Flashlights and lanterns tend to be found at the core of outdoor
adventure and/or disaster preparation gear. Flashlights, typically, are
more common because they can offer a substantial amount of light with
far less bulk. The Zyntony Torch may change that, as its 20 Cree LEDs
are designed to deliver up to 4,000 lumens of light in a 360-degree arc,
with independent control over each 90-degree quadrant.
The Cedar Point theme park in the city of Sandusky, Ohio, has
announced a new ride that it says will claim 10 world records. Valravn
will apparently be "the world's tallest, fastest and longest dive
coaster." It will be 223 ft (68 m) tall, hit speeds of 75 mph (121 km/h)
and be 3,415 ft (1,041 m) long.
UK-based outdoors company Anevay recently unveiled a portable
wood-burning stove that looks like it could be a good fit for
small-living enthusiasts and off-grid types. The firm says that the
Frontier Plus can be safely used in a tiny house, van, tipi, or even a
Man caves are great, but they are generally fixed firmly in one place, often a back shed or garage. The Dutch-designed Mannen Caravan lets the man of the house cast off the shackles and take his man cave on the road. He can tow his retractable TV, beer keg, big-screen projector system and roof-top lounge anywhere the road takes him and set up camp like a king among men. There's even a remote-controlled beer cooler.
We've just seen one Düsseldorf-debuted camper of the future work its way into the present, and now the Triaca Concept 230 presents another futuristic vision born at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. Designed by Italy's Roller Team, the new study is an experimentation with a smarter, more eco-friendly breed of motorhome.
The Volkswagen Transporter may have a richer, more nostalgic history, but when it comes to modern-day camper vans, the Fiat Ducato is the reigning king of base vehicles. Fiat goes so far as to call it "the only base created to be a camper." For this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, Fiat Professional teamed with the 4x4 specialists at Dangel to give the Ducato a bit more capability. The Ducato 4x4 Expedition Camper Show Van opens up new possibilities, letting the Ducato driver stake his overnight claim well off the beaten, paved track.
French company Beauer wants you to get more outdoor living space without having to tow a huge, bulky trailer. Its 3X teardrop features a telescopic design that gives you three times the interior space, creating what looks like a tin can in the woods. Beauer is also working to expand its lineup to include a camper van and large trailer, each with 3x expanding slide-outs.
The North American arrival of the Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 has been making an impact on the camper van market with the likes of the Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4 and Winnebago Era 4x4. Portland-based Outside Van has taken delivery of its first Sprinter 4x4s and has created the Lava Flow, a light camper van with loads of interior space dedicated to hauling sports gear into and out of the wild. It's a van for the full-time adventurer or weekend warrior who doesn't need all the weight and bulk of a fully equipped camper.
With a bit of inspiration from the slick, yacht-inspired Caravisio concept camper revealed in 2013, Knaus Tabbert has developed an all-new version of its Eurostar flagship caravan. While the "motorhome in a caravan" has lost a bit of the flash and feature of the Carivisio, the Eurostar is a real camper born from the same forward-looking vision: comfortable, adaptable interior, the latest in construction technology, and a touch of "yacht for the road" feel.
The amount of kit needed to go camping in the great outdoors can soon add up. Which means multi-purpose products capable of catering to more than one need can be an absolute godsend. The VSSL Flask is one such item, combining a flashlight, compass and a flask for discreetly storing a beverage of your choice.