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Gizmag's favorite camping innovations of 2015

Camping provides a wonderful way of escaping everyday life and its ringing, buzzing and blinking gadgets. That doesn't mean campers need to go completely old school, though. Much of the camping gear and gadgetry we saw throughout 2015 uses smart design and tech for the betterment of campers everywhere. We've already looked at the big stuff – motorhomes and caravans – so here it's all about smaller, simpler car camping gear.
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GoCaddy turns an electric scooter into a golf cart

While many people prefer to ride in a motorized cart when they're golfing, not all golf courses have such vehicles … and bringing one's own full-size cart isn't really an option. Well, that's where the GoCaddy comes in. Billed as "the world's lightest and most versatile personal golf cart," it incorporates an existing GoPed folding electric scooter.Read More

Top 10 outdoor gadgets and wearables of 2015

Sure, you can still enjoy the great outdoors with the tried-and-true gear you've been using since the 70s, but there's some pretty cool high-tech gadgetry being designed for the likes of trekkers, skiers, surfers and trail runners these days, and there's nothing shameful about updating your gear list with a touch of cutting-edge tech and design. Whether you're looking for helpful tools to jumpstart a New Year's resolution of getting outside more or shopping for the outdoor junkie in your life, these gadgets are sure to result in fresh air and big fun.
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Top 10 motorhomes and caravans of 2015

We didn't see a camper quite as wild in 2015 as the seaplane camper we saw in 2014, but we have seen many a cool mobile living solution since we last compiled a list of our favorite RVs. New camper vans followed big events in the van market, including the launch of the Volkswagen T6 Transporter, US launch of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4, and discontinuation of full Ford E-Series vans. Beyond the Type Bs, there were also versatile expandable trailers and efficiently packaged roof- and chassis-top designs. Here are the coolest, most interesting motorhomes and camping trailers of 2015.
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Portable Rescue Swag acts as a first aid kit, sling and compression device

Long before it was popularized by fashion-conscious shoppers and flamboyant hip-hoppers, the word swag simply described a no-frills portable sleeping kit used by happy campers across Australia and New Zealand. The Rescue Swag doesn't depict a stylish liberation mission or a place to rest your head, but it does transform this mainstay of outdoor adventure into a handy first aid kit that can also be used as a sling or splint. Read More

Zombait brings new "life" to dead bait fish

When it comes to angling for big predatory fish, live bait is almost always the best way to go. Those bait fish must be caught and kept in a special "live well" aboard the boat, however, plus they'll inevitably tire out after spending much time at the end of the line. That's why Boston-based Magurobotics created the Zombait – it's a vaguely creepy device that makes dead bait fish move as if they're still alive.Read More

Zeus Handy Tool shrinks down the toolbox

When most people think of a multitool, chances are that they'll picture something like a Leatherman or a Swiss Army knife. That said, lately we've been seeing some interesting departures from those designs. One of the latest is the Australian-designed Zeus Handy Tool, which packs a whopping 23 odds and ends.Read More

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