While some running and cycling races are now barring the use of hydration packs we don’t think that ban will last. Plus there are so many reasons to wear your water rather than carrying it. Now Tacprogear has introduced its line of H2O To Go packs, a user-friendly hydration system that can be added to virtually any pack or used a stand alone hydration system.
It features an anti-snag moisture-wick back padding with straps and a removable Microban bladder; while the rugged construction includes a MOLLE spine making it compatible with military gear carry systems. It is availbe in black, Coyote Tan, OD green and multicam.
Tacprogear H2O To Go – Water Pack Official Website
When you are out of cellular range you don’t need to be out of luck if you have the DeLorme inReach SE, the satellite communicator that allows you to type, send and receive, track and even send out an SOS all from a single device. This promises off-the-grid communication without the need for a special satellite phone.
The inReach SE is read for adventure, and is waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant, with a color touch screen, GPS, and a battery that lasts for up to 100 hours. As with past models it can be used to share GPS coordinates to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and can send and receive texts or trigger an SOS that can go to the company’s 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. It can even pair with a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to provide even more features. With this device at hand’s reach you’ll be sure you can reach help if you really need it.
DeLorme inReach SE Official Website
In a disaster sometimes people draw straws to decide who has to perform an unpleasant task. However, the NDūR Survival Straw from Proforce might be just the sort of straw you’d want to draw in such a case. Made of BPA free plastic this straw allows for drinking of water that might not be otherwise safe while out in the wilds.
It features a portable filtration system can remove what many other filters cannot – eliminating up to 99.9 percent of micro-organisms such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, up to 99.99 percent of all chemicals and heavy metals, as well as up to 99.9999 percent of viruses and bacteria including E-Coli found in water sources.
With the NDūR Survival Straw it could have you saying, “Water, water everywhere and now I’ll take a drink.”
Proforce: NDūR Survival Straw Official Website
Los Angeles-base Ignoble doesn’t do large runs on its products. What it does is deliver quality in small rungs, and this includes the Cora Classic rucksack. This model features a tough nylon construction and offers plenty of space for camping, hiking, trekking or just bugging out.
There are padded shoulder straps along with a padded airmesh back panel, while the Cora offers a large main compartment with internal hanging pocket plus laptop sleeve. There are additional storage with a zippered front stash pocket, hood stash pocket and even dual side utility pockets .The 400D nylon construction with YKK branded zipper closures will keep your worldly possessions safe and secure.
Ignoble Bags Cora Classic Rucksack Official Website
Smartwatch maker Suunto has introduced its new Ambt2 GPS watches. The Ambit2 S is designed for fitness buffs and offers functionality for cycling, running, swimming and training. The Ambit2 S can track pace, route navigation and track heart rate. The Ambit 2 is for those who take to wilds and it features fiberglass-reinforced case and offers info on altitude, vertical speed, barometric pressure and temperature – plus all the functions of the 2S.
Suunto Ambit GPS Watches Official Website
Too much stress, like the kind we get each week from writing these clever pieces, can be a pain in the neck and that gradually heads down the back. The Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Pack is a different kind of pressure on the back. This features an inflatable pouch that pressurized the water bladder to ensure that you don’t have to suck the water from the hose.
It can hold 70 ounces of water, and features heavy duty eight coil zippers and removable waist strap to provide a snug fit. The shoulder straps offer an ergonomic fit that ensures the pack remains comfortable while on the go. There is even a filter attachment that can help ensure clean water when out in the woods. You won’t have to suck and neither does this hydration pack.
Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Official Website
You should be focused on the journey, and the Westcomb Focus LT Hoody will let you have one less worry about the weather. This minimal constructed shell is anything but minimal in how it can help keep the wind and the elements at bay. It features eVent membrane, taped seams and a helmet compatible hood. It also features a single Napoleon pocket for a music player or phone. For the wet spring weather this might be a way to stay in the shell and stay a little drier.
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Official Website
We all know that water is life, but there are times when finding clean water isn’t always that easy. This is where the Lifesaver Jerrycan or Lifesaver Bottle can come in handy. Ideal for a long hiking trip or where clean water just isn’t available, these feature filtration technology that can transform germ-ridden and just plain dirty water into clean H2O. This can be used for drinking, cleaning and as the video below suggests even for showering while on the go.
The Bottle is ideal for those times when you might not be able to carry enough water on a camping trip, while the Jerrycan can filter enough water to help a family of four survive for a year Video after the jump
Spring is (almost) in the air and while that means warmer weather is ahead it also means mud, lots of mud. While many of us are itching to get out and take in a hike, it helps to have the right shoes. The Hi-Tec Sierra could be just the thing. This hiking boot features ion-mask hydrophobic management technology that makes these fully water proof but yet not overly big or bulky.
The i-shell upper offers a snug fit that provides comfort and support, while the Vibram sole will help protect the feet from rocks and other uneven terrain and give grip both uphill and downhill. There is even rustproof metal hardware to ensure that these boots will go the distance. The Hi-Tec Sierra promise to be well padded, and will serve wearer’s well even when spring turns to summer.
Hi-Tec Sierra Official Website
Who cares if the gray skies clear up when you have the Showers Pass’ Refuge jacket on? Designed for outdoor use, including bike commuting or hiking, this jacket utilizes Elite three-layer performance fabric to offer protection in the rain. It is waterproof yet breathable, and is fully seam-taped but also includes extra-long core vents, reinforced shoulders for use with backpacks or other gear with big and bulky shoulder straps. There are front handwarmer pockets and even a chest pocket with audio port.
It also features water-resistant Aquaguard Vision zippers, 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective trim and two light loops. There is a removable helmet that can stow in the jacket pocket and yet is large enough to cover a helmet. This could be the jacket for those times when it is raining or just looking like it could rain.
Showers Pass Official Website
No matter what the adventure one thing you probably can’t bring enough of is water. Platypus, which has created a niche with its collapsible water pouches, has looked to create a hydration pack for virtually any cycling occasion and more, and its new line-up includes three primary lines: Cross Country (XC), All Mountain (AM) and the Multi-Sport (XT). The above XC line is for those who want to go out on a causal road or mountain bike ride, with just enough liquid refreshment. These feature build in pump sleeves and tool storage pocket.
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Inspired by the jackets worn by British pilots during World War II, the Survivalon Contrast Jacket features a durable waterproof shell along with a dense lining that can keep out wind and water. It offers six pockets, drawcords for snug fit and snap-enclosed hood. This makes for an ideal jacket for those finest hour type moments.
Survivalon Contrast Jacket Official Website
It pays to be prepared while hiking, and to have the right equipment, which could include the ability to start a fire. Since it is all too easy to forget to pack those items the Substratum hiking boots from Rocky S2V will bring it for you and more.
Think of these as the boots that will do thinking for you that includes specially designed fire-starting equipment inside. One boot holds an Ultimate Survival Technologis Sparkie flint firestarter while the other boot holds two UST WetFire tinder cubes. These also include a needle for small repairs or sutures, 10-feet of military grade 550 cord, knife blade for cutting jobs, two fishing hooks, two swivels and two weights, tin foil for signaling, cooking and reflecting heat and even wire for snaring and binding.
With these boots you could catch your dinner and cook it up.
Rocky S2V Substratum Hiking Boots Official Website