Kit Contents: Survival Frog pocket stove and fuel tablets. Waterproof matches in a container. Stainless steel pot/cup. Spork survival tool and p-38 can opener. The Survival Frog Mess Kit for one. Also comes with a bright green ripstop fabric carry storage bag.
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Everyone knows the future of motorcycles involves some form of electric power, except, maybe, the current big name Japanese and European factory bike makers. While we wait for these companies to make electric motorcycles, smaller firms are bringing innovative machines to the market like the 2019 Sur-Ron Light Bee Electric Bike. Part MTB and part MX bike, the Light Bee packs a 3500W electric motor and a removable 60V/32AH battery into a lightweight dirt bike style aluminium alloy frame, with a full mono shock suspension setup and a multistage coaxial transmission system running a chain drive to the rear wheel. Curb weight is 50kg with a range up to 100km.
The Dakar Rally is moving from South America to the Middle East. It was recently announced the 2020 Rally will be held in Saudi Arabia, starting in Jeddah on January 2nd to finish at Al Qiddiya on January 17th 2020. The Dakar Rally started in Africa in 1978 then it moved to South America in 2009.
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Urban or street gloves are generally short cuff in design with a feature balance pushed towards rider control, in the form of dexterity and feel plus comfort, and the necessary and sufficient level of crash and environmental protection; there’s really no need for MotoGP type glove features. Also features like touchscreen friendly pointer fingers are important. The ICON 1000 Nightbreed Glove fits within this urban or street criteria, is constructed from an AxSuede Laredo chassis with AxSuede Quattro “fourchettes and neoprene flex zones”, and has D3O knuckle protection inserts.
One of the secrets to lowering stress while travelling is organising your gear, and packing cubes can play a part. The Eagle Creek Pack-it Spector Compression Cube Set will help you organise you clothes in your travel bag. Simple and effective. Made from a lightweight water repellent silnylon ripstop fabric, the cubes have a quick grab handle and come in a variety of sizes and designs.
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Why not add some art to your camping gear with the Zippo Spazuk Lighter. Featuring a fumage technique (created by holding flame to paper and etching into the resulting soot) bird cover art by Steven Spazuk. The lighter has Zippo’s windproof lighter technology within an all metal construction, and is refillable for a lifetime of camp use.
One aspect of your enduro or dual sport bike is limited luggage space. Panniers, tail or tank bags can be fitted with the dis-benefit of adding bulk. However if you want a clean, minimalist small
tool bag carry solution then check out the Acerbis Front Fender Tool Bag. The 2 litre capacity bag has various internal
tool pockets and is securely attached to the front fender with a locking system.
If you’re off-grid and have gadgets to charge then check out the RAVPower Solar Charger 24W Solar Panel. Its solar panel is waterproof,
durable, and foldable so suitable of camping or hiking trips. Featuring iSmart Technology where its three USB ports automatically detect and deliver the optimal charging current for your
Campfire safe and beautifully made, the Best Made Company The Limited Edition Polaris Bowls are a notch above
your standard camping dish. Enamelware bowls evoke a connection with the past, and the illustrations on these bowls celebrate the night sky. A two bowl kit that’s lightweight and stackable,
durable and aesthetically pleasing, just what you need for your next camping trip.
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The updated Hit-Air EU6 Ultimate Airbag Jacket looks like a good fit for the touring motorcyclists looking for cutting edge safety features in their riding gear. Outside of the S-System Key Box activated integrated airbag, this jacket also features CE rated shoulder, elbow, and back padding, a moisture permeable and waterproof removable quilted fleece lining for cold weather riding, and Lumidex reflective material for night or poor light rider illumination.
Some form of water purification is essential for off-the-grid, adventure travel. A lightweight option is the GRAYL Ultralight Purifer, designed for all forms of outdoor travel, especially hiking where carry weight is an issue. The Purifer “[p]rovides full-spectrum protection against pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and protozoa), particulates, chemicals and heavy metals”.
The Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove is a little camp cooker made from lightweight, yet durable titanium. Integrated folding legs support the stove and pot. One side provides a long burning alcohol stove. Then turn it over and the opposite side burns fuel tabs or fuel gels. Weight is 30 grams (1.0 ounces). Burn time is approximately 20 minutes for alcohol and 12 minutes for fuel tabs or gels.
For the optically challenged, the ThinOptics Glasses and Metal Finish Pod is a good backup, or even travel option, providing you with easily packed armless, portable reading glasses. The pod case is designed to fit on the back of your phone or tablet, or nicely slip into a pocket or small bag. Available in four colour designs.
With its aggressive styling and carbon aramidic fibreglass shell, the new AGV AX9 Multi E2205 Helmet looks like a good dual sport option. This lightweight helmet features internal pads
made from fabric with antibacterical protection, moisture wicking, and skin comfort treatments, that are also removable and washable. Available in three shell sizes and various colour
Better than a landscape photo hanging on your wall, this original fine art print is “[a]n imagined expedition to explore mysterious ancient ruins in a dense, remote jungle somewhere in South East Asia, featured on an extra fine, archival grade print.” The Prometheus Design Werx Art Print is by Florent Llamas and has a game or movie concept illustration feel. The print area is 40cm X 50cm (16” x 20”), printed on 100% cotton fibre, acid-free 260 g/m paper with a velvet finish.
Featuring some sort of magic powers, the Survival Frog HydraLight Mini Flashlight is powered by water. Just “dip the bottom of the unit in water for 10 seconds and you’ll have instant light.” The flashlight is powered on for 10 hours. Re-dip in water and the flashlight is good for another 10 hours of light making magic.
