Tepui is the Santa Cruz, California-based brand that makes those burly rooftop tents you see on all the sweet adventure-mobiles. The tents are made of a synthetic resin-coated polyester that endures freezing cold, scorching heat & countless miles on & off the road. Their new line of gear bags are made of the same tough stuff. They’ve got duffle bags, a 20-liter daypack, and padded cube containers for carrying camera gear & electronics.
Handmade in Switzerland, the Motorcycle Bivouac is a minimalist camp shelter that uses your parked bike for one of its walls. This compact cordura tarp tent keeps you out of the elements & also keeps your bike seat dry. When it’s time to get back in the saddle, it rolls up neatly and lashes to your handebars for the next leg of the journey. Another funded Kickstarter.
The blade is made of exotic Damascus steel but the handle of this folding pocketknife from L’atelier Perceval is out of this world. Literally. It’s carved from a chunk of meteorite. Yes, a boulder from outer space. And due to the extra-terrestrial origins & handmade construction, every knife is unique.
Stanley’s Adventure Percolator takes it back to Granddad’s day when percolating was the preferred way to brew camp coffee. Made of BPA-free 18/8 stainless steel, it holds 6 cups and features a sturdy handle with a removable silicone grip, for brewing over open flame.
With Mini Materials, you can create a little construction site on your tabletop. They offer Lego-sized cinder blocks, bricks, and concrete Jersey barriers as well as mortar, concrete mix, tiny 2X4s & wooden palettes.
Finally someone designed a better phone mount for your car. It’s the Bluejay Smart Mount. It’s a sturdy, high-quality mount made of carbon fiber & aluminum that uses Bluetooth Beacon technology to link your device & your vehicle. 3 different mounts are available: a suction cup, air vent clip & an adhesive pad. A funded Kickstarter.
Whether you’re camping out or just crashing, Bundle Beds give you a comfy, convenient night’s sleep. It’s an all-in-one portable roll-out bed that features a self-inflating mattress, a cozy duvet, pillow, and jersey cotton sheets. It stores as a duffle bag but when bedtime arrives you just unclip, unroll & unzip it. Another funded Kickstarter.
Why you would want night vision is your business. But with the Scout TK thermal vision monocular, you’ll have it. You can even record what you see, which is people, objects and animals over 100 yards away. The pocket-sized device is powered by a 5-hour Li-Ion battery.
For 2016, Korean outdoor brand Zerogram is bringing their line of lightweight camping & backpacking gear to the states. Their PCT UL 2 tent is a great example of what they’re all about: it’s an ultralight, 2-person, single-pole design & it’s simple to set up & break down in under 5 minutes. Rated for winds up to 70MPH. full review
Mission Workshop’s new Transit series bags transition easily from the rack mounts on your bike straight into the office or overhead compartment. The 19-liter briefcase shoulder bag and the 31-liter weekender duffle both feature weatherproof construction & a lifetime warranty.