Camping doesn’t necessarily mean roughing it, not with these cool gadgets and accessories at your fingertips
After a long harsh winter, the buds of spring have arrived, meaning one thing for the outdoorsy among us: it’s time to get outside. For avid hikers, kayakers, mountain bikers, campers and even lakeside cottage loungers, there’s a plethora of high-tech tools to help make the most of your forays into the wild. Here are our top four über-cool devices and gadgets to fuel spring and summer outdoor adventures.
Whether you’re heading out for a leisurely nature walk or a vigorous hike, chances are you’ll want to stay wired: this sleek, stylish backpack from The North Face is a must. The pack features a charging dashboard with Joey T55 battery and compartments to store smartphone, laptop and tablet. You get the best of both worlds: your wilderness fix and your text messages.
This portable, (virtually) smokeless wood campfire is not only handy for roasting marshmallows; it can also keep your iPhone charged up. The sleek, clean-energy stove – which features an integrated battery and LED dashboard – boils a kettle of water in under five minutes and generates usable electricity in the process. Next-level camping!
It wouldn’t be an outdoor adventure if it didn’t include your favourite tunes. Or some time out on the water! This durable, portable, water-resistant boom box comes equipped to stream Bluetooth audio, pick up AM/FM radio signals, tune in to Weatherband radio and play MP3 media via a USB flash drive. Plus, you can download Apple or Android apps to make the system hands-free. And if you’ve had one too many beers and accidentally drop this in the water, it’ll float!
This water-resistant, scratch-resistant wristwatch is equipped with a highly sensitive GPS to help you navigate on your extended hiking or portaging trip. But that’s not all – it also features a barometer (for weather changes), and altimeter (for elevation), a three-axis compass, a tracker with 1,000 waypoints, and a battery life of up to 50 hours (and up to five weeks in watch mode). Guaranteed to bring out your inner explorer.
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