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Can-Am Maverick X3

Slick, paved roads too tame for your taste? Fortunately the Can-Am Maverick X3 is built to drive off of them. Low seating and a low centre of gravity keep this machine — and you — glued to the ground through terrain both smooth and rough with up to 24-inches of suspension travel thanks to Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 HPG shocks along with plenty of clearance (15-inches) to not have to worry about going in too fast. Which is bound to happen often considering it’s equipped with a 154 horsepower turbocharged Rotax ACE engine that kicks it from zero to 60 in a blistering quick 4.9 seconds. Available in three models with two wheel widths (64 or 72 inches) in several colors and customizable with a long line of optional accessories.

Learn more at Can-Am – $23,000+

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Good To Go Gourmet Dehydrated Meals

Roughing it entails eating either decently well (with lots of meticulous planning) or guzzling loads of junk food. Considering its far easier, the second option often encroaches on the first. Good To Go’s Gourmet Dehydrated Meals sit at the intersection of the above: easy to prep food that doesn’t compromise… too much. Each one is cooked using fresh vegetables, spices, noodles, and other ingredients you probably stock at home, before being dehydrated for longevity. Meals include Indian Vegetable Korma, Pad Thai, Smoked Three Bean Chili, Herbed Mushroom Risotto, and more, each with a shelf life of two years. When you’re ready to eat just add boiling water, with each serving packed with roughly 375 calories.

Learn more at Good To Go – $6.75+

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Koraloc Surf Backpack

Surfing means getting a giant board to the beach, probably held underarm — which is fine if said beach is close. If it’s a bit of a trek, the Koraloc Surf Backpack is be a godsend. This backpack is equipped with a fold-out board carrier that deploys to hold up to three surfboards vertically, keeping your hands free and your back comfortable thanks to an adjustable waist belt that puts most of their weight on your hips. It’s also got room for 29 litres of more stuff, including a laptop in a dedicated compartment, wax and fin side pockets, and plenty of place for towels and other beach necessities. Plus, the surfboard straps can also be used to carry beach chairs, wakeboards, or even snowboards when you’re not going surfing.

Grab one at Amazon – $200

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Rungu Electric Juggernaut

Remember the Junnernaut Trike? We’re sure it’s quite a bit of work moving all that rubber. The beefy Rungu Electric Juggernaut, on the other hand, does all that work for you thanks to a 2,100 Watt 3-phase hub motor in the rear wheel that gets you to a top speed of 20 miles per hour. Power is applied thanks to a twist throttle that gives the motor juice whether you’re pedalling or not, and a small display keeps readouts of speed, power consumption, and battery status in sight. It’s got more than enough power to trek through loose ground and uneven terrain, plus all electronics are weather resistant so the Electric Juggernaut is as tough as it looks.

Learn more at Rungu – $5,300

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Eon Skateboard Powertrain

Chances are you’ve already seen electric skateboards zooming by on the streets and felt envy. But what if you’ve already got a fully complete board you love? Unlimited Engineering’s Eon is a skateboard to e-skateboard conversion kit that’s an alternative for splurging for a full board-and-motor set. Slap an Eon powertrain onto your longboard or skateboard without even changing the trucks and then plug in the battery pack. A lightweight motor integrated in the hub of one of the rear wheels takes care of the rest, outputting enough power to get the rider up to 22 miles per hour and even go up hills with a 9% grade effortlessly using a handheld remote control. It’s modular, making Eon compatible with a wide variety of deck shapes and truck types, also accommodating the use of up to two battery packs for extended range: each will net you about 7.5 miles for a total 15 if you go for double. Predetermined kits include the lightweight one-motor, one-battery Solo, the one-motor, two-battery Cruiser, and the two-motor, two-battery R that boasts both the aforementioned extended range and more potent hill climbing capabilities (20% grade).

Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $410+

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Nitecore LA10 Camp Light

On their site, Nitecore LA10 Camp Light is described as lipstick-shaped. We’ll just swap that out with lip balm-shaped instead. But whatever your preference, this pocket-sized stick is plenty handy, with a diffuser that extends out for full 360 degree illumination at a twist of the grip on its lower end, lighting up areas of about 10 metres in diameter. The waterproof body’s construction is from aluminum alloy and a turn of its tail cap (behind the grip) turns the light on or off, also adjusting through three brightness levels that go up to 135 lumens on the high setting. This tail cap is also magnetic to stick to metal surfaces and the light runs on a single easily obtainable AA battery, so it’s unlikely to ever be without power for long.

Learn more at Nitecore or grab one at Battery Junction – $25 [via]

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Tern Elektron Electric Bicycle

Aiming to design the perfect non-automobile commuter, Tern just may have done it with the Elektron Electric Bicycle. Since it folds down in ten seconds you won’t need to worry about having it stolen from a bike rack: bring it to the office and slide it under your desk instead. It’s also the most compact electric bike to be powered by Borsch’s Active drivetrain, which adds motor assist as you pedal by use of a 400Wh battery to attain a range of between 31 to 62 miles on a charge (depending on how much you help out), handily tackling even longer commutes. The bike is highly adjustable to fit a variety of people (from 4’7″ to a bit over 6’4″) and packed with features including Deore hydraulic disc brakes, integrated 150 lumen Valo lights, fenders for toughing the rain, and an included cargo rack.

Available on Kickstarter later this year. Until then, learn more at Tern – $3,500

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Readyman Pocket Survival Stove 2.0 XL

Readyman’s no stranger to making pop out survival gear in the form of flat, laser cut cards. Their latest, the Readyman Pocket Survival Stove 2.0 X, is a lightweight pocket sized stove made of 310 Stainless Steel that’s easy to assemble and focuses flames to boil water in minutes. And perhaps it’s incredibly subtle, but there’s more to the Survival Stove than just a pot stand. Included in each of the unit’s six sides are fishhooks, arrow heads, snare locks, spinner bait, a stir stick and a saw. Try otherwise shoving all that in your pocket. Also available in a non-XL regular version ($27) that’s got just four sides instead — though it’s not quite as capable of handling larger items like pots or pans.

Learn more at Readyman – $35

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Simple Shower

Living the van life? Taking a shower can involve a gym membership, a product like RinseKit, or something as small and simple as the aptly named Simple Shower. Fill a plastic bottle with warm water — a one or two litre bottle will do, though it’ll fit plenty of others including larger ones and rollable Platypus bottles — and then screw a Simple Shower onto it. Flipping it upside down nets you a low flow shower with a 1.8 gallon per minute flow rate, meaning a 2 litre bottle would get you about 36 seconds of water. Granted it’s not as powerful as the shower in your home nor does it give you the leisure of time, but in a pinch and while camping or backpacking it’ll get the job done.

Grab one at Amazon – $13 [via]

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CityGo Urban E-Scooter

Why walk when you can drive? Congestion, for one, is a compelling answer to that rhetoric. The CityGo Urban E-Scooter is one way to fight traffic without giving up your freedom to hop on a bus, metro, or cab as a pedestrian. This electric scooter folds and unfolds in seven seconds and rolls along like a suitcase when you’re walking. Get on it, though, and it’ll attain speeds of up to 15.5 miles per hour for a total of 12.5 miles per charge (or 17.5 mph and 16 miles of range for the Pro model). There’s no throttle to speak of; instead, use it like you would any normal scooter by pushing off the ground with one leg to get the motor spinning and matching the speed you attained. To slow down, tap on the brake over the rear wheel, which also recaptures that energy to recharge its batteries. It’s also got both LED brake lights and headlights, Bluetooth for adjusting settings and scooter diagnostics, and has enough power to climb hills with inclines of up to 10 degrees.

Find it at Indiegogo – $600+

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