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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.

[ Manufacturer’s Website ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Hungry ]

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearPatrol ]

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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Multi-Zippered Sleeping Bag Lets You Regulate Your Temperature Just Right

By David Ponce

I have a strange internal thermostat. It’s picky to no end. Most of the time, I’m sweating, no matter how cool the place is. So what I end up doing is making my apartment glacial and hiding under the covers. Then as I start to get too hot, I poke certain body parts out until the perfect balance is achieved. It’s a tedious process but it’s the only way I can sleep. So they might have had me in mind when they came up with this sleeping bag. It features four horizontal zippers which can be used as vents. They are placed near the ankles, knees, waist, and chest and allow the camper to open them in various combinations for the optimal temperature adjustment. Which is great because hey, you don’t have any sort of control over the outside temperature, so something like this is essential. Comfort of course comes at a price, which in this case is $120. Mind you, that’s almost on par with a regular sleeping bag anyway, so you’re not paint much of a premium.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

PowerPot Charges Your Gadgets While Your Stuff Is Cooking

By David Ponce

You might argue that going out into the wild and being outdoorsy involves leaving your electronics behind. You know, get away from it all and all that. But lets face it, that won’t happen. And if you’re away from the grid for a prolonged period of time, you’re gonna want to do something about getting those gadgets charged up. The PowerPot is a special cooking pot that contains thermoelectric materials. This means that it will generate electricity as you’re heating up your dinner. There are two versions, which generate 5W and 10W of energy.

The Regulator Cord on both models has a high-temperature connector which plugs into the backside of the PowerPot, and three feet of flame-resistant cabling leading to the USB plug. This makes the PowerPot usable on open wood fires in addition to stoves

The basic PowerPot V, which contains 1.4 litres of liquid and generates 5W starts out at $125 while the larger 1.9 litre PowerPot X generates 10W and goes for $200. They’re currently projects on Kickstarter and if they reach their goal, they should ship in June.

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Tentsile Tents Take Things Off The Ground

By David Ponce

Bears, they sure like to snack on humans. No, that’s not true! We’re more like a full meal for them.

All bad segues aside, the Tentsile tents look awesome, and may actually make things a little harder for forest dwelling creatures seeking to nibble on your camping toes. They hang in the air, hammock-style, and the different models can accommodate 2, 3-4 or 5-8 people. The 5-8 person model doesn’t seem to require trees, instead relying on its own tripod like structure to raise the tent off the ground.

The structure comprises a collapsable frame of webbing straps with fire retardant, UV PU and water resistant polyester fabric infill panels. The frame is held in tension by elongates which collect at each of the three high level anchor points, and at the base to form internal spaces.

We don’t know how much they are, but they do seem to be available. We can’t imagine this stuff being cheap. Still, hit the jump for more pictures and links.

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BioLight Campstove Heats Your Food, Powers Your Gadgets

By David Ponce

Being off the grid is fun, but unless you’re really special, you never go full-off. Most people like to bring at least a cellphone with them, be it only for emergency calls. What better way to charge these then, than with a BioLight campstove. It’s a small device in which you are meant to burn wood or other combustible biodegradables (leaves, pine cones, etc.). While you place your pot of beans atop to heat, a thermoelectric element inside provides power which outputs through a USB port.

It’s $129 and should be ready to ship for “camping season 2012”.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

I Had No Idea Victorinox Made Swiss Army Knives With Built-in Lighters

Victorinox SwissFlame and CampFlame (Images courtesy VICfan)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia. Did you know that from 2002 to 2005 Victorinox made a couple of Swiss Army Knives that featured built-in lighters? Something that would come in far useful while trying to survive in the wilderness than a corkscrew bottle opener. But, because the lighters only require a single action to ignite the flame, they were deemed too unsafe for sale in the United States. So if you had any interest in picking up either the SwissFlame or CampFlame models, you had to live in Europe or Australia, where apparently lighter regulations are far more lenient.

But if you’re determined, and happen to have a friend or P.O. box in Australia, you can still find them from online sellers like ‘Army Surplus Stores‘ for $129.50 AUD, which works out to about $137 US.

[ VICfan – Victorinox SwissFlame and CampFlame ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]