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The Snorkelboard – it's like a glass-bottom boat, except a tad smaller

Just about everyone who's comfortable with swimming in the ocean is at least somewhat interested in seeing what's in the water below them. Not everyone, however, is so keen on actually sticking their head below the surface and breathing through a snorkel. If you're one of those people, you might like the Snorkelboard.  Read More

The new microchipped skis are designed to take the guesswork out of waxing (Photo: Madshus...

The waxing of cross-country skis can be a tricky business. Not only do you have to determine the proper hardness for the snow conditions, but you also need to make sure that the grippy kick wax and the more slippery glide wax each end up being applied to the proper sections of the ski. Norwegian ski manufacturer Madshus has set out to simplify the process, with microchip-equipped skis.  Read More

Stakes is an ultra-light and ultra-portable grill

Cooking food when in remote places can mean having to lug a camping stove along for the journey or trying your hand at some bushcraft to fashion a rudimentary grill. Israeli designer Roee Magdassi has created another possibility, however. Stakes is an ultra-light and ultra-portable grill that weighs just 300 g and takes a matter of seconds to assemble.  Read More

The Galileo-SmartLVS hardware (prototype pictured) coupled with the LawinenFon app transfo...

In October of last year, the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) issued a warning about the dangers of relying on smartphone apps that were being marketed as economical alternatives to avalanche transceivers. But a new smartphone app and add-on hardware component could provide an alternative that is not only cheaper than dedicated avalanche transceivers, but also provides additional functionality.  Read More

The Leatherman Hail + Style PS combines two multi-tools in one

Along with its various other activity-specific multi-tools, Leatherman currently offers models dedicated to the unique needs of skaters and surfers. Now, it's come out with a newly-updated tool designed just for snowboarders – the Hail + Style PS.  Read More

SwissRoomBox presents the new FreeTech at ISPO Munich 2014

Since we first covered the SwissRoomBox in 2012, the manufacturer has been streamlining its design, offering products that are smaller, simpler and cheaper. The all-new FreeTech represents its smallest model yet, a suitcase-sized camper that you can easily roll into the car and take on a plane. Camping in comfort is easier than ever.  Read More

FishHunter uses sonar, and displays fish-finding data on a smartphone

In the battle between man and fish, technology has swayed things to the humans' favor. Fish finders are probably the most prevalent use of technology in fishing, and FishHunter takes things one step further by incorporating Bluetooth and a smartphone into the fish-locating equation.  Read More

Expedition users can switch between the turbine, solar and hand crank power

Powertraveller adds an ultra-versatile portable charger to its gadget charger line. Not only does the new Powermonkey Expedition include standards like a clamshell solar panel, AC adapter and crank charger, it complements them with a portable wind/river turbine. Carry the kit on your adventures and simply connect the generator component that's most suitable for the current conditions.  Read More

Using the Easybreath snorkel promises to feel more natural than traditional snorkeling

For those people unprepared to learn to scuba dive, snorkeling is a great way to explore the water while remaining close to the surface. The main problem with it is that it forces the swimmer to breathe through only their mouth, which can feel unnatural. Tribord's new Easybreath mask aims to solve that problem, by allowing natural breathing through the nose or mouth.  Read More

The Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove is small, light, and folds away flat

If there's one thing liable to ruin the backpacking experience, it's being weighed down by too much baggage. The problem is there are several things considered essential for the serious backpacker who spends his or her day hiking and his or her nights camping in the wilderness. One of which is a stove. The Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove could solve the dilemma of traveling light vs. eating every evening.  Read More

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