Back in 2012, Suunto set a high benchmark in outdoor navigation watches with the Ambit, now in its third generation. While the Ambit series has comprised some venerable performers, not every outdoor user needs a high-powered, multi-sport wrist computer. For "aspiring outdoor enthusiasts" Suunto has added the Traverse – a simpler watch with key features like GPS/GLONASS navigation.
Quality products generally make tasks easier to accomplish while lasting longer than their cheaper counterparts. When it comes to staying dry outside in tempestuous weather, however, almost all umbrellas
tend to suffer similar shortcomings. The Cypress, however, may be the
last and best umbrella you'll ever own, as its telescopic suspension
system is designed to be stronger, durable, and more resistant to
Portable water filtration systems have generally been constrained by their ability to eliminate only bacteria and Cryptosporidium (a microscopic, diarrhea-causing parasite), but not viruses. Purification systems get rid of viruses, but take longer to do so. The MSR Guardian is different – it acts as both filter and purifier and is claimed to eliminate all biological threats you might find in even the dirtiest of water.
What's more fun than camping? Bringing a trailer full of toys with you and spending your days playing outside and nights sleeping under the stars. We've seen a number of solutions for these types of adventure trips over the years, from the raised tent platforms of the SylvanSport Go and Xventure XV-2, to the multi-purpose interior of the Teal Tail Feather, to light camper vans like the Outside Lava Flow. The new Patriot TH610 provides another: a flatbed on the back of a pop-up camping trailer.
If you like your nights out unusual, then look no farther. Visitors to the Clear Lounge bar in Cozumel, Mexico, are submerged in a 13,000-gal (59,100-l) tank of water while scented oxygen is pumped into their diving helmets. If that sounds mundane, then there's underwater Jenga to keep you occupied.
People who travel for business will know that a mobile office could make life a lot easier. Belgian design firm Five AM thought this, too, so went about creating its own mobile office from an old caravan. Not only is the dojowheels a workspace, though, it can also be transformed into a place to sleep.
Colorado-based outdoor enthusiast Britton Purser has teamed up with his two younger brothers to create a series of lightweight teardrop caravans tough enough to take off road. The Vintage Overland teardrops weigh about 700 lb and provide the makings for a quick and easy getaway, offering shelter for two adults or, with a few additions, even a family of four.
We've already seen setups that allow stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) to be rowed, sailed, or paddled like a kayak.
There's apparently still room for innovation, however – the SupSki
system lets you propel your board using upper body techniques borrowed
from the sport of cross-country skiing.
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.