Sure, you can carry a separate firestarting kit when heading into the wilderness. But you're already wearing shoes, so why not just secure them with some Survival Laces instead? Available in a number of lengths, these replacement laces work for everything from footwear to hoodies, and hide a ferro rod, tinder, and fishing line inside their paracord exteriors. To access them, just remove the metal aglet on the end holding the tinder, start your fire, and pack the unused tinder away for your next fire.
There's a reason that guns are great for self-defense: they let you subdue potential attackers and intruders from a safe distance. Unfortunately, they're all too often involved in accidents and unintentional shootings, making gun safes a must. The Salt Self Defense Gun was designed to offer the long-range protection benefits of a gun without the potentially lethal side effects. Shaped like a traditional handgun, it shoots rounds filled with a powdered mix of chemicals that create a toxic cloud upon impact, incapacitating anyone in the vicinity. That means you don't necessarily need to hit your target to stop them, and should it go off by accident, there won't be any serious injuries, either.
Thanks to a smart four-pivot design that lets it fold up flat while staying assembled, the Gerber Freescape Camp Saw makes for an ideal adventurer's packalong. When folded, the blade stays protected, so you don't need to worry about it ruining any of your other gear, yet it can handle larger logs and lumber when unfolded thanks to the replaceable, standard 12" blade. The textured rubber overmold grip gives you a secure handle, and its bright green accents make the tool easy to spot in your bag.
When you're adventuring in the outdoors, removing unnecessary stuff from your pack can make your trip more enjoyable and your back a little happier. The Pint Canteen lets you do so with a single item that's ingeniously designed to serve as both a bottle and a cup. This clever vessel also uses double-walled stainless steel construction to keep warm beverages hot and cold beverages cold, has a 16 ounce capacity, and is available in two colors: a speckled gray granite or carbon black.
Make your trip to and from the stream as easy as possible with a Tenkara Pocket Fly Fishing Rod. These collapsable rods are made from carbon fiber, and shrink down to just 10 inches when collapsed. They come in two models — the Sawtooth and Teton — which extend out to 9 and 12 feet while weighing just 1.1 and 1.9 ounces, respectively. Each one comes packed in a protective sock and tube, includes line, line clips, flies, and a tippet, and will fit in nearly any bag so you can always be prepared.
Jeeps and trucks make great vehicles for exploring the great outdoors and accessing remote areas. Hammocks are ideal for lounging in said remote places. The Jammock Hammock takes advantage of these facts to provide you with a place to relax, whether there are any trees around or not. Available in two models, it attaches to either the roof of your Wrangler or the bed of your truck, is made of durable 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon, and, in the case of the Jeep model, uses reliable NRS buckles for added strength. Just remember to set your parking brake before you hop in.
Building Legos with your kids is a great way to spend time together. Infento Constructible Rides takes that building experience and super sizes it with the world's first constructible rides. These unique and well designed kits allow you to build with your kids, and then watch them play with their brand new creation. The multifunctional and adjustable parts give kids the ability to upgrade their ride as they grow, or just get bored with their current one. Choose from 3 kits and 2 add-ons that allow you to build 18 different rides in total. And best of all, each one can be assembled using nothing more than a hex key.
Turn your campsite into an interconnected compound with Pod Tents. These modular tents are available in Mini and Maxi models, with diameters of 3.8 and 5 meters and maximum occupancies of four and eight people, respectively. They're made from ripstop polyester with taped seams, PVC windows, and support poles that are all the same length, making setup a snap. But what makes them special is the ability to interconnect via a series of tunnels, forming a camping community that's as large as you want to make it.
Cook and warm up from the comfort of your tent with the Frontier Plus Camp Stove. This versatile, portable wood burner features a large flue that allows the stove to be safely used inside a variety of shelters, including teepees, tents, and even small cabins. The glass window provides a view of the flames, the front-mounted air control lets you easily control the temperature, and the large removable top plate lets you cook with multiple pans at once while still allowing for direct heat when needed. And since the entire thing — including the flue — breaks down and packs away inside the body, it's no hassle to carry it to and from wherever you need it.
Using .02 micron medical-grade hollow fibers, the MSR Guardian Water Purifier removes viruses, microbes, contaminants, and other particulates from even the nastiest of water. Its unique design automatically back-flushes 10% of its water with every pump, meaning you never have to manually scrub it, and it's also surprisingly durable, standing up to both freezing environments and drops of up to six feet. It can clean up to 2.5 L of water per minute, and since it's rated for over 10,000 liters before it needs a filter change, it might just be the last filter you ever buy.
