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Tag Archives: Outdoors

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekosystem ]

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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HD Video Camera Ski Goggles

By David Ponce

Winter’s around the corner, which means ski time for lots of people. And while strapping a GoPro camera to your helmet may be one way to capture your snowy prowesses, there are more dedicated solutions. Like these ski goggles that feature an HD camera directly integrated into them. The goggles themselves are dual-pane, anti-fog with UV protection, while the camera has the following features:

• Records 1080p video at up to 30 frames per second

• Records High Action HD 720p video at 60 frames per second

• Has a 136° full field of view wide angle lens

• Goggles can connect to a television using the RCA cable (included)

• Includes 4 GB SD card for photo and video storage

A rechargeable Lithium battery provides up to 2 hours of operation on a 2 hour charge from a USB connection. Of course they’re not cheap. At $400 you better be doing some crazy stunts for this to be justifiable.

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OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX Battery Powered Chainsaw For Eco-minded Psychopaths

OREGON PowerNow 40V MAX Battery Powered Chainsaw (Image courtesy OREGON)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are lots of horror movies where the deranged antagonist goes about dismembering their victims with a chainsaw. But in reality, you can hear a gas chainsaw running from like 15 miles away. So sneaking up on some unsuspecting campers with one in hand, ready to slice and dice, is pretty improbable. The next time a psychopath decides to go all serial killer on a bunch of kids, they should consider this battery powered alternative from OREGON. (Yeah, apparently the company prefers their name to be shouted.)

Besides being significantly quieter than a traditional chainsaw, you also don’t have to deal with mixing gas and oil to keep it running. Though, admittedly, you do miss out on that intoxicating gas smell. Even that annoying pull cord has been eliminated, requiring just a simple button press to bring it to life. With its larger ‘Endurance’ battery pack the PowerNow 40V MAX chainsaw can make short work of about 250 branches with a 2 or 3 inch diameter, which is more than enough to get through the occupants of a run-down, deserted sleepaway camp. It even has a built-in chain sharpening mechanism which is as easy to use as pulling a lever. With a standard 1.2Ah battery the PowerNow chainsaw runs $399, but you’ll probably want to opt for the model that includes the 2.4Ah ‘Endurance’ battery, which is $499.

[ OREGON PowerNow Battery Powered Chainsaw ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]