The hydration pack has been a great boon to all types of sports enthusiasts, providing an easy way of carrying enough water for long adventures in dry, hot weather. If there's one knock on such packs, it's that the hydration reservoirs inside can be difficult to clean. It's a problem that the industry has been continuously addressing with new reservoir designs and alternatives like the JetFlow. Texas company AquaStorage has its own solution: disposable, self-sealing bladders that you never have to clean.
Chammock is a hammock chair aimed at hikers, campers and backpackers, all of whom have to be strict about the size and weight of the things they carry with them. The name is a portmanteau of chair and hammock, and it's a perfect description of how Chammock works.
When the power goes out, modern life is thrown into disarray. But thanks to a new Kickstarter project you may not have to worry about your smartphone dying before the electricity comes back on. The Candle Charger is described as an "indoor power plant for smartphones," providing USB charging capabilities with just a candle and five ounces of water.
Grilling may be one of the most primal forms of cooking, stripping modern cooking right down to the basics of man – meat and fire. But that doesn't mean it's not slowly evolving into a more intelligent, refined creature, as evidenced by the development of numerous wireless smart thermometers like the BBiQ and myriad other innovative grilling gadgets and accessories. The Bright Grill brings app-based wireless monitoring and control to the grill itself, and it does so in a package built for every type of grill enthusiast, including those that live in small apartments and condos.
Two of the most relaxing contraptions on Earth just got together and had an odd but potentially awesome lovechild. The new HydroHammock delivers a hot tub in the air, suspending you, your favorite hot tub companion and several dozen gallons of heated water above the ground. We can think of few better ways to relax away a hard day of work or play in the backyard or beyond.
If you're in need of a good case of vertigo, just Google the term "rock
climbing bivy." Essentially, it's a narrow cot that a mountain climber
fastens to a cliff face, where they proceed to precariously spend the
night dangling above oblivion. Although you might not want to push
things quite that far, you can now get the same sort of thrill – but in a safer, more comfortable fashion – by staying in one of Natura Vive's three Skylodge Adventure Suites.
The rooftop car tent is among the easiest, least expensive ways of turning your car, van or SUV into a makeshift RV or overland vehicle. The Wild Land Pathfinder tent from Chinese outdoor gear company Q-Yield should prove one of the most convenient options out there. Its remote-controlled pop-up system pitches in seconds.
Rather than collect and treat the copious amount of pee produced by beer-swigging live music lovers, the organizers of last week's Roskilde Festival and the Danish Agriculture & Food Council opted to put all that liquid gold to good use. A beercycling project dubbed "From piss to pilsner" invited attendees to leave deposits for local farmers to use as fertilizer for barley crops grown to make beer.
Flotation vests save thousands of people from drowning every year, but they aren't of any use if they aren't actually worn. Despite their utility, many people choose not to wear such vests for reasons of comfort, fashion, or space, so Kingii is marketing what is calls the world’s smallest inflatable as an alternative. The focus of an Indiegogo campaign, the wrist-worn device is aimed at swimmers, surfers, sailors, and others who like getting their feet wet.
Grill aficionados seem to all agree that charcoal grills provide superior flavor over gas grills. The problem, particularly when it comes to portable grills, is that the charcoal grill is messier and more time-consuming. The Homping Grill makes charcoal grilling cleaner and easier, using a battery-powered fan to increase efficiency, cut down on the amount of charcoal needed to cook, and nearly eliminate smoke.