Sports & Outdoors

Sports & Outdoors

Kelty Linger High Back Chair

Taking a load off is easier than it sounds when you’ve been hiking all day with a 50 pound pack and the only available seat is a rock, a tree or the ground. Kelty has solved the problem of achius backus with their Linger high back chair. Unlike other camp chairs that are short and stocky, the Linger lets you to sit back with over 16” of total back support. The collapsible anodized-aluminum frame and 600D Polyester fabric are lightweight at a total 3.6 lbs and pack away in a compact carry bag. For those wanting even more comfort away from the grind, the chair pairs nicely with the Linger side table on which to rest your snacks and beer.

Find it at Amazon or Backcountry – $140

GET IT: $140

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Kammok Sunda

You’ve likely already heard of Kammok from their camping hammocks amongst other outdoor gear. The Kammok Sunda is their first tent, but the influence of their previous free-spirited products on its design is apparent. Set it up on the ground and it’s an excellent freestanding tent with 35 square feet of floor space and room for two, with a longer-than-normal length that will easily sleep freakishly tall campers. If you find yourself over rocky or highly uneven ground just set it up as a hammock shelter instead between two trees (albeit at the cost of sleeping just one, not two). The ultralight tent includes a Nannoet no-see-um mesh that grants greater outwards visibility while keeping even the tiniest bugs out, a heat-reflecting outer tent fabric that doesn’t turn your tent into a greenhouse, and DAC poles for the frame, all sitting on a nylon taffeta “tub” floor to keep water out. Both the mesh and outer fabric are independent of one another so you can set up the tent as desired or even ditch the mesh to further curb weight. Other notable features include Lunarlight diffuser pockets in which to place a flashlight to light up the inside of the tent, plenty of inner pockets and loops to stash and hang gear, and nothing but YKK for zippers.

Find it at Kickstarter – $300

GET IT: $300


Flectr 2.0

Following up their first successful crowdfunding campaign for Flectr comes Flectr 2.0, the latest version of what’s probably the only wheel reflector you won’t want to immediately strip off your bike. These high-grade metalized prism reflectors shine brilliantly when hit by light yet weigh only 0.7 grams each and leave aerodynamic efficiently unaffected, even at speeds way above what’s realistically attainable on your two wheeler. They now come in yellow as well as silver and still install in seconds thanks to adhesive backing — just fold them together over your spokes. Another advantage: they literally fit any spoke, including round and flat.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $21

GET IT: ~$21


Fend Collapsible Bicycle Helmet

Excuses for not carrying around a helmet for commuting, even if you use a bicycle sharing program, are growing thin. The Fend Collapsible Bicycle Helmet folds down to about half its original size yet remains both safe and highly breathable, meeting and exceeding US CPSC and European EN 1078 safety standards. Hard shell ABS construction meets a multi-impact expanded polypropylene foam lined with a plush interior lining. Six lateral ribs — three per side — articulate inwards to slim the helmet down for stashing in a pack, though they click into place when opened to prevent closing when worn.

Find it at Kickstarter in black and white – $90

GET IT: $90

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Aer For GoPro

Your GoPro is fairly rugged. Definitely not rugged enough to throw it several dozen feet in the air and let it crash back down bare, though. But pop it in an Aer and you can do just that. This giant Nerf-like foam dart fits your action camera in its head, working nicely with the GoPro HERO 3, 4, and 5 (this last one with an insert to make up for its smaller size). A hefty foam bumper protects the cam from eventual impact while a large hole keeps its wide-angle view unobstructed. Its large fins keep the frame very stable and, importantly, it’s both very portable and completely waterproof, floating if it lands in a body of water. Check out some of the shots and videos they’ve taken with it.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $55

