Hey, city-slicker! Heading out to the great outdoors and already missing the comfort of your favourite cafe? These nifty little doodads should make your day.
Never be off-grid
Get the goTenna or the goTenna Mesh and you’ll never be out of range. Using Bluetooth and RF transceivers, these off-grid comms devices let you and your hiking companions talk to each other even when there’s no cell service. The Mesh even lets you set up an extended network, and can help in areas with a weak cell signal (any user with a signal becomes a gateway). Spring for the Plus service and you also get access to topographical maps and more.
The hiking guide you want
Smartwatches might get sneered at all times, but the right one’s a pretty nifty tool for the outdoorsy sort. Take Suunto’s Traverse, for example. This light-and-comfy watch is perfect for the hardcore (or insane) trekking nut—it’s got an energy efficient display, altimeter, barometer, storm alerts, and fancy GPS tracking with route planning, breadcrumbs, altitude profile, waypoint and visual navigation. Frankly, we wouldn’t go away from civilisation without this on our wrist.
Anker Powerport Solar Lite
Keep ’em devices fed
Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking a long, multi-day trek means freedom from technology. You’ll still want to take photos and listen to music. So here’s something that’ll come in handy for whatever gear you’re taking along—a compact solar power charger that folds up and can be easily tucked away. It’s got a 15W output and 2 ports—strap it on to your backpack and plug in your devices as you walk, or plonk it down on a rock.
Coffee on the go
A coffee machine? Hey, trail rage caused by caffeine withdrawal is no laughing matter. Which is why every seasoned hiker should love the Nanopresso—it weighs just 336 gm, comes with a handy protective case, and lets you work up 18-bar pressure. All you gotta do is pack in some single-origin stuff, pour in some hot water and you’re 30 seconds or so away from sipping real coffee even in the middle of nowhere.