4 easy to stow outdoor gear and products for that next excursion
The space-saving Que Collapsible Bottle, the compact wood-burning Solo Stove Bonfire, the stainless steel Talon multitool by Tactica, and the latest clean and urban-tailored MA-1 Flight Jacket by ColdSmoke.
Que Collapsible Bottle
A reusable water bottle that’ll fit in your car’s centre console
A first by way of its unique spiral design, the Que Collapsible Bottle performs just like a normal-sized water bottle when expanded, and collapses to nearly half its height for carry. Que’s body is made of food-grade silicone that won’t imbue your water with any taste and works just as well with hot or cold beverages. Its only other part is equally food-safe: a 18/8 stainless steel cap.
Available in 12 and 20 fluid ounce capacities, both cap and body are dishwasher safe and both sizes compress down with a simple uncapping and push. And since it’s made of flexible silicone it won’t shatter like similarly taste-free glass bottles, making it a good choice for outdoor use (and for the clumsy in general). Learn more at Kickstarter – US$22+.
Solo Stove Bonfire
A stylish, portable campfire pit
The Solo Stove Bonfire takes the same design principles behind their compact wood-burning Solo Stoves, only scaling them up several fold. The result is a large fire pit that burns wood super efficiently thanks to a double-walled stainless steel construction that feeds the fire from both bottom mounted vents and upper internal vents.
A more complete burn equals less smoke and less half-burnt logs left over afterwards, and whatever ash is created falls into the stove’s ash tray, away from the air channels to avoid clogging up airflow. It’ll also fit standard-sized logs and won’t scorch the earth beneath it, making the Bonfire useable on either your grass, porch, or patio. Learn more at the Kickstarter page – US$250.
A new multi-tool made of glass and polymer
Think multitool and you’ll usually imagine a hefty contraption made of stainless steel. Tactica’s Talon, like their first product, their Tactica One bottle opener, is instead crafted of a composite material of glass and polymer, as strong and hard as the former (and die cast metal, actually) without the fragility.
Throw it in your pocket alongside your phone if you want — it won’t scratch it. Its seventeen tools include a box cutter, two hex sockets — one high torque — both metric and imperial rulers, a bottle opener, and eleven wrenches. It’s even got a storage compartment to fit two drivers, with a both Phillips and flat head bits included. Learn more at Kickstarter – US$30.
Coldsmoke MA-1 Flight Jacket
Coldsmoke’s new bomber with a slim fit
Coldsmoke’s take on the classic military bomber resulted in the cleaner, urban-tailored MA-1 Flight Jacket. It loses the elastic waistband and boasts a slimmer fit, as well as Japanese weather resistant flight cloth fabric on the outside for solid protection against the elements. Inside you’ll find Polartec Alpha insulation for warmth that’s coupled to a flip-up knit shawl collar to keep your neck a bit warmer in cooler weather.
It’s also got plenty of pockets, including two for your hands, one on the arm, and an added one inside for your phone that’s complete with a headphone cable exit port. Available in Asphalt (dark grey), Mil-Spec Olive (shown), and Navy. Find it at Coldsmoke for US$340.
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