It can be tough out there in the wilderness, so it helps to have everything you need. Guyot Designs MealGear Utensils ($8) are a nearly indestructible two piece set that acts as a spoon, spatula, pasta measure, spreader, and knife. Best of all, they are made from materials which are completely reclaimable — in fact, you can return your Utensils when you are finished so they can be reclaimed and turned into another
eco-friendly product. [Thanks, John]
Ditch the plastic Alf thermos and move up to a high-performance model like the Thermos Element 5 Beverage Bottle ($40). It sports an unbreakable 18/8 stainless steel interior and exterior and keeps liquids hot or cold for up to 24 hours thanks to its TherMax double wall vacuum insulation. The thermos also sports a leak-proof twist and pour stopper, built-in serving cup, stainless steel carry loop with carabiner clip, and a rubberized shock absorbing base with wide stance. We never knew a thermos could have so many features.
Save time gazing at the stars with the Meade LX90GPS Telescope ($2,734). With its built-in Sony GPS sensor and AutoAlign technology, the telescope determines its location and aligns your scope for a tour of the universe. After that's over, you can use it to locate over 30,000 other objects. The LX90GPS is built upon the legendary LX90 Schmidt-Cassegrain astro telescope, featuring ultra high transmission coatings, autostar computer hand control, and tripod. Be sure to also spring for the Meade Deep Sky Imager Pro ($130), an easy-to-use monochrome CCD camera that lets you take crazy photos of galaxies, star clusters and planets.
It always seems like no matter how hard you plan for an outdoor trip, weather always turns out to be factor in your activities. And when you're out in the middle of nowhere, you can't just turn on the Weather Channel to see what's going on. Luckily, Brunton's ADC Pro ($250) is here to help. The tiny device gathers and records all the key weather conditions for you, including temperature, barometric pressure, relative humidity, heat index, air density, wind speed, wind chill, dew point, wet bulb, and more. With all of this info, the gadget then predicts the coming 12 hour's weather.
Any long-time backpacker will tell you that the top priority when getting ready for a trek is to get the weight of your pack down to an absolute minimum. GoLite will help you do just that, allowing you to keep the handle of your toothbrush intact. Famous for its maximum strength and minimal weight, the Gust Pack ($100) weighs only 1lb 4oz yet has enough room for long excursions. You'll also want the Feather-Lite Sleeping Bag ($250), which weighs 1lb 2oz and compresses down to the size of a small ham. If you plan on hitting some rain, you'll also want to pack the 14 oz Cave Shelter ($120). And your Levi's and Gap tees won't due for clothing — check out the Lite-Weight shirt ($35) and zip-off Shazam pants ($80).