4 new road trip ideas for that next outing
GoPro’s new Hero5 is more camera for less money, Hoodworks GearGate will spruce up your stock tailgate, a hard shell camper tent for your ride by BlackFin, and the new Canada Goose waterproof shell jacket.
Canada Goose Brunswick Anorak Shell
Normally known for its ridiculously tough-wearing, extremely durable outerwear crafted for the most frigid conditions on the planet, Canada Goose is also slowly reinventing itself into a brand you should reach for when the weather isn’t so chilly. Their Brunswick Anorak Shell is made from breathable Bi-Durance.5 fabric — it’s ultra-lightweight and 100 percent waterproof, so you know it can handle precipitations ranging from torrential spring rains to a light drizzle.
Canada Goose’s latest shell jacket sports a removable hood
The magnet closure sleeves and hood are removable, turning it into a one-piece vest you could throw on over a henley or long-sleeve merino tee. It’s finished off with a drop-down tail for added coverage in the rain, and reflective piping ensures you stay visible no matter how dark or rainy things get. The slim fit and navy colorway shown here are about as modern, functional and dependable as it gets. It’s worth adding one of these jackets to your closet alongside one of the brand’s famous parkas. Grab one at Canada Goose for US$545.
BlackFin Camper Box
Van life is now a real possibility with nigh any vehicle thanks to the BlackFin Camper Box. This hard shell camper tent mounts to your car, van, or SUV by way of a roof rack with either round or square bars and pops up in, quite literally, five seconds, providing shelter from the elements and a warm place to catch some shuteye. A fiberglass hard shell repels water both when driving and when popped up while wind resistant materials make up the walls to stand up to strong winds.
A rooftop camper box that fits two adults comfortably
A full-sized high density foam mattress comes included and the box measures in at nearly seven feet long to easily fit two adults comfortably, or even up to three adults (though we’d presume somewhat less comfortably). It also includes an adjustable aluminum ladder for climbing in, roll-up windows and screens, plus internal pockets and hooks to keep from losing your gear within the fray of blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags. Learn more at their Kickstarter page – currently priced at US$1,500+.
The Hoodworks GearGate is to your stock tailgate what a Swiss Army Knife is to a standard knife. Replace your tailgate with one of these to equip your truck with a Nanuk 910 waterproof toolbox, internal and external adjustable LED lighting, two steel bottle openers, a universal bike shaft for either open dropout and thru-axle bikes, and 18 feet of extreme conditions Pewag Square Link Lock Chain to secure your bikes or other at-risk gear.
An aftermarket tailgate definitely unlike the others
It also features a NanoVault NV300 Combo Safe to stow your keys, wallet, and smartphone behind a 3-digit combination and ultra-durable safe. They’re made in Portland and fit a variety of trucks including several by Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet, with others from Toyota and Nissan on the way. See more at Crowd Supply – US$1,090+.
More camera for less money cements GoPro’s crown of dominance over the action cam market with the freshly revealed Hero5. Available in two versions including the Hero5 Black and the smaller Hero5 Session, both models top out with 4K video at 30 fps, are waterproof to 33 feetwithout a case, and come standard with voice command support for hands-free controls.
An action camera that’s easy to setup
If you do use your hands it’s not too difficult to get up and running since the cameras will turn on and start recording with the touch of a single button. They both also come with video stabilization, advanced wind noise reduction, as well as both a GPS and a touchscreen on the Hero5 Black — not to mention a small B&W screen up front. And should you go with a GoPro Plus subscription ($5/month) either Hero5, when plugged to charge, will automatically upload its photos and videos to the cloud for backup as well as on-the-go viewing and editing. Learn more at GoPro – US$300 to US$400.