Known for the superior optics in their Nikkor series of lenses, it shouldn't surprise you that Nikon would put together a pair of binoculars like the Nikon Aculon T01 Binocular ($70). This compact pair of binoculars (weighing in at less than seven ounces) is best suited for throwing in your bag when you head to a concert, a ballgame, or a short hike. Available in 8x and 10x models, they feature multilayer-coated eco-glass that helps images appear brighter, clearer, and more detailed. An ergonomic design and fully-adjustable rubber eyecups make them a pleasure to use and carry, even for an extended period of time.
Make sure all your gadgets have plenty of juice for a day of backcountry adventures with the Eddie Bauer Katabatic 2 Solar Tent ($TBA). The whole outfit is based on Eddie Bauer's popular Katabatic expedition tent — a three-person, four-season tent made to be roomy, lightweight, and strong. While still in the development stages, the tent will likely be paired with the Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit from Goal Zero. It packs all the power you need to charge laptops, tablets, lights, cameras, smartphones, and more, while internal wiring will give you plenty of places to hook up. Available next spring.
When you venture out into the wilderness, most of the time all you want to do is completely disconnect from the rest of the world, but all too often, that's just not an option. When you can't afford to be completely off the grid, but know you'll still need to recharge your gadgets, throw the FlameStower ($60) into your pack. All it needs to generate enough electricity to charge the batteries of your USB-connected devices is the heat from your camping or cook fire. Lightweight and reliable, it works by conducting heat to a thermoelectric generator, which is in contact with a water reservoir — the combination of hot and cold produces enough juice to charge your device in as little as three hours.