Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Outdoor

Pat's Carbonator can make beer, soda and carbonated water on the go

For decades, centuries probably, folks have dreamed of a more convenient way of transporting beer on distant adventures supported by back, boat and bike. The problem is, no one was able to shrink a full serving of legit beer into a package much smaller than a 12-oz can, and 12-oz cans are bulky and heavy. Pat's Backcountry Beverages has broken through and done it, creating a beer concentrate that can fit into a pocket and mix a 16 oz ale with the help of plain water and an easy-to-use carbonation system. Beer is now a whole lot easier to carry ... but how does an ultra-portable, concentrated brew taste?  Read More

The Floating Cinema projects films from the barge onto an exterior fixed surface, allowing...

Duggan Morris Architects has joined forces with British arts organization, UP Projects to launch this year’s "Floating Cinema," which will be gracing the waterways of East London until the end of September. For the project, Duggan Morris created an award winning design that converted a barge into a floating cinema.  Read More

Vibram shows its Concept Smart Sole at Outdoor Retailer

Vibram recently exhibited its Smart Concept Sole to give some insight as to the company's ideas for the future of sneaker technology. Along with a remote controlled LED lighting system that allows the soles to illuminate the ground ahead, Vibram anticipates the soles in future footwear to be embedded with sensors to warn the wearer of invisible environmental hazards.  Read More

AceCamp Survival Multi-Tool Shovel

Multi-tools have come a long way. At one time they were simply pocket knives with a handful of other functions. Today they're tooled smartphone cases, multifunctional snowboards, bike-specific Swiss Army tools and bottle-opening wallets. The Survival Multi-Tool Shovel from AceCamp is advertised as a multi-tool on steroids thanks to a design that incorporates wilderness essentials like a hatchet, shovel, compass and bottle opener.  Read More

The Aquabot can spray those dirty hands clean

The Lunatec Aquabot cap transforms a regular water bottle into a pressurized spray bottle. Like a Geigerrig in bottle form, the spraying action adds extra function and versatility to the average bottle. Instead of just drinking out of it, you can spray your hands clean, rinse dishes off and mist yourself in the face.  Read More

MINI's Clubvan Camper, Cowley and Countryman ALL4 Camp concepts

MINI has chosen the height of the British summer to unveil its new motoring-cum-camping concepts aimed at music festival goers and outdoor types in need of what the company euphemistically describes as "overnight solutions." The three products are the Clubvan Camper, the Cowley and the Countryman ALL4 Camp; a tiny camper van, a compact caravan and a rooftop tent respectively. Let's have a look, then.  Read More

UCO StakeLight

Anyone that camps long enough is bound to do it, probably a few times – trip on a guy line or stub his toe on a metal stake. The new StakeLight from UCO lights up the stake to prevent this common scenario.  Read More

The Grayl Water Filtration Cup

The Grayl Water Filtration Cup looks like a typical water bottle, but it's actually something quite different: a dual-walled cup that you can use to scoop water, filter out impurities and pathogens that threaten to make you sick, and drink out of, all in seconds. The cup is the latest alternative for filtering out intestine-shredding bacteria and viruses.  Read More

The My Camp Kitchen Mini packs a kitchen's-worth of cooking and serving accessories it int...

The My Camp Kitchen Mini takes the function and form factor of larger My Camp Kitchen models to pack a kitchen's-worth of cooking and serving accessories it into a smaller, cheaper package.  Read More

The Pop Up Grill serves as both charcoal grill and campfire grate

Campers have been using pop-up campers for years, now they can use a pop-up grill. Helping campers make room in their already stuffed-to-the-roof-lining cars, the Pop Up Grill serves as both charcoal grill and campfire grate, providing two ways of cooking smoky meals. Leave the charcoal at home and cook right over the campfire or use it as a traditional charcoal grill.  Read More

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