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October 8, 2010

Soul Cell Solar Powered Lantern


Take the Soul Cell Solar Powered Lantern with you to light up your campsite. A pocket-sized collapsible lantern, the Soul Cell is great for off-the-grid illumination. Although it’s still a concept, this handy little invention would hook perfectly onto your backpack and it wouldn’t take up a lot of room when packed away. It would also be great to hang in a tent, thanks to its strap that is attached by magnets. Jesper Jonsson.

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October 7, 2010

Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS


GPS reliability is on your wrist, thanks to the Garmin Forerunner 205. A fitness tracker that takes your training to the next level, the Forerunner 205 offers advanced tracking and training programs accurately follow your progress. Easy-to-use right out of the box, this Garmin watch’s GPS calculates speed, distance and pace information. Outfitted with a SiRFstar receiver, it provides rapid first fix and is sensitive enough to acquire signals in urban canyons and under dense foliage. Other features include Virtual Partner features, pace alarm, Garmin Connect community, water-resistant construction and time/distance alarm alerts. Pick one up for $149.95. Garmin.

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October 5, 2010

Emerson Cordless Bug Zapper


If what of your camping pet peeves is being bothered by bugs, you’ll want to pick up the Emerson Cordless Bug Zapper. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, the Cordless Bug Zapper comes equipped with a rechargeable battery that will last up to 10,000 hours. Once it runs out of bug zapping juice, just plug it into the wall to recharge. Use it inside the tent or by the campfire – the Emerson Cordless Bug Zapper will kill those pesky bugs no matter where it is. There’s also an easy to clean removable bug tray. Pick one up here for $31.92.

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September 30, 2010

Fozzils Solo Pack


Are you tired of lugging bulky, three dimensional dishes from one place to another? Then pick up the Fozzils Solo Pack. A complete 1 person set, the Solo Set comes with a cup, bowl, dish and spoon, all stored in its own super thin and light reusable container. Boasting the patented easy to use snap system, the Fozzils Solo Pack has everything you need for a hike, picnic, or round the world adventure. When not in use, each piece folds completely flat and take up hardly any space in your backpack, and since they are made from food-grade polypropylene, they are suitable for hot and cold use while its surfaces clean easily. Pick up a set for $17.95. Fozzils.

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September 24, 2010

Cobb Premier Portable Grill


For all you extremely efficient campers, there’s a grill that fits your lifestyle perfectly – the Cobb Premier Portable Grill. Tipping the scales at just 9 lbs., the Cobb Grill is fuel efficient, using only 8 to 10 charcoal briquettes for three hours cooking time at an internal temperature of up to 500°F. Made with a high-grade stainless-steel mesh exterior base that will never rust, the Cobb Grill’s base remains completely cool to the touch while cooking. Able to roast, bake, smoke and fry, the Cobb Premier Portable Grill’s stainless-steel dome cover accommodates large food items and enhances convection-style cooking. Plus, its nonstick grilling surface cleans easily and all of its parts are dishwasher safe. Get cooking for $149.95. Cobb America.

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September 12, 2010

Etón Scorpion Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio


If adventure is on your to-do list this camping trip, be sure to bring along the Etón Scorpion Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio. Getting its juice from the sun, the Scorpion lets you listen to AM/FM radio, a built-in flashlight and can even charge your cell phone. Equipped with a hand crank, this Etón gadget lets you generate your own power if the sun isn’t shining. Other features include AM/FM/NOAA weather band, AUX-IN and headphone jack, bottle opener, large solar panel, rugged exterior skin and USB phone charger. Be prepared for $49.99. Etón.

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September 7, 2010

Light My Fire MealKit


Ultra-modern and ergonomic, the Light My Fire MealKit is an ideal pick for backpacking or camping trips. Created by Scandinavian designer Joachim Nordwall, the MealKit comes with everything you need to prepare and eat a meal any where. This Light My Fire dish set comes with two plates, a spill-free cup with lid (300ml), a combined colander and cutting board, a "spork" ( combined spoon and serrated fork ) and a small waterproof box. The spork is made of a tough and durable PC (polycarbonate) material and the rest of the set is constructed from PP (polypropylene), an environmentally friendly plastic. Pick up a set for $19.95. Light My Fire.

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September 3, 2010

Brunton Restore Portable Power Device


Harness the power of the sun no matter where you are with the Brunton Restore Portable Power Device. An efficient and compact integrated solar charger, the Restore boasts a 90 percent power capture. This means that charging portable devices like iPods, smartphones, digital cameras and more. Tough and compact, this Brunton portable power device comes equipped with an internal rechargeable lithium polymer battery that can be charged in a car with the included DC adapter, from a computer or via the sun's rays. This battery stores up to 2,200 mAh and provides 1,000 mA/5V output. It also features a 100 mA polycrystalline solar panel, a durable and water-resistant rubberized shell, power gauge and auto shutoff. Get powered up for $89.95. Brunton.

