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BioLite SolarHome 620

Monday, August 7th, 2017

At the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, BioLite gave everyone a sneak peek of their new SolarHome 620 system. It consists of control box, 6w solar panel, motion sensor security light and two ceiling mounted lights. Designed to produce household power for off-the-grid dwelllings in India and West Africa, it will work just as well for those who have hunting cabins, DIY van campers and have to set up regularly in austere areas.

The heart if this system is this control box which not only gives real-time feedback on power, but also serves as an light, MP3 player and terrestrial radio.

They’ve already deployed thousands of these systems in emerging markets, and they plan to launch it here in the Spring. However, a limited run of 500 will be offered in November. Based on the existing deployments of the SolarHome 620, the World Bank has issued this spec sheet which gives some realistic performance data.

www.bioliteenergy.com

Gerber Introduces New Fishing Collection Built For The Adventure Angler

Monday, July 31st, 2017

We recently had a chance to check out this new fishing line of tools from Gerber during last week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We already showed you one product. Now, here’s an overview of the whole line.

PORTLAND, OREGON – GERBER, an industry-leading manufacturer of personal knives, multi-tools, and gear, announced today that it will debut a category-defining collection of fishing products at iCAST 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The first look comes ahead of the spring 2018 launch date, when the collection becomes available for purchase nationwide.
For a new breed of fishing, a new generation of tools. Hardcore anglers need tools that work even harder. Tools that take them beyond the beaten path, beyond self-imposed limits, beyond anything and everything that stands in their way. Gerber introduces a new line of multi-functional fishing products that outfit the angler from the trek in, to the catch, to the victorious journey home. These tools are purpose-built for the adventure to extend the experience anywhere and everywhere the angler dares to tread.

“Gerber is known for reimagining the common tool and delivering intuitive, multi-functional gear.” said Andrew Gritzbaugh, Vice President of Marketing at Gerber. “This new collection of fishing products is rooted in Gerber’s extensive experience developing problem-solving products for users in expeditionary environments – from US Soldiers in Afghanistan to Elk Hunters in Montana. This new fishing collection will serve the experienced angler by providing intelligent design, insightful material combinations, and progressive new technologies that will enable them to venture farther and fish beyond.”

The new collection features 12 multi-functional tools that are painstakingly designed and tested, because if it’s taking up space in a kayak, on an ATV, or inside a vest, it better be worth it. Do more and go farther while taking up less space – explore a few leading products.

LINEDRIVER Line Management Multi-tool

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Keep the line in the water. The compact, dual-ended LineDriver has everything needed to simplify line management: one end rotates to quickly tie knots and clear eyelets, the other end features a crimper, hook threader, and scissor snips. A pocket clip and tether point keep the tool secured for easy access. 

MAGNIPLIERS 7.5” Pliers


Get a grip on the unexpected. Swift power is on hand with the durable, hot-forged Magnipliers. The ergonomic trigger grip is offset to keep line of sight in tight places, while the finger choil offers maximum control. The thumb lock and ambidextrous tether points ensure safe stowage and transport while on the move. [Pictured on the Defender Tether.]

PROCESSOR Take-A-Part Shears

Whether on the boat or the shore, you need a tool that can do it all. The Processor Take-A-Part Shears work as a cohesive unit and as independent tools; creativity and control collide in this revolutionary design.

Controller Fillet Knife System [6”, 8”, 10”]

Make short work of messy business. The Controller Fillet Knife System is designed for clean, smooth cuts with a flexible blade that provides just the right amount of give. The intuitive GuideFins™ & tactile HydroTread Grip™ offer ultimate control of the knife, even in slippery conditions.

FreeHander Line Management Tool [Nipper]

The FreeHander lives up to its name, offering one-hand engagement when cutting and securing line. The wide paddle design gives intuitive purchase in cold or wet conditions, and moveable parts provide a custom fit. Optimized for use with Mono & Fluorocarbon line.

Neat Freak Braided Line Cutters

Don’t get caught in the fray; cutting with precision was a key design influence of the Neat Freak Braided Line Cutters. Micro serrated blades partner with BearHand Control™ to deliver ergonomic confidence in hand.

