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Buddy Boxes mounted inside a van

In recent years, we've seen many modular camper conversions and camper-in-a-box kits. The hardware can transform an average, everyday vehicle into an overnight recreational vehicle, then be removed when the road trip is over, leaving the base vehicle ready to drop the kids off at school and make the commute to work. Designed by German architect, carpenter and all-around garage tinkerer Gerhard Euchenhofer, the BuddyBox represents an even smaller, more flexible modular conversion option. Not only can BuddyBoxes convert your van into a full camper, they can make it a tailgating party wagon, a picnic in the park, a sports support vehicle and more. When the trip's over, remove the BuddyBoxes and you have your standard-spec van back.  Read More

The Mogo Trailer is an open cargo hauler and camper

Over the past few years, we've seen a barrage of tiny, ultralight camping trailers hit the market. We won't say that it's a new trend, since man has been constructing lightweight road trip shelters for nearly as long as he's had an automobile to tow them, but some interesting ideas and designs have definitely been bubbling to the surface lately. The Mogo Freedom trailer is the latest member of this rising tide, opening the walls of camping trailer design to create a super-simple, ultra-versatile shelter and toy hauler.  Read More

Highlights from the Japan Camping Car Show 2015 (Photo: Stephen Clemenger/Gizmag.com)

Almost three quarters of Japan is covered by forests and mountains, meaning the mostly city-dwelling population of 126 million have both the space and the necessity to just get away from it all. Time is also in short supply for the working population, so long weekends or short vacations are the norm ... and when everyone has same vacation idea at the same time, accommodation is at a premium. This all adds up to a ready marketplace for camping vehicles. Gizmag headed along to the 2015 Camping Car show in Tokyo to check out the latest ways to tackle the great outdoors on wheels.  Read More

The Zibock offers a new way of finding and riding fresh snow

As we've seen with past debuts like the Snolo Stealth-X and Snowbull, sledding isn't just child's play anymore. The snowbound activity is moving from neighborhood front yards to high-mountain bowls. The all-new Zibock packs small and light for hiking deep into the mountains, then assembles into a full-suspension sled in minutes, providing a sit-down alternative to backcountry skiing and snowboarding.  Read More

A single tab of Fire Dragon burns for about eight minutes

Even if you've never been in a situation rougher and more life-threatening than a KOA campground, there's something comforting about knowing that you're prepared to start a fire in the wettest, nastiest conditions that Earth can hurl at you. Perhaps that's why we're always fascinated with versatile, new fire-starting materials, especially when they have awesome names. Fire Dragon from BCB International is a new, ultra-versatile, purportedly eco-friendly way of getting a roaring blaze sparked or meal cooked.  Read More

The Trail'ster uses a combination of turbo engine and rear electric drive

Usually one of the last car brands you'd think of when you think "off road," Kia is looking to pull urbanites out of city limits and into the great outdoors. The all-new Soul-based Trail'ster concept it's showing at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is the vision of a small crossover that's as comfortable roaming wide-open public lands as it is maneuvering cramped city streets.  Read More

BioLite has increased its line of off-grid gadgets with the NanoGrid (Photo: BioLite)

BioLite is expanding its line of off-grid gadgets with the recently-unveiled NanoGrid, a combined lighting and power storage system that helps keep your camp illuminated and charges your USB-powered devices, too.  Read More

The Avade heated jersey – potentially useful in any situation where you're outdoors and yo...

Stephen Romanin is the outdoors type. He loves mountain biking, skiing, and taking motorcycles off the beaten track – pursuits that put him on a mission to create a lightweight heated garment that can keep the cold at bay without interfering with the activity at hand. The result is the Avade heated jersey. We took it into the wild to see how it performs.  Read More

The H3 boasts a 1.7-in color OLED display (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

The all-new Seabear H3 is a smartwatch for outdoor lovers of land and sea. Billed as the first dive watch with color OLED display, the watch also includes features for hikers and other sporty landlubbers. Use it to plummet your way down into the vast abyss of the world's oceans, then dry it off, tweak your display and navigate the world's highest mountains.  Read More

The Nyne Aqua is a floating, wireless stereo system (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

Last year's International CES (the 2014 show) was chock full of Bluetooth speakers, and one of the few that stood out from the pack was Nyne's floating, waterproof Aqua speaker. Gizmag has since had the chance to test one out and see if it truly sinks or swims.  Read More

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