Like the original the portable Uuni Pro Outdoor Oven lets one make pizzas and other oven-baked foods quickly just about anywhere. But the Pro isn’t just restricted to burning wood, running on that or pellets, charcoal, or gas (with an optional gas burner add-on), all while offering twice the cooking surface of the 2S. The added space makes this Uuni big enough for a 16-inch pizza or large loafs of bread as well as giant slabs of meat, fish, or trays of vegetables, and since it can reach temperatures as high as 900˚F in about 15 minutes it can cook very quickly (a pizza takes just 90 seconds so chain them to feed larger gatherings). Each also includes a Pizza Door that’s got an opening big enough to slide pizza in and out and that’s completely removable for cooking up the other, thicker aforementioned foods.
Find it at Kickstarter – $500
They doesn’t come cheap, but if you need a cooler to keep your drinks very cold, very long —and one that’s way smaller and lighter than the competition — look no further than the Yeti Hopper Two Soft Cooler. These rugged soft-sided coolers bring improvements to the original Hopper, with a sleeker body for more comfortable hauling, a wider opening that improves access to the drinks or grub within, and ameliorated ColdCell insulation that outperforms the already impressive original. It’s still completely leakproof thanks to a beefy HydroLok zipper and just as durable. Available in three sizes.
Learn more at Yeti – $300
If your camping meal plan is exclusively Chef Boyardee and instant noodles — or worse, yet if that describes a significant percentage of your meals at home — skip this one. But if your palate is resiliently refined, the Snow Peak Field Oven lets you bake things in the field that were not previously feasible without lugging a gargantuan amount of gear. The kit installs over Snow Peak’s collapsible Pack & Carry Fireplace and also requires the accompanying Grill Bridge. Once set up though it contains and amplifies the fire’s heat to attain temperatures as high as about 930 degrees Fahrenheit, or way more than enough to bake a pie, a pizza, or a loaf of bread. Includes a ceramic baking sheet on which to cook and an indentation on top that allows you to pop on hot coals for nice, even heating.
Grab one at Snow Peak – $300
Oru’s folding kayaks look more or less like traditional kayaks. And while the Justin Case Kayak doesn’t, there’s a good reason for this: it’s actually far more portable than any kayak before it. Instead of rigid parts the Justin Case features a solid but lightweight tubular carbon fiber frame held together by 3D-printed connectors. This frame is then wrapped in a durable and waterproof ripstop nylon skin, the whole building process taking about 10 minutes and resulting in a kayak good for holding up to 300 pounds. Carrying one around is a pleasure considering it weighs just 5.7 pounds — frame and skin combined — and since it collapses down to about the size of a baguette it’ll barely occupy any trunk space.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $530
Timepieces in Victorinox’ I.N.O.X. collection are already put through the paces with well over one hundred stress tests. The only way we’d figure they can make them stronger is to use the material that protects the space shuttle from burning up during re-entry, and that’s precisely what they’ve done with the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon series. The carbon resin composite used is strikingly unique, with a rugged matte-black appearance that’s subtly marbled and that makes the watch look as durable as it is. A triple-coated sapphire crystal lens caps the front and, along with the case, shields the watch from drops, shocks, scratches, water (to 200 meters), and probably everything else you’ll encounter. Available with or without a Naimakka paracord bracelet that can be unravelled if you’re ever in a bind and in need of some very strong rope.
Find it at Victorinox – $950
Not enough room on your kayak or canoe for the veritable bar you’re bringing along? A CreekKooler Floating Cooler in tow should handle the job. It’s shaped like a miniature kayak and built similarly, but with a watertight locking lid and foam insulation that keeps your drinks cold all weekend. A generous thirty quart capacity holds 30 twelve-ounce cans alongside 20 pounds of ice. Nice finishing touches include four cup holders on deck and a mini flag holder to hoist a tiny flag of your choosing.
Find it at Amazon – $180
You’ve eliminated your hook, corrected your slice, and can spank a ball 250 yards. But if you want to really lower that handicap, remember what Bobby Locke said: “Drive for show, putt for dough.” And since getting the ball to the hole isn’t the same as getting it in the hole, that’s where Odyssey O-Works Microhinge Putter putters come in. They stand out from other clubs thanks to Microhinge Inserts on the putter face that are basically tiny, flexible metal protrusions that bend in when the ball is struck and react by pushing back out, adding topspin and roll to each stroke. They’re offered in a range of blade and mallet configurations to suit players of all types and are said to increase path consistency in the majority of golfers who try them thanks to both high-contrast alignment lines and heavier, counterbalanced heads, so if you’re in the market give these a go.
Learn more at Odyssey Golf – $230
It’s affordable, clean-looking, and comes in a flat-packed box. If you’re thinking Ikea you’re on the right path, but it’s not furniture. Instead the Ikea Sladda Bicycle is the Swedish furniture giant’s first foray outside the home, though you’ll still need to build it before riding as you probably expected. The Sladda is powered by you through a belt drive that’s rustproof, maintenance free, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty specifically covering the powertrain. An even better 25 year warranty backs up the aluminum frame, which sports a double coating of lacquer that should stave off everyday scratches. Both the front handlebar’s angle and height are adjustable, and you’ll notice just a single brake and cable leaving the handle that leads to the front wheel’s disc brake; the rear wheel stops with a coaster brake and there are no gearshifts to click through since an automatic two-gear system in the rear hub takes care of shifting. They’ll also sell you a slew of accessories including front and rear racks, a trailer (big enough to transport some flat-packed furniture), helmets, bike bags, and more to deck out the cruiser to your requirements.
Find it at Ikea – $500