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Sondors Electric Bike

While it’s not the flashiest ride around, the Sondors Electric Bike is one thing that other e-bikes aren’t: affordable. Sondors is equipped with fat off-road tires and a powerful 350 Watt motor — activated by pushing its thumb throttle — to handle all terrains and reach a respectable 20 mile per hour top speed on asphalt for up to 50 miles (with pedal assist). They’ll also gladly take the money you saved in exchange for one of numerous upgrades, including a higher-capacity battery, a shock-absorbing fork, or a lightweight aluminum frame that sheds 6 pounds off the original’s 50 pound weight.

Pledge for one at Kickstarter – $500+

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Frontier Plus Portable Woodburning Stove

Tiny camping stoves not quite cutting it? Try the Frontier Plus Portable Woodburning Stove instead. While it’s not designed for a backpack the Frontier Plus is still portable for car camping thanks to its sturdy side handle, deploying its legs and extendable flue — which includes a flashing kit that lets the former release smoke outside — to set up in a tent or shed. Once set up, lay your fire, light it, and throw on a kettle or pan (or both at once) to prep some grub while the unit heats your living space. The top plate is also removable for direct heating over the flames.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $455

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Fjall Raven Keb Eco-Shell Anorak

Quality outdoor wear is often impregnated with fluorocarbons for water repellency which, ironically, are detrimental for the very environment we’re so keen on exploring — and potentially for our health as well. The Fjall Raven Keb Eco-Shell Anorak does without these questionable agents, using instead a far greener four-way stretch Eco-Shell fabric that’s still on the high end of wind resistance, breathability, and waterproofing. The Anorak also boasts a three-way adjustable helmet-compatible hood, pit zips, two large zippered chest pockets to keep essentials handy, and a slightly longer cut to better shield you from the elements.

Find it at Fjall Raven – $475

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Small Foot Pocket Snowshoes

Traditional snowshoes are uniformly bulky. Small Foot Pocket Snowshoes go where others can’t — and where you wouldn’t want to lug them — thanks to an inflatable TPU-impregnated Cordura 1000 design that blows up quickly using the included hand pump. Moreover they’re lightweight at about 2.2 pounds, work with all types of shoes, float efficiently over snow, and function well on both inclines and declines thanks to a heel that lifts on climbs and grinds on descents for added safety against slips.

Check it out at Kickstarter – roughly $200

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POD Tents

Normally, more tents means more individually secluded sleeping areas. Camping with POD Tents is far more communal thanks to their interconnecting design that allows for multiple tents — limitless, really — to be connected via Tunnels in various conformations, making for better shelter in the rain and the potential of dedicating a tent or two to just socializing. They come in Maxi or Mini sizes, the former sleeping 8 and the latter 4, each with a quick and simple setup that takes about 15 minutes and the use of a durable 210T Ripstop Polyester with taped seams.

Learn more at POD Tents – roughly $600+

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Not much beats hanging out in a hammock. And now the reliance on trees to which to attach it is a thing of the past — at least if you drive a Jeep Wrangler or a pickup truck — with Jammock. Made of matte black 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon that’s water resistant yet breathable, Jammock quickly installs in the otherwise unused space between your Wrangler’s roll bars or between your pickup truck’s bed and supports up to 350 pounds. Perfect for napping, stargazing, or miscellaneous lazying in the wilderness.

Pick one up at Amazon ($130; Jeep only) or at Jammock ($137+)

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Vibram Furoshiki

Vibram is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to minimal footwear. And the radically unique Vibram Furoshiki is right down their alley. This simple shoe is inspired by the Japanese custom of wrapping items in cloth fabric as a packaging, only in this case the items are your feet and the cloth is both stretchy and fitted with a rugged sole. As a result of this design the Furoshiki are also extremely packable and include a traveling case for storing them on the go.

Check it out at Vibram – $110

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YoYo Mats Self Rolling Yoga Mat

Granted, rolling your yoga mat isn’t quite the daunting task. But if the YoYo Mat Self Rolling Yoga Mat will handle this for us, we’ll take it in stride. Inspired by the slap-on wristband, the YoYo remains completely level while in use, unrolling easily with a simple toss and locking to stay flat. After you’re done, flip your mat over and it rolls up all by itself. And like any good yoga mat it features a textured non-slip top surface for solid grip through sweat as well as a 5.5 mm thickness to provide a good balance of comfort and portability.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $80

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Lunatec Aquabot Sprayer

Like a pump action Super Soaker but both subtler in appearance and far more useful, the Lunatec Aquabot Sprayer turns your wattle bottle into a high pressure spray. Screw it onto a bottle that’s filled to about 80% with water, pump it about ten or so times, select the desired mode — mist, stream, or shower — by twisting the cap, then press the trigger to spray. While it’s an obviously sell for ambushes and water fights, it’s also plenty useful for cleaning gear or body parts, doing dishes, cooling off, or even for simply drinking.

Find it at Amazon – $20+

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Scosche boomBOTTLE+

No, it won’t hold your water, but you’ll want to forego hydration to carry a Scosche boomBOTTLE+ in your bike’s water bottle cage instead. This bluetooth speaker boasts the convenient go-anywhere shape of a standard water bottle that makes lugging it around that much easier, whether on your ride or in your pack’s side pockets. The ruggedized speaker is also loud thanks to two 55mm drivers and can withstand drops, vibrations, dust, and even (shallow) submersion in water. Else, a 6,000mAh li-ion battery lasts through 15 hours of playtime (and can charge your devices), it pairs with another boomBOTTLE+ for true stereo sound, and it features a 1/4 inch thread bottom plate for mounting on camera tripods or other similar mounting systems.

Grab one at Amazon – $180

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