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Backcountry Base Camp: Luxuries and Conveniences For Backpacking

There's really nothing quite like truly embracing the wilderness and spending days at a time exploring. But if there's one downer to that experience, it's coming back to a barebones campsite after a day of hiking 20 miles. You can't really carry all the conveniences of a roadside campsite--furniture, food, cookware, drinks, etc.--into the backwoods, so you tend to make good with considerably less comfort. But being comfortable at camp doesn't have to mean being...
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Good Idea/Bad Idea: Zippered Vents Sleeping Bag

Ever look at your sleeping bag and think: 'I want to score that sucker like a piece of beef'? I sure never did, but the folks over at novelty and gadget purveyor extraordinaire Hammacher Schlemmer tried it out. The Zippered Vents Sleeping Bag attempts to solve a common problem of the outdoors: hot, stuffy sleeping bags on warmer-than-expected summer nights. You need a sleeping bag that's warm enough for the coldest temperatures that you expect,...
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Ultralight Emergency Shelters To Duck and Hide From Mother Nature

Remember when you were a kid and were scared urineless of that loud, explosive thunderstorm outside? All you wanted to do was bury your face and torso in the deepest, most inwardly crevice of the house and create better times with your imagination. You may not be that kid anymore, but getting caught in an onslaught of nasty weather can have you regressing in seconds. These shelters will be your proverbial dark closet with teddy...
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Sharks and Supermodels? Thank You GoPro.

Every month (maybe week?), I get an email from GoPro touting the latest video taken with the new HD Hero 2. It's typically just run-of-the-mill action sports footage and I don't usually click. But when I read the subject line "Italian Supermodel Swims With Sharks," I had to bite. And so should you.
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Trade Dog Poo In For Free Wi-Fi

Wouldn't it be great if people weren't lazy sloths and did what they were supposed to? Then we wouldn't need water fountains in the Grand Canyon. And we wouldn't have to hop, skip and jump around the piles of dog mess that people inconsiderately abandon in the middle of trails. What a great world that could be. As it is, though, people would much rather allow their local park to turn into a giant cesspool...
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Kick-@## Kickstarter Projects For The Outdoors

The Internet has given us all kinds of new ways of collaborating and innovating. One of those ways is Kickstarter, a Web community that lets inventors, small businesses and other entities reach out to the masses for help in funding their projects and dreams. There are projects of all shapes and sizes, some smart, some crazy and some TBD. Here are a few of the more promising outdoor-related projects up on Kickstarter now. PowerPot Similar...
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Grillcube makes for easy charcoal lighting

Charcoal grilling would be THE way to darken meat, if not for a few drawbacks. It takes longer to get going. It's messier. And it sometimes involves inadvertently infusing your dinner with undertones (or overtones) of lighter fluid. The Grillcube doesn't solve the lengthier waiting time, but it does solve the other two drawbacks. Essentially just a cardboard box filled with hardwood charcoal, the Grillcube lets you get your charcoal burning without the mess, fuss...
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German GoPro Competitor Features Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Screen

The 1080p CamOne Infinity is a square action camera that looks a lot like the GoPro HD Hero. It's slightly smaller, but overall pretty similar in shape and size to the GoPro. Where the Infinity distinguishes itself is in its features. The camera is the first action cam we've seen to offer interchangeable lenses, allowing filmers to get different angled footage. The camera will launch with a 170-degree lens, and CamOne will later offer other...
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Jompy Makes Hydration Pack Hot Water

We love us some multifunction here at Uncooped. Typically, multifunction in outdoor gear equates to one piece of gear that can perform multiple tasks at different times - a Swiss Army knife, for instance. Occasionally, we find a product that can serve multiple functions at once. That's the jackpot. Jambo's the jackpot. The innovative piece of gear is designed to double the capabilities of your average camping or backpacking stove, letting you cook on top...
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When Worlds of Awesome Collide: Chris Davenport Searches For Extreme Skiing in a Bentley

Bentley is typically thought of strictly as an ultra-luxury brand, rivaled only by its few competitors like Rolls Royce and Maybach. But unlike those competitors, Bentley has a flair for sporty performance. Its Continental Supersports Convertible packs 621 horsepower, hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and tops out at 202 mph. Thanks to standard AWD systems, Bentleys are capable in the winter months, too. In fact, the Continental Supersports ISR Convertible actually owns the world...
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