The idea of being “off the grid” is highly romanticized these days but let’s face it, for the few who actually do it on their annual camp out or canoe trip, it can get freakin’ dull. This wood-powered BioLite camp stove could change that. Not only does it burn wood in a clean, no-smoky-taste way, it generates electricity, allowing you to power up iPods, phones and such, via its USB port. Camping season is coming.
Working out is no longer about pumping iron or getting cardio with old-fashioned roadwork. These days it involves brutal stuff more like actual roadwork. Swinging a pitchfork, carrying logs, or flipping tractor tires ’til your veins burst is standard for popular Crossfit and Seal Training workouts. It’s more dynamic and supposedly more fun. In fact, you won’t believe how fun it is to lift and carry heavy bags of sand from point A to Point B. The heavy-duty sandbags from Brute Force come in a range of sizes and capacities that (unfortunately) won’t make it any easier, just less messy.
The Backcountry Boiler is a camp stove that burns stuff like sticks, pinecones and leaves instead of fossil fuel. It’s super light and the design of the little combustion chamber gulps in air for a quick heat up. Overall it’s a great idea unless it rains.
If you’re a real wine expert you’ll be able to guess the winery this oak barrel stave chair comes from just by the tint of the burgundy highlights in the finish. Or you could cheat by looking under the seat where the winery’s name is branded. The chairs fold up flat and work great for indoor or outdoor use, where their natural oil finish will stand up to the elements. They also make a bench model for you cuddlers.
New Hampshire is known as the Granite State and the motto is Live Free Or Die. And up there they put state liquor stores on the sides of the freeway. True story. This stone drink dispenser, handmade in the Granite State combines everything N.H. is famous for: Yankee ingenuity, drinking and granite rocks, known to hikers there as “babyheads.” This babyhead holds a bottle of booze and dispenses it through a stainless steel tap with a stone handle. And like the state’s locals, each and every one is unique.
If you’re feeling a creeping guilt about the mountain of plastic trash your K-Cup coffee maker is producing, maybe this new drip coffee maker from Bodum is the solution. It’s simple, a high-quality drip machine that features nearly boiling hot water and a stainless steel filter. Full flavor, less plastic trash; genius! Source
Bringing the grill on trips is usually a pain. And a mess. But the American-made SlatGrill is designed for travel. It burns just about any fuel, breaks down easily and packs flat for camping & tailgating. Since it’s made from stainless steel and aluminum, with no moving parts, it’ll never rust plus it’s a snap to clean. Source
You might not believe this but we found a battery charger/power supply for your phone, computer, & electronics that runs on water. Yup. It’s a hydrogen fuel cell that converts water into electricity. Don’t expect us to explain this weird science but we can tell you this: the futuristic little PowerTrekk unit is eco-friendly and provides power totally off the grid. Available May 2012.
Unlike running shoes, tennis shoes need to be seriously sturdy. The demands of high-speed stop and start lateral motion deem it absolutely necessary. Leave it to Nike to be the ones who figure out how to engineer the comfort and lightness of a Zoom runner with the beefy support of a performance tennie. They did it. It’s called the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour and Swiss ace Roger Federer helped design them.
If your training routine goes beyond mere OCD and involves stat charts and performance mapping, Magellan has a couple nice, new GPS-enabled training watches for you. Running, swimming, endurance and self-punishment of all sorts can be counted, tracked, measured, and reported all from the convenience of your wrist, mid-workout. Available Spring 2012.