Outdoor gear isn’t just expensive to buy; it’s also expensive to design, test, and produce. For that reason, many small brands have turned to Kickstarter to raise the money to manufacture their newest products. Here are five innovative launches we’re excited about right now.
Cycl WingLight 360 Bike Light
Designed to mimic the lights on a car, these LED bike lights ($80) are white in front, like headlights, and red in back, like taillights. The bulbs screw onto the end of each handlebar so drivers can see how far into the road a cyclist is and leave a wide berth when passing. With a single tap, each light turns to blinking orange, acting as a turn signal. The lights are waterproof and removable, so you can easily switch them between different bikes.
Full Windsor Splitter Titanium Multi Utensil
In 2017, Full Windsor launched the Muncher ($35), a hefty titanium spork-cum-knife-cum-bottle-opener that became an instant hit and made its way into our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Now the company is launching a new multifunctional camp-kitchen utensil, the Splitter ($60). A long-handled titanium spork (for reaching into freeze-dried meal pouches) and spatula clip together to make tongs. The spatula also has a serrated edge for cutting. Together, the kit weighs in at 1.8 ounces.
PurTrek Water Filter
This carbon-fiber trekking pole ($180) doubles as a water filter. Water enters the system through holes about an inch above the pole tip (a simple twist closes the holes to keep dust out while hiking). Stick the carbide tip into your water source, flip open the top of the pole and insert the included plastic tube, and then slide the hand grip up and down to pump clean water through the hollow-fiber mechanism hidden inside the shaft.
Rumble Go Portable Cold-Brew Coffee Maker
Dump coffee grounds into this perforated, stainless-steel tube (price TBD), slide the tube into your favorite water bottle, pour in water, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, your cold-brew coffee is ready to drink the moment you get out of bed or your sleeping bag, so you don’t have to fumble around to boil water. An extendable silicone base allows you to adjust the Rumble Go’s height so it sits securely in your favorite CamelBak, Hydro Flask, Nalgene, or other bottle from any of several popular brands.
Arkadia Designs Alta 21 Packable Daypack
Ultralight yet feature-rich, this backpack ($100) is made of 30-denier Cordura, with a 100 percent waterproof main compartment and water-resistant outer pockets. What’s more, the inflatable back support can be removed and used as a seat cushion or pillow, and the lid zips off and doubles as a fanny pack or sling bag. The whole thing weighs ten ounces and stuffs down to the size of an apple.