Knog Brings Power Tool Concept to the Outdoors

Knog pwr

Rechargeable batteries are becoming more and more prominent in outdoor devices. As you rarely use all these products at the same time, Knog saw an opportunity to create a more efficient system. Looking to the power tool industry as insipration, Knog created a suite of outdoor products that are powered by a single battery pack.

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Bags and Backpacks from Re-Used Sails

Mafia Bags

San Francisco based Mafia started with a basic idea: make something new from a really durable, versatile, colorful material that cannot be recycled using conventional methods. Brother and sister team Marcos and Paz Mafia started making bags in Buenos Aires back in 2012 as a way to use up old sails and create bags to carry their wetsuits when they traveled. What started as a community based brand where friends both donated sails and used their packs, is now a B-Corp operating in four countries.

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New Backcountry Coffee Options

Libra Coffee

While there are plenty of ways to make coffee outdoors (see some of our favorites), sometimes you just want a quick, easy, and lightweight option. Some new brands popped up recently with the sole aim of helping you get a great cup of coffee in the backcountry without a ton of work. Afterall, the worst part of your outdoor adventure should definitely not be the coffee.

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Turn Any Helmet Into a Smart Helmet


PhiPAL is a new wearable that turns your helmet into a smart helmet by tracking your performance metrics and alerting your contacts if you should have an emergency. Although it looks a bit like an old computer mouse, it could make a great backup safety device for those that often recreate alone and offers more functionality than something like the ICEdot.

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The MSR SE200 Community Chlorine Maker

MSR Global Health

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to tour MSR’s water research lab before our trip up Mt. Baker. Not only did we get a behind the scenes look at how MSR rigorously tests all their water filters/purifiers, but we also got a sneak peek at some of the non-consumer water purification projects that the company works on together with the military and non-profits such as the Gates Foundation. Apart from the super cool but top-secret military projects and the multiple forms of colorful bacteria growing in petri dishes, perhaps the most impressive non-commercial project was a portable chlorine maker. Used for purifying water on the fly in developing countries and even disaster zones, the MSR SE200 Community Chlorine Maker is helping to save lives.

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