Instant coffee is good for getting some caffeine in your system just about anywhere, but actually drinking the stuff is anything but easy. Alpine Start Instant Coffee is the latest in a line of quality instant coffee products to save us from downing repulsive coffee to keep our buzz going, something that’s especially useful when you’ve got little specialized coffee making equipment on hand whilst travelling, camping, or hiking. Tear open a pouch and pour it into hot or cold water and the medium roast Arabica grind dissolves instantly with a quick stir. And it should taste about as good as your standard cup of drip coffee, though to be honest for instant our standards aren’t even set that high.
Grab some at Alpine Start – $9 for eight pouches
Our main gripe with rigid-walled coolers is that they’re as big empty as they are full. Which also means they take up way more room to store. West Marine-exclusive Stash Inflatable Coolers, on the other hand, offer the main benefits associated with hard-walled coolers — like ample storage space, drain plugs, and handles on either side to make it easier for two to carry — while also squeezing down small when not in use. An included pump fills its walls’ three air chambers with air for rigidity through a single valve and also helps speed up the deflation process later on. Since the walls are technically soft they can also bend more outwards when overstuffed, though with capacities going up to as much as 604 quarts you can pack enough beer (numbering in the hundreds if we’re talking about cans) to feed a small army.
More than just a grate with fire under it, the JAG is a grill, fire pit and table all in one. When used as a grill, JAG’s octagonal shape lets eight simultaneously cook whatever they please on their own individual grill, arranged around a center fire grate. Just like a conventional grill, the grates are removable for easy cleaning. And when you’re finished eating, everyone can relax around the central fire pit. Or, if you need less table and more grill, JAG can do that too: its hardwood table inserts quickly come off for standing while grilling, for getting closer to the fire on cold nights, and for storage. An easy access door in the center allows for adding fuel to the fire, and another below the pit allows for easy ash cleanout. JAG’s sturdy solid steel construction and 7-foot diameter area equal 350 lbs of fun with family, friends, and too much food.
Read more at JAG Grill (and get $100 off with discount code GEARHUNGRY) – $2,500+
Portable grills don’t offer much space to cook, and big grills are, well, big, and annoyingly bulky to move around. The Bison Rolling Grill tries to find a solid middle ground, packing down tiny while also offering 116 square inches of cooking surface. It works thanks to a unique chain-like surface that unrolls and that’s stabilized by two grill guards and four stake stands that optionally plant firmly into the ground if you need a stand to raise the surface. All parts are made of aluminum with a non-stick Teflon coat, and the grill’s grates are hollow so they’re air-cooled as you cook, reducing burn marks on your grub. And despite the moving parts cleaning’s not really much trickier than a standard grate either, since it’s dishwasher safe so you’ll just need scrape off the bigger chunks.
Find it at Kickstarter – $50
Freeze-dried ice cream as you know it is not the most appetizing snack, probably because it’s made of some rather cheap, low-quality ice cream. Cosmik Freeze-Dried Ice Cream is astronaut-worthy ice cream that’s just as convenient and portable but far more delicious considering it’s made of super-premium Brooklyn-made organic ice cream that’s freeze-dried for a day. The result tastes as good or better than when it was originally frozen, in part thanks to the addition of a touch of sea salt, and comes with you anywhere without worries of melting. Flavors include mint chocolate chip, Mexican chocolate chip, cookies and cream, and peanut butter chocolate chip.
Preorder at Cosmik – $6
Coffee is a morning drink. Maple syrup is a morning…
condiment topping syrup. In a moment of epiphany Bushwick Kitchen combined the two in Trees Knees Coffee Maple Syrup. Each 13.5 oz bottle contains organic Grade A maple syrup from the Catskill Mountains that’s infused with Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Hair Bender Blend, imbuing it with notes of toffee, fudge, and dark chocolate. Perfect for enjoying some waffles/flapjacks, as an ice cream topping, or just pouring into your coffee as a sweetener.
Brewing your own beer is a great hobby but learning all the ins and outs is unavoidably time consuming. PicoBrew’s been making it easier for some time, and their new Pico C brewing appliance and PicoStill, in particular, expand what you can create at home. The PicoStill is a distilling attachment that’s compatible with both previous and current Pico and Zymatic brewing appliances, and sits atop the Pico C Keg. A copper coil runs through its clear glass infusion and works to distill hop oil, essential oils, water, and even a variety of spirits spanning bourbon to vodka, though only attempt the latter if you have a license and your local laws permit it.
Find it at Kickstarter – $170+
There’s a good chance you’ve burned, decapitated, and blown up handfuls of green Army men (and maybe seen a psychiatrist for it). Now you can eat them too, not to mention melting them in the microwave, thanks to Army Men Gummies made by Albanese Confectionery. These Green Apple-flavored gummies are just under two inches tall — roughly the same height as the toys — and position the men in four similar stances. Best of all they’re sold in bulk in bags as big as 5 pounds, so you’ll have plenty of soldiers to work with.