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Delivering energy via a wireless (electromagnetic) power transfer seems to be the future for charging electric gadgets. It’s certainly more convenient and less hassle than using cables. For travellers, the Usbepower Air Wireless Power Bank provides two charging options, one wireless and one via traditional 2A USB-A port connectivity. The power back has a 5000mAh capacity, is compact and portable, and available in three colour designs.
The Aether Expedition Motorcycle Jacket is designed for long distance hard-core touring, real expedition style travel. A heavy-duty, 3-layer Japanese field nylon fabric provides an abrasion-resistant, waterproof, and breathable shell. Warm weather rider comfort comes from venting provided by half-body chest vents, pit-zip vents that run from the elbow to the waist, and half-body length back vents. And there’s crash protection from shoulder, elbow, and back pads, along with fully-integrated front chest pads. Available in four colour designs.
Featuring a new long cuff design, the Shift 3Lue Label Air Glove has your warm weather MX or enduro riding covered. Lots of venting helps regulate hand temperature along with Cordura stretch nylon fabric on the palm and top-of-hand for dexterity and lever control, plus the required hand protection. Added rider control is also provided by silicone fingertip printing.
For anyone addicted to their morning coffee, the MSR Pika 1 L Teapot might be a vital camping accessory. Lightweight with a no-drip spout, a lid design that ensures it stays in place when pouring, an upright handle for good control that keeps your hand away from the hot part, and a pot opening wide enough to allow for easy cleaning and storing of items like a small stove or coffee/tea/food making ingredients.
Shoes, especially expensive motorcycle boots or good quality hiking shoes, are an investment. One way to look after this investment is through proper maintenance, including regular cleaning. The Pajar Premium Shoe Cleaning Kit works on most materials and does not contain harsh chemicals with 98% natural ingredients.
Featuring a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 7 hours play time and 20 station presets, the KitSound Classic DAB+ portable Radio with Bluetooth has modern radio technology presented in a clean, retro aesthetic design. Other features include DAB radio technology, the ability to play tunes or podcasts via Bluetooth, a micro SD, and good-old-fashion aux-in connectivity.
A tool most campers, and for that matter, travellers should carry. Key aspects of a good torch include small and light form factor, high build quality, produces enough light, and looks good. The Alpkit Fluxon Handheld Torch has these capabilities and more. It has an aluminium body that’s drop-proof with a dust proof and water resistant IP6X rating allowing it to work during adverse weather conditions. Powered by a 2600mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.
Designed for cutting wood, when out camping or even in your garden pruning trees. The Opinel N°18 Saw might be a good tool to add to your camping gear. Featuring an 18 cm long carbon steel, anti-corrosion coating blade with two rows of teeth turned towards the handle. The saw handle is made from beech wood.
With its long overcoat design and GORE-TEX lining, the new Alpinestars Bradford Gore-Tex Jacket presents as a stylish riding garment. Alpinestars describe it as an “elegant city riding jacket”. The Bradford’s main shell is constructed from a two-layer laminated GORE-TEX fabric for water and wind proofing, along with breathability. And crash protection comes from CE certified bio light shoulder and elbow protectors.
As a rugged yet functional timepiece, the Bristol Aviator Watches A-10 Thunderbolt Tribute Watch displays the same characteristics on its aircraft namesake. The A-10 Thunderbolt is a modern warplane built for ground attack and battle survivability. The A-10 Thunderbolt Tribute Watch features a sapphire crystal face and stainless steel 316L case housing a precision Swiss made chronograph and the Super Luminova dial. A black kevlar band with red stitching secures the watch to your wrist.
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You can make almost any bag a camera bag with the Fjallraven Kanken Photo Insert. Bags designed for carrying camera equipment are often rather expensive. So if you already own a quality bag and you want to have similar functionality to a dedicated camera bag, the Kanken Photo Insert may be a good option (note it’s specifically sized to fit the Fjallraven Kanken bag). It is designed to hold two camera bodies and assorted lenses. And is made from recycled polyester, organic cotton with padding to protect your expensive camera gear.
The appeal of helmet graphics is often subjective. If you like the unusual, a bit of urban grange, maybe you're a fan of exploring abandoned places, then the NEXX SX.100 Helmet could appeal to your aesthetic sensibilities. An urban, street, and touring design, featuring a wide eye port with a drop-down sun visor, along with 3D formed interior pads that are removable and washable with anti-sweat and anti-allergic treatments.
Does anybody read the owners manual of their new vehicle, or for that matter, any new gadget? This year we see the introduction of a new generation Suzuki Jimny. The Jimny model LJ (Light Jeep) first appeared in the 1970s and it was designed as a recreation and work-site mini-car that delivered mid-20th century vehicle technology, with excellent off-road capabilities in a really small form factor. Although a lot has changed over the years as Suzuki have improved each generation, introducing new vehicle technology, safety features, etc, the essence of the Jimny has remained the same across all four generations.
One aspect of owning the original Jimny, and this was probably typical of this era of vehicle, was the requirement for a hands-on, entry-level mechanical relationship with the LJ. Suzuki expected the owner to understand the basic components and abilities of their vehicle, roll-up their sleeves and sometimes, if problems occurred, work to resolve them. For evidence of this, just read the Suzuki LJ50 1975 Owners Manual.
Apart from a fun name, the Kermit Chair has a classic design, is made from traditional hand-craft materials, and is fit-for-purpose. Being small and foldable, durable, and relatively lightweight, makes the chair good for camping. The elegant wood design also makes it a piece of fine furniture.