10 cool outdoor gadgets for the weekend warrior

Here we showcase 10 cool gadgets for the outdoor enthusiast such as campers, walkers and climbers.

Video Camera - True HD Helmet Hero

As travel accessories go, a helmet camera isn't exactly essential...just very cool to have as the video below shows! The world’s first true 1080p HD wearable camera is here! Protected by a tough, waterproof housing, the HD Helmet Hero comes with a range of quick release mounts for easy and secure attachment to both vented and non-vented helmets.

Professional quality 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions record at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in 720p).

The HD Helmet Hero can also shoot hands-free, 5 megapixel photos automatically at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals, or set it to single shot, triple shot, or self timer for more traditional photo taking. This is a full blown professional-grade wearable camera at a consumer price.

GPS Map - GPS MAP 62s Mapping Bundle

Rugged and waterproof, the newly designed GPSMAP 62s employs a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception in challenging terrain. This fully featured navigator comes with a built-in worldwide shaded relief basemap, barometric altimeter and 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass so that you can navigate anywhere with ease. Adding additional mapping is made easy thanks to the unit’s large internal memory and expandable memory via the microSD card slot. Includes 1:50K OS Landranger maps for the whole of Great Britain.
  • Stores 2000 waypoints & 200 routes
  • Transflective, 65-K colour TFT screen
  • 1.7GB internal memory
  • Up to 20 hours battery life
  • microSD card expandable memory
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Tilt-compensating 3-axis electronic compass
  • Worldwide shaped relief basemap

Multi Tools - Skeletool CX

You never know when you'll need a knife or a wire cutter in the great outdoors so the skeletool cx is fantastic gadget to have on you. Muscular and sleek with all the tools an outdoor enthusiast could want, the new Skeletool CX weighs a mere 5 ounces/142 grams but manages to pack a real punch into it’s modern deconstructed shell.
  • 154CM Stainless Steel Clip-point Combo Straight/Serrated Knife
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Large Bit Driver
  • Bottle Opener
  • Carabiner Clip
  • INCLUDED BITS: Phillips #1 and #2 Bit, Screwdriver 3/16" and 1/4" Bit
  • DLC-coated Stainless Steel Handles with Carbon-fiber Handle Insert
  • Stainless Steel body
  • Outside-accessible Blade for One-handed Opening
  • All Locking Blades and Tools
  • Removable Pocket Clip
  • DLC Coating for Scratch Resistance
  • Nylon Sheath Sold Separately
  • 25-year Warranty

Solar Chargers - Powermonkey-eXtreme

Charging your gadget when miles away from the nearest plug has been an issue for those exploring the outdoors for years. However fear no more! The powermonkey-eXtreme is the more powerful and rugged big brother to the very successful and highly regarded powermonkey-eXplorer. With a massive 900mAh capacity Lithium Polymer battery and IPX7 rated – meaning it is waterproof for 30 minutes up to 1 meter – the rugged powermonkey-eXtreme is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travellers.

With both USB and DC port outputs it can charge the Apple iPad and other tablet computers as well as 5V devices. The powermonkey-eXtreme can be charged in three ways: via the universal mains charger, via the solar charger or via USB.

Candle Lantern - UCO Candle Lantern Silver

UCO are the original and still the best patented candle lantern, ideal for back country trekking, cycle camping, kayaking or at home in an emergency. They are very economical to run (less than 10p an hour), give a warm, morale boosting light source, will slightly raise the temperature on a cold night and even help to reduce condensation inside a tent. A spring powered tube pushes the candle up as it burns, keeping the flame at a constant height. Each candle burns cleanly and evenly for a minimum of 9 hours and the unit collapses down on itself protecting the glass globe making it very compact and well protected for transport.

Myo RXP Headlamp

Outdoor clothing choices are wide and varied depending on what you'll be doing, where you'll be going and the time of day you'll be out. As the sunsets and darkness comes you'll need some light and the easiest way is via a headlamp or headtorch. The new Myo RXP is the first Petzl headtorch that is regulated and programmable, allowing the user to choose the order of lighting levels and to precisely adapt light output.

To do this there are three lighting modes for each of which the user can select the power from among ten possible levels, from 8 to 140 lumens. Also features a boost mode (160 lumens), a flashing mode that can be programmed and a wide angled lens that offers the option of switching instantly from a focused to a wide flood beam.


For those who don't want a headlamp but a small torch you can fit in your pocket then look no further than the Mag-lite XL 100. A revolutionary breakthrough in flashlight technology, the XL100 delivers user-friendly, performance orientated features in a sleek design. Featuring the next generation of Maglite LED technology and incorporating their ‘Advanced Flashlight User Interface’ this powerful torch features 5 selectable modes and motion control variable power levels.
  • Max Lumens: 104
  • Powered by 3x AAA alkaline batteries

Water Purifying - SteriPen Adventurer Opti

If you are outdoors for many days you well need some form of water purifying and the SteriPen Adventurer Opti offers the ultimate in fast, convenient water purification. Compact and lightweight (103g including batteries) the SteriPen Opti is easy to pack and ensures you’ll always have access to safe drinking water. SteriPen creates ultraviolet light that disrupts the DNA of microbes in seconds. Without functional DNA, microbes can’t reproduce or make you sick. Simply press the button to activate, place in clear water and stir until light turns green (48 seconds for 0.5L/90 seconds for 1L). Effective against bacteria, protozoa and viruses.

Waterproof Cases - Whanganui Electronics Case Large

You'll no doubt have a mobile phone or ipod of some description that you will want to keep safe from the elements whilst outdoors. For protecting your gadgets in any weather, these different sized cases are fully waterproof and if accidentally dropped in water, they will safely float while you figure out how to retrieve them! The large case has been designed for iPads, but is also a perfect way to protect and carry all sorts of essentials; the small case is wide enough for bulkier phones, PDA’s and most handled GPS receivers; and the mini case is perfect for iPhone and other streamlined electronic devices.

2 Way Radios - Motorola T5 Twin Pack

Communication is important, especially for those in remote places so a 2 way radio is recommended. Always at the forefront of mobile communication, Motorola have set the bench mark in two-way radios for more than a decade. Building on the strengths of their iconic designs, Motorola have again moved the goal posts and introduced the T5. Strikingly different to their predecessors the T5s feature a new loop aerial providing improved reception and increased range. With an intuitive menu, clear display and shock plus water resistant housing, this has to be the definitive outdoor communication tool.

Pack Contents: 2 x Radios, 2 x Rechargeable battery packs, twin drop in charger, charger power supply, 2 x belt clips, manual and safety leaflet.
  • Range 7km (depending on terrain and atmospherics).
  • Scan
  • Vox and iVox
  • Auto squelch
  • Channel monitor
  • Stopwatch
  • Room monitor
  • Auto power off
  • Battery save
  • Sleep function
  • Time out timer
  • 8 channels and 121 codes
  • Battery Life: NiMH - 16 hours, 3 x AA - 24 Hours