Camping

Carry an ultralight camping stove in your backpack

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. …

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Go camping in an inflatable geodesic dome

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 …

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

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. …

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Cook Your Food and Charge Your Gadgets with BioLite CampStove

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 …

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

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 …

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Easy to use compass that you’ll never break

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 …

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

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 …

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Sleepwalk at camp in toasty mobility with Selk’bag

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 …

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Flashlight or lantern? Bring both in one

‘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 …

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EXOTAC nanoSTRIKER and MATCHCAP Firestarter Review

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 …

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Now THIS is flatware…

If you’ve ever packed for a hike, camping trip, or other activity in which saving precious space is paramount, you know how difficult it can be.  Behold Fozzils ThinkFLAT!  Part origami, part tableware, each item–be it bowl, cup, spoon or otherwise–can hold hot liquid without leaking, but can be collapsed completely flat.  Made from durable …

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Keychain flashlight that can find scorpions

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 …

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