A new instant camera by Leica for $300 US, a storage tube by VSSL, travel well with the modular luggage by Bugaboo, and hit the water with the Hammocraft.
VSSL Mini Cache
VSSL are masters at packing lots of functionality into compact tubes, as we judge by their existing gear. The VSSL Mini Cache is no exception, though you’ll have to fill the tube yourself. The cache doubles as a three-mode portable LED lantern and boasts a compass on its carabiner-equipped end cap. Unscrew the cap and there’s room for a few VSSL modules, which for example include a wire saw, first aid supplies, fishing gear, Tinder Quik fire starts, Aquatabs for water purification, and many more — though none are included. Alternately, just fill it with whatever else fits.
Learn more at VSSL – $65
Leica Sofort Instant Camera
The Polaroid of old may be dead, but the Leica Sofort Instant Camera is a sign that somebody thinks this quick shooting, quick developing photography niche isn’t. It’s neither cheap nor unaffordable but dropping down three hundred on this compact camera nets you the ability to set the focusing distance manually and a variety of shooting modes that include automatic, sport, action, macro, and a self-timer with two different delays, with the chosen settings displayed on a narrow black & white LCD screen on the back. It’ll work with both color and monochrome Instax Mini instant films, includes a flash that can be set to on/off/auto, and sports a small rectangular mirror in front (directly above the lens) for properly framing selfies.
Learn more at Leica – $300
Bugaboo Boxer Luggage
Building strollers is conducive to designing luggage systems, as Bugaboo’s Boxer Luggage demonstrates — and it’s just as feature packed as their premium baby carriers. A four-wheeled system makes the set easy to both pull like a traditional wheeled suitcase or push it in front of you for quick maneuvering, and its two large wheels fold in when the wide-grip handlebar is pushed all the way in (the smaller front wheels fold in and out in an equally clever, lever-powered way). The system is modular, allowing the chassis to work with both the black cabin case and the larger white travel case, and the two cases clip together to make running through a crowded airport a touch easier. Also included are a liner in the luggage that doubles as a daypack and a slim organizer to keep your laptop, passport, phone, and other gadgets within close reach.
Learn more at Bugaboo – $1,030 to $1,490
Nothing’s more relaxing than lying on a hammock, unless it’s floating aimlessly on a still lake. Or a combination of the two with Hammocraft (and a couple of cold ones). Available in a series of kits that include a bare-bones frames to be rigged to your existing floatable devices all the way to a full raft, all Hammocraft have the same philosophy in mind: chill, paddle, or do what you want while floating, but do it from a hammock alongside friends. Up to five hammocks can be slung across the standard aluminum and stainless steel frame, and even the basic kit comes with straps and buckles to attach to your two watercraft, whether they’re sit-on-top kayaks or stand-up paddle boards.
Learn more at Hammocraft – $995+ US