Nothing’s more frenetic than the rat race of tech-driven gear. Like most product-first industries, it’s in a perpetual state of reinvention (read: build a mouse trap that’s better than anyone else!). But for the companies that are trying to survive in the shark-infested waters of constant competition and endless innovation that is technology, the ideas have to be cranked to 11. Here are some that are making waves, from a device that turns your cell phones into an off-the-grid communication system to the best damn way to make sure you’re always drinking safe water.
1. Tivoli Model One BT, $180; 2. goTenna Mesh, $179 (pre-order for $149); 3. Google Trips, Free; 4. Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro, $80; 5. MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter, $50 6. BioLite SolarPanel 10+, $130; 7. Snow Peak Hozuki Lantern 2.0, $100.
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Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).