You make some sacrifices while camping, but don't let those sacrifices include enjoying a great sandwich. This Sandwich Maker from Poler will make campfire dinners way more interesting, giving you the ability to makes melts, grilled cheese sandwiches, or even a new take on a camping staple — the S'more. Just add the ingredients to the cast iron press and place it over an open fire. In fact, these sandwiches might just trump whatever you're making at home as well.
You can carry a backpack, and carry a tent. Or you can wear the Moedal & Totem Backpack Tent on your next excursion. Totem, the one-man, three season tent, was designed to work with the Moedal backpack, attaching to its rear side via zipper, and setting up in just 30 seconds. Once it's up, you can detach the backpack to keep your gear with you as explore the wilderness nearby, or use the handy access door on the back to get to your gear without needing to leave the tent. Each set is hand-cut, sewn, and assembled by a 100% blind workforce in Raleigh, NC, giving employment to those who otherwise might not find it.
Inspired by the first kayaks, which stretched animal skins over wood, this Kayak from O Six Hundred in Australia brings a 4,000 year old design to our modern culture. Made up of 30 pieces of hoop pine plywood, it's light but incredibly strong, with pieces that snap together quickly and easily. Once the wood skeleton is built, just lace it up with the included translucent carbon fabric for your next glide down a lazy river on a summer afternoon.
You don't need to head to an outdoor store to find a trail-ready lighter. Odds are, you already have one in your drawer at home. The Exotac FireSleeve takes any standard-size Bic lighter and turns it into an outdoor-ready piece of kit thanks to a polymer outer shell and cap. The cap keeps it watertight and prevents the gas button from being pressed accidentally, the gas lock lets you keep the lighter going without burning your fingers, and the attachment points keep it close by. And when it starts running low, you can pick up a replacement at the nearest the gas station.
You may have outgrown your use for a slingshot, but that doesn't mean they're not still fun to play with. The Hella Slingshot is a tasteful interpretation of this classic weapon, handmade in San Francisco from forked tree branches and coated in a walnut finish. The grip is made from shellacked hemp, the bands from natural latex tubing, and the pouch from leather. Each one is unique, but you can count on yours measuring between 7-10 inches tall and 3-6 inches wide.
There are plenty of "smart" products out there that do little more than connect to an app and tell you some information you probably already know. The Nipi Smart Cooler isn't one of those. It's smart in a different way, adding worthwhile features to an already capable cooler with thick walls and a double-insulated lid. Those intelligent additions include LED lighting on both the interior and exterior for after dark refreshments, an integrated solar panel to charge the integrated battery, with the ability to add an extra battery or additional solar panels as needed, and four USB ports — two inside the lockable dry storage area, and two on the outside — to keep your gadgets going throughout the day.
You don't need a treehouse to appreciate the convenience of the Canopy Stair. You just need a tall tree and a desire to access its limbs. This modular stair system, created by designers Robert McIntyre and Thor ter Kulve, uses a series of ratchet straps to attach the cast aluminum frame, treads, and handrail to the outside of the tree trunk, letting you attach more as you go until you reach the desired height. The stairs will then stay sturdily in place until your adventure is done, and disassemble as easily as they go up.
FIRST SEEN IN UNCRATE MAGAZINE — This thrill-ride-in-a-box has everything needed to get you up and soaring in as little as 30 minutes. The Sleadd Taurus Zip Line Kit comes with 260 feet of aircraft cable, an easy-to-install mounting system, and a handsome, green anodized aluminum trolly with grippy handlebars and dual steel wheels for max speed. Even all the tools and wrenches are included. Shown with the Void V03C watch.
Hammocks are relaxing. So are hot tubs. So it only makes sense to combine the two. Crafted in Oregon using sealed synthetic high-tensile-strength fabric, the Hydro Hammock can hold up to 50 gallons of water and two adults, letting it serve as a suspended pool, a hammock hot tub, a liner for sand or snow setups, and more. It arrives complete with installation tools and instructions, and you can add an optional portable water heater system to ensure you can enjoy a hot tub experience wherever you are.
