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Survival Hax 6″ Fire Starter Flint Review

Do you know what the Ten Essentials for the Outdoors are?  From the Boy Scout Handbook, it includes a pocketknife, first aid kit, extra clothing, rain gear, water bottle, flashlight, trail food, matches/fire starters, sun protection and map/compass.  Let’s take a look at starting a fire with a flint. What is it? A 6″ fire-starting …

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This camping cot has its own tent

The Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot can serve as a chair, elevated cot (11″ above the ground), and one-person sleeping tent.  During the day, the Kamp-Rite serves as a chair or a lounge.  When it’s time to sleep, you can quickly raise the heavy-duty 210d tent with mesh doors and tape-sealed rain fly to keep you …

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That’s no moon! That’s a Death Star Dome Tent!

ThinkGeek follows its grand tradition of providing us with great Star Wars collectibles and gear with the Death Star Dome Tent.  With a 7-foot diameter, the tent can sleep three Galactic Empire members.  It weighs only 11 pounds, so you won’t need an AT-AT walker to carry it.  It has a fast-click assembly frame with …

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Use the magic of fire to charge your gadgets

Can you imagine what the first humans thought when they were able to create fire for the first time? You can experience a tiny bit of that magic by harnessing the energy from fire to charge your gadgets. The FlameStower converts heat from a campfire into electricity that you can use to charge your USB …

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The Pocket Shot Jr. Slingshot review

You’re familiar with the classic slingshot design, right? Well, the gang at Pocket Shot has tossed that out the window, reimagining the slingshot concept with a completely new form factor. We’ve got the mini-sized version of their product, the Pocket Shot Jr., for testing. I also recruited a pair of teenagers to help with testing. …

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Always be prepared with the Adventure Mate 5-in-1 outdoor multi-tool

I’ve never been camping, but when I daydream about being more outdoorsy, I can picture myself with all sorts of gear for both utility and protection. The problem is that too much gear weighs you down. Conrad Sayer of Australia has designed a modular 5-in-1 multi-tool that eases the burden of carrying too much gear …

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Relaxing with a good book on your iPad at the beach just got easier

One of my favorite vacation activities is reading a good book at the beach. Our usual destination is Sanibel Island, Florida at Ocean’s Reach condos where we usually carry chairs and an umbrella down to the beach so we can relax in the shade which is important if your method of reading is an iPad …

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Magellan’s eXplorist TRX7 CS helps you navigate off-road

Pre-loaded with more than 117,000 trails and landmarks, the Magellan eXplorist TRX7 CS is an all in one GPS turn by turn navigation system that can take you off the beaten path and back home again without getting lost. The eXplorist TRX7 is shock resistant and IP67 dust and waterproof. It includes a 7-inch touchscreen, …

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