Wondering what hiking technology has to offer for your next trip? Check out this list to be ‘in the know’ of the newest in hiking technology!
Latest Hiking Technology For Your Next Trip
Upgrading your basic hiking gear with a few high-tech items might just allow you to enjoy your hiking trip even more. Hiking gadgets do have its perks in general. Many of the gear and gadgets on this list are space and time savers; and, some of them can even potentially save your life. So, read this list and find out which hiking gadgets you can add to your survival pack.
SaberLight Plasma Beam Lighter
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Do you want a ‘flameless’, windproof, and splash proof lighter? You can have all these awesome traits in a lighter with SaberLight’s cutting edge gadget. The SaberLight Plasma Beam Lighter uses lithium ion cell instead of butane to generate ‘fire’. But what comes out of the lighter is not actually fire but a super hot plasma wave.
With this innovative technology, you do not have to worry so much about building fire outdoors when it’s windy or even rainy. Just charge this baby up and you’re good to go.
It is possible you lose network coverage at some point while you’re hiking. When this happens, the goTenna Mesh device and its accompanying app can help you stay connected. The device allows you to communicate through your smartphone, even when there is no cellular service. It creates a mesh network among other goTenna devices within range using radio waves. Aside from communicating, the goTenna Mesh allows you to save offline maps as well.
ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heavy Duty Heated Insoles
ThermaCELL’s ProFLEX Heavy Duty Heated Insoles can keep your feet warm as you traverse across cold places. But the great thing about these insoles, besides giving you comfort, is they are Bluetooth operated. You can basically control them through your smartphone.
These insoles last about 8 hours on low heat setting and take around two hours to recharge.
EnerPlex Kickr IV+
If you’re planning to go hiking in remote areas, make sure to bring a portable solar charger like the EnerPlex Kickr IV plus. It is pretty lightweight, moreover, weather-resistant. This 6-WATT solar charger is powerful enough to recharge your smartphone, camera, and other small gadgets.
Luci Outdoor 2.0
MPOWERD’s Luci Outdoor 2.0 can come in handy at night-time. This inflatable solar light is powerful enough to last up to 18 hours before you need to recharge it again. It may be lightweight but it is designed to be durable, moreover, waterproof. What makes it even cooler is this feature: it is inflatable. While it is inflated, it stands at 10.8cm but it can be collapsed to just about an inch.
You can cook a meal and charge a device at the same time using the BioLite CampStove. It can create smoke-free flames, using only twigs, sticks, or pellets. The heat from the flames is strong enough to boil 1 liter of water in about 5 minutes and can generate about 3 watts of energy to recharge a device. The stove also has a 2600mAh battery, which can charge gadgets with or without the fire.
Garmin fēnix 3 HR
Garmin Fenix 3 HR is a multi-sport training watch, which can record your heart rate, record your speed, among other features. It has an advanced navigation system that can track even in challenging environments. This durable, rugged, and stylish watch can be a helpful accessory to your hiking gear.
If you’re planning to go off-grid for a few days, even weeks, you might want to include a SPOT Gen3 in your gear. This personal satellite tracker can be a life-saving communication device. It allows you to share GPS coordinates and send pre-programmed text messages to your friends and family even without network coverage. In times of emergency, you can push the S.O.S. button to give your GPS location to response teams.
Tentsile Flite+ Tree Tent
Weighing only 3.2kg or 7 pounds, the Tentsile Flite+ Tree Tent might just be one of the most portable, lightweight tents around. The roof is made of tear resistant insect mesh and the floor or bed is a double tensioned hammock. It can accommodate a maximum load of 220kg or 485lbs, which is roughly the weight of two people plus their gear.
Yeti Hopper Flip 12
Yeti’s Hopper Flip 12 is a durable personal cooler, which has the capacity to hold 12 cans of beer or around 15 pounds of ice. What prolongs the coldness inside the cooler is the superior closed-cell rubber foam. The liner outside the cooler, meanwhile, is made out of high-density fabric. This material makes the case waterproof and resistant to mildew, punctures, and UV rays.
MSR Guardian Purifier
It is not easy to find good drinking water when you’re hiking off-grid for weeks. Although there might be sources of water in the area, it can be hard to guarantee they’re safe. But with the MSR Guardian Purifier, you can clean water from just about any source. This award-winning technology was designed to protect Service Members of the U.S. Military from contaminated water. Durable and portable, the purifier can remove viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and particulate.
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Hiking technology can make a difference when it comes to your comfort and safety. Even if you want to be in touch with nature and leave the comforts of an urbanized life for some time, it might still do you good to bring a few advanced gadgets during your hiking trip.
What hiking technology do you like best from this list? Let us know what you think by posting a comment below!
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