If you're currently in a state of perpetual misery because of the bleak, damp cold outside your window, help is on the way. After looking at the new gear and clothing revealed at major sports shows like ISPO and SIA, as well as through the latest crowdfunding campaigns, we've found the newest, most innovative gadgets and wearables for beating the cold and frost, on the slopes and on the streets.
Since coming to market with its biomass-burning, electricity-generating stove, BioLite has been growing its line of multifunctional outdoor charging solutions. Additions have included the upsized BaseCamp and the NanoGrid campsite lighting system. Now BioLite launches a super-compact dual-purpose charging solution, the new PowerLight Mini. It works as a pocket-sized lantern and USB charger.Read More
If you've camped at music festivals, you'll know that tents are often discarded afterwards for campsite crews to clear up. This is, obviously, incredibly wasteful. Recognizing this, a pair of Dutch designers decided that, if people are going to leave their tents, they might as well be recyclable.Read More
There are many ways to filter and purify water out in the wild, the MSR Guardian and Oasis being a couple of the most recent we've looked at. Since 1999, Hydro-Photon has gone with ultraviolet light, offering lightweight, compact SteriPen purifiers that quickly zap away microorganisms. With its new Ultraviolet Reflection (UVR) technology, it makes the UV purification process even faster, so outdoor enthusiasts can get clean water more efficiently than ever. Read More
If you're a downhill mountain biker who lives in a cold-winter climate, chances are that you switch to snowboarding or downhill skiing once the snow sets in. Matic Hriba and a group of fellow Slovenian cyclists, however, really liked the idea of sticking with the handlebars/seat/pedals format. The result is the Hillstrike.Read More
If you believe the hype, you're soon going to have wearable electronics strapped, wrapped and dangling all over your body. Better save some room for wearable sports gear, though. We've seen a steady flow of sporty wearables, and they're not all performance-tracking wristbands. We covered one wearable sled not 10 months ago, and now we have an alternative design. Sled Legs strap to your legs, letting you kneel down and take off down the snow like Clark Griswold.
One of the biggest problems when traveling is how to pack everything from clothes to laptops to gym gear – and maybe even a wrinkle-free suit – into one bag. The Slicks Travel System created by Flink claims to solve that issue with a modular design that lets you pack according to purpose.Read More
At ISPO 2012, Hive took the snowshoe in a different direction with a design made to glide downhill in addition to climbing uphill and traversing across the hill. While an interesting concept, the short, wide shoes didn't look particularly well-designed for downhill gliding, and they didn't exactly take the winter sports world by storm. The recent ISPO 2016 show brought another skiable snowshoe design to light, and though the all-new Crossblades probably won't shake up winter sports any more than the Hives, they should make for more convincing descents.
Industrial Design student Kama Jania from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland has created a working prototype of a lightning-proof tent. The Bolt tent is part of a series of three different tents that are each designed to protect users from direct lightning strikes and step voltage (when lightning current or discharge flows between the ground and the feet of a person).Read More
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