It doesn't matter if your idea of an autumn adventure involves hiking a state of the Appalachian Trail, or just braving rush-hour traffic on your daily commute — the Stanley Adventure Bottle ($TBA) is your ideal companion. This versatile, multi-use bottle has a stainless steel screw-off bottom, that works as a cup, and has graduated markings for measurement, and a tapered bottom for your car's cup holder. And at under a half a pound, you'll barely feel it in your bag.
Forget your noisy truck, ATV, or dirt bike — you can quietly get to your favorite hunting or fishing spot without alerting nearby critters to your whereabouts with the Realtree x Cogburn CB4 Hunting Bike ($2,200). It's built to handle tricky terrain, with huge 3.8-inch tires that run on low pressure and all-condition disk brakes on the front and back wheels. Plenty of attachment points and cages let you load it down with all the gear you need, including a scabbard for your bow, fishing rod, or rifle. And of course it's kitted out in Realtree Xtra camo with anodized black no-glare accents, so you can blend right in to your surroundings.
While it isn't a blazer in the truest sense — you're not going to be wearing it to formal business meetings anytime soon — the Levi's Packable Blazer ($180) can certainly serve as the outer layer of an above-casual outfit in a pinch. Made from quilted nylon, this jacket is designed for travel, making it easy to stuff into a bag, backpack, or rucksack, and also features long sleeves, a regular fit, and side-flap pockets that make it just that much dressier than a standard rain jacket or hoodie. Available in a versatile liquorice colorway that should look good with nearly anything.
No matter how much we might try and embrace the outdoors when away from civilization, there are times when you just can't go without power. For those times, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator ($200) makes a perfect travel companion. This gas-free power source can refuel from the wall, car, or sun, and offers a pop-up handle, compact design, a 2 Amp USB port, a 12V output, and an 80 Watt AC Inverter. Plus, at just 12 pounds, it won't break your back if you decide to carry it into the bush.
Based on Coleman's original steel cooler from 1954, the new Coleman Steel Belted Chest Cooler ($173) is a modern classic. It features a rugged, stainless steel lid and case, handles with rubber comfort grips, a solid steel latch for a better, more secure seal, more robust insulation, and a leak-proof, rust resistant drain. Just add ice, food, and beer.
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.
Whether you hang them in your urban apartment, or in your lakeside escape, Norquay Canoe Paddles ($200) flawlessly combine form and function, lending a wilderness touch to your space. Individually crafted from cherry wood, painted, and varnish-finished for long-lasting durability, these paddles come in a range of gorgeous designs influenced by the outdoors. And, if the idea of hanging a paddle on your walls without ever using it bothers you, they work great in an actual canoe — just don't take them on a long trek through the backcountry. Each paddle comes with a handmade leather harness.
Survivalist icons like Bear Grylls make due in the wilderness thanks to their experience, their wits, and plenty of equipment. You might not have what it takes to rough it like Bear, but the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pack ($950) might make you feel like giving it a shot. The pack comes with every Gerber Bear Gryils product in existence, placed skillfully in his Commando 60 survival pack. So if you've got what it takes to turn off Survival programming and actually take on an adventure of your own, this pack should equip you for just about anything, except maybe drinking your own urine.
Used to be that if you wanted to stay in touch outside of cell phone range, a gigantic satellite phone was your only option. The InReach SE ($300) promises to provide off-the-grid communications without the need for a bulky phone. The SE itself is waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant, with a color screen, GPS, and a battery that lasts for up to 100 hours. It can send and receive texts (sorry, no voice communication), trigger an SOS signal that goes to the company's 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, and track your GPS coordinates and share them via Facebook and Twitter. It also pairs with your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, giving you even more features while letting you take advantage of the larger screen — but just remember that while the InReach is fairly rugged, your smartphone probably isn't. [Scouted by Scott]
It doesn't matter if you're an athlete or an outdoorsman — or both — as these new Suunto Ambit2 GPS Watches ($400-$650) include a model for everyone. The Ambit2 S is sleek and lightweight, build specifically for cycling, running, swimming, and training use, and as such offers pace, route navigation and tracking, and heart rate monitoring. The standard Ambit 2 is a more rugged affair, with a fiberglass-reinforced case, 50 hours of battery life in GPS mode, altitude, vertical speed, barometric pressure, and temperature readouts. However, the latter also offers all the sports functions of the 2 S, making it the easy choice if you don't want to miss a single feature.
