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Outdoors

The mPowerPad is a solar charging device that has several functions, but lacks any externa...

With recent advances in photovoltaic panels and rechargeable batteries, it's only natural that there should now be an influx of solar-powered electronic devices. Just last week we profiled the Sunbox solar power system, that uses energy from the Sun to power three kinds of lights, recharge AA batteries, and juice up mobile phones. Now, it's time to take a look at a similar product, Third Wave Power's mPowerPad. It can charge mobile devices through its two USB ports, along with serving as a radio, flashlight, reading lamp, and even an ultrasonic insect-repelling device. As you might have noted in the photo, however, it has no external controls ... so how are you supposed to use the thing?  Read More

The Solid Gray backpack features a rigid foldable design, and is made from a single sheet ...

There are loads of precious and fragile electronics in our lives that require appropriate protection when used on-the-go, and therefore the range of gadget-tailored bags is pretty huge. If you need greater protection than a typical case provides, however, a hard shell-equipped backpack may be your best bet. Designed for heavy use, the Solid Gray backpack comes with a rigid body yet is lightweight at the same time, given that it's made from a single sheet of copolymer.  Read More

The Carson Portable Rotisserie Grill is a fully-functioning powered rotisserie, that packs...

If James Bond ever went on a cook-out, it probably wouldn’t be too surprising if he were to open up an aluminum briefcase, to reveal a miniature fully-functioning rotisserie inside – that Q is so clever! Well, if you want to exercise your own “license to grill,” you can actually buy such a device. The Carson Portable Rotisserie Grill automatically rotates up to seven skewers of meat or veggies over a charcoal fire, but folds into a compact case when not in use. Eat your heart out, Blofeld!  Read More

The SteriPEN Freedom is a USB-rechargeable portable UV water purifier

Water purifier manufacturer SteriPEN has updated its lineup of portable products, with a UV-based unit called the SteriPEN Freedom. Billed as the smallest, lightest and first rechargeable UV water purifier on the market, it disinfects up to 16 oz (0.5 L) of water in 48 seconds.  Read More

The Selk'Bag (or Musuc'Bag) is a sleeping bag with arms, legs and a hood, which can be bot...

If you’ve done much camping, chances are that you’ve probably seen fellow campers sitting around the chilly campsite first thing in the morning, wearing their sleeping bag like it’s a dressing gown. Well, Chilean graphic designer Rodrigo Alonso Schramm has taken the wearable sleeping bag concept one step farther, and created one with arms, legs, and a hood. Sold as both the Selk’Bag (in homage to the nomadic Chilean Selk'nam people) and the Musuc’Bag, it could be just the thing for those times when you feel like getting up, but don’t want to get out of bed.  Read More

Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight ...

Designed and built by a German-based industrial designer Daniel Straub, Sealander is a clever two-in-one vehicle that combines features of an electric power boat and a camping trailer. And it's not just a blue-sky concept - a prototype has been built and successfully tested on the road and on the water and Sealander is now reportedly being prepared for production.  Read More

Creek Stewart has built a shotgun that makes for a pefect survival tool (Photo: Creek Stew...

Creek Stewart is a survival instructor whose main interest lies in building compact-sized and clever survival kits. One of his latest projects is to modify a pump-action shotgun and cram it full of survival stuff, essentially creating a combination of a weapon and survival tool ... perfect in case of a zombie apocalypse.  Read More

The Bubble collection is a range of portable transparent domed huts, created by French des...

French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created a range of portable transparent huts, offering a quiet space to retreat to. The idea behind his Bubble collection was to create a temporary leisure accommodation that had the least impact on the surrounding environment, whilst also giving the impression of being amongst nature. The range includes the BubbleTree, CristalBubble, BubbleLodge and BubbleRoom, which are all suitable to spend a night in, without disturbing the natural surroundings.  Read More

The Ecco Camper concept by NAU design

NAU, the design studio behind the 360-degree Immersive Cocoon we checked out earlier this month, has penned this streamlined, zero-local-emission Ecco Camper concept with a view to inspiring a new way of getting away from it all in the 21st Century.  Read More

The Field Kitchen is a single unit that combines much of what is needed for cooking on cam...

While some people like to show off how they can survive on just wieners and beans when they’re camping, others go to the opposite extreme, and set up miniature kitchens that they use to cook full meals from scratch. People in that second group, however, generally have to cart around several cases of gear, that they have to assemble and tear down for every meal. What they need is a self-contained portable camping kitchen, where all their gear can be both stored and used ... and that just happens to be what Kanz Outdoors’ Field Kitchen is.  Read More

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