FYI: The Rundown
Because “roughing it” means different things to different people.
Brunton SolarRoll 14
Solar power isn’t just great for lighting up our homes—it’s also a sustainable bet for power when you take to the woods. Brunton’s 18.5-inch SolarRoll 14 outputs a full 14 watts, and it rolls up into a handy tube just 5 inches thick and 5 ounces in weight. For more power, chain multiple SolarRolls together to increase your power generation.
Magellan eXplorist 710 GPS
Magellan’s new eXplorist 710 represents the very pinnacle of digital mapping. Sure, you can always load up GPS software on your smartphone, but once you’re off a major road you’ll find those apps to be very limited. The eXplorist is instead packed with outdoor extras, including complete topographic maps of the entire US. Lost or in trouble? The 710 can help you find just about anything you could need, from the nearest potable water to the closest bike shop.
Gadgetry has become commonplace in the great outdoors, but what about charging your batteries? The BioLite stove, a pint-size heater that also sports a USB connector, lets you charge your gear while you cook. Just drop some twigs into the canister and light ’em up. It can boil a liter of water in 4.5 minutes while outputting up to 4 watts of electrical power. Come morning, the two-pound device collapses to fit into a standard water bottle carrier.
Sony DEV-50V/B Digital Recording Binoculars
Sony’s DEV-50V/B, featuring 0.8 to 25 times variable optical zoom, image stabilization, autofocus, and splash and dust resistance, represents the state of the “bino-art”: just focus on what you want to see up close and hit record. The built-in HD camcorder and 20.4 megapixel still camera capture both 2-D and 3-D images. You can then send those images and videos, which are geotagged, to your computer or TV.
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