If you're going to carry a ruggedized camera, it might as well be one that looks the part. With a camouflage, black, and dark grey body, the Nikon Coolpix AW110 Camo Camera ($350) certainly qualifies. Beyond just looking tough, the AW110 offers built-in Wi-Fi for easy, fast sharing, built-in GPS to record the location of every shot, a 16 mp sensor, Full HD 1080p video recording, and a waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof build that candle nearly any condition you can throw at it.
Okay, so maybe you're too late to get these in before Nemo drops a foot of snow on your doorstep, but at least you can be ready for next time. Available in 100- and 200-square foot models, these Mr. Heater Buddy Propane Heaters ($50-$90) promise to provide hours of safe heat using nothing but standard propane tanks. The smaller of the two stands just one foot tall and uses a 1-pound propane cylinder for fuel, while the larger model cranks out up to 9,000 BTUs of heating power and runs off grill-sized propane tanks. No matter which model you choose, you can rest easy knowing both have low oxygen sensors and a tip over switch that will shut things down if the unit gets knocked over.
Why bring both a headlamp and a lantern with you when one item can do the job of both? The Mammut T-Trail Headlamp + Light Dry Bag ($33) functions as a super-lightweight, 30-meter headlamp when you're on the trail, and then attaches to the included ambient light dry bag to provide pleasant diffused light once you've reached your destination. As the name suggests, you can also use the dry bag to protect valuables on the go or in bad weather, making this camping/survival tool a three-birds-with-one-stone proposition.
No, you're not Batman. And you don't have a Utility Belt. But you can get close with the Bear Star ($85). This titanium line thrower makes sure that you'll get your bear bag (For non campers: a bag full of food and whatnot that you don't want near you while your sleeping in case Yogi comes calling) up and into an awarding winning height. The Bear Star also keeps your line tangle free (50 feet of highly-visible cable is included). Does not include a mask, a billionaire alter ego, or parental issues.
Anyone who's spent long hours out in the cold can tell you that while your hands, face, arms, and legs can get cold, nothing will send you reeling for the warmth of an indoor shelter faster than cold feet. ThermaCell Heated Insoles ($120-$200) are designed to prevent this by heating your boots/shoes from the inside out. Powered by rechargeable lithium polymer batteries embedded in the insoles, they're controlled via a remote that offers off, medium (100º), and high (110º) settings.
Sleeping bags don't have to be shiny nylon cocoons. The Scout Field Bed ($500) give you a stylish outdoor slumbering option. It's crafted in the USA from Italian organic selvage denim, and features a Japanese chambray interior, Climashield APEX insulation to keep you warm in temperatures down to 20ºF, antique brass zippers, Horween Chromexcel horsehide pulls, and a leather tie-down strap. Just try to keep it out of the mud.
Dennis works in HR at an insurance company. While he likes his job, he pines for the status he had when he was younger; back when he was known by a different name: The Menace. Dennis tries to recapture his glory days with the GloveShot Slingshot ($190). Far more powerful than the twig and twine of his youth, it can handle bands with pull weights of up to 35 lbs., and its paracord covered body braces against the back of his hand so as to not run afoul of state regulations. Mr. Wilson would be proud.
When spending time in the outdoors, it helps to have company — but if you lack for human companionship, at least bring along the Woodman's Pal ($70). This multi-tool features a sickle hook blade that can cut branches up to 1.5 inches in diameter in a single stroke, a 10.5 inch carbon steel blade for normal cutting, an ash hardwood handle for comfort, and a nylon wrist strap for keeping it handy. Also, it's potentially the first multi-tool to appear on Uncrate not to feature a bottle opener. [Scouted by Brian]
Multi-tools can sure be handy — but with most of them, you'd best have both hands available for operation. The Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool ($70) is the company's first full-size tool to be designed with one-hand operation in mind, meaning you can get to the pliers, cutters, knives, screwdrivers, saw, can and bottle openers, and wrench without taking your other hand away from
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There's nothing worse when camping than losing your beer in the wilderness. (Okay, there are lots of worse things, but none that you're all that likely to experience). This Glow In the Dark Koozie ($6) can help prevent such a problem. Made by the outdoor lighting experts at Coleman, it accommodates most 12 oz. cans, helps keep them cold, and ensures that you'll be able to find them in even the darkest situations.