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The main RukSak backpack with 10 additional pouches

A number of companies have been working on modular backpacks and messenger bags that can grow and adjust around different trips and purposes. One designer seems to feel they haven't been taking things far enough. The new RukSak hangs 10 different modules on a multi-day backpack, making for dozens of different configurations and uses.  Read More

The NDūR Survival Straw filters out nasties from dirty water as you drink

Most of us take water for granted. If we want a drink, we turn a tap or twist a cap and there it is. But if you find yourself off the beaten track in triple-digit heat without it, locating some can mean the difference between life and death. Finding a pool of water in the shade of a rock may seem like a godsend, but then the question of waterborne diseases raises its head. That’s where the NDūR Survival Straw comes in.  Read More

The new Ambit2 S and Ambit2 from Suunto

Launched last year, the Suunto Ambit brought a new level of functionality to the GPS watch market. Not only could its GPS keep tabs on your speed, distance and vertical, but it allowed for full navigation functions, routing you in and out of the great outdoors. Suunto has now revealed the second generation of Ambit watches with something for both explorers and athletes.  Read More

The Boreas Bootlegger Modular Pack System uses a shared suspension harness for three diffe...

No matter how many different suitcases, backpacks, carry-ons, purses, man-satchels and such that you own, you can still find yourself lugging the wrong type of bag and thinking "man, I need some new luggage." A number of manufacturers are attempting to make your jet-setting a little easier by designing modular luggage pieces that can grow, shrink and shift shapes to suit a variety of situations. This new generation of modular luggage should make everything from overnighters to multi-year pilgrimages a little easier for travelers of all types and stripes.  Read More

Cacoon is a hanging fabric treehouse designed for adults and children alike

Treehouses are one of those childhood obsessions that never lose their appeal for many people, even after making their way into adulthood. Unfortunately, society frowns upon grown-ups messing around in treehouses, but Cacoon could possibly make the form factor acceptable for everyone, regardless of their age or level of maturity.  Read More

When Nature Calls is a makeshift toilet roll holder made from everyday objects; designed p...

Tasked with creating something that "generates social or economic value" using a 2-liter soda bottle, students from Alberta College of Art & Design have designed "When Nature Calls" – a simple, waterproof toilet paper dispenser for use in the great outdoors.  Read More

The ColdWear demonstration sleeve

Working on arctic oil rigs and similar sites doesn't just mean putting on a jumper and a scarf. It’s arduous, exhausting and dangerous, and requires careful judgment at all times to deal with the hostile frozen environment. To make this a bit less hazardous, the Scandinavian research organization SINTEF is developing clothing equipped with sensors to monitor temperature and activity, with an eye on helping supervisors to determine when it's time for workers to stop work and return inside.  Read More

Teal met its goal of designing a camper that weighs less than 1,000 pounds (454 kg)

The modular, build-it-yourself Teal camper is officially available for purchase. Teal debuted its first model, the Tail Feather, at the Colorado RV, Sports, Boat and Travel Show last week and has begun production on the camper, which features a few structural changes from when we last saw it.  Read More

North Paw Directional Anklet Kit vibrates to provide a constant reference to magnetic nort...

If your hobbies include using a soldering iron and spending time exploring the great outdoors, then the North Paw Directional Anklet Kit from ThinkGeek may be of interest. It's a self-build vibrating compass which straps to the ankle, allowing the user to always tell which direction magnetic north lies.  Read More

The Symbioz flexes and twists well beyond other snowshoes

Snowshoes can be quite stiff and uncomfortable to walk in, especially for the uninitiated. The qualities that make them good for walking on snow – a large surface surface area and rotating crampon – can make them rather gawky to use. French snowshoe manufacturer TSL Outdoor has a different vision for snowshoes. In an attempt to better connect the user with the terrain, the company has designed a new composite shoe called Symbioz that is much slimmer and more flexible than conventional designs.  Read More

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