When the weather gets warmer thoughts turn to outdoor activities. Whether you’re a nature lover that can’t wait for some al fresco adventure, or you are simply looking for a way to make an upcoming outdoor experience more convenient, we’ve found the best gear for your time in the great outdoors.
The North Face 2-Meter Dome 4 Season Tent
Sure it costs as much as staying in a five star hotel, but this outdoor sleeping unit sets the standard for expedition tents everywhere. Offering the ultimate in wind resistance and durability for the camping set, the North Face Dome tent boasts a hemisphere shape based on the original geodesic dome principle developed by Buckminster Fuller. According to the manufacturer, the 2-Meter Dome is extremely durable and efficient in merciless environs such as the Himalayas and Antarctica, so we’re pretty sure it can withstand whatever slightly less macho endeavor you had in mind.
Get the North Face 2-Meter Dome 4 Season Tent here.
SwissChamp XLT Swiss Army Knife
Is that a toolbox in your pocket or are you just glad to see me? Even better, it’s the SwissChamp XLT Swiss Army Knife. The SwissChamp XLT adds an additional 17 tools to the standard SwissChamp. Despite the ridiculous number of implements (46), the Mac Daddy of Swiss Army knives is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Tools include large blade, small blade, corkscrew, can opener with small screwdriver, pharmaceutical spatula, cap lifter with screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, Key ring, tweezers, toothpick, scissors, multi-purpose hook, wood saw, fish scaler with hook disgorger and ruler (cm + inches), nail file with nail cleaner, metal file, fine screwdriver, chisel, pliers, wire cutters, wire crimping tool, pressurized ballpoint pen, Phillips screwdriver 00-0, magnifying lens 8x and sewing eye. The implements are constructed of durable stainless steel, carry a lifetime warranty and are Swiss-Made.
Get the SwissChamp XLT here.
AllTrails Maps App
Getting (really) lost in the great outdoors can be a serious downer. Fortunately, Alltrails has created an app that maps out over 40,000 high-quality trails for outdoor activities. With every type of “off the beaten path” activity represented, including hiking and mountain biking to fly fishing and snowshoeing you can finally lead that expedition with confidence. Know a good trail that’s not in the AllTrails database? You can play Lewis and Clark by tracking your hike or ride with the AllTrails GPS tracker and then adding the trail for others to view and follow themselves. The best news of all? The app is totally free.
Get the Alltrails App here
Windmill Delta Stormproof Lighter
We have to admit spending nearly fifty bucks for a lighter seems a bit much, but in emergency situations like coercing your favorite band into an encore performance, you’ll want one you can rely on. While many lighters boast their “Windproof” status, only the Windmill Delta dare make the “Stormproof” claim. Windmill’s easy to use one-handed operation, piezo-electric ignition, water-resistant lighter can withstand 70-80 mile per hour winds. In addition, the tough elastomer armor offers shock and impact resistance. The Delta lighter features a stainless steel wire closure to stay watertight even if dropped. The Piezo-electric system is good for over 30,000 ignitions, while the water resistant O-ring seals keep water out.
Get the Windmill Delta lighter here.
Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack
Getting away from it all is great, but what about a power source for your iPad, Kindle and smartphone when you are “going off the grid”? How about a backpack with solar panels that generate power from the sun? With 4 watts of power, the Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack will quickly charge all your handheld electronics. The universal USB battery will be fully charged from 7 hours of direct sun while the padded laptop sleeve and sizable front pocket keeps everything secure and in easy reach.
Get the Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack here.