It has now been an official week since the Summer Outdoor Retail Show and we have we have our report of four items that impressed us. The cool thing is that three of these items are super small, lightweight and have the potential so save your butt. Here are the highlights:
One of the coolest little pieces of equipment we spotted was the NanoStyrker by Exotac. This little unit is a compact fire starter produced by a precision engineer. Some of the features we like about the NanoStryker was it’s size and weight. This thing is less then 4″ in length and well under an ounce of weight. It has a nice anodized aluminum body, a little key ring which is the striking tool. The striking rod is waterproof and made of ferrocerium and magnesium and burns at 5500 F degrees. Finally the developer of this product was thinking when he designed the striking rod to be replaceable – innovative, made in the USA little tool.
The only thing that bugged us was that the strike handle is really small and could be hard to grip properly if your hands are wet, dirty or wearing a glove.
Innovation seemed to be the trend of the majority of the products we saw. A new fly rod called the Fikkes takes on the idea of being a two-in-one. The Fikkes Fly Hiker converts from a solid trekking pole to a fly rod. The Fikkes is an adjustable carbon pole designed by Gary Loomis, from the FIkkes Web site:
“When fishing, the middle section of the Trekking Pole is removed. The handle + lower section of the pole combine into the butt section of the Fly Rod. The other 2 (3ft) pieces live inside the pole while trekking”
Definitely a cool idea with space saving potential.
Now a little potty talk. We have all been there, you are driving on a stretch of long road where the next pit stop is 50 miles away or the convenience of a clean toilet is just not an option. C’mon guys you know this is a big deal for the ladies. Well here comes the Pee-Wee Urine Bag by CleanWaste. The Pee-Wee is friendly for the environment, super convenient, biodegradable and one bag can handle up to 24 oz. or use the gelling, deodorizing PooPowder for solid waste. It seals well with a tight snap, just be sure not to pack a full bag next to your saw-tooth knife.
The nice thing about this product is you can throw a few in the gloovebox, emergency bag or in any small place. Check out their Web site for more information.
The last little cool product we saw was an elastomer patch that can be used to repair nylon or fabric. It is called tear-aid and is a super tough, the rep showed us a piece that had been holding together for ten years. We gave it a pull trying to yank it a part with no luck, the sucker held tight. It is designed to stretch and the Web site says that the Tear-aid is good for:
canvas, leather, rubber, nylon, most plastics, paints, aluminum, stainless steel, fiberglass, polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, vinyl and vinyl coated.
I tried a sample on the roof fabric in my car and it may not be the right kind of fabric for the tear-aid because it is not sticking to it real well. We did get samples to try on vinyl and plastic which we intend to put to the test. I am hopeful that it will be a nice addition to my bike field repair kit. And I threw a couple in the emergency car pack as well as my backpacking bag. the Tear-aid is another one of those small items that has many uses and could go along way.
That wraps up our quick and dirty of the OR show. We will bring more in-depth reviews of other product we came across, maybe even a couple of these items mentioned.