Sometimes, a little technology can enhance an outdoor function in ways you can’t even imagine. Whether you’ve been waiting for the weather to drop a little to host outside or are hitting the usual camping spot, here are some things you might enjoy to make the night (or day) more enjoyable for everyone.
Best Outdoor Tech 2020
Here is our favorite outdoor tech gear this year.
What if we told you that you didn’t have to spend a fortune on a good drone that will meet your standards? With DJI’s Mavic Air, you get not only a good drone, but a well-priced drone.
This compact helicopter offers professional-level flight at a consumer-friendly price. With more than 20 minutes of flight time and a 4-km transmission distance, it can stay in the air long enough to get that shot. It shoots 12-megapixel images and features a panorama mode that takes 360-degree images. The best part? The drone features an advanced reconnaissance system that lets it identify obstacles in real-time and maneuver around them, so no more crashing – ever. The user-friendly feature “active track” fixes the camera on a specific subject for better focusing.
Cell phones are so helpful…when they work. If you plan on going deep into the backcountry, you’re probably not going to have a signal, let alone WIFI.
That’s where Spot X comes in handy! Spot X is a two-way satellite phone that lets you communicate with your friends and the authorities when your phone is unresponsive. Each Spot X is issued a US phone number and features a keyboard, so you can type in and receive messages as well. Furthermore, the phone features a tracking mode that lets your friends follow your course on Google maps and an emergency switch that connects you instantly to Search and Rescue. Check out the Flex Unlimited Plan.
The PuriBloc is a tiny pod that filters out impurities, toxins, and contaminants in tap water while administering trace minerals. Drop a pod in your water bottle and let the organic device go to work filtering fresh, great-tasting water. The Pod is compact and adaptable, meaning you can drop it into any device, from a water bottle to a coffee maker.
Give your campfire a tech boost with the Fire Pit from BioLite. This steel firebox features a rechargeable battery pack that fuels a set of 51 air-jets that supply oxygen to the flames. The result – a campfire that fumes less but burns better. The best part? You can control the Fire Pit with an app and even recharge your devices off the battery pack.
Another outdoor essential, the Coolest Cooler is better than your average cooler. Designed to keep ice cold for days, that’s not the coolest thing about this cooler. The cooler has a built-in blender and Bluetooth speaker, so you can make your favorite drinks while blasting your music.
The mountable Rylo camera captures cinematic video in breath-taking 5.8K, and it does so without that cumbersome curved screen that other similar cameras deliver. So, you get a stunning full view of whatever great outdoor scene you’re shooting. Even better, the back-end editing allows you to point the camera anywhere while you’re cutting the video so that no shot goes unnoticed.
The stabilization is unmatched, and there’s a super cool follow mode that lets you track a single object or person throughout the shot. Furthermore, it pairs with your phone via a cable instead of Bluetooth, which may feel old-fashioned until you realize how fast the wired connection works.
Mosquitos can be quite bothersome. If you’re going out on a camping trip, solve your mosquito problems with Thermacell’s new Radius Zone. Designed to give you a bug-free campsite, The Radius Zone releases metofluthrin, a pesticide that can repel mosquitos and other small flying insects, giving you a 110-square feet bug-free zone.
The rechargeable Radius Zone runs for six hours and uses refill pouches, which last for 40 hours each, giving you more than enough time to set up that tent and get started on dinner.
Have you heard of e-bikes? With a range that’s been increased by 40% over last year’s model, the brand new Turbo Levo features the lightest, most powerful motor of any electric mountain bike on the market. Even better, there’s an app that allows you to control everything with a few swipes, and the various power modes let you adjust how much pedal assistance you want on the steep terrains.
We know how important a trip outside is. Most of us hit the outdoors to escape from the pressures of the modern world. If this sounds like you, plan ahead. A little tech can enhance your outdoor adventure and make your trip even more memorable.