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 + $100 year). This small, waterproof brick pairs with your smartphone to hook you into the Globalstar satellite network so you can send messages and GPS coordinates from just about anywhere on Earth. It currently only works with Android-powered phones, but support for other devices is coming later this year.
Whether you're planning a camping trip — brrrr! — or just worried about losing power, the Eton Raptor ($TBA) can keep you informed. It features a AM/FM/WB digital radio, 10 station presets, a digital clock display with alarm, a chronograph, an altimeter, barometer, and compass, an auxiliary audio input, an 1800mAh rechargeable battery, an LED flashlight, a solar panel for charging, and a bottle opener, all packed into a slender, splashproof carabiner body. Just think of it as your digital Swiss Army knife. [via]
Judging by the piles of snow visible from the windows of Uncrate HQ, it's officially acceptable to begin shopping for winter toys — and the Porsche Design Bobsleigh (£170; roughly $265) is near the top of our list. As a more affordable alternative to Porsche's Aluminum Sled, the Bobsleigh features a more aggressive design, a low center of gravity for ease of steering, superior directional stability, and an included carrying bag. Just go easy on the non-caloric, silicon-based kitchen lubricant.