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A lighter for computer geeks – Pilot Slider USB Rechargeable Lighter

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

So you’re out in the wilderness, Les Stroud style, and you need a fire.  Stat.  You would have bought a lighter but they didn”t allow them on the plane.  Fortunately, you remembered to pack your Pilot Slider USB Rechargeable Lighter!  Available for $19.99 at ThinkGeek, $11.99 at Amazon and reportedly (from reviews) for less than Read More…


Faveable shares essential tools for your outdoor adventure

on Monday, March 24th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

A good match kit, compass and pocket knife should be at the top of your check list for any outdoor adventures you may be planning. Our friends at Faveable have compiled one such list with a good option for each of these product categories. UCO Stormproof Match Kit: If you’re planning to do some camping Read More…


These camping cots let you “rack ‘em and stack ‘em”

on Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

This looks dangerous, but I suppose having stacking cots could save room inside a cramped tent.  The Two Person Portable Camping Bunk Bed has “sturdy steel construction bars” and a sleeping surface, made of heavy-duty, washable, mildew-resistant 600D polyester, that’s wider than most camping cots.  It says it sleeps two adults, with a weight limit of Read More…


The comforts of home – without breaking your back

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

If you like camping without roughing it too much, you probably like a stove to cook your meals.  You probably don’t want anything too heavy, because you have to carry it to the camp site.  The Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Fold N Go 2-Burner Stove gives you a spacious cooking surface in a package that folds up smaller Read More…


Faveable – a new site for men to discover cool stuff

on Monday, February 10th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Today I want to announce our partnership with a new site called Faveable. Faveable is similar to Pinterest, but has its main focus on the coolest gadgets and “guy stuff” from across the web. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we’ll be bring you a short article like this one. The leading introductory post today is a Read More…


Big Bang Tents will protect you from nature while you sleep and charge your gadgets

on Saturday, January 18th, 2014

The next time you decide to go camping, consider a tent from UK based Big Bang Tents. Not only are these tents available in a variety of colorful patterns that are perfect for festivals, they also feature a 5w solar panel, lithium solar storage bank and mobile phone/USB charging adaptors for charging many of your Read More…


The PowerPot V review

on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping.  Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me.  Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook at Read More…


Folding Firebox Nano is a camping stove small enough to fit in your shirt pocket

on Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

The Folding Firebox Nano is a 3″ stainless steel camp stove that when folded, will fit in your pocket. It weighs in at less than 6 ounces (170 grams) and is about .25 inches thick when collapsed. It doesn’t requires any assembly or tools to set it up. Just unfold, add sticks, twigs or a Read More…


A compact, multi-purpose cooking pot and kettle from the makers of the BioLite CampStove

on Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

BioLite, the same company that brought us the CampStove, is now offering an accessory that serves two functions.  The KettlePot is made of thin stainless steel, so it’s more durable than aluminum pots and easier to clean without worrying about scrubbing off the coating.  It comes with a BPA-free plastic kettle top with a silicone Read More…


Carry an ultralight camping stove in your backpack

on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

If open fires aren’t allowed where you camp, you’ll need some sort of stove to prepare your food.  The Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition, plus a canister of gas, is all you’ll need for cooking.  The stove itself folds up into a small package, as seen in the upper left and right images. Read More…


Go camping in an inflatable geodesic dome

on Friday, July 5th, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Geodesic domes have been used for everything from playground climbing equipment to homes, and now you can camp in one.  The Cave from Heimplanet doesn’t use poles, but instead uses inflatable tubes from which you suspend the tent.  It’s big enough to sleep 2-3 people, and it has storage pockets built in to help hold Read More…


Skip the Plastic Forks and Carry a Sigg Outdoor Cutlery Knife Instead

on Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The Sigg Outdoor Cutlery Knife is a stainless steel pocket knife style tool that features 3 eating utensils: a fork, a knife and a spoon. Protected by a nylon pouch with a handy belt loop, this multi-tool makes sure that you always have the right gear at hand for outdoor chow sessions and office lunches. Read More…


Chopstick + Foon = Kung Foon

on Saturday, April 7th, 2012

The Kung Foon is a barbed spork style eating utensil available in titanium or stainless steel. In addition to being able to use it as a fork or a spoon, it also has a unique feature that allows you to insert a chopstick to turn it into a long handled ladle for stirring or serving. You Read More…


