SHOT Show 2016: Cool Outdoor Camping ProductsPosted in Product Reviews on March 21, 2016
Camping and 4x4s go together like cops and robbers. We’re always looking for cool and useful gear to simplify our lives when thriving outdoors. To find it, sometimes you have to think a little outside the box. In this case, we didn’t have to look far. We headed to the 2016 SHOT (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, held every January. The SHOT show is full of new firearms, knives, tactical gear, and more. Unfortunately, the show is not open to the public, so we flashed our media credentials (which usually can’t even get us a cup of soup) to get inside and take a look at the latest outdoor offerings. Here are some of the gems that we found.
Nissan introduced a whole range of genuine Nissan add-on accessories designed specifically for the Titan XD and outdoor enthusiasts. The new products include lockable watertight bed storage boxes, water-resistant seat covers, a lockable rear seat cargo organizer, a sliding bed divider, and this large bed tent.
Need to charge your electronics while in the sticks? The BioLite BaseCamp cooktop converts heat energy from burning sticks and bits of wood into usable electricity via a thermoelectric generator. It produces 5 watts that charges an integrated lithium-ion battery. The generated electricity also powers a fan to ensure a clean and full combustion of the fuel. Surplus electricity is sent to a USB charging port. The stove features a cook area that fits eight burgers, a USB light, a bucket carry handle, folding legs, and more.
The Yeti Tank beverage tub is available in two sizes and provides easy access to cold drinks at your next family gathering, fish fry, or tailgate party. Yeti Tanks are insulated and said to keep ice much longer than standard coolers. The giant Yeti Tank 85 is a 20.6-gallon monster that’s just as armored as other Yeti coolers. It can hold 60 longneck bottles, 96 cans, 1 keg, 51 blue crabs, 98 slices of watermelon, 20 gallons of trash can punch, or 2 bushels of oysters. The smaller Tank 45 will keep 56 cans or a small quarter keg. Each Yeti Tank is rotomolded and features military-grade nylon handles. An optional lid is also available.
TMS Outdoors specializes in bringing battlefield-tested medical technology and gear to your local hunting and 4x4 playground. These are more than simple emergency kits. The company offers professional-grade emergency products and trauma kits to help stabilize everything from bullet wounds to minor injuries. Each kit includes the same one-handed tourniquet used by the U.S. Army Green Berets, Navy SEALS, NYPD, and LAPD, just to name a few.
Zippo now offers a large 12 Hour Hand Warmer available in blaze orange, high-polish chrome, Realtree camo, or black. Each pocket-sized furnace features a new and improved refilling process so you can use them on your outdoor adventures for years to come. Each warmer is said to provide up to 12 hours of consistent heat and is designed to fit easily in any pocket.
Voodoo Tactical showcased many different sized MOLLE-style bags and pouches that would be great for storing tools, spare parts, and other gear that gets packed away in your 4x4. The company also offers a full line of outdoor gear including knives, boots, flashlights, clothing, sub-zero sleeping bags, and more.
Need to keep your gear dry and dirt-free in an open-top 4x4? Watershed may be able to help. The company offers many different dry-storage bags. Each bag is said to be made from abrasion-resistant fabric designed to withstand years of UV exposure, temperature extremes, and possible exposure to fuels and chemicals. Radio frequency waves are applied to all seams under intense pressure, creating a fused bond. Bags are sealed with a patented airtight waterproof closure system. Each and every bag is inspected to ensure that it is 100 percent leak proof. Mil-spec webbing, hardware, and stitching complete the details.
The Mopar RamBox Holster is designed to fit inside the locked, lighted, and sealed RamBox exterior bins on Ram trucks. The RamBox Holster cradles two rifles with scopes or two shotguns. It can be rotated 90 degrees to hold up to six fishing rods with reels. Guns are held in place with elastic retention straps and flexible ribs. Fishing rods are held in place by slots and retention flaps. The rack can be installed in either the driver- or passenger-side RamBox.
