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Best gadgets for the great outdoors

Published: 7:36AM Wednesday December 02, 2009 Source: Breakfast

The camping season is nearly upon us, and what could be more fun than getting outdoors to try out the latest gear? Ben Gracewood looks at some gadgets for camping and hiking.

Item: Handpresso portable espresso maker
Price: $239
Where to buy: Various stockists as listed here
Rating: 3 / 5
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 is 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
Where to buy: Bivouac stores
Rating: 5 / 5
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: $69.00
Where to buy: All good photo stores, Harvey Norman / Norman Ross, Auto 1, JA Russell, Hunting & Fishing
Rating: 4 / 5
Joby have been making their Gorillapod camera tripod for a few years, and now they have 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
Where to buy: Bivouac stores
Rating: 5 / 5
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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