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HydroBee Is Your Own Portable Hydroelectric Power Plant

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That’s a bit of a grandiose way of describing it, to be honest. It only charges a set of AA batteries, which you’re then supposed to charge your own gadgets with. But it is powered by the current in a stream of water, so the ‘hydroelectric’ part is correct. And hey, it makes for a better headline, so we’re not apologizing. What’s more, we kind of like what HydroBee is trying to do here. It’s supposed to be a replacement for other take-you-off-the-grid gadgets, which use a variety of methods for generating power in the wild. They usually have their drawbacks however, like solar powered chargers requiring, well, sunlight. And even hydrogen fuel cells will eventually run out, because you can’t very well carry thousands of hydrogen packs with you. The HydroBee’s achilles heel is of course that it requires the presence of a stream, but if you do have that, you can count on almost unlimited power, day or night. Just place it in the water with a tether, and come back two hours later to a charged set of batteries. And that’s 12,500mAh, which should be enough juice to charge your phone up a couple times.

Currently doing the Kickstarter dance, a $78 pledge will get you the whole system.

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Don’t Go Camping Without This Collapsible Camp Stove

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You can technically subsist on nuts and berries for weeks, but let’s face it, cooked food not only tastes better but is also more nutritious. Of course you knew that, and you wouldn’t venture out into the wild without some cooking solution, but we think that as far as portability and convenience is concerned, it’s hard to do better than this collapsible camp stove. Oh sure, this has been made since time immemorial, but we didn’t claim it was cutting edge tech. Just something neat we stumbled on and think some of you may get a kick out of, especially at it’s $59 price point.

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The Grub Hub Brings An Entire Kitchen To The Great Outdoors

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grub_hub For those of us on this planet that aren’t frozen solid, camping is still an acceptable activity. But being out in the wilderness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing all the amenities we take for granted at home. The Grub Hub is a portable kitchen that’s been around for a few years, but we’ve only now discovered. It packs everything, and yes, even the kitchen sink. No, this isn’t just a bad play on words: it does come with its own sink for washing your dirty dishes. Aside from holding your stove (not included), there are compartments to hold your pots and pans, telescoping rods to hang your lanterns or anything else that can be hung, and even 9 square feet of table surface for you to prepare your meals on. It’s a Swiss Army Knife of camping, and can be yours for $379.

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Homelite 5-Ton Electric Log Splitter

Having a cabin in the woods doesn’t automatically mean you’re a rugged outdoorsman. You can enjoy the fine pleasures that being away from the city provides (fresh air, anyone?), while still indulging in the comforts and luxuries urban environments have accustomed us to. The Homelite 5-Ton Electric Log splitter will make stocking up on firewood as easy as pressing a button. Its 15 Amp electric motor can split logs up to 20 inches long and 10 inches in diameter, and its 20 second cycle time will give you just enough of a rest to not strain yourself from loading the logs up in the first place. It’s a $300 luxury that will have some more genuine woodsy types looking down on you, but one that you’ll be happy you purchased anyway when you’re watching Will & Grace reruns on your flatscreen TV “in the woods”, while sipping on some hot cocoa.

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Baladeo Folding Cutlery Set Makes Fine Dining on the Go Possible

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Going on a camping trip? Planning to travel soon? Then you need to get yourself one of these Baladeo Folding Cutlery Sets. It’s like having a complete set of utensils all in one neat, little package.

The Baladeo Set resembles a Swiss Knife when it’s all folded up. But unfold and disassemble the entire thing and you’ll find that you’ve got a spork, a knife, a can opener, and a bottle opener. It’s compact and lightweight, weighing in at only 52 grams, and made from stainless steel. Just because you might be roughing it up outdoors doesn’t mean you have to eat with your bare hands. And it would be pretty useful to have this around especially if you’re going to chowing on a can of pork of beans for dinner, right?

The Baladeo Folding Cutlery Set is available from Moontrail for $49.

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So Apparently There’s An $1,800 Tent

We love camping as much as the next guy, but we’re just not sure that paying $1,800 for a tent is going to make things better. The Sierra Designs Mojo UFO tent tries to be special in a few ways. First off, it’s fairly light, weighing in at 1 lb. 11 oz. or 0.76 kg (tent, integrated rain fly and poles) and measuring “50 inches (127 cm) wide at the head, tapered to 41 inches (104 cm) at the feet.” And granted, that’s pretty light and easy to carry. But it’s not the lightest tent on the market; that award seems to go to the “Sea to Summit Specialist Duo [which] weighs just 1 lb. 6 oz. (0.62 kg) when pitched with hiking poles.” That tent is $500. Also, the Mojo UFO is made from a pretty fancy fabric called cuben fiber, “an ultralight, highly durable fabric used in sailcloth,” and the pitching poles are made of, well, pure carbon fiber. Year. Carbon fiber. We’re not entirely convinced (read: not at all) that this is all worth $1,800, but hey, we know plenty of people with too much cash, and a penchant for camping, who’d likely throw it at Sierra Designs in a heartbeat. They can do so next week, when the tent debuts at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

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Curly Dog Roasters

By David Ponce

At the risk of belabouring the point, we really do live in a pampered society when we see products on the market that solve problems that don’t really exist. Either that or we’re just used to roughing it. What ever happened to just stabbing your sausage with some twig you found and roasting it over the campfire? So what if you drop it in there, or if your twig catches on fire? It’s all part of the charm. If you don’t see it that way though, there’s always the above Curly Dog Roasters. They measure approximately 34 inches in length, including an 11 inch oak handle and a full-grain leather carrying strap and are all hand-made. You’ll be able to securely roast that wiener, keep your hands unburned and your food unspoiled. It’s $22 for a set of two.

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Multitasking T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag From Mammut

By David Ponce

When you venture out in the wilderness it’s always smart to go well equipped. You need tents, the right clothing and it doesn’t hurt to have some light. The T-Trail & Ambient Light Dry Bag from Mammut is an item that pulls triple duty. The dry bag portion does pretty much what you’d expect a dry bag to do: keep your other items dry. Alternatively, it can help you carry up to three litters of liquid around. But when it’s not being used as a dry bag, you can attach it to the T-Trail headlamp (that’s the strap from that you see underneath the bag) and turn it into a diffuser so that the inside of your resting place is illuminated with a soft, “romantic” glow of light.

It’s $50.

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Hemiplanet Cave Is An Inflatable Tent That Can Take A Beating

By David Ponce

Going camping is all fun and games until you have to actually pitch a tent. Pitching a tent isn’t fun and it’s no game. At least not for this klutzy editor. But the Hemiplanet Cave looks a lot simpler and a lot sturdier than your average everyday tent. Featuring a geodesic dome-like structure made from inflatable TPU bladders, a single pump is able to go from limp to rigid in a matter of minutes. The frame is shaped this way because it mimics the molecular structure of a diamond, a material known for its hardness; the frame is thus appropriately called Inflatable Diamond Grid” – IDG. The Cave sits six and sleeps three adults and a multi-chamber system ensures that even if one of the bladders is punctured, the entire thing doesn’t just deflate like a balloon.

High-tech tents don’t come cheap however: the Hemiplanet Cave is €500.

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