It doesn't matter whether you're emerging from a tent for a long day of fishing or simply too lazy to run through Starbucks prior to a big day of tailgating — you're going to need some coffee. Which is where the Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker ($90) comes in. Powered by a single 16.4 oz propane cylinder, this road-ready gadget brews up 10 cups of joe in under 20 minutes, giving you plenty of time to get ready for your day.
While "backtrack" and "detour" aren't the most positive words to use when branding a product, the Bushnell Backtrack D-Tour ($100) succeeds anyway. This simple, clip-friendly GPS unit sports a rugged, weather-resistant body, grayscale LCD screen, an internal, rechargeable battery good for 48 hours of data logging, and lets you store up to five locations, with course taken, length in miles and yards, time, latitude, longitude, and other handy metrics to help you recall the exact location of your favorite camping spot, hiking trail, or buried treasure.
Normally when buying a kayak, you have to settle with the maneuverability of a sit-in or the freedom of a sit-on-top. With the Necky Vector 13 Kayak ($900), you can have both. This 13-foot polyethylene craft features a touring seat with backband, a mesh storage pouch, a bottle holder, a quick seal bow hatch with a Cross Lock buckle system, a nylon tank well cover, and an optional rudder system for an extra $200.
It was only a matter of time until we saw electric surfboards, but Wavejet ($TBA) isn't quite what you'd think. Instead of strapping an outboard engine to a crazy-large board, the Wavejet is a Personal Water Propulsion (PWP) engine that attaches to and can be used with a variety of watercraft, including kayaks, boogie boards, and, yes, surfboards. Its twin-lithium ion battery pack is good for over 30 minutes of cruising, and offers 20 lbs. of thrust, or enough to make it 2 to 3 times faster than paddling and a helluva lot more fun.
Typical meals out on the trail involve a fire, some beans, and some uncomfortable smells emanating from tents. The Kanz Field Kitchen ($600 and up) brings a touch of gourmet to your outdoor adventure, thanks to storage space for a camping stove, cookware, a working platform, and an optional icebox, and quality construction materials like aluminum and baltic birch plywood.