A worthy jacket with a built-in heating system, a camera bag by Wolffepack, wireless light ropes for the night show, a bottle opener unlike the others, and a shower that follows you anywhere. Prices below in USD.
Ravean Heated Jacket
Strolling out in frigid weather doesn’t mean you’re forced to dress like you’re on an expedition to the arctic, at least not if you’ve got gear like the Ravean Heated Jacket. Each is ultra light, filled with down, and fitted with a heating system that warms you up on the chest and back area as well as inside its hand pockets, letting you control both what parts of your body are heated as well as the intensity. It’s also compatible with Ravean’s battery-free and lightweight heated gloves which plug to the jacket for power. Don’t worry about water short circuiting the jacket, either: it’s very durable, completely washable, and water shedding as the outer materials are DWR treated to keep you dry. And as an added bonus, the jacket’s lithium polymer power pack can also recharge your phone, specced with enough juice to top up most smartphones five or six times.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $160+
Wolffepack Capture Camera Backpack
If nothing stands out to you about the Wolffepack Capture Camera Backpack in the above picture, take a closer look (hint: the rightmost guy right still has the shoulder straps on). Wolffepack’s patented expetoSYSTEM allows for lowering the bag quickly by simply unhooking a single release on the right shoulder strap, letting you then grab it and swing it around towards the front for full access without wasting time taking it off. If you need to really dig in there the bag’s hooks can latch onto the front of the shoulder straps so you can go at it with two hands. Other feature include thick padding, a microfibre-lined 15-inch laptop sleeve, a split level design that grants access to both the top and bottom contents of the bag separately, and an optional camera pod that properly shields your camera equipment from bumps and bruises.
Grab one at Kickstarter – roughly $130+
Luminoodle Color & Basecamp Light Ropes
Lamps are practical, but for lighting up larger areas with less directionality there’s Power Practical’s Luminoodle. Two new models — the Luminoodle Color & Basecamp — each improve on the original in various ways, notably in brightness, the ability to control color output, and the inclusion of both build-in controls on the cord as well as a wireless remote for full control without having to get up off your seat. The Color is 5 feet long and outputs 450 lumens while the Basecamp measures in at a full 20 feet long and gives off a blinding 3,000 lumens at the brightest setting, though both are dimmable for finding just the right setting. They’re also waterproof, include quick straps with steel plates for magnetically affixing your Luminoodle to ropes, tent poles, and more, and run on USB power packs like the Power Practical Pronto.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $19+ (Color) to $54+ (Basecamp)
Road Shower 2
One big deterrent for living a van life is the inevitable smell. But bathing doesn’t need to be seldom if your car is rigged with a Road Shower 2. Mount the aluminum tube to your roof rack, fill it with five gallons of water, pressurize it with an air compressor or a bicycle pump, then just drive. It’s devoid of electronics and instead heats up thanks to its black surface using just sunlight. An LCD thermometer displays water temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, and the water comes out as a pressurized stream from the garden hose-like spray head that’s equally fit for showering, doing the dishes, or rinsing off your surfboard.
Learn more at Road Shower – $300
Tactica One Pro
Remember the Tactica One? If its high tech polymer didn’t quite tickle your fancy you’ll be glad to know that they’re back with the Tactica One Pro bottle opener. Though every curve and line is identical to the original, the Pro is instead made of stainless steel and finished with sandblasting in either raw or matte black. It’s four times heftier than the original’s 20 grams and pops open bottles just as cleanly.
Learn more at Tactica Gear – roughly $36