Cook Your Food and Charge Your Gadgets with BioLite CampStove

on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Using only twigs, you can cook your food with this quick-lighting little camp stove.  The CampStove from BioLite is only 8.25″  x  5″, weighs 2 pounds, and folds up for easy packing.  When you get to the campsite, it burns twigs, pine cones, pellets, and other biomass, so you don’t have to carry heavy fuel Read More…


You Can’t Start a Fire Without a Spark – Sparxgear Fire Piston

on Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Sparxgear has designed a Fire Piston, and they are using Kickstarter for funding.  Never heard of a fire piston?  Before the days of matches, fires were often started with a fire piston.  A combustible material – cloth, wood, even milkweed down, etc. – is inserted on the end of  the fire piston.  Quick compression of Read More…


Easy to use compass that you’ll never break

on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

This little compass will always show you which way is North. Just remove it from the included waterproof aluminum capsule, set it on a flat surface and it will swivel around to point North/South. A Red dot marks the North end of this powerful rare earth magnet that is pretty much unbreakable. Even better is Read More…


Coleman 10-Cup Portable Propane Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe

on Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

For campers who like to rough it without giving up their coffee, Coleman offers the 10-Cup Portable Propane Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe.  The coffee maker uses a 16.4 oz propane cylinder;  you’ll get about 4.4 hours of brewing time from each cylinder.  It has an InstaStart auto-ignition button so you don’t have to Read More…


A Ceiling Fan with Light for Your Tent

on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

If you like to camp without roughing it too much, you might like to add a ceiling fan with light to your tent.  The Camping Tent LED Ceiling Fan Light from Gadgets and Gear has 18 super-bright LEDs and a fan.  With 2 D-cell batteries (not included), you can expect up to 37 hours of Read More…


Bored with your spork? Get a foon instead.

on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Spice up your next camping trip with the GSI Outdoors telescoping ultralight foon. It’s a combination spoon and fork made of Lexan polycarbonate resin that goes from 5.75 inches to 4 inches long with a flick of the thumb. It’s available in several colors and can be found for $1.75 at Sierra Trading Post.


Sleepwalk at camp in toasty mobility with Selk’bag

on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Ever thought of sleeping bags as too restrictive?  Have a look at the Selk’bag Sleepware System (click here for US and here for UK).  Designed and tested in the Chilean Andes and redesigned for its 3rd-gen release, the Selk’bag features baffled construction; soft but durable ripstop, water-resistant nylon shell; leg vents; reinforced nylon soles with Read More…


Flashlight or lantern? Bring both in one

on Monday, June 28th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

‘Round these parts, with summer comes camping, and with camping comes gadgets.  And one gadget no camper should be with out is the flashlight…or is it the lantern?  With the UCO MightyMight Compact Lantern and Torch by Industrial Revolution, you get both in one device.  With an LED bulb and aluminum body, it’s durable, long-lasting Read More…


EXOTAC nanoSTRIKER and MATCHCAP Firestarter Review

on Monday, March 15th, 2010
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Our family does a fair amount of camping during the year, nothing steep and deep, but out in the sticks none the less. Camping,  my Air Force survival training, being a diehard MythBuster fan, etc., I try to be prepared for nearly any circumstance. That being said, EXOTAC has several products that not only adds Read More…


Keychain flashlight that can find scorpions

on Monday, July 13th, 2009
Posted in: Gear

Scorpions give me the creeps. Luckily, I don’t live in an area where we have those evil looking critters. If I did, I’d want a Photon Scorpion Finder Freedom Micro keychain light. How can an LED flashlight find a scorpion? A unique feature of nearly all scorpions is that their bodies will fluoresce brightly under Read More…


Go camping (or not) with a mess kit for the 21st century

on Sunday, July 12th, 2009
Posted in: Gear, Travel Gear

I’ve never been camping in my life (I don’t like bugs, so sue me…). But that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate cool camping gear like the Light My Fire MealKit. This kit includes 2 plates, spill-free cup, combination spoon and fork (aka spork), small waterproof box and colander/cutting board. It’s available in 4 colors Read More…