Gutsy Compact Processing Tool [Solid State]

When the tacklebox isn’t a reality, the slim Gutsy is an on-the-go solution that is ready when opportunity strikes. Designed to be efficiently stored and intuitively used, this solid state tool offers 4 essential functions to get the job done.

Defender Tether [Large]


The Defender Tether offers a carabiner designed to fit on-finger for intuitive control and a patented line vise on each side for secure tension relief. Line is protected by an override lock-out system, and the tool is easily carried on straps, belts, or waders w/ a wide-body flexible clip.
*also available in Compact size, features differ slightly

ORSM 17 – The Muncher From Full Windsor

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Full Windsor came to OR Summer Market all the way from Leeds in the UK to offer their multifunction tools. This is the Muncher, a titanium spork that includes much more.

Features:
• Spork
• Serrated butter knife
• Can opener
• Bottle opener
• Peeler
• Fire starter
• Cord cutter
• Pry-bar
• Box cutter
• Flathead screwdriver

Additionally, the Muncher comes in a Hypalon sheath and is packaged with a Ferro rod for fire starting.

www.full-windsor.com

ORSM 17 – Disruptive Shadow Technology by SLUMBERJACK

Friday, July 28th, 2017

There are currently for garments in the Slumberjack DST line; the waterproof breathable Windage Jacket and Pant, Incog Jacket made with Dridown and the insulated Grit Jacket.

www.slumberjack.com

ORSM 17 – Gerber Anchor Line

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Gerber introduced a whopping 14 new tools for the fisherman at OR Summer Market. They were all impressive and while a few may be crossover products to the tactical market, I thought the Anchor Line was a great place to start.

Built in two sizes, Small and Large, the retractable, 36" or 48" Dyneema lanyard can be extended and locked in place in a couple of ways (tip control and line vise). The Anchor Line can be secured to your person via a belt mount, which should adapt well to PALS webbing, lanyard hole or threaded pin.

If you are a fisherman, I highly recommend you check out the whole line once it hits the market.

www.gerbergear.com

ORSM 17 – NEMO Equipment Introduces STARGAZE Recliners

Friday, July 28th, 2017

As soon as I pulled into the NEMO Equipment booth I had a desire to sit down, in one of their new STARGAZE Recliners. Offered in three styles, they are like a chair had a baby with a hammock. You can sit, recline, or swing in any of these models.

This is the STARGAZE Recliner Luxury. This model features a high back and will recline into a very comfortable position. The aluminum frame and hubs, go together quickly. Combined with the nylon waterproof mesh construction, it will support up to 400 lbs. However, it weighs 6 lbs, 12 oz, so you aren't packing this around. Offered in Graphite (shown) and Birch Leaf Green.

Both the STARGAZE and STARGAZE LITE features the same look, but both have a lower back than the Luxury model. They are lighter at 5 lbs, 11 oz and 5 lbs, 3 oz respectively but only support 300 lbs. The difference is because the Huns ar molded plastic, rather than machined aluminum.

Finally, all three chairs incorporate drink holders. Coming Jan 2018.

www.nemoequipment.com

ORSM 17 – Hilleberg Mesh Tent 1

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

This is Hilleberg's Mesh Tent 1. This one-man shelter is a bath tub design with mesh upper to keep the bugs out. It can be used alone or with a tarp in inclement weather and weighs just 410 g / 14.5 oz and is 83" long. The tapered design is wider at the opening end at 47" and tapers down to 28". Likewise, it is 37" tall at the opening and tapers to 22" at the foot.

us.hilleberg.com

ORSM 17 – Goal Zero Venture 70

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

I’ve been using the Goal Zero Venture 30 as a backup power supply for my phone and iPad since it came out. At OR, I got my first look at the new Venture 70. At 66.9 Wh, this 17,700mAh Power Pack not only offers more than double the power of my Venture 30, but it’s also waterproof to IPX67 standards. Additionally, the Venture 70 features a light bar charge indicator as well as two USB ports capable of 2.4A at the same time.

www.goalzero.com