The ultimate tool for trail workers and backcountry enthusiasts alike — whether you bike, hike, backpack, climb, or camp — the Trail Boss ($520-$565) is as versatile a tool as it is portable. This modular workhorse fits into most packs, and comes with either three or four handle pieces (16" each for three or 12" each for four) that connect to build a shaft to suit your needs. Three useful tools join with the handle, a mattock/axe combo, a rake/hoe combo, and a shovel, making it the ideal tool for a range of tasks: from filling washouts, to removing roots, and everything in-between.
If you've spent any amount of time traveling abroad, you've likely run into a language barrier, making it hard to get the most out of your trip. With the Sigmo Voice Translation Device ($50) you can avoid those issues, without resorting to learning a new language. This device connects to your iOS or Android device over Bluetooth and, using existing services, translates your voice into one of 25 different languages. Just speak into the microphone and it will translate everything you say, playing it back over the speaker. It's small and light, so you can bring it anywhere, attach it to your clothes, or hang it around your neck.
If you'd rather spend your weekend in your workshop building than out in the yard doing chores (and who could blame you?), we've found your ideal project — the Seedbot ($Free). With a pro membership to Instructables ($40 for two years), you can download detailed PDF instructions to build your very own grass-seed-spreading robot. Then all you need to do is purchase the necessary materials and start making. While the tech is definitely still in the developmental stages, who doesn't like the idea of building a robot to do our yard work for us?
Add a bit of functional simplicity to your everyday carry with the Ringtool ($25). While it's designed with the bicycle commuter in mind, we have a hard time thinking of situations in which you wouldn't want a multitool small enough to add to your keychain. It features a bottle opener, hex heads ranging from 3-8mm, a flathead, phillips, and torxhead driver, and two spoke wrenches, all in a two-inch ring. It's made from hardened and tempered stainless steel, and weighs just one ounce — perfect for your minimalist carry.