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Automotive

Vikenze II solo camper offers simple but surprisingly well-equipped overnighting

One of the greatest parts of camping is leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life behind for the quiet solitude of a simpler world. But how much quiet solitude can you really get when driving a bus-sized RV filled with people, especially if those people don't share your vision of what camping is all about? The all-new Wheelhome Vikenze II strips camping down to its most singular form, offering seriously space-efficient accommodations for you, and you alone.
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Outdoors

Back-packable organizer stores cooking gear and protects the flame

Back in 2013, we looked at Utah startup Grub Hub and its idea for hauling cooking gear to camp. Its wheeled kitchen-in-a-box rides to camp like a roller suitcase and sets up to give you an organized place to prep and cook. While it's a convenient way to get your kitchen from car to campsite, no one's taking such a large unit backpacking, canoeing or bikepacking, and it might even prove too much for car campsites that entail any kind of real hike-ins. For those kinds of activities, Grub Hub presents the all-new Cirque, a backpack-friendly kitchen organizer that doubles as a windscreen. Read More

Outdoors

Wearable sleeping bag liner brings the heat at camp

Last fall, Utah startup Ravean brought some heated down garments and hoodies onto the scene in preparation of Winter 2016. Now that the winter is officially over in Utah and surrounding parts (more or less), Ravean is getting ready for summer by applying its 12V heating technology to sleeping bag liners. Its wearable liner makes your sleeping bag extra toasty on chilly nights and wears out of the tent, giving you a heated overcoat for cold mornings and evenings. It also charges your phone and other mobile gadgets. Read More

Outdoors

One80 headlamp spreads light from a half-halo

Some entrepreneurial adventurers (adventurous entrepreneurs?) seem quite convinced that the classic headlamp, lantern and flashlight just aren't cutting it anymore. They think campers, backpackers and other outdoorsy folks need to mix it up with solutions like chest lights, backpack strap lights and even 8,000-lumen belt lamps. Another alternative, the One80 works as a headlamp, but it's far from classic, replacing the typical central light housing with a curved LED band that spreads light the namesake 180 degrees. And if you prefer your light lower down, that LED band can be removed and strapped to your waist.
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Outdoors

Teardrop trailer "wows" with red cedar looks

Woodwork has a way of taking a nice product and making it extraordinary. The teardrop trailer is already a beloved icon inspiring visions of exploration and adventure. Add a birch interior, as High Camp has done, or a wood body, as on the Hütte Hut, and you take the teardrop to a new level of magnificence. The Australian-designed Wood on Wheels (WOW) Cedar Teardrop Camper might just reach another level yet. Built of red cedar from the fenders to the roof, this trailer is a downright beautiful shelter equipped with modern camping amenities.
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Outdoors

Crazy-X tent dwellers meet in the middle

Often, part of the fun of camping is spending time with friends or family. With this in mind, the new Crazy X tent is designed to make sleeping under the stars an even more sociable experience. Shaped like a cross, the tent has four sleeping pods that face each other so campers can commune under canvas.Read More

Automotive

Flow Camper captures the spirit of the classic Volkswagen camper bus

Over the past year, Volkswagen has been trying hard to tap into the spirit of its classic Type 2 T1 and T2 vans, offering a retro-inspired launch package for the T6 van and channeling its heritage into the Budd-e concept. Neither was all that convincing. A new camper van from German van converter Martin Hemp looks like a far more fitting tribute to the original Type 2s. The T6-based Flow Camper captures the "freedom and love" spirit of 1960s-era VW campers while outfitting road trippers with a modular set of modern camping equipment.Read More

Architecture

Hungarian lookout tower offers a room with a view

Nartarchitects recently completed work on an unusual project involving one of the tallest observation towers in Hungary. Located on a mountain range and connected to a well-trodden hiking route, the Lookout Tower at Galyatető features three shelters which offer hikers a unique – if rather spartan – place to rest their heads.Read More

Outdoors

BioLite Mini lantern gives you ultra-portable light and power

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

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