Gear (Popular)

The Hanging Sleeping Bag Shelter

Check out designers John Moriarty and Billy Harney's concept emergency shelter, which they call 'Cocoon', although a more descriptive name might have been 'Uvula'. But I digress. Basically, it's an insulated sleeping bag that users could hang from such things as tree limbs or cliff faces.
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Ingenious Pop Up Truck Camper

Jay Baldwin, CEO of Jay Baldwin Designs, senior adjunct professor of industrial design at CCA and former senior editor of Whole Earth Catalogs, has designed a very interesting pop up truck camper called the Quickup Camper. It looks like a regular truck camper but it expands into an RV. As you can imagine, it uses a lot less gasoline to haul it than say a conventional travel trailer or 5th wheel. See more images at...
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Terra Cross: The Ultimate Off Road RV

The Terra Cross, manufactured by UNICAT, looks like a dump truck, but there’s nothing ‘dumpy’ about it. It’s actually an RV for those who like to travel and travel hard. Inside it has everything you need, including beds, bathroom, kitchen storage space and an office, for all those travel articles you’ll be writing. This particular model is the EX63HDI MAN TGA 6x6 and it's GVWR is 43,860 lbs! (I wonder if it comes in a...
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The New Nike Sports Band--for the Pod-less

Apparently, next month Nike is releasing its Sportsband, which, in addition to telling the time, tracks your routes, speed, distance, elapsed time and calories. Basically it’s the Nike + iPod Sports Kit without the iPod–for those who are pod-less. Rumor has it that it’ll retail for around 94 bucks. Via Crave.
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Huge Camping Throne Fit for a King

You were expecting a post about a backcountry shitter weren't you? That's understandable, but in this case, the throne refers to this Brobdingnagian Sports Chair. Awesome name, awesome chair. Now you too can take ambiguous pictures and let others decide if your chair is really giant or you shrunk due to some freak nuclear accident (I'm pretty sure that guy is jockey-sized despite the huge chair). Your basic folding camping chair, only 5 1/2 feet...
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Ford Transit Van-Camper by Kevin Hornby Design

  Just a few weeks ago, I saw a total retro-rad VW bus all beat-up and covered in stickers in the parking lot of Snowbird. I started daydreaming about what a cool makeshift camper it would be, wondering if the owner was road-tripping across the Rockies, bouncing from resort to resort. Granted, the rear-wheel orientation wouldn't be great for maneuvering slick, steep mountain roads, but it would be a pretty sweet ride to show up,...
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The Utterly Fabulous Tonke Campers

Tonke Campers (Holland) are hand-built RVs that combine old-time craftsmanship with present day aesthetics. Kind of like gypsy caravans only much less garish and much more luxurious. They have everything you might find in a mass-produced RV, including built-in showers and toilets and such; however, with Tonke Campers, when you’re done traveling the countryside, you can actually remove the camper unit from the van chassis it’s built upon, which leaves you with a self-contained guest...
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The REAL Rider Stationary Bike

I used to have a stationary bike. I hated it. It was boring. Seriously. But this, THIS might be something to consider. The RealRyder ABF8 mimics actual outdoor biking. Because its frame articulates, it allows the rider to lean and steer as he/she works out. The seat and pedals adjust too, just like the real thing. Not TOO much more expensive than a very good treadmill the RealRyder ABF8 will set you back $1,995.
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Camping Checklist

I found this handy packing list in the 2008 Campgounds & RV Parks guide, available through the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association. As they say, it's a great way to get you started.
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Self-Sufficient Biking: The Bike Camper

We see a lot of pretty awesome campers here at Uncooped, but the overwhelming majority are designed for motor-power only. Making the camper a little bit greener, a DIYer named Paul built this bike trailer and tested it out during Burning Man. Weighing around 100 pounds, the bike-towed trailer has nearly all the conveniences of a regular trailer and is completely self-sufficient. The camper uses a solar oven for cooking, solar water heater for washing...
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