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.
Used to be that if you wanted to stay in touch outside of cell phone range, a gigantic satellite phone was your only option. The InReach SE ($300) promises to provide off-the-grid communications without the need for a bulky phone. The SE itself is waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant, with a color screen, GPS, and a battery that lasts for up to 100 hours. It can send and receive texts (sorry, no voice communication), trigger an SOS signal that goes to the company's 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, and track your GPS coordinates and share them via Facebook and Twitter. It also pairs with your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, giving you even more features while letting you take advantage of the larger screen — but just remember that while the InReach is fairly rugged, your smartphone probably isn't. [Scouted by Scott]
If you're in a situation where you need to use binoculars, you might as well give yourself the option of taking some pictures or video while you're at it. These Sony DEV-50V DVR Binoculars ($2,000) can do so with aplomb. The splash- and dust-resistant digital binoculars offer a huge 0.8x to 25x magnification range, XGA OLED electronic viewfinders, Exmor R CMOS sensors, Bionz image processors, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, the ability to grab 20.4 megapixel still photos and 2D or 3D video, HDMI output, and built-in GPS for geotagging. Arriving in June.
It's a tent in the literal sense of the word — its 16oz waterproof cotton canvas skin makes it so — but that doesn't mean you'll be dragging the Luminair Tree Tent (£6500 and up; roughly $10,000) around with you. Instead, think of the structure as a semi-permanent tree house. Thanks to a hybrid aluminum and steam-bent ash frame, the entire tent, including floor and bunks, weighs just 264 lbs., despite being able to handle an additional 550 lbs. of load. At 3 meters in diameter, it's not huge, but it's certainly big enough for two adults and provides an interesting option for above-ground shelter in the wilderness.