This year at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market exhibition in Salt Lake City, boundaries were broken with innovative technology. During Wednesday’s show we checked out must-have electronic gadgets and camping gear so good you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without it.
Goal Zero Venture 30 ($99.99)
The folks at Goal Zero have done it again! Their latest product, the Venture 30, keeps your cameras, phones, tablets and GPS devices charged on your multi-day backpacking trip. This rechargeable battery is able to charge your smartphone up to 3X. Whether you’re the one on the trip uploading to Instagram, or the one responsible for navigation, you can be guaranteed the power you need.
XSories Compact Personal Projector ($499.99)
Ever wish you could watch a movie with your camping buddies around the fire? How about on something bigger than an iPad? The Compact Personal Projector from XSories easily packs along on camping trips (weighing in at only 4.9 ounces) and projects your favorite movie on the side of your tent.
DJI Phantom 3 Drone ($799)
Ever get tired of those same old POV videos and wish you could capture the stunning ridgeline views from above? The DJI drone leads the market. DJI packages top-of-the-line technology in an easy-to-operate interface. By combining a 1080 HD camera with an easy-to-fly remote control (with a live HD view), capturing incredible footage from your ride is possible.
Sea to Summit X Series collapsible dinnerware (prices varies by item)
You know the drill: splitting up gear and trying to pawn the bulkier items off on your backpacking companion. With Sea to Summit‘s innovative design, previously clumsy pots, pans, kettles and bowls collapse into a sleek profile. When you’re ready to get the Top Ramen cooking after a long hike to base camp, simply expand the cookware and place it directly on the stove.
We all love the idea of sleeping in a hammock while camping, but those chilly nighttime alpine temperatures keep us packing along the tent. The Koala Under-Quilt clings to the bottom of your Kammok, creating warm insulation (down to 30 degrees!). Sleeping like it’s summertime just got possible any time of the year.
-- Brooke Gaynes
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