, after all – at least there's no denying that there is actual innovation in evidence. Apparently the helmet-shaped Rainshader doesn't turn inside out in the wind, drip on people, or poke them in the eye.  Read More

The Springtime picnic kit set sits neatly on the back of a bicycle

Dubbed Springtime, this bike-ready picnic kit from Dutch designer Jeriël Bobbe contains everything that one could need for a pleasant lunch in the park.  Read More

The NDūR Survival Straw filters out nasties from dirty water as you drink

Most of us take water for granted. If we want a drink, we turn a tap or twist a cap and there it is. But if you find yourself off the beaten track in triple-digit heat without it, locating some can mean the difference between life and death. Finding a pool of water in the shade of a rock may seem like a godsend, but then the question of waterborne diseases raises its head. That’s where the NDūR Survival Straw comes in.  Read More

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