Greatest Gear For 2015: ‘Best In Show’ Awards (part II) At Outdoor Retailer

Most Rugged Recharger — Powerful, small, water resistant, and resilient to almost anything in the outdoors… Goal Zero brings a new standard in portable power with its Venture 30. In the hand it feels solid, including a body that is sealed and ultrasonically welded.

The company cites the “wrapping and sealing” process used on the USB ports has never been done — it requires no rubber plugs on the ports and makes them so water resistant that you can spray the unit off if it gets muddy on a mission.

Enough electricity is stored inside to recharge a GoPro five times (or an iPhone up to three times). Any device that links to USB ports or micro-USB is compatible, and you can connect two gadgets at once.

Available this fall from Goal Zero for $99.99 (or $169.95 sold with the company’s Nomad 7 Solar Panel).

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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