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Eton Blackout Buddy Flashlight Runs On Nothing But Water

Eton Blackout Buddy H2O

 

When it rains, it pours. And when there’s a blackout, well, that’s seemingly the only time when you seem to have misplaced all of your batteries… batteries which you could have otherwise used to power up your flashlight. The good news is that there’s an alternative torch by Eton called the Blackout Buddy H2O.

Its name gives a clue when it comes to what it needs to power up, and it ain’t batteries. Yep, you got that right: this handy flashlight needs nothing but water to run. Just put the Blackout Buddy into a cup that’s filled with water and boom, you’ve got light. It can provide up to 72 hours of illumination, which should hopefully be more than enough. The best part? It retails for only $10.

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VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools: Every Tool You Need in a Tube

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools

Space is limited. Not just in the major cities of the world, but in your backpack too. There’s only so much you can fit into your backpack: your sleeping bag, maybe a thermos, some rations. But one thing you should definitely make room for is this flashlight-slash-tube of utility tools by VSSL. It’s ingenious, really.

They’ve made better use of the otherwise vacant space in the handle of a flashlight by filling it up with tins containing potentially life-saving stuff. Three types of VSSL utility tubes are available: Supplies, First Aid, and Shelter. Each one comes with a set of components all packed neatly into tin cans. For example, the Supplies tin comes with a Canadian beeswax candle, a razor blade, six Aquatabs water purification tablets, waterproof matches, fishing gear, firestars, and a signaling mirror, among other things.Continue Reading

Sleeping Bag Suit is a Mattress You Can Wear

Wearable Air Mattress

Too lazy to change into your PJs before turning in? With this suit on, you won’t have to. In fact, you don’t even need a bed, because this thing is a mattress in itself. It’s the King Jim wearable futon and it’s a viable alternative for frequent travelers who can’t be bothered to bring a futon, mattress, or sleeping bag when they’re out and about.

All you have to do is whip it out, wear it, and lie down. If you’re using it as a coat, the bottoms can be folded up to adjust the wearable futon to your height.Continue Reading

Survival Belts: The Belt for Boy Scouts

Survival Belts

 

This belt is for survivors. It’s Slide Belt’s Survival model, and it stays true to its name because it’s built to last through the toughest of situations. The belt is waterproof, resistant to abrasions, and UV protected. It even flexes like normal even at sub-zero temperatures– a feature you’ll appreciate if ice climbing is one of your hobbies.

Aside from that, the belt features a built-in bottle opener which definitely comes in handy when you’re out with the guys. Cough up a few more bucks for the Survivor model and you’ll get a belt that comes with a striker and ferrocerium fire starter rod that’s good for 1,000 strikes.

The belts are up for funding on Kickstarter, where $59 will get you the Survival model while $89 will get you the Survivor Belt with the firestarter.

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Goal Zero Torch Uses Sun’s Energy to Charge Your Torch and Smartphones

Goal Zero Torch 250

If there’s one thing you’ll be happy to have during an emergency, it’s the Goal Zero Torch Solar Kit. It’s bigger than your average torch, but that’s because it includes a Nomad 7 Solar Panel that turns sunlight into usable energy. It powers up the torch and also charges up the Goal Zero’s internal lithium battery so you can charge your smartphone and other mobile devices when you’re on the go.

The best part? The Goal Zero Torch Solar Kit is both lightweight and weather-resistant so you can take it with you anywhere. It’s available for $160.

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Bear Skin Picnic Blanket is All Sorts of Adorbs

Bear Skin Picnic Blanket

 

It doesn’t make sense to use a bear skin rug as a picnic blanket, but it makes all sorts of sense to use this bear skin picnic blanket. It has the typical red checkered pattern you’d find on most blankets with a marked difference: it’s shaped like a bear! A bear skin rug, actually, with the grinning face of an adorable bear.

The blanket is generously sized so your usual picnic party can fit right on it. Just pack it with a well-stocked picnic basket and you’ll be good to go.

The Bear Skin Picnic blanket retails for $49.99.

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Hammock Backpack: So You Can Nap On the Go

HackedPack

Nothing beats lying back on a hammock with little to no cares in the world, as a gentle breeze blows to keep you cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, thoughts of lying on a hammock remain just that–thoughts–unless you’re the type who takes one with you wherever and whenever.

That’s not always a very practical thing to do, what with the added bulk and weight, unless you’ve got one of these HackedPacks. As the name implies, these backpacks have been hacked. Aside from having enough space to carry all of your gear, it also has a built-in hammock crammed into it.

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Functional Decoy: Security Camera Birdfeeder

Security Camera Birdfeeder

The Security Camera Birdfeeder lets you be nice to birds and have something hanging outside your home to deter criminals and hoodlums from attempting to do something that they shouldn’t. Granted, it obviously doesn’t look real during the day, but only the foolish (or the most foolishly daring) would choose to attempt a break-in in broad daylight.

The birdfeeder is ready to hang and can hold up to 2 cups of seed for your avian buddies.Continue Reading

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

Kimono sleeping bag

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