We have a hard time coming up with a more natural outdoor activity than gathering around a fire, and the Decahedron Fire Pit ($750) takes the classic fire pit and turns it into a functional art piece, making it a great place to come together. Naturally finished, and made from 4mm CNC engineered plate steel, each of the 10 pentagon pieces join to form a spherical shape. The removable and adjustable grill lets you cook while you relax by the fire, so now all you need for the perfect summer hangout spot is a cooler with a built-in stereo.
Whether you're a hardcore survivalist, amateur woodsman, or somewhere in between, you never want to go too long without access to hot water. The SunRocket Solar Kettle ($67) takes the trouble out of heating or boiling water, whether you're looking to purify, melt snow, or cook a meal. It's small, so it fits conveniently in a pack, but it still holds 17 ounces. It can heat water in just 30 minutes, using only the power of the sun. Once you've heated it up, the kettle acts as a thermos, keeping water warm for hours.
While you won't see Seal Team Six storming walled compounds with iPhones strapped to their rifles, it doesn't mean yours isn't welcome at the range. Turn your device into an optical system with the Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter ($70), a combination Picatinny or Weaver rail mount and iOS app that brings ballistics and environmental information to your next shoot. It has a HUD with custom crosshairs, digital zoom, video recording, compass, GPS, and all the data you could want. The reinforced mounting system protects your device, allows portrait and landscape orientation, and lets you aim around corners. It won't make you shoot like special ops, but it couldn't hurt.
No, it's not a flying saucer — put your camera away. It's the Sierra Designs Mojo UFO Ultralight Tent ($1,800). At an almost-unnoticeable one pound and 11 ounces, you might swear you left it behind. The durable, yet light Cuben Fiber single-wall design and Easton Carbon poles mean it can stand up to nearly any condition, while keeping you dry and comfortable. Its lack of a rainfly, exoskeleton structure, and envelop carrying pouch help you put it up and tear it back down in no time, so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors, and that bourbon you were able to bring along with all the weight you saved.
Anyone who's ever had the (dis)pleasure of tripping over the guy lines of their tent knows how important actually being able to see those ropes can be. Nite Ize Reflective Rope ($12) is here to help. Each pack includes 50 feet of green reflective cord that's great for setting up tents, hanging traps, tying up prisoners tarps or shelters, or just marking the trail between the camp and the designated outdoor restroom area. Just remember: it only works when light shines on it, so if your flashlight goes dead, you're still screwed.