Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Outdoor

Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO features built-in LED lighting

Flashlights, lanterns, headlamps, tent lights … there are a lot of different ways to light up a campsite. Colorado-based outdoor specialist Big Agnes adds one more: the tent. More specifically, the company's mtnGLO tent range, which feature built-in LED lighting so there's no more fidgeting around for a flashlight that has rolled into a dark, cold corner.  Read More

The Housetrike combines transportation, cargo hauling and shelter

While not nearly as popular or diverse as motor vehicle camping trailers, pedal-powered campers like the Midget Bushtrekka provide another form of mobile shelter. Not to be confused with the Tricycle House, the Housetrike is a pedal camper with a unique form. It looks like a basic cargo trike at first, but extends into a lockable sleeper for one.  Read More

The Turtleback Trailer at Overland Expo 2014

We saw dozens of camping trailers at last month's Overland Expo. Some, like the Moby1, we've covered in the past, but there were also a number of new models. One of our favorites was the Turtleback Trailer, which packs many of the comforts of home in a rugged body that's ready to climb and claw its way through the desert, mountains and forest.  Read More

Sleeping high above the cold, icy ground

Built from military technology and optimized for off-road adventure, the Xventure XV-2 trailer from Schutt Industries is a versatile gear-hauler and people-sleeper. Instead of cramping trailer space with its tent hardware, the rugged, off-road tow-along has an adjustable upper deck for sleeping and a lower cargo bed for hauling tools and toys. The trailer can be customized with everything you need to survive and thrive in the backwoods.  Read More

The KLAX titanium multi-tool axe head uses a custom made clamping system for easy dismantl...

Ever been walking through the woods and had that impulse to chop up a fallen log, measure each piece, scrape off the untidy bits, fix them together with nails, nuts and bolts and then crack open a fresh beer? Okay, such an urge might be beyond even the most inspired of outdoor enthusiasts, but if you're carrying a KLAX multi-tool titanium axe head, it's hard to imagine a scenario for which you'd be unprepared.  Read More

BarkerBag connects to most sleeping bags to keep owner and pet toasty while camping

There's nothing like snuggling up in a sleeping bag at the end of a long day's hiking. Seattle-based designer Andy Storms is extending that pleasure to man's best friend with the BarkerBag. It's an insulated sleeping bag for dogs that connects to mummy-style sleeping bags via the zipper, allowing both dog and master to share body heat while sleeping in the great outdoors.  Read More

The CR-1 Carbon is 35 feet long and nearly 10 feet high

In today's world, we're surprised to see a high-end supercar that doesn't include a bunch of carbon fiber in its design. Despite prices that can be just as high-end, the material is far less common in the camper/RV market. A few designs we've covered, like the XPCamper, have carbon fiber on their spec sheets, but it's not something you run into all over the place. In introducing a big, glossy black-carbon bus trailer that it calls the "world's first all-carbon fiber RV," Global Caravan Technologies brings a heap of carbon fiber to the market all at once.  Read More

Climb Up! has constructed a test boulder that is 16 feet high (5 m) high

You no longer need a mountain or sheer cliff face to enjoy the thrill and challenge of technical climbing. Rock gyms have sprouted up across cities and suburbs around the world, providing a climbing option for those that don't have access to mountains. These gyms don't usually look anything like real rock, but a German company has a plan to construct climbing "mountains" out of an artificial material that it says looks and feels like the real thing.  Read More

Lynx plans to put the Internet-connected Smart Grill on the market in 2015

Spring is in the air, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. The temperatures have warmed; the snow has melted; flowers are blooming; and the smell of beef sizzling outdoors is once again teasing our noses. For many enthusiasts, grilling is as much a relaxing pastime as it is a household chore, but for those that might view it more as the latter, one grill manufacturer is planning an easier future. The voice-activated design of the Lynx Smart Grill lets you do more grilling from the comfort of your deck chair.  Read More

Aesent's 4-man tent features an inflatable base

Inflatable tents are nothing new, with offerings such as the Wedge, the Cave and the Kelty Mach 6 built around inflatable frames to speed up pitching times. But Utah-based start-up Aescent is turning things upside down with its four-man domed tent that features an inflatable mattress built into the base to provide a comfortable place to rest your weary bones after a day's hiking.  Read More

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