Setting up your tent on perfectly flat, comfortable ground is great, if you can find any. The KampRite Double TentCot makes its own thanks to a sturdy, four-legged frame that puts 11-inches of clearance between the earth and the base of the tent, eliminating rockiness, moisture, and keeping out snakes and rodents. It’s taller than a queen sized bed and just about as wide, fitting two campers comfortably, and the tent is made of 420-denier nylon with no-see-um insect-resistant mesh windows and doors that maintain a view (and air circulation) without letting any bugs in. Also included is a rain fly for storms and the like.
Smartwatches may be accurate but they’ll likely be obsolete within a couple of years. If you’re looking for an ultra-accurate watch for the long haul without having to recharge each night, Morgenwerk’s Satellite Precision should do. The series of eight watches includes seven classic-looking analog timepieces, all made of surgical stainless steel (or titanium) and all equipped with passive GPS antennae that receive the time and timezone from GPS satellites equipped with Rubidium-based atomic clocks. This means that you’ll never have to set the time manually but can rather set it with the push of a button. The watch normally syncs up with these satellites just eight times a year yet only differs from actual time by, at most, 0.75 seconds thanks to thermo-compensated quartz oscillators. It’s also got a lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight months per charge (and works for approximately 500 charge cycles, i.e. hundreds of years), a perpetual calendar, and Super-LumiNova indexes and hands.
Find it at Morgenwerk – roughly $1,350+
Sitting somewhere in between a standard and a hanging toiletries bag in terms of design, the Heimplanet Dopp Kit accommodates and adapts to both uses equally well. It’s composed of two halves made of 840D ballistic nylon that unfurl thanks to a zipper in the middle, revealing more gear while leaving everything just as accessible. Concealed in a pocket hides a strap with standard hanger end to hang it up fully open for when in hotels and roomier settings or keep it closed for camping, hostel hopping, or finding your toothbrush amongst other toiletries in a busy airport.
Whether you’re diving, snorkelling, canoeing, or on a stand up paddleboard, the Scubajet can lessen the effort needed to move on water, essentially bringing it down to zero. It parallels e-bike conversion kits that motorize your bike: using one of various adapters tailored to various watercraft, Scubajet attaches to where the fin would have on paddleboards or hooks up to the back of a dinghy like an outboard motor. Once affixed it provides speeds of between 5 and 10 miles per hour for as long as 4 hours with the optional larger internal battery or triple that with an optional and upcoming external battery pack. It’s also safe since there are no exposed propellors, light in weight at just six and a half pounds, and comes with a water resistant remote control to adjust speeds.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $775
Snapchat, the company behind the app, is now known simply as Snap. With this moniker change comes their first relevant non-software release: Spectacles, pairing perfectly with the app. These slightly crazy-looking sunglasses put a 115-degree lens-equipped video camera beside your right eye and a small circle of LEDs beside your left. Tap a button on the left arm to record a 10 second snap from your perspective, letting others know you’re recording by illuminating the circle of LEDS to downplay the creep factor (while simultaneously letting you know thanks to a small light inside the glasses). Uploading videos is done wirelessly via Bluetooth so you can share them just as quick, and the wide-ange video is shot circularly to make it seamlessly viewable in both portrait and landscape orientations with no dead zone. An included case recharges Spectacles when you’re not wearing them so running out of juice at any point is rather unlikely.
Coming soon. Learn more at Spectacles – $130
You probably already know W&P Design from their carry-on cocktail kits, convenient for whipping up a quick cocktail on a flight. Turns out they also want to help you drink at home and The Bartender’s Knife proves it. The full tang knife is forged from high quality steel and features a blade that’s equally good at slicing and picking and that ends in a gorgeous and shapely hardwood handle with brass rivets. Each also includes a fine-grain sharpening stone in the box along with instructions to use it, enabling you to keep the blade razor sharp without much effort.