Forget about buying bottled water with the Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter, a two-inch micro knife by JHO Knives, sleep right (and off the ground) in a KampRite Double TentCot, and Sword & Plough’s new bag made of repurposed surplus military fabrics.
Large knives may be more functional overall but chances are you’re more likely to carry a micro knife around on a daily basis for reasons of practicality. That said, most are too small to use safely, and that’s where JHO Knives’ The Nug stands out. At just two inches long and with unassuming looks it’s perfect to slip into a pocket alongside keys or a wallet. It’s solidly built of G5 titanium, fitted with a heat treated S35VN 0.71-inch steel blade, and features a hole to slide a finger through for solidifying your grip so it won’t slip and slice you. The short blade sits on a ball bearing pivot and can be discreetly opened in a pocket, though the closed Nug works to protect your knuckles if used for protection un-deployed. Available in black, satin (shown), stone washed, and two tone.
Learn more at JHO Knives – $150+
KampRite Double TentCot
Setting up your tent on perfectly flat, comfortable ground is great, if you can find any. The KampRite Double TentCot makes its own thanks to a sturdy, four-legged frame that puts 11-inches of clearance between the earth and the base of the tent, eliminating rockiness, moisture, and keeping out snakes and rodents. It’s taller than a queen sized bed and just about as wide, fitting two campers comfortably, and the tent is made of 420-denier nylon with no-see-um insect-resistant mesh windows and doors that maintain a view (and air circulation) without letting any bugs in. Also included is a rain fly for storms and the like.
Available in several other sizes as well. Grab one at Amazon – US$200
Sword & Plough Packs
Discarding well-made, durable military gear fabrics is always regrettable. Sword & Plough’s mission is to reverse this trend by repurposing surplus military fabrics, including parachutes, canvas tents, Gore-Tex sleeping bags and more, into handsome vintage-styled bags (tote, messenger and ruck sacks) plus iPad and iPhone sleeves. Otherwise, the bags are accented with Colorado eco-leather and sport slight variations in their repurposed materials, making each bag a unique piece with a rich backstory that’s left entirely to the imagination.
Visit Kickstarter for more – $40 to $270
Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter
Get your water from anywhere — not just fountains and faucets — with the Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter. An integrated 0.2 micron microfilter clears water flowing to the spout of effectively all bacteria as well as 99.9% of protozoa, ensuring your water is clean, taste-free, and won’t make you sick (at least in North America). The 1 litre bottle has a soft bottom, letting you squeeze to force the water through, and both halves are dishwasher safe for a thorough clean, but you’ll need to take the filter — which has a 1,000 litre lifespan — out first.
Grab one at Amazon – $50 US