No need to gather logs for a fire just to cook outside — with the Miti Log Stove, a single log is your fire. To use it, simply grab a round log around a foot tall and between 7" and 9" in diameter, chop it into quarters, then use the included pegs to attach the metal plate and light. Within minutes you have a stovetop-like cooking surface on which to cook bacon, soups, or anything else that can stand up to the heat. Made from 1/8" stainless steel, with anchorage steel rods.
FIRST SEEN IN UNCRATE MAGAZINE — Believe it or not, flamethrowers aren't illegal. And while the XMatter X15 Flamethrower looks like a prop from Rambo, it's actually the most consumer-friendly model we could find, with a 3.3 gallon tank, three exchangeable wand tips, and a maximum range of 50 feet with the default tip and your cocktail of 90% diesel and 10% gasoline. Of course, you can always get "increased range along with a tighter stream," according to the maker, if you opt for the extra Napalm mix.
Your cooler gets a workout during the summer, so make sure it can handle the extra action like the ATC All Terrain Cooler from Igloo can. It's equipped with rugged ATC tires, a foamed lid and body, an ergonomic tow handle, and the ability to hold ice at 90 degree temps for almost a week. Load it up with whatever you want to keep cold, and easily navigate grass, sand, or even gravel en route to your next trip to the beach or a family BBQ.
Cooking in the great outdoors doesn't have to be a hassle. The Camp Champ Mobile Kitchen makes it easy. The body of this cube-shaped solution is made by hand in Austria from boatbuilding plywood, with sapele veneers, okoume plywood inlays, stainless steel clam kidneys to connect the doors and work surface, and galvanized steel handles and corners. Inside the robust box, you'll find high-quality equipment — enough to serve up to six people — as well as an integrated knife block, spice rack, and trash bag holder. It comes with a rain cover, and when you're done cooking, a cushion on top lets you use it as a seat.
Tenkara translates to "from heaven" in Japanese. We're not sure if the Topo Designs x Tenkara Rod Co. Kit can get you there, but it'll at least get you ready for your next fly fishing trip. Included in the pack is a Topo Light Hip Pack for all your normal essentials and a Topo Leader Wallet for your lines and flies, a Tenkara rod designed to be both versatile and dependable, some Tenkara line, and a selection of flies. Everything you need to get started.
When you're backpacking, space is at a premium — and there are few things that take up more of it than cookware. The Sea To Summit X-Pot helps alleviate this problem with silicone side walls that collapse during travel. The aluminum base plate allows your food to heat up quickly, and the translucent lid lets you keep an eye on your food while doubling as a strainer. At ten ounces, it's heavier than the lightest aluminum pots, but those don't fold into a one-inch thick disc, either.
Designed for tabletop use and powered by energy-dense wood pellets, the Uuni 2 Pizza Oven is an affordable alternative to traditional outdoor wood-fired ovens. The oven can reach temps of up to 840°F, takes just 10 minutes to heat up, and can cook a pizza in under two minutes. Like any other wood-fired oven, it can be used to cook a host of other foods that can handle short cooking times, and since it's made from brushed stainless steel, it won't rust, but simply weather and age over time.
Highly portable yet surprisingly spacious, the Roccbox Outdoor Oven is ideal for the on-the-go chef. Its body is made from multiple layers of stainless steel, with an insulated jacket and silicone outer sleeve. It can run off of gas or wood, heats up to 500º C in just 15 minutes, and has folding legs to make its 44 pounds that much easier to move. And while it can cook anything from meats to desserts, its real skill lies in pizza-making, thanks to an insulated internal stone floor and the ability to cook a 12-inch pie in just 90 seconds.
Forget packing it through the woods — with many lightweight tents available, setup has become the biggest sticking point for most models. It's not one for the Heimplanet Fistral Tent. This compact structure can accommodate up to two adults, and thanks to a design that unites the inner tent, fly sheet, and air frame, all you need to do is unpack and inflate, with no other assembly required. Other features include two entrances with vestibules for gear storage, and a pack weight of just 5.5 lbs.
Hitting a fish with your bare hands isn't so smart. Ikejime is brutal, if effective. And most bonkers look like post-apocalyptic weaponry. The Kombo Fish Tool, however, does not. It combines an ergonomic handle, a polypropylene body with three stainless steel weights for maximum impact, and built-in sharpener. Once the fish is still, you can use the hidden fillet knife to clean it, and there's a spoon on the back for the stubborn bits. And should you happen to lose your grip, rest assured that it will float atop the water until you're ready to retrieve it.