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.
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.
At the end of an action-packed day of recorded activity, it can be difficult to muster motivation to scrutinize and edit all the footage. NexGear, a startup from Mumbai, India, is looking to make such memories simpler to publish, just as one might a selfie on social media. The Frodo Adventure Camera is designed to record and auto-edit the best scenes into ready-to-share videos.Read More
Whether it be in the wilderness or at a crowded event, there is nothing more frustrating for many people than the dreaded no signal icon or "message not sent" being displayed on their smartphone display. GoTenna is a pen-sized Bluetooth device that is designed to keep your group connected to each other, even when there's no network around. We tried out a pair deep in the southern Rocky Mountains to see how they performed.Read More
The brainchild of former NASA engineer Garrett Finney, Texas-based Taxa isn't the camper company to call if you're looking for a run-of-the-mill teardrop or fifth wheel. It's a place where trailer building mixes with science and art, resulting in otherworldly campers like the Cricket and the FireFly. Its latest effort, the TigerMoth, is a small, 910-lb towable that uses some innovative solutions to camp two in blissful, breezy comfort.
The "world's smartest headlamp" is getting smarter. Petzl introduced its reactive Nao headlamp back in 2012 and has now returned with an upgrade, the Nao+. The new model packs more than double the lumens of the original Nao and features smartphone integration to give you greater control over lighting when you're on-the-go.Read More
Plenty of Bluetooth speakers can get outside and play music at the beach, campground or poolside. Not as many are purpose-built for paddling into the waves and catching the big one, though. Designed to stand up against rolling saltwater, shock and other hazards of the great outdoors, the Hercules WAE Outdoor Rush speaker can mount to your surfboard or snowboard and bring the tunes along for the ride.
Casio has been making watches since the 70s, and the company has taken that experience into the Android Wear market with its WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch. Introduced at CES, the WSD-F10 is designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind, featuring applications optimized for trekking, cycling and even fly fishing.Read More
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.
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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