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Seven Gadgets to Purify Your Water

Ever camp by a beautiful brook with water so clear you figure it must be safe to drink? Not so fast. Giardiasis, a diarrhea-causing disease, is invisible to the naked eye and can be spread by almost any wild animal. And that’s just one of the culprits that can make you very, very sick in the backcountry.   

Luckily, we have access to lightweight water filtration tech. These seven gadgets all serve one purpose—removing poisonous contaminants from water. Some filter bacteria and parasites, while others zap viruses dead. So invest in a filter and don’t risk ruining your camping trip again. Trust us, your bowels will thank you.  

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Shinola Runwell Watch

Shinola is supporting American workers in a big way.

The bicycle manufacturer and crafter of fine leather goods built a watch factory in Detroit to help reinvigorate the job market in American’s original manufacturing city. Its first project? The Runwell, a hand-assembled timepiece made from 84 of the most precise Swiss-made components available.

Shinola makes two watch styles for men and three for women. The latest iteration of the signature men’s Runwell is the Runwell Sport Chronograph. An Argonite 5021 high-accuracy quartz movement drives the hours, minutes, date indicator, and stopwatch. Its 47mm stainless steel case has a double curved sapphire crystal to make this timepiece a real beauty.

$900, shinola.com

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Lynx Smart Grill

Whether you grill every night or secretly have no idea what to do when it comes to flipping burgers, Lynx's Smart Grill will help you impress at spring parties. 

This is one intelligent voice-activated, Wi-Fi-enabled gas grill. It takes pretty much all the guesswork out of cooking the perfect slab of meat. The Lynx can determine cooking temperature and time, when to flip your burger, and it will even send you a text when the food is ready.

The grill cooks food based on voice commands, so all you have to do is answer a few questions about the meat of the night and the Lynx takes care of the rest. Spend more time with friends and family while the Smart Grill prepares a great barbecue.  

You’ll have to make due with your Weber for at least one more season though. The Lynx isn’t set to go on sale until sometime next year.

$6,000 to $7,500, lynxgrills.com

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Tough Pad: Tablets Get Rugged

Apple’s iPad might be beautiful, but it doesn’t mix well with the outdoors. While it can resist a few bumps and scrapes, it’s not exactly prepared to dive off a cliff. That’s where these new tablets come in handy. Designed for outdoor use, they’re rugged enough for any of your adventures.   

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