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LuminAID Solar LED Lantern Folds Flat, Lasts All Day

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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

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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

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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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Flint Laces Are The Perfect Outdoorsman Accessory

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Out in the woods and managed to both lose your lighter and get your matches wet? If you were smart enough to tie your boots with these Flint Laces from RattlerStrap, you can still hope for a dry and warm night. The tip of each lace features a “1 inch ferro rod capped with rubber. This is just enough to produce a robust spark to start a fire in the wilderness. Remove and strike with a steel edge.” The laces themselves are made from Type lll 7 strand 550 Paracord, which sounds robust enough to even the toughest terrains. And considering they cost all of $14 for a pair, there’s really no reason not to get them.

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OhGizmo! Review: The OGIO No Drag Mach 3 Motorcycling Backpack

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Riding around town on two wheels is an amazing experience, but it’s also one that inevitably causes you to compromise on many fronts. There’s no storage space on a motorcycle if you don’t have saddle bags, for instance, yet you might still want to bring stuff with you on your rides. Regular backpacks flop around in the wind at higher speeds and tend to become annoying after a while. We were looking for something designed specifically for riding; after some research, we settled on the above. We’ve spent the last few weeks testing the OGIO No Drag Mach 3 Backpack, and we’d like to spend the next few lines telling you about it. If you’re not in the mood for reading, out here we can tell you this much: it’s fantastic and well worth the money.

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Soto Pocket Torch Turns Any Regular Lighter Into Powerful Windproof Torch

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Did you know that that disposable lighter you bought for a couple bucks can actually be turned into a powerful, windproof torch capable of outputting a 2,300ºF flame. You just have to get the Soto Pocket Torch pictured above, and insert your disposable lighter in it. It won’t work with any lighter; they do have to be of a certain size and type, but it’s not brand specific. And at $20 for the device, it’s a really cheap way to light stuff on fire around the house.

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Funnell Backpack Stores Easily Retractable Rain Jacket

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When you’re out for an extended period of time, you’re always running the risk of being caught in the rain. You’re not made of sugar, boy, so it ain’t so bad, right? But why get wet if you don’t have to? The Funnell backpack looks like any old regular bag, but it features a built-in waterproof jacket that you can pull out in seconds. The jacket covers both you and the backpack so you’re completely protected from that pesky rain.

Made primarily with motorcycle riders in mind, the Funnell is still perfect for the trekker, the cyclist or any outdoors enthusiast. It features several storage compartments, and is made from high quality materials. There’s a back protection panel, and a dedicated laptop compartment, as well as a a drainage tube that allows you to store your wet jacket back in the bag without worrying that it will get smelly.

It’s a $188 pledge to get yours, assuming the Kickstarter completes its funding goals.

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Matador Pocket Blanket Is A Must-Have Outdoors Accessory

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If you’re out walking in the woods and suddenly feel the urge for a nap or a picnic, it might not be a bad idea to have a blanket around. The Matador Pocket Blanket is an ultra-compact piece of fabric that you can whip out in an instant, providing you with some protection from the elements or a barrier from the ground. It’s waterproof and puncture proof, and has weighted corners so it won’t fly away in the wind. It’s made from “HyprLyte Nylon”, a special fabric that’s only 90 microns thin. This means that once it’s folded, the Matador is the size of a small pack of smokes. In order to help you fold it up again, there are stitch marks all around the optimal fold lines; just follow the patterns and you’ll be able to get it back in its pouch in no time.

It’s $25 for the full-size Matador, while a Mini version will set you back $20.

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Kimono Sleeping Bag: Wear It, Sleep In It, Stay Warm

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Kimono? Check. Sleeping bag? Check. Bag full already? Yep. It’s always best to pack light when you’re traveling or camping because nobody wants to lug around a bulky or heavy backpack. If you had a choice between bring a jacket and a sleeping bag, or something that combines both in one neat little package, then which would you go for?

If you chose the latter, then that would be the aptly-named Kimono Sleeping Bag. It is both a kimono that you can wear to stay warm, and a sleeping bag that you can sleep in when night rolls around. Continue Reading