Top Gadget Picks SS16
Our Equipment Buyer Dave has selected his favourite new gadgets for spring/summer 2016. You’ll find everything from the latest in GPS watches to lanterns that charge your gadgets and a stove straight out of the fires of the Dragons’ Den. So whether you’re looking for gift ideas for a gadget lover, or you want to take your outdoor passions to a higher tech level, read on for inspiration.
Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire HR Performer Bundle
The latest and greatest incarnation of the Fenix 3 pushes the boundaries of wristworn technology even further. With enhanced functions for outdoors and sports, the HR edition now boasts LED wrist heart rate monitoring enabling more complete monitoring of fitness. Wearers can now take a measurement without wearing a chest strap, for example on waking in the morning, to include resting pulse. The Performer Bundle includes the HRM-Run chest strap which gives the wearer access to a fascinating array of data for runners including ground contact time, stride length and vertical ratio. All this power is packed into a sleek, stylish and rugged watch with scratch resistant Sapphire Lens and smart watch notifications.
The new Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System brings efficient regulator technology to a stove that is perfect for lightweight, solo backpacking and travel. Weighing just 340 grams, the stove uses flux ring technology to produce powerful, efficient and highly controllable heat. The regulator enables performance in cold temperatures and at high altitudes and the stove includes the convenience of a push-button ignitor. All this technology is packed into a neat, light and packable unit.
Black Diamond Spot 200 Lumen Headtorch
Small yet powerful, the Black Diamond Spot 200 Lumen is amazingly bright and can be applied to most night-time outdoor activities. IPX-8 rated meaning that this headtorch is fully waterproof even under submersion, it has multiple light settings including a red light for minimal impact on your night vision, a strobe function and dimming for increased battery life of up to 200 hours.
Suunto Ambit3 Vertical HR GPS Watch
Whether you run, pedal, walk, climb or ski, the hills and mountains offer the variety and spice that pervades many of our outdoor adventures. The Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical is all about the ‘vertical experience’ enabling you to track changes in elevation and providing a plethora of functions to aid your training. Route altitude profiles, elevation summary views and real-time hill incline data are all available on demand and can be used as powerful training aids on the ever popular Suunto software ‘Movescount’. If you’re a hill sports enthusiast this is the GPS watch for you.
Take your activity tracking to the next level with the Fitbit’s new Blaze smartwatch. This striking watch takes what Fitbit do best (precise and unobtrusive activity tracking) and adds smart watch connectivity for calendar, call, text and email notifications. With a simple to use touch screen, interchangeable bands and frames, and customisable clock faces, the Blaze is equally at home monitoring your activity around the office as it is giving detailed workout information in the gym or on the trail. The Blaze has wrist based heart rate monitoring without the need for a chest strap and connected GPS through your phone. Once you it’s on your wrist, you won’t want to take the Blaze off!
Mora Bushcraft Knife Black
A tough all rounder for all your bushcraft needs, the Mora Bushcraft Black has a super tough 3.2mm thick carbon steel blade designed to hold its edge and has a coated blade to protect against corrosion. The reverse of the blade works perfectly with a firesteel and it comes with a plastic sheath with belt loop. Mora have been making top quality knives for over a century and the bushcraft black is a fine example.
The Tegstove, as featured on Dragons’ Den, received the backing of Peter Jones CBE and uses some really exciting technology to make the humble camping stove so much more. The Tegstove has an internal lithium battery which you can mains charge before your trip, or charge simply by lighting the stove. Using inexpensive butane 220 cartridges the stove uses a thermoelectric generator to recharge mobile devices such as smart phones, GPS devices and tablets. The innovation doesn’t stop there either, a heat transfer module gently warms the cannister to maintain constant pressure at a variety of temperatures making the Tegstove highly efficient.
Black Diamond Moji Charging Station Lantern
The Moji Lantern is a super-bright 250 lumen camping lantern which doubles as a charging station for mobile devices via a USB port. The compact unit emits 360 degree light source whilst the frosted globe provides ambient light that is much easier on the eye and belies the powerful light which has a dimming facility. At 430 grams the lantern is remarkably light and packable and provides peace of mind that you can power up your handheld electrical devices.
Expertly picked by
Dave Housley, Equipment Buyer
Our Equipment Buyer, Dave Housley, has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for over 30 years and has amassed a wealth of knowledge about outdoor kit. His favourite outdoor pursuit is currently mountain biking but he has also climbed and travelled in the Alps, the USA and Nepal and more recently visited a number of active volcanos just for fun.