Video: Camping/Tramping Gadgets

Here’s a run-down of the camping gadgets we covered on TVNZ Breakfast this morning. Feel free to ask any questions or post comments, and click below for the video:

Camping Gadgets Video

Item: Handpresso portable espresso maker
Price: $239
Rating: 4 / 5
Info: If you can’t stand the thought of a few nights in the wild without a good coffee, the Handpresso portable espresso maker is for you. Completely human-powered, all you need are some boiling water and a couple of pre-filled coffee pods. Fill it with boiling water, and pump it up like a bike pump to your preferred pressure. I couldn’t get it to produce a decent crema, but the taste was perfectly acceptable for coffee in the wilds.
Item: MSR Reactor Windproof Stove
Price: $399
Rating: 5 / 5
Info: The MSR Reactor comes in a compact package fitting everything inside a single pot. The stove burns incredibly hot, but the radiant burner design means most of that heat goes into your pot, where other stoves will be blowing in the wind. The result is blisteringly fast boiling water, which also means you need to carry a whole lot less fuel. The Reactor can boil 22 litres of water where other stoves will burn through their fuel boiling 10.
Item: Joby Gorillatorch
Price: $69
Rating: 4 / 5
Info: Joby have been making their Gorillapod camera tripod for a few years, and now they’ve turned to torches. The super-flexible legs allow you to stand it up anywhere, or wrap it around a branch or tent pole for area illumination. The Gorillatorch is equally at home in your camping kit or under the bonnet of your car: the magnetic feet are perfect for mounting it anywhere on the car while you work.
Item: iPood
Price: $39.90
Rating: 5 / 5
Info: This incredibly compact collapsible camp trowel is super-light. You’ll hardly feel it weighing down your backpack, and when you need to “shed some more weight” it comes in very handy.

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