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Reactor’s Gryphon Watch

You'd never take your flashy work shoes to go hiking, so why take your fancy watch on a camping trip?

The Gryphon by Reactor is built for the outdoors—scratch-, impact-, and water-resistant. But the watch is no heavyweight. In fact, it’s 50 percent lighter than similar water-resistant, stainless steel watches on the market, according to the company. Reactor uses a glass-reinforced polymer for the cover that has a tensile strength stronger than steel. There’s also a stainless steel core to keep the connections watertight.

The strap is made from a nylon webbing that’s co-molded with a silicone and natural rubber compound to keep the band from absorbing any dirt that you manage to kick up.

$350, reactorwatch.com

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Yeti Coolers Casket

After testing Yeti Coolers' Tundra 110, I can't think of a more respectful way to have my physical remains ushered into the ground than inside a Yeti Casket.

This roto-molded, double-walled, nearly indestructible coffin comes with a tasteful satin camo liner. And while the polyethylene casket is pricey, when I break the $4,114 down over the eternity I will rest inside it, the price feels, well, insignificant.

My decay would be seriously delayed thanks to the thermoregulating qualities of two inches of Permafrost insulation—twice the industry standard for coolers, according to Yeti. (Admittedly, I'm not sure about insulation standards in the coffin industry.)

Thankfully, it's grizzly-proof—and likely worm-proof. And, after seeing how well the Tundra 110 kept beers cold, I can well imagine how peaceful I'll be inside a Yeti when I'm just another cold one.

$4,114, yeticoolers.com

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SunBrite Outdoor TV

Yes, it sounds almost sacrilegious to watch TV outside (don’t we get enough couch-potato time as is?), but you have to admit it might be nice to watch the season premier of Game of Thrones outdoors. 

The folks at SunBrite were apparently thinking the same thing. The company's HD televisions are designed to be rain-, dust-, insect-, and humidity-proof. They will also work in temperatures from 122 to negative 24 degrees Fahrenheit.  

You can mount the TV onto your patio or somehow configure wires to the tent in the backyard. We're still waiting for the camouflage version. 

Starting at $1,495, sunbritetv.com

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