Rand McNally fabMAP

Take a microfiber lens cloth and print a map on it. That’s essentially what Rand McNally did with its fabMAP products, a cartographical collection featuring…

Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra

Waterproof-breathable boots are nothing new in the outdoors industry. But Hi-Tec has partnered with a U.K.-based defense company on its latest leather boots to incorporate…

Gear Review — Buddy-Board

“Is your life worth 30 seconds?” That’s the question posed by Buddy-Board LLC on the packaging of its namesake product, a dry-erase board made for…

SteriPEN JourneyLCD Review

I spent part of last evening zapping helpless microorganisms swimming in tepid water. But it’s ok, the little suckers were trying to make me sick.…

MSNBC — Big Game Fishing

I rarely write about fishing. But Forbes approached me last month wanting a story on a niche within the fishing world — so-called big game…

SPOT Satellite Messenger

I blogged on this last week in my OR Show wrap-up, but the PLB-like device deserves a bit more attention. Indeed, the SPOT Satellite Messenger…

$800 Fishing Waders

Before today, I had no idea that $800 fishing waders were in the realm of the possible. But Simms Fishing Products of Bozeman, Mont., can…

Hikin’ the Ice Age Trail

Check out my story in today’s (Friday, Oct. 27) New York Times on the Ice Age Trail, a National Scenic Trail established by Congress in…

Mora knives

More than 100 years ago, in the rural Swedish village of Ostnor, just outside of the well-known town of Mora, a knifesmith named Erik Frost…

The Thumb Compass Review

The thumb compass is a funny little esoteric piece of gear that’s slowly earned my respect over the past few months. I was first introduced…

Brunton SolarRoll Review

Brunton’s SolarRoll products are flexible plastic sheets with embedded solar paneling made for powering electronic equipment deep in the wilderness. The rolls weigh less than…

ACR Survival Gear

ACR Electronics, a 48-year-old company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., likes to credit itself with saving more than 10,000 lives over the years. Indeed, its…

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