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It's been a triumphant year for adrenaline. The year hosted the introduction of wild, innovative adventure gear for every type of terrain and weather known to man. The new generation of hard goods, which encapsulates everything from mini snowmobiles, to high-powered electric thrusters, to super-fast two, three, four and six-wheelers, will ensure that the Earth's asphalt, sand, snow and rock remain thrilling playgrounds. Read More
Over the years, the backpack has evolved slowly. It's gained new and improved features, but it's remained essentially the same: a dual-strapped sack. But a host of more substantial backpack redesigns over recent years, such as multifunctional jacket backpacks and restructured strap systems, suggest that evolution might be accelerating. The Offpiste UltraPack leaps forward a few evolutionary stages, strapping a gear-hauling triangle to your torso via a single strap for new-found athleticism. Read More
Last year, German camper specialist Knaus Tabbert used the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon to present its vision of the future camping trailer. The yacht-inspired Caravisio was a large, luxurious home-on-wheels with some careful aerodynamic treatments. This year, Knaus went small, light and simple, presenting the Travelino concept, a compact trailer outfitted with space- and weight-saving features. Read More
The ACE 1 stove from African Clean Energy combines elements of solar and biomass power to offer an eco-friendly cooking solution that also charges electronic devices. The stove is a cooking/charging solution for connected campers, developing nations and remote, off-grid dwellers. Read More
From the ubiquitous soft top to multi-panel glass retractables, car convertibles have always been a staple of our coverage. Lately, boat convertibles have picked up steam, in the form of vessels like the Revolver 44GT and 88 Florida. As accustomed to the wide range of convertibles as we've become, nothing quite prepared us for the convertible motorhome, a concept that appeared at the recent Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. The one-of-a-kind, "penthouse-on-wheels" lets wind flow through the driver's hair with the retraction of its sliding roof. Read More
Traditionally, coffee-loving commuters have brewed coffee at home and poured it into travel mugs or purchased it mid-commute in paper cups with plastic tops. More recently, coffee has been getting easier and easier to brew on the move. The latest all-in-one brew-and-carry option, the Stanley Vacuum Coffee System, nests a boiling pot, French press and insulated mug into a neat, portable package. Read More
The search for the perfect mobile, off-grid living solution continues. Over the past year, we've already seen many such designs, from within the crisp halls of the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, to their natural habitat at Overland Expo, to the occasional EcoTrek or Fieldsleeper International debut. Another fairly new design, the ADAK Trailer is what happens when a group of lifelong sportsmen huddled around the campfire get to talking about what's wrong with camper design. It combines ride-anywhere grit and comfy, spacious living. Read More
According to its creators, not only can the ZeroHour XD tactical flashlight blast 1,000 lumens of light into the evening darkness for up to six hours, it can charge an iPhone seven times (though it won't do both on the same charge). The flashlight includes a removable, 10,200-mAh battery pack that doubles as a dual-USB charger and features a modular design that allows the size of the device to be altered depending on the need at hand. Read More
Hiking poles sometimes take on a multifunctional role in the outdoors, serving in place of dedicated tent poles on lightweight shelters like the Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4. This year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market took the multifunctional hiking pole to a new level, with two hiking poles that double as full-on survival tools on show. One includes an interchangeable multi-tool system that transforms it into a spear, brush axe and more, while the other has a built-in flashlight … and stun gun. Read More
After introducing its PowerTrekk portable fuel cell charger several years ago, Swedish company myFC is readying the 2.0 version. The new model is close to three times more powerful than the original, offering enough juice to charge tablets, along with smaller devices like smartphones and GPS units. Read More
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