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September 2, 2010

Camp Chef Outdoor Oven


When the usual camping fare isn’t going to cut it, bring along the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven. Equipped with two 5,300 BTU matchless igniter range burners and a 3,000 BTU oven, the Camp Chef lets you cook up all sorts of things, like baking cookies or cooking up a pizza. Boasting stainless steel construction, this outdoor oven comes with a fold down lid and non-stick enamel cooking surface. It can reach a maximum oven temperature of 400 degrees, meaning it can cook for up to 5 hours on high heat with a 1-pound can of propane. It’s powered by a disposable 1-pound propane can or it can be adapted for a bulk tank. Start cooking for $277.99. Camp Chef.

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August 31, 2010

WaveBox Portable Microwave


Hot, quick food is always within reach – even when camping – when you bring along the WaveBox Portable Microwave. The world's first portable microwave oven, the WaveBox is all about convenience. Powered by a standard AC, direct to 12-volt battery or any vehicle power socket rated at 20 amps or higher, the WaveBox portable microwave boasts an easy-grip handle and a compact, sleek design. It also comes equipped with the CoolBag, an integrated soft-side cooler that keeps your food and drinks cool until you're ready to heat them up. Cook something up for $200. WaveBox.

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August 24, 2010

BearVault BV500 Container


Don’t feed the bear during your next camping adventure. Keep you food safe and out of hungry paws with the BearVault BV500 Container. Featuring simple access, light weight and large volume, the BV500 is made with durable polycarbonate construction that keeps the weight light and the inner volume high. Equipped with a large rainproof lid, this BearVault container comes with a snapping bump/tab locking mechanism and screws on and off easily without the use of tools. It also helps suppress strong odors from food, sunscreen, insect repellent, soap and toothpaste, which cuts down on any chance encounters you may come across. And when it’s closed, BearVault also makes a great camp seat! Pick one up for $79.95. BearVault.

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August 17, 2010

Seth McGinn’s CanCooker


Cook for the gang with the Seth McGinn’s CanCooker. A unique outdoor cooking device, the CanCooker lets you cook a lot of food without a lot of work. Able to cook up a complete meal in about one hour, this innovative product will work on any heat source and is easy to clean up. Using steam to cook the meal, the CanCooker’s revolutionary one-piece “shouldered” design creates convection which circulates the steam for faster cooking and also helps keep food from sticking to the inside of it. And because it’s so easy to use, you'll be able to socialize instead of cooking the meal. Pick one up for $80. CanCooker.

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August 16, 2010

Solar-Powered Collapsible Lamps by Jesper Jonsson


Illuminate your camp site the environmentally friendly way, with these solar-powered collapsible lamps. Powered by solar energy, this eco-friendly concept lamp lights up your surrounds when unfolded. Designed by Jesper Jonsson, the solar-powered collapsible lamps come equipped with solar panels that collect energy when the sun is out and store it in a battery. Once the sun goes down, the lamp can be unfolded and its onboard battery powers a set of bulbs inside the lamp to give you light. It also comes with a strap with magnets that lets you hang the lamp in a variety of ways, open of closed. Jesper Jonsson.

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August 13, 2010

SteriPEN Sidewinder Portable Water Purifier


Set to hit shelves this September, the all-new SteriPEN Sidewinder Portable Water Purifier is a great way to always ensure you have clean drinking water on your camping trips. Say goodbye to environmentally unfriendly plastic water bottles that take up too much room – the Sidewinder is much easier to carry and is always ready to quench your thirst. Recently debuted at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Expo, this SteriPEN portable water purifier is a crank-powered and features a bacteria-killing UV light that can produces a liter of drinkable water. Simple and practical – it doesn’t get much better than that! SteriPEN.

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August 12, 2010

Ventus Folding Wind Power Station


You can harness the wind’s power, even when you’re camping, with the Ventus Folding Wind Power Station. A folding wind turbine that generates up to 400W of renewable power, the Ventus, designed by Sergej Kuckir, is based on the “Savonius” type of wind turbines. Perfect for camping trips, the portable Ventus comes equipped with a vertical axis wind turbine, turbine mast and batteries, all which can be folded and packed in a tube just 10cm in diameter. Ideal for when you’re in the mountains (it tends to get pretty windy up there), the renewable electric power is stored in onboard batteries for later use. Sergej Kuckir.

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