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Best Tech: Outdoor Gear and Wearables for Your Next Adventure
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Autumn is here and it’s time to start exploring so you can breathe in that crisp air.


Here at the GORE-TEX Brand, we love technology, and like you, we understand that using the right mix of tech products can amplify your adventure in a number of ways, from making it safer to helping you track your fitness goals to allowing you to immerse yourself in nature.

To get you on the right track, we’ve put together a list of some cutting edge adventure tech that’s on the market today, and one that you can preorder for delivery by the end of the year.

Navigation Tech

Sometimes getting lost in nature is part of the adventure, but it can also be dangerous and stressful. With these high tech navigation gadgets, you’ll always be on track.

Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Multifunction Heart Rate Monitoroutdoor gear: suunto ambit3

Ever heard the saying that big things come in small packages? The Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor proves it. Priced at $650, it comes equipped with tons of advanced outdoor and multisport functions. The GPS-enabled Ambit3 Peak guides you every step of the way with the data you need to progress and stay informed on your journey. It also has navigation, a compass, an altitude monitoring system, and sunrise to sunset temperatures built into the display. For fitness fans, it can also track distance and heart rate. Its 50-hour battery life means it’ll be good to go without recharge for any two-day adventure.

Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet

We know what you’re thinking… a tablet and nature don’t mix, right? We thought that too. At first. Then we met Earl. Earl is designed for maximum endurance and utility and incorporates pretty much every navigation and monitoring feature you could possibly need. The tablet has solar panels for charging, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, two-way radio, GPS tracking, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, temperature display, and a 20+ hour battery life. It’s available for preorder for $299 and is scheduled for release by the end of 2015.

Cooking Tech

Tired of granola bars? We’ve discovered some delicious tech you might want to consider before your next overnight dinner date in the great outdoors.

BioLite Camp Stove

Looking for a stove/heater/phone charger that runs on pure nature? The BioLite camp stove has you covered! Burning only wood, this renegade biomass stove can cook meals or boil a pot of water in less than 3 minutes while charging a small device. It’s priced at $130 and also offers a separate grill attachment for any of your cooking needs.

Powerpot

outdoor gear: powerpot

Electricity is hard to come by in the wildernesses, so if you need a tool that can hold your food over the fire and charge your gear on the go, PowerPot is a great option. The PowerPot costs $100 and incorporates a thermoelectric charger that can feed off of your campfire’s heat and convert it into usable energy. That energy can be used to power any outdoor gear you have that charges by USB.

Camelbak All Clear Water Purification

Purifying water during your multi-day adventure is a must if you don’t want to lug around a lot of water. Boiling takes a long time, reverse osmosis filters are inconvenient, and iodine makes water taste strange. An effective and simple way to purify water is with the Camelbak All Clear water bottle. The 750ml bottle is a lightweight water purification system that neutralizes 99.9% all viruses, parasites, and bacteria in water using high intensity UV light. All you have to do is fill the container by using the filter to pre strain, and then hit a button. After 60 seconds you’ll have a bottle of purified water. The system is priced at $99 and is rechargeable via USB.

Wearables in the Wild

The time has come. Let’s talk wearable outdoor gear for your next expedition.

DaKine Rover Glove

If you’re looking for a glove that’s perfect for cold conditions and has a reliable grip, the DaKine Rover Glove is a solid pick. They're also engineered with Primaloft® insulation and removable GORE-TEX glove inserts, which means they’re waterproof, windproof, and breathable—guaranteed.

Petzl NAO® Headlamp

Petzl’s headgear always hits home runs when it comes to headlamp manufacturing, but the NAO® reactive lighting system is even more than we expected. This high tech headlamp has two beam patterns and a reactive light sensor that adjusts to fit your surroundings. The beam adjusts to be more focused and bright when the user is looking at something in the distance, and it produces a dimmer, wider beam for when you’re setting up camp.

Do you have an outdoor gadget that amped up your adventure? Give us your tech suggestions in the comments below!
 

Ambit3 image: Flickr/GrejGuide.dk, used under CC BY, resized
Powerpot image: Flickr/Knut Mittwollen, used under CC BY-SA 2.0, resized

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