Not many people can say they've won multiple X Games medals on both snowmobiles and motorcycles — and fewer still can claim they did it wearing a prosthetic leg they built themselves. But Mike Schultz, creator of the 2013 Popular Science Invention Award-winning Versa Foot, sure can. Taking what he learned from building his first prosthesis, Schultz built this prosthetic foot using FOX motorcycle parts, creating one of the most customizable prosthetic feet for athletic applications out there. Made with adjustable shock absorbers, interchangeable sole plates, four different ankle configurations, and durable construction that can stand up to mud, sand, snow, and water, the Versa Foot is ready to handle pretty much anything you can.
Survival in the great outdoors isn't just about knowing how to act when situations look their direst — it's about having the right tools to get the job done, no matter what. And the only thing worse than needing tools you don't have, is having them but not being able to use them for lack of power. With the Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern you can recharge your devices no matter where you are, and get enough light to find your way out of the darkest situations. In addition to being a powerful, adjustable lantern that stays on for up to 48 hours, it's also equipped with a USB port that lets you charge a wide range of portable devices. And with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can get a charge from the included hand crank, a wall outlet, or a compatible solar panel, you won't have to worry about running out of juice ever again.
Keeping a multitool handy when you head into the wilderness is always a good idea. Weighing down your pockets isn't. That's why they make these CRKT Survival Bracelet Tools. Designed to fit over a paracord bracelet, this handy accessory keeps a compass, magnesium firestarter, and an LED light right on your wrist. Unlike most tools, it's lacking a bottle opener, but not to worry — they make one that you can keep on the exact same bracelet.
For something so comparatively small, it's a wonder how much space a lawnmower actually takes up in your garage or shed — forcing you to squeeze around its handle every time you want to get at something you have stored. But the Toro Recycler SmartStow Mower is collapsible, letting you store it on its end and reducing its footprint dramatically. Improved seals and gaskets throughout the motor stop fuel and oil from leaking when you store it vertically, so you don't have to worry about spills. With front-wheel-drive, variable self-propel-speed, a 22-inch deck, as well as bagging and mulching capability, it also mows as well as it stores.
For the most part, we haven't seen much change in the basic idea of what a sleeping bag should be — an insulated tube with a side zipper — but the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed changes things in a big way. Completely doing away with the side zip (or any zipper for that matter), this bag opts instead for a comforter-like blanket covering an oval-shaped opening at the top of the bag. This design lets you slide in comfortably, while using the comforter to hold in your body heat, or moving it for ventilation. Coupled with polymer treated 600-fill down that resists moisture ten times longer than typical down, and what you get is a versatile alternative for comfortable sleeping that pushes the envelope more than anything since the mummy.
If there's one constant to cooking in the outdoors, it's fire, whether it comes from kindling or a portable stove. Barocook is looking to change all of that. This smart little system uses small packets that react with water to provide steam heat, which is then used to cook your food or drinks. Your food cooks in its own stainless steel bowl, making clean up a snap, and allowing you to cook everything from soup and instant noodles to curry, rice, meatballs, pasta, and even boiled eggs — anywhere you might be.
Typically, flashlights are made to do just one thing, whether it be spotlighting, searching, or lighting your way underwater. The Gobe Flashlight is designed to do all those and more. Thanks to a unique body that works with a system of six interchangeable light heads — two spotlights, a wide-angle light, a red light, a searchlight, and a light for use underwater at night — and a wide range of accessories, it's up for nearly any task. And you don't have to worry about packing a bunch of AAs around, either — its compact, water resistant body holds a USB-rechargeable battery that's good for up to 54 hours of runtime.
Winter sports are great fun — but being caught in an avalanche is not. Keep yourself protected by donning the Mammut Avalanche Airbag. This lightweight pack features an easily stowable deployment handle that sits on the left shoulder strap, and an airbag that will keep you at or near the surface. It also offers a U-shaped aluminum frame to help support the load, a removable snowboard carrier, a spacious main compartment, a front pocket for tools, and a sleeve for a hydration reservoir — so you'll be ready for nearly anything.
Sure, you can kill an afternoon quickly by simply putting your pole in the water, cracking open a beer, and hoping that you get a bite. But if you're on the water to actually catch fish, it helps to know where they are. Fish Hunter Sonar can tell you. Powered by military-grade sonar technology, this ingenious device is so small it floats, and pairs with a smartphone app that allows you to see where the action is, even while the device itself is up to 80 feet away.
Hunters, boaters, cops, and military personnel will find plenty to like about about the Celestron Cavalry GPS Binoculars. Outfitted with an integrated GPS, a digital compass, and a reticle, determining the direction of and distance to objects has never been easier. Rugged construction means these binoculars can handle the elements, as well as plenty of rough treatment — thanks to waterproof construction, a rubber armored exterior, and nitrogen purging to prevent lens fog, while the olive drab color helps it blend in. A built-in LCD provides lots of useful data, including your coordinates, altitude, and a compass readout.
Snorkeling is a great way to take in the sights and sounds under the sea without the need for bulky scuba equipment or certification. But it does have one big drawback: you either get used to breathing solely through your mouth, and keeping your head high enough that no water comes in, or you deal with water in your mouth and fogged up goggles. Unless you're wearing the Easybreath Snorkeling Mask. This revolutionary mask fits over your entire face, allowing you to breathe normally underwater without fear of fog, and features a dry-top system on the top that plugs the air intake when immersed, preventing water from entering.
Cooking while backpacking can be more trouble than what it's worth, many times because of the weight and bulk of most portable stoves. The Vertex Backpacking Stove is looking to overcome these obstacles with a unique design that weighs just 1.8 ounces and folds down flat so it takes up as little room as a map. Made from tempered stainless steel, it provides a sturdy platform for your lightweight cookware, and since it's designed to work with both solid fuel tablets and the popular Trangia Spirit alcohol burner, finding fuel should never be hard. Finding food, however, is a different story.