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Wildcard is A Slim Multitool With A Detachable Blade


Multitools on Kickstarter are just like wallets on Kickstarter: there are way too many! But every now and then one comes around that adds a little innovative twist and stands out. The Wildcard is yet another multitool stamped out of solid stainless steel, except this one features a fold-out serrated edge blade. Better yet, the blade is detachable so if you forget you’re carrying it at the airport, you can just surrender the blade and order a replacement, instead of having to ditch the whole thing. It’s also got a screwdriver, a prybar, and a bottle opener. The whole thing measures just 2mm thick and is credit card sized, so it’ll fit in your wallet easily. It’s a smart design, and definitely worth the $25 pledge necessary to secure one.


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Snorkelling Takes On Another Dimension With An Underwater Jetpack


There are many things to explore on this planet, but most of them require some kind of physical effort. Like snorkelling, for instance. It’s all great fishing fun until you realize if you want to see anything at all, you will have to kick your finned feet around quite a bit. That’s an effort that can be avoided altogether if you strap the x2 Sport Underwater Jetpack to your back and wrists. Simply by pointing your fists in the direction you want to go, you’ll be able to travel up to 10kph (6mph) underwater for up to 60 minutes at a time. The propellers attach to your wrists, and are controlled through a handheld remote. The entire system weighs 5kp (11lbs) and will unfortunately set you back a hefty $2,000 as an early adopter. Yes, that does mean it’s a crowdfunding campaign that’s not even fully funded at the moment. And it does mean that you’ll have to wait until September 2016 until you get your own x2.


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The Jammock Hammock Means You Can Nap Anywhere


Did you know you could take a nap on top of your Jeep? Well, if you get the Jammock Hammock, you can. It fits Jeep Wranglers 1987 to present in the YJ, TJ, JK, and JKU models. It also will fit the bed of just about any pickup truck, where it’ll provide a bit of protection to your valuables, on top of giving you a soft area on which to lay down and sleep. It’s made from 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon and will easily withstand more than 350lbs, but the company won’t commit to a higher number for fear of lawsuits. Still, it’s a cool item to own, and at $138, won’t break the bank.

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Water Purifier Pump Lets You Drink Just About Anything


If you’re planning a long trip out in the wilderness, you’re going to have to think about how you’re going to stay hydrated. One solution is to bring tons of water with you, but that stuff is heavy. Another is to simply pack the MSR Sweetwater Purifier System.

MSR’s SweetWater Purifier System gives you added protection against bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. This backcountry kit includes a SweetWater Microfilter, an 80-micron stainless-steel prefilter, two color-coded silicone hoses, foam float, Universal Bottle Adapter plus cleanside cover, cleaning brush, ViralStop Purifier Solution and stuff sack. Simply pump the water through the SweetWater purifier, then add five drops of the purifier solution per liter and wait five minutes for the purification process to complete. MSR’s water Purifier Solution inactivates 99. 99 percent of waterborne viruses, bacteria, and common protozoan parasites, so you can avoid spending your camping or traveling expedition doubled over in your tent.

There are many systems like this on the market, but MSR’s advantage is that it allegedly produces better tasting water due to the lack of bad-tasting iodine. Considering it’s only $100, it’s a worthwhile purchase for anyone serious about spending some quality time outdoors.


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Too Bad You Can’t Eat It: Inflatable Pizza Slice Pool Float

Inflatable Pizza Slice Swimming Pool Float

Mushrooms, pepperoni, olives, and lots of cheese– that’s what makes a perfect pizza for me. However, regardless of your toppings of choice, you’ll undoubtedly be amused at the weirdness and awesomeness of this swimming pool float. Yep, that’s right: it’s shaped like gigantic slice of pizza. In this case, the crust is something you can’t do without, because it also serves as the head rest.

The 72-inch inflatable features cord connectors so you can combine additional loungers (imagine combining a couple of slices to form one whole floating giant pizza!) It also has two drink holders on board so you won’t be thirsty on your floating pie. Too bad you can’t actually sink your teeth into it…

It’s available online for $40+.

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Survival Shoelaces Give You a Fighting Chance in the Wild

Survival Shoelaces

When you’re in trouble in the great outdoors and desperate, you’ll see the value and usefulness of everyday things and use them in ways that you normally wouldn’t. Don’t let it get to that point, though, and be better prepared for the unexpected instead. One way to do that is by using these survival shoelaces on your shoes instead of the regular kind.

Each one comes packed with a mini survival kit inside: a fishing line, tinder, and a ferro rod, which you’ll need to start a fire when you don’t have a match or lighter. Sure, you’ll need more than this to make it in the wild, but it’s a good start.

They’re available online starting at $15.

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LuminAID Solar LED Lantern Folds Flat, Lasts All Day


When you step away from the modern world, full of taken-for-granted conveniences, it’s always a good idea to prepare yourself properly. Spending any amount of time in the wilderness requires not only a bit of courage, but some decent illumination at night. The LuminAID Pack Lite 12 Inflatable Solar Lantern is a waterproof light source that folds flat for easy storage, but once turned on, will provide you with up to 16 hours of brightness on a single charge. This charge, incidentally, is easily obtained by leaving the thing in the sun for 7 hours. The 12 bright LEDs contained inside are also able to flash in an emergency beacon mode, making it easier to find you at night if you ventured too far off the path and can’t find your own way back. Considering it’s only $23, it wouldn’t make any sense to make this an essential “must-pack” item for anyone contemplating extended time outdoors.

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Ceramic Escape Knife Could Come In Handy If You’re A High-Risk Target


We can’t imagine that most people spend any amount of time thinking about what they’ll do if they ever get abducted. Yet these people do exist, or products like the Ceramic Escape Knife (CEK) would never get made. It’s a tiny blade, about the size of a pinky finger and weighing about as much as a penny (2.5 grams), that stays sharp 10 times longer than steel and will never rust. You’re supposed to hide it in a place that your would-be abductors would never think to check, and use it to cut your ties if you’re lucky enough for these to be made out of something other than metal. It’s all of $15, which is a really tiny amount to pay if you ever plan to venture if you’re going somewhere unsafe.

Better yet, not going somewhere unsafe is free.

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Innovative Grip: Böker Plus Pogn DCW Tactical Knife


Venturing out into the wilderness requires equipment, and that’s a little sad. Humans just can’t, like their animal counterparts, survive too well in nature when stripped of their tools. We are, at least, much smarter than they are and we’ll take the intellectual trade-off anytime, especially if it means getting to carry cool knives like the Böker Plus Pogn DCW Tactical Knife. It features an innovative perforated grip that allows you to wrap paracord and create a complete grip that’s as wide or narrow as you’d like. The fact that most of the cord is located inside the tang also means less wear.

The entire thing is about 8 inches long and weighs 138g. It’ll cost you 89€, or roughly $112USD.

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