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Grower’s Cup Coffee Takes Brewing To Its Bare Minimum

By David Ponce

There’s a branch of coffee purists who swear that using a machine to brew your coffee is an abomination. Or at the very least, the people behind The Coffeebrewer think so. It’s a specially designed, PE-coated paper bag that contains 25g of fine ground coffee, as well as a specially positioned filter. You’re supposed to open the bag from the top, pour in 0.5L of boiling water, let stand for 5-8 minutes and pour your fresh coffee out through the side opening. The filter will keep all the grounds inside; it’s almost like a portable french press. We say almost because once you’ve poured half the bag, the remaining coffee will not even touch the grounds inside, preventing the coffee from going bitter over time as it does with a french press. This is a great idea anytime, but especially when camping or in other situations where carrying even the most basic coffee making apparatuses would be inconvenient. We’re not sure what the price is, though if you’re in Europe you can actually buy some in specialty stores and some supermarkets.

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HeatStick Will Get Your Water Boiling, No Flame Required

By David Ponce

If you’re out in the field, doing field-y things and generally getting yourself into trouble Bear Grylls-style… you’re gonna end up needing the HeatStick. It’s a heat delivery system that screws right into a water bottle and uses an aluminum canister of propane/butane to heat an element up, and get your water hot in a jiffy. There’s no open flame, and none of the combustible material ever comes into contact with your water; only the metal element ever gets hot.

HeatStick was developed for freeze-dried rations, boil-in-the-bag rations, MREs, beverages and personal hygiene in extreme climatic conditions where efficiency, safety and performance are everything. It’s developed to meet the needs of Special Forces and outdoor professionals under the most hostile conditions.

There’s more tech in this device than you can shake a stick at, but you’re going to have to visit the product website to find out all about them. All you need to know out here is that you can get hot water, fast, efficiently, silently, and stealthily. A 1 litre bottle with the HeatStick system will set you back 2,379KR or about $404 USD. A packet of 10 FuelSticks is 460KR or about $78, which works out to almost $8 per charge. Each FuelStick has enough juice to heat between 6 and 9 litres of water.

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The Bobber Keeps Your GoPro Floatin’

By David Ponce

Whenever a GoPro camera is involved you’ll see dudes flinging themselves down slopes on wheeled contraptions, face-first, for everyone’s recording enjoyment. Or underwater, scuba-free, wrestling a manatee. Fun as these are to watch, it’s possible that something happens to the protagonist. Or perhaps even more dramatically, to the GoPro. Should you for instance accidentally let go of it underwater, the little camera will plunge to some irretrievable depth, and you’ll likely cry. But if you’ve equipped it with the Bobber beforehand, it’ll just float back up to the surface where you can easily spot it and fetch it. It’s a buoyant handle that not only gives you a grip with which to hold the camera, but has enough floating power to take care of the weight of GoPro’s 3D system, or of cameras using the optional LCD or Battery BacPacs.

It’s $29.

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The Montie Gear Y-Fork Slingshot Looks Pretty Badass

By David Ponce

Slingshots don’t have to be all ghetto, made up of some discarded tree branch and rubber bands. There’s a small industry built around them, and some are pretty hardcore. While it may not be the most accurate or even the most powerful on the market, the Montie Gear Y-Fork Slingshot looks like it means business. Cut from a “1/2inch thick aluminum plate with a waterjet at 50,000 psi for unrivaled strength and low weight,” the hunting/target practice tool has a band made from Thera-Band Gold material (for a fast shot and long life) with a 16 pound pull weight at approximately a 28″ draw. The handle is wrapped in “550 test weight paracord for comfort. The paracord also provides a source of very strong cord (should you ever need it while in the field).” Clearly it’s designed for the outdoorsy type in mind, but at $100, you’ll have plenty of money left over to buy other outdoorsy gear as well. Due to recent spike in demand, there is a 3-4 week backorder.

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Some People Just Like To Watch The World Burn

By David Ponce

If you want a pretty badass firepit to put in your backyard, look no further than this:

The Third Rock Fire Pit is designed by Rick Wittrig. Each one is made from one quarter inch (6.35 mm) thick carbon steel. This is by far the heaviest gauge metal used in any fire pit available today. The sturdy construction assures you of having this functional art for many years to come. They have an iron oxide finish/patina on the outside which will darken a little with time then become permanent. The interior is coated with a high temperature resistant paint and has an 1-1/2″ rain drain in the bottom. This high quality fire pit requires no maintenance and has an overall height of 42″ and a diameter of 36″

Something this large and this heavy and this… awesome, can’t be cheap. And it’s not, making a $1,679 dent in your bank account. Each one is handmade so yours will be somewhat unique. And shipping within the continental United States is thankfully free.

Hit the jump for more pictures and links.

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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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This Gerber Multitool Doubles As A Camera Tripod

By David Ponce

Swiss Army knives and similar multi-tools from other companies have been the forefathers of convergence. Manufacturers have been cramming endless attachments in one small package but never have we come across one that also could double as a camera tripod. The Gerber Steady Tool has 12 components, one of which is a camera/cellphone mount. It looks like cameras will thread right onto a standard camera mount while smartphones can be attached to a suction-cup. And when it’s not being used as a tripod, the Steady Tool also has a fine edge blade, a serrated blade, Micro Flat, Square Cross & Medium Flat screwdrivers, a bottle opener, needlenose pliers, and wire cutters. It all comes in a rugged looking 5.8 oz. package and costs only $64. Available now.

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Camelbak All Clear UV Water Bottle Sterilises Your Liquids

By David Ponce

Drinking water out of the tap in an industrialized country is generally a decent enough idea; you likely won’t be catching E.Coli poisoning. The same can’t be said if you go out trekking and decide to fill up your bottle at some random creek. Stay on the safe side and sterilize that water with ultraviolet radiation. The Camelbak All Clear bottle features a strong UV lamp right into its cap.

Cleaning your water is quite simple: screw the cap in; hold the power button down for two seconds; and rotate the bottle while the UV rays do their work. The LCD screen counts down and lets you know when the process is complete and the water safe to drink. The UV system is claimed to zap 99.9999 percent of bacteria, 99.99 percent of viruses and 99.9 percent of protozoa in 25 ounces (0.75 liter) of water in 60 seconds time.

The rechargeable battery gives you about 80 cycles before it needs to be topped up, which is done via the included USB cable. The All Clear ships in March and sells for $99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Take Your iPhone Deep Under The Sea With This Tough Housing

By David Ponce

Say for a minute that there’s something, anything, interesting under water. And that you’ve got some desire to go record a high definition video of whatever that is. We say “get a hobby!” But you’re stubborn. So you have a few options. You can spend $300 for a GoPRO Hero2 rugged HD camera and dive up to 60m (200ft) underwater. Then you get to futz about with the camera hoping to get anything cinematic looking. Or you can spend almost twice as much (not quite true if you pre-order) on this rugged FourPro mount and dive half as deep (100ft). Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, the FourPro has a few advantages. First are the Teak handles that allow you some kind of control over your phone/camera, making for a potentially more stable shot. And these handles have threaded holes to accommodate lighting equipment. Lights! Who would have thought things could get dim 100ft under water?

Right now it’s just a project on Kickstarter, and as of writing it appears to be a non-starter. They’ve raised $800 from the $20,000 they need. For $400 you get the whole kit, which is lots, sure, but less than their expected $699 retail if it ever sees an actual marketplace.

Hit the jump for links and a video that features a guy giving a very Troy McClure introduction: “You may know me from…”

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