GET IT: ~$55

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GoTenna Mesh

You may never realize if you don’t stray much from civilization, but cellular phones are rather tied to their network infrastructure, namely cell towers. GoTenna Mesh offers an alternative in the form of a compact device that pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth LE and creates a long-range network of its own. Useful for exploring the backcountry, oversea travels, or in emergency situations (power failures, etc), GoTenna Mesh lets you send private messages, host group chat, and broadcast, with a range of about 3 miles in open areas or one mile in congested terrain. True to its name this device also forms a network mesh, using other GoTenna users as relays to get your messages to the intended, privately. It helps that the diminutive device is also weatherproof and weighs less than two ounces.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $130 for two

GET IT: $130

Food & Drink

Solo Stove Bonfire

The Solo Stove Bonfire takes the same design principles behind their compact wood-burning Solo Stoves, only scaling them up several fold. The result is a large fire pit that burns wood super efficiently thanks to a double-walled stainless steel construction that feeds the fire from both bottom mounted vents and upper internal vents. A more complete burn equals less smoke and less half-burnt logs left over afterwards, and whatever ash is created falls into the stove’s ash tray, away from the air channels to avoid clogging up airflow. It’ll also fit standard-sized logs and won’t scorch the earth beneath it, making the Bonfire useable on either your grass, porch, or patio.

Find it at Kickstarter – $250

GET IT: $250


Cache Belt

Entrust it with holding up your pants and Wazoo’s Cache Belt will do a great job. Get stranded in the wilderness though and it’ll do a whole lot more. Available in three flavors — minimalist, essentials, and adventure — each progressive Cache Belt boasts an increasing number of functions including fishing gear, a whistle, zip ties, duct tape, a ferrocerium fire rod and striker, water purification tablets, a ceramic knife, a flashlight, bandages, a compass, and much more (we’re only about halfway through the list). These items are all contained along the belt’s 28-inch long pocket that won’t spill items thanks to its velcro closure. The webbing is mil-spec for durability and most items are even accessible while the belt is being worn (albeit likely loosened a bit).

Learn more at Kickstarter – $25 to $95

GET IT: $25+


Rapha Helmet

A product of Giro’s helmet engineering expertise and Rapha’s cycling-centric styling, the Rapha Helmet tops the charts in both safety and performance. It’s lightweight and sleek, with an aerodynamic design that doesn’t hold back on vents (with 17 to be exact), improving airflow over your head to stay cool even on intense rides. Hopefully it never happens, but in the event of an impact the helmet’s Multi-Directional Impact Protection System reduces rotational forces on your head thanks to a low-friction layer between the hard outer shell and shock-absorbing EPS liner. Other niceties include Giro’s Roc Loc Air fit system to quickly adjust sizing, reflective detailing along all straps to boost side visibility in low-light situations, anti-microbial padding, and dedicated ports to securely dock your sunglasses.

Available in black, white, and yellow. Learn more at Rapha – $270

GET IT: $270


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Boot

Bare canvas doesn’t hold much heat in cold weather, and a bit of slush and snow only makes the situation worse. The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Boot takes care of that while retaining the brand’s spirit and classic silhouette. Made of a mesh-backed leather, the boot naturally repels water and boasts a neoprene inner sleeve for warmth. It may be a little less spartan than their standard canvas-on-rubber shoe — which most die-hard fans appreciate — but more than makes up for it with a Nike Lunarlon insole, beefy and grippy rubber outsole, and the option of wearing these kicks all year round.

Check out the full Counter Climate collection at Nike’s Converse Store – $130

GET IT: $130

Sports & Outdoors

Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter

Get your water from anywhere — not just fountains and faucets — with the Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter. An integrated 0.2 micron microfilter clears water flowing to the spout of effectively all bacteria as well as 99.9% of protozoa, ensuring your water is clean, taste-free, and won’t make you sick (at least in North America). The 1 litre bottle has a soft bottom, letting you squeeze to force the water through, and both halves are dishwasher safe for a thorough clean, but you’ll need to take the filter — which has a 1,000 litre lifespan — out first.

Grab one at Amazon – $50

GET IT: $50

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KampRite Double TentCot

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.

Available in several other sizes as well. Grab one at Amazon – $200 [via]

GET IT: $200

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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

GET IT: ~$775