As warmer weather nears and forests awaken from their hibernation, outdoorsmen everywhere are eager to get back out on the trail this spring. Whether you're an experienced explorer looking to upgrade to the latest equipment or a first-timer planning a quick getaway to the woods with friends, we've got you covered with a handful of the newest and coolest green gadgets on the market to help you lighten your load, limit your impact on Mother Nature and better enjoy your venture into the great outdoors.
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LifeStraw – At only 2 ounces, LifeStraw is a lightweight alternative to the purifying water bottle, which can add unwanted weight to an already heavy pack. This personal water filter uses a compact purification system to neutralize 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa from any source, and has a cleaning lifespan of up to 1,000 liters of water – a year's worth of drinking water for one person.
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Scrubba Wash Bag – Don't waste more water and expend more energy than necessary to keep yourself and your companions smelling fresh while on an extended trip. Advertised as the world's first pocket-sized washing machine, the Scrubba Wash Bag uses its scrubbing nodules, a single gallon of water and less than 5 minutes of your time to eliminate grime from clothes.
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KLAX – If you've gone camping before, you've probably employed a pocket knife to take care of several tasks with a single gadget – start a fire, open a can, cut a cord, etc. KLAX is a multi-tool built into the head of an ax, for the outdoorsman in need of greater utility. Boasting eight implements including a knife blade, carabineer, hammer, several wrench sizes and a gut hook, the KLAX breaks down quickly and is perfect in a pinch.
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Kammok Glider Shelter – Creators of the Glider Shelter had efficiency in mind when they designed this innovative hammock cover, which is intended to keep campers both dry and hydrated. A simple funnel and retention system at the end of one corner of the shelter stores up to one quart of rainwater. Also, 1% of the company's total revenue is invested in environmental and sustainable initiatives, so you can support a good cause while you camp in style.
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VOTO charger – Generally, the point of camping is to escape the bustle and noise of daily life, but you may need to stay in contact with home base while you're getting in touch with the trees. To maintain power without investing hundreds in a solar charger, we recommend the VOTO, a biomass-fueled cellphone charger and LED light. VOTO uses a detachable fuel cell box and the heat generated by a charcoal fire to fill your phone's battery and illuminate your campsite, so you can surf the web while you warm your dinner.