Back to basics camping is great, it has its charms, but more and more we like hitting the wilds but do not like leaving behind those home comforts. Maybe it is the advancing years in the Out Door Formula office, but we are seeing and liking many more products that offer some luxury while going on an excursion into the wilderness.
The Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker is the latest and brings that soothing taste of coffee to camping. The ColemanPortable Coffeemaker ($80) is a drip coffeemaker that is powered by a 16.4 ounce propane cylinder, and it works fast too, pushing out 10 cups of steaming hot Joe in just 20 minutes! Enlighten your camping mornings with this cool piece of gadgetry.
One of the very best ways to explore this amazing planet of ours is to buy a camper van and to just set off, go wherever the roads may take you. Traditional camper vans are amazing, but have their limits, but the Tonke Fieldsleeper Mobile Camper is both a camper van and a caravan mobile home rolled into one slick package.
Hand built to the highest standards in the Netherlands by Maarten van Spest, the Tonke Fieldsleeper Mobile Camper ($101,000 - $103,000) is a fully functional mobile home that can be attached and detached from the front cabin truck with ease. This means you can set the home and explore in the truck, or even use the rear accomadation as an annex in your garden. The Fieldsleeper offers a kitchen, shower/toilet room, double and single beds, room for bicycles, and plenty of storage.
When hitting the great outdoors for a few days off the beaten track a campfire is essential. They are cool, they create atmosphere, and they keep you warm. However, cooking on a campfire is not the romantic ideal that it seems in the movies, the truth is your food will often turn out less than tasty. Sure you could use a BBQ instead, but why not just bring your own mini kitchen?
Now you can do just that thanks to the Outdoor Mobile Oven/Stove by Coleman ($100 - $499). This nifty little unit brings the delights of the kitchen to the outdoors with its stove top and oven combination. The portable unit sports a propane canister and has two stove burners, so get your chef on, wherever you are in the wilderness.
Perfect for the adventurer or outdoor sports man, Overboard has been a long-time leader in designing and making waterproof bags. The Waterproof Bags by Overboard ($59+) come in a wide and varied collection and there really is something for all tastes and each bag is 100% waterproof. When we say waterproof, we do not mean it can withstand some rain, we mean the real deal because these bags can be submersed and can even float.
Premier outdoor gear and sporting goods the latest outdoor gear and stuff we want to know about. Bringing you unique finds and gift ideas to you daily.
The Beardski will have you hitting the slopes with a sense of fun, while if you are the sort to jump off a cliff with a snowboard instead of running the slope then you can now do it with a beard! Normal ski masks will leave you looking like a SWAT team member, so why not instead look like Santa Claus, or maybe a member of ZZ Top? As well as bringing a comical edge to your ski runs, you will also be wearing a vented, washable, and non-flammable mask that will protect you from the elements. If you want to go incognito on the piste then the Beardski ($35) is the mask you have been waiting for.
Remember that movie 127 Hours? The true story of a man (Aron Ralston) who gets his arm trapped in a rock while out being an adrenaline junkie in the American wilderness. To get out of his rather tight jam he ends up cutting his arm off with his pocket knife. If only he had the Spot Connector ($134) he could have just used this device that connects to a smartphone and turns it into a Satellite Communicator. If you have no cell signal then it still works by letting you send messages and GPS coordinates wherever you may be.
Paintballing is a great way to unleash your hidden soldier and get your mates together for a spot of war games. If you love channeling your hidden GI Joe then of course there are loads of cool paintball tools to get your hands on, but the Bow-Mount Paintball Airow Gun ($185) has to be one of the best yet. The Airow Gun comes with a recurve bow and it can launch a paintball projectile up to 300 feet per second, and you do not need compressed air to splatter your friends. And aside from all that tech stuff, it just looks pretty good to our eyes!
Perfect for a weekend cycling around the hills or even a cross continent adventure, the Bushtrekka Bicycle CamperTrailer by Kamp-Rite is a stunning accessory. Well, perhaps it is best to think of it as more than an accessory and much more like a mobile sleeping arrangement that keeps you out of the elements and lets you store your stuff. Great for the enthusiast, the Bushtrekka Bicycle Camper ($850) is the most efficient way to enjoy long distance biking.
Storage space is ample, with 41 gallons available and it comes with an innovative and fresh foldaway tent that is easy to build and collapse. The tent is stored efficiently away and the Bushtrekka also features levelling jacks, because after-all you will not be pitching on flat ground always.