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.
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.
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.
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.
For those of us of a certain age, the old VW camper van introduced in the 1950s held the promise of a compact, affordable home away from home – or just home. Never mind that it had an engine like something off a sewing machine, steered like a bucket, and negotiated hills on a 50-50 basis – it represented the freedom of the road. Volkswagen is continuing this tradition with a new California variant of its recently released Transporter T6.
There's a new way to streamline your camping kitchen thanks to the Camp Champ, which packs a home kitchen's worth of cooking gear into a neat box. At camp, the box opens up into a full kitchen area complete with stove, cookware, dishes, tools, utensils and plenty of counter space. On the road, the all-in-one kitchen keeps all of that equipment secured snugly in a series of cubbies, shelves, cabinets and racks made from elegant sapele-veneered plywood.
Not every family has the budget for a full-blown Type A, B or C motorhome for weekend and holiday use. One of the options we've seen a lot of lately is the Type B that can effectively double as an everyday people or cargo hauler. The Volksleisure and Horizon Multi Concept Vehicle are two such dual purpose-built vans, and now the folks at WildAx Motorhomes have their own idea on how to give the van a split personality. With their Pulsar, they've added a kitchen and bathroom to the back of a Citroën Relay, leaving a roomy, uncluttered four-person cabin for everyday driving.
There are plenty of camping trailers that haul boats and other outdoor gear into the wild. We've covered options like the SylvanSport GO-Easy and BCT MOAB Yak within the past year. Portland-based American Dream Trailer Company has a new – er, revisited – idea for how to best transport a boat on your camper. In place of the typical gear racks, its trailer uses a matching boat that secures to the trailer roof like a fitted hat.
One of the members of a new generation of stylish camping trailers that also includes the Mogo Freedom and Happier Camper HC1, the Nest caravan was designed for a more luxurious road-tripping experience. It combines a sleek, infusion-molded monocoque body with a comfortable, fully featured interior.
We've spent a lot of time covering overland expedition vehicles of late thanks to the recent Overland Expo and Abenteuer und Allrad shows. The all-new Marq concept from Quantis GmbH may be our favorite of the bunch. An interesting blend of function and fashion, the prototype design features a clean, modern shell atop a rugged, military-style Land Rover Defender 130 chassis. It also has an efficient, versatile interior. This vehicle is ready to ride anywhere and everywhere and look pretty damn cool doing it.