Mechanix Wear offers durable thin-palmed gloves designed for shooting and other tactical scenarios. The malleable synthetic leather makes your fingers more functional than with other bulky gloves. Several different new colors and designs are available. The newest gloves are Wolf Grey and Woodland with a camouflage pattern. Some gloves, like the M-Pact series, even feature extra knuckle impact protection.
TruckVault offers several secure storage solutions for many different types of vehicles, including this lockable pickup bed-mounted unit. There are lots of options and upgrades available so you can customize the product to your liking. The company also manufactures custom-built products to fit any application. Each TruckVault comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
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Safariland introduced a new adhesive product for the police and military markets with its Ultra-Strong Tape. It’s made from Dyneema GT 60 material and is said to be fifteen times stronger than existing general duct tape products. The heavy-duty tape offers high UV resistance and a high strength-to-weight ratio. It’s designed specifically for law enforcement and defense applications such as restraining suspects, enhancing safety during explosives or ordnance disposal, emergency towing or hitching, and securing heavy loads so you should be able to find lots of uses for it on your 4x4.
If you like oven cooking, Camp Chef can help you do it in the outback with the Deluxe Outdoor Oven. It’s designed to be portable and versatile, yet is said to provide the heat necessary to cook anything from a breakfast skillet to baked breads and cookies. The oven is said to reach temperatures up to 400 degrees and will fit a 9x13-inch pan. It’s fueled by a 1-pound propane bottle that is said to allow the oven to hold a temperature of up to 350 degrees for up to 7 hours.
The Renovo Trio water filter provides drinking water wherever you have a fresh water source. It features a pre-filter, a hollow fiber membrane, and an activated carbon filter, which is said to provide a filtration rating of 0.05 microns. The Trio is said to remove 99.99 percent of bacteria, protozoa, chemicals, and even some viruses. It meets or exceeds EPA standards. It’s about 7 inches long, weighs less than 3 1/2 ounces and comes packaged in a hermetically sealed bag that is said to extend the life of the filter. The Trio can be used inline with a hydration bladder, as a straw from the source, screwed to the top of a bottle, or as a gravity filter.
Great Day introduced the Center-Lok Overhead Gun Rack for full-size crew cab pickups with center doorposts. The rack employs a patented opposing forces installation system, which is said to lock the gun rack solidly into place in a matter of minutes. There is no drilling, screws, or bolts required. No alterations to the roof are necessary for installation. The Center-Lok Gun Rack positions guns against the headliner of the truck, providing headroom for the driver and passengers. Guns are held in cushioned, moldable gun clips with Velcro straps and adjust independently to different size guns.
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If you like shish kabob meals but hate packing the required gear to fit them on a small cooktop, the Fire Wire flexible grilling skewer may be what you need. The Flexible Fire Wire allows you to marinate foods right on the wire, inside the bag, without having to handle the food multiple times. They hold twice as much food as traditional skewers. The design is said to allow it to remain cool to the touch so it can be turned or removed from the grill without the use of other tools. Each Flexible Fire Wire is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The UST Camp Kitchen FlexWare can be collapsed nearly flat to store more easily in a tight space. Products include bowls, a bucket, coffee drip, cup, mug, and even a sealable bottle. Camp Kitchen FlexWare is made of heat-resistant and flexible food-grade silicone that is said to withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees. The dishes are dishwasher and microwave safe and come with a two-year limited warranty. UST Brands
Tired of sleeping on an overly stiff or freezing cold sleeping pad? The Klymit Insulated Static V might be what you need. The Insulated Static V is a lightweight camping pad with a V-chamber design, which is said to limit air movement and heat loss and increase comfort. The pad is claimed to inflate quick in only 10-15 breaths. Other features include an R-Value of 4.4 and side rails that keep you on the pad. It’s said to be designed to work for ground, cot, or hammock sleeping.