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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 …

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 …