Smart bikelights are still novel to us, and Xlerad kicks the concept up a few notches. With no buttons or switches in sight, Xlerad turns on upon detecting movement, automatically and constantly adjusting brightness between 200 and 1000 lumens to accommodate your riding conditions. Other features include IPX-6 waterproofing to resist adverse weather, tap to switch between flash, fixed, and smart modes, and a quick release handlebar mount that fits all handlebar sizes.
Find it at Kickstarter – $190
If, like us, you go camping and lament the lack of free access and movement allowed in most sleeping bags, you’re going to love this one. Alite’s Sexy Hotness sleeping bag unzips down the middle to allow open, free movement of your legs, sports arm slits for freedom of movement, includes built-in slippers for walking to the nearest wooden lavatory, and it combines with other S.H. bags for, shall we say, activities for two. It even includes a cozy drawstring hood to cinch the face opening down tight. If it had pockets, we’d never take it off!
We’d have to say that while we sort of take pleasure in setting up a campsite, building and later collapsing tents is probably amongst our most dreaded tasks. Treeline’s Roof-Top Tent simplifies the process by cutting out a few steps. First, the tent unfolds without even needing to remove it from your roof rack-equipped vehicle, setting up in just a few minutes and then packing away within its heavy duty travel cover when you’re ready to once again hit the road. It also eliminates the need to look for even ground, handling loads of up to 770 pounds entirely unsupported thanks to 1″ thick aluminum floors and anodized aluminum poles. It’s also equipped with 3 big windows fitted with zippered fine mesh to keep out all sorts of tiny insects, a folding aluminum ladder, frees up your vehicle’s cargo space, and offers an optional changing room, shown at right.
Check out the full lineup at Treeline Outdoors – $880+
Tents: rather large, and rather heavy. They’re amongst the biggest items in your camping pack, but, expectedly, throwing a bit money at the problem solves it. Hyperlite’s Echo II Shelter System is a little unorthodox in its build: this shelter is made up of a durable, ultralight cuben fiber tarp (the same material used in Outlier’s Minimal Backpack) that protects an underlying Nanoseeum bug mesh tent insert against the elements. Best of all, it’s mounted using two trekking poles, cutting down its weight including guy lines to a paltry 1.84 pounds.
Hit up Hyperlite Mountain Gear for more – $650
Getting a flat on a car or bike is a drag, but we shudder at the thought of being stranded on a hill or far away field after blowing a tire on an all-terrain vehicle. Polaris’ Sportsman WV850 H.O. ATV quite literally cannot get a flat thanks to its TerrainArmor non-pneumatic tires that conform to the ground for shock absorption all while tolerating abuse to a much higher degree – in fact, they’ll keep rolling following ballistic damage or railroad spike penetration. The WV850 also has an oversized 11.75 gallon fuel tank, weight bearing front and rear steel racks, a 77 horsepower engine, plus many more hardworking features inspired by its military-grade brother, the MV850.
Hit up Polaris for deets – $15,000
We usually carve out campfire marshmallow roasting sticks on the fly and as needed, but even multitool-wielding gents like ourselves see the value of Grandpas FireFork Campfire Roasting prongs. These tiny stainless steel contraptions feature a tensioned design that quickly attaches to any suitable stick, no whittling or cleaning needed, and that holds up to two marshmallows or one hot dog/sausage. Each FireFork also includes a safety cap for secure storage in your backpack or pocket.
Get a four-pack on Amazon – $16
While eating nothing but canned goods and granola bars on your next camping trip might seem like a half decent idea, let us tell you, from experience, that it’s actually not very satisfying. Cooking up tasty grub with a portable stove is much more palpable, though we’re not too big on the idea of packing a bunch of voluminous cookware. And that’s where FlaPot comes in. Made of Posco stainless steel, these 1.5 litre pots pack completely flat, easily folding into a cooking pot only when necessary. And while they’re technically disposable, each FlaPot lasts for roughly 80 meals, meaning it’ll probably hold up for years of use if outdoor activities are but occasional.
Choosing just the right amount of insulation for an outdoor expedition is a tricky thing. Of course, more is nearly always better – or at least a safer choice – versus less, but wouldn’t on the fly adjusting be a better option? Klymit’s Double Diamond vest lets you do just that, thanks to Nobletek gas chambers that fill up with air, amounts at your discretion, to let you control the degree of insulation. They’re made of durable a 4-way stretch polyester to leave range of motion unhindered, include a dry air pump for inflation, and also work with Klymit’s Argon kit to fill the vest with argon, a particularly well-insulating (three-fold better than air) and safe inert gas.
Guns run on bullets, chainsaws on fuel. Mowing through crowds of zombies, you’re bound to run low on both, and that’s where Gerber’s Downrange Tomahawk steps in. This large but light tool boasts a beveled axe head on one side and a hammer on the other, making quick work of drywall, windows, and undead skulls, while the other end acts as a prybar, easily leveraged thanks to the cutaway grip in the axe’s head. It won’t easily bend or break, either, thanks to a solid steel design, and includes a MOLLE-compatible sheath for strapping the tool to your pack or body armor.
Check it out at Amazon – $206
Jawbone’s first attempt at the Up didn’t really work out all too well, but we’ve always kept our hopes up for future revisions. Introducing the Up24, Jawbone’s latest shot at building a fitness tracker worthy of your wrist space, and one that, for the first time in the Up lineup, synchs wirelessly with your smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy. Talking with their Up 3.0 app, Jawbone’s latest is packed with ways to push you into hitting your goals, including tracking of workouts, sleep, plus food and drinks. Hell, it even wakes you up via subtle vibrations after 26 and a half minutes of power napping, the optimal amount of time to avoid feeling groggy. If that’s not the ideal fitness tracker, we don’t know what is.
Learn more at Aliph – $150