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Spot Connect

Spot Connect

When you're (way) off the grid and need to check in with family, call for some anti-venom, or just update your Facebook status, make sure you're packing the Spot Connect ($170 + $100 year). This small, waterproof brick pairs with your smartphone to hook you into the Globalstar satellite network so you can send messages and GPS coordinates from just about anywhere on Earth. It currently only works with Android-powered phones, but support for other devices is coming later this year.

  • Monowalker Hiking Trailer

    Carry even the heaviest of loads deep into the brush with ease aboard the Monowalker Hiking Trailer (€755; roughly $1,000). This specialized trailer employs a wood ash frame and drawbar, a Schwalbe MoeJoe tire with disk brake and a unique load bearing system consisting of a hip belt and padded shoulder belt to reduce the weight carry on your hips by half, making it much easier to pack your gear in and out while the break keeps the payload — and you — from falling back down the hillside on steep climbs. Great for hikers, campers, photographers, and snipe hunters.

  • CRKT Eat'N Tool

    We'll leave it up to you to judge the wisdom of eating with the same tool that just helped you repair your mud-covered mountain bike, but if that description doesn't phase you, perhaps you should check out the CRKT Eat'N Tool ($4). This metal wonder serves as a spoon and short-tuned fork, but also packs a bottle opener, screwdriver blade, pry tool, a carabiner, and three metric wrenches into its tiny body, making it the only thing you'll need in your outdoor utensil arsenal.