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Solo Stove a furry in a can

There are a few things for sure about camping. You’re going to need to cook something, heat water or roast a marshmallow. It comes with the territory. That’s why when we took a look at the Solo Stove we were immediately intrigued by what it could do. Out of the box came a sleek looking metal canister reminiscent of something you’d find on the international space station. Immediately apparent is the care and attention Solo Stove puts into their packaging. Neat, tidy and well thought out. The canister and components, of which there are few, unpack and slide together to form a cooking vessel ready for action. While our campfire popped and smoked with wet wood, we meticulously layered the smallest dry kindling and a small crumpled up piece of paper into the stove. It lit, fired and burned out. More dry wood and it was back with a furry. No joke. A furry! Never have we seen such a furry of a fire, the colour a deep brown red, swirling in the stove like …

Garage-sized RV first of its kind: The Mantis by TAXA Outdoors

Do you want the spacious outdoor lifestyle of an 18-foot RV, without the hassle of having to find adequate storage space when it’s time to head back to the city? TAXA Outdoors Inc. unveiled The Mantis on September 18-22 at the RV Open House in Elkhart, Indiana, and to much fanfare we might add. The Mantis is the first travel trailer of its kind: It sleeps 4 adults, but comfortably fits into a standard sized garage. Most vehicles can tow the compact adventure trailer because it weighs in at a light 2300 pounds when empty. The size and weight is perfect for city-dwellers who love a good adventure. What to expect from The Mantis. The open-concept design features 2 bunks positioned across the front end of the trailer, and a convertible couch to queen-sized bed at the rear. There is even space for a small shower in the bathroom, and a two-burner stove and compact fridge in the kitchen. Did we mention all TAXA trailers are designed by an ex-NASA engineer? For the ample living …

Mid-Year Modern Camper Gear Roundup

If you’re a modern camper, you obviously want to keep up with the times when it comes to must-have gear. Here are our top picks this far into 2017. Invest in eco-cookware Make the most of the modern camping movement by embracing sustainability. We love Kupilka eco-friendly dishware. Their durable cups, bowls, plates, and cutlery are crafted from their Kareline® natural fibre composite. It keeps your hot stuff steaming and your cool drinks cold without harming the environment. Stay toasty warm with a new blanket Any true camper has a few blankets packed away for chilly nights and crisp mornings. One of our favourites is sackcloth + ashes. For each blanket sold, they gift a blanket to your local homeless shelter. Plus, their Instagram is full of drool-worthy #vanlife photos. Take better pictures with smartphone camera accessories Upgrade your Insta-game with a smartphone tripod. Have you ever wondered how people get those shots from cool hands-free angles? You don’t need to empty your wallet on a drone. Instead, purchase a tripod with gripped octopus arms …

RECCO jacket for modern camper

RECCO® SAR radar signals a bonus for hikers in the backcountry

Adventure brands around the world are adopting RECCO® radar reflectors in their outdoor gear. These tiny reflectors help locate missing individuals in search and rescue situations, which could be ideal for your next off road camper trip or trek. How does it work? Only weighing in at 4 grams, the passive reflectors do not require a power source or means of activation. The RECCO® SAR detector sends a radar signal which bounces off the reflector that is installed in your clothing. RECCO® originally used handheld detectors with active radar signals, but has recently created a device that sends a stronger signal from a helicopter. The new device scans one square kilometre in 3-6 minutes. RECCO® also works in extreme weather conditions and dense overhead coverage typical of backcountry areas. Why does a camper need it? The original RECCO® technology was created for avalanche rescue. They hope their updated RECCO® SAR detectors expand to year-round search and rescues. Outdoor clothing brands for year-round adventures (like ORTOVOX) have started to include RECCO® reflectors in their gear: hiking …

Tesla’s New Tiny House Coming to an Australian City Near You

We don’t normally cover the tiny house movement – there are plenty of amazing publications doing a great job already – however we couldn’t let this news pass us by. Tesla has recently shared news of their roving sustainable tiny house on wheels towed by the almighty Tesla Model X to share their sustainable energy products including the revolutionary Powerwall. Preliminary photos show the 4,400lbs trailer loaded with six solar panels, a Tesla Powerwall, as well as a “mobile design and demonstration studio” showcasing how the technology works. The well appointed and beautifully designed unit features locally sourced, chemical-free timber materials. We have yet to see the interior but can only imagine the futuristic yet homey set up. Knowing Australia’s sunny climate and love of camping and caravanning off-grid, the solar tour not only appeals to the Australian homeowner but also the camper who are no doubt awaiting better solar options to replace current clunky and high priced systems. The tour stops at various Australian locations and you can check out the next tour stop …

Christmas Camper Accessory Wish List (Part 2) – Stocking Stuffers

With only a few days left before the holidays officially start. We’ve added the second part to our must have list of accessories for those camping enthusiasts on your list. Let’s be honest. Stocking stuffers are great ways to add that final touch for your loved ones and the ones that tend to be last minute. Here are a few that topped our list this year. Parks Canada Original Collection Parks Canada is celebrating it’s 150 anniversary in 2017. Visitors near and far will be able to gain access to all national parks for free next year. You can read all about that in one of our previous articles. In light of that, we had to include some Parks Canada Original Collection gear in our stocking stuffer ideas. We love the vintage look of these hats with the iconic Parks Canada logo. Shop all of the Parks Canada Original collection at parkscanadashop.ca.  Aerobie AeroPress The Aerobie AeroPress is a lightweight, compact coffee maker ideal for on the road in your camper. No cords or power required. Brews deliciously …

Kanzarchitetti Volta Faccia Cutting Board Modern Camper

Christmas Camper Accessory Wish List (Part 1)

It’s that time of year (we always say that). But seriously, it’s almost December which means it’s time to think thoughtfully about the gifts to give our friends and family. Of course this should have been on all of our minds for the past eleven months but hey, there’s no time like the present. So think deeply about the kind of gear you or your camper-loving, um, loved one would be as thrilled to have under the tree as they would a stay at that impeccable ocean-side campsite you’ve had your eye on (don’t worry, it’ll happen sooner or later, honey). For us, our camping gear wish list if full of practicalities and oddities ripe for a good go outdoors. They’re well designed, beautiful and just plain awesome. We hope you feel the same way. Claro! Lanters by TradeWinds  Never be stuck chasing your tabletop light into your neighbours campsite again. This beauty lantern from TadeWinds is both weighty – enough to stand up to the strongest of winds – and efficient with it’s 10-hour rechargeable …