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by Soo Kim, The Daily Telegraph, June 24, 2016
Weighing 1.2kg, the lightweight Lazy Lounger is said to be highly portable and can be inflated in seconds with no pump needed. The lounger can also be compressed and rolled into a small carry bag, making it highly portable for various activities from festivals and camping to beach trips. Made of a “super strong ripstop nylon fabric”, it can be used on varied terrain on mountains, in water, over rocks, sand, stones and grass.
Tent stove and oven
This mini wood fire stove and oven allows food lovers to enjoy the festival and camping experience without having to compromise on the fresh quality of their cuisine. The device is used inside your tent, either as a standalone stovetop or with a detachable oven placed over it, fuelled by a roaring fire within an enclosed chamber. Its Danish designer, Orland, aimed to build a stove that would burn just as long as a regular stove, as well as create a warm and cosy campfire feel within the tent.
Orland Mobile hammock
Made with built-in folding steel frames, this portable hammock from Outwell requires no assembling and is said to open and fold in seconds, ideal for having a kip between gigs at a festival or camping and beach trips.
Outwell's Summer HammockCredit: cotswoldoutdoor.com
Get your light and power from the same source with the Moji Charging Station Lantern, which charges up to three electronic devices via a USB port while providing a maximum of 250 lumens (a 14m viewing range). Its rechargeable battery runs for 50 hours and its brightness can be adjusted using a dimming switch.
Black Diamond Self-sufficient trailer pods
If you don't mind a splurge and can't part with the luxury of your own private space, these environmentally friendly, self-sufficient eco-pods, which can apparently be towed on a trailer or shipped anywhere in the world, could transform the way you experience the outdoors. The egg-shaped Ecocapsules, designed by Slovakian design firm Nice Architects can house two people for a year off the grid ("without a need to recharge and re-supply" according to the group's website), with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water and hot food.
Powered by 2.6m 2 of solar panels and a 750w retractable wind turbine, the small pods are designed to capture and store rainwater, made drinkable by its built-in filter system. There is also a kitchenette, toilet and shower and work/dining area.
The interior of the Ecocapsule
Measuring 2.55 metres high, 4.45 metres long and 2.25 metres wide, the pods are currently only available on preorder and customised pods will be available from the end of 2016, the company said.
Who would want a portable sauna you might ask? Anyone who has ever endured a camping trip in the British countryside, I would suggest, after trying the Firzone portable sauna. At first – and perhaps every way you look at it - it appears ridiculous. Ever looked at foil-wrapped runners recovering from a marathon and felt pangs of envy? Neither have I. However I’d wager that a few Glastonbury casualties might have been prevented this weekend, had campers been able to slip into a sauna and warm some life back into their exhausted bodies, rather than passing out cold in their soggy tents. In the box, the sauna is cumbersome to say the least, but portable enough, light enough to be carried by a single person.
Firzone portable sauna: "If you don’t mind looking like an awkward extra in a crap pantomime, this could be the hottest seat around the campfire"
When unpacked, it looks like a silver quilted, one-man tent. After ramping up the five temperature settings to maximum, getting in was a bit like climbing into an enormous fleece with radiators in the pockets, and zipping it up to your neck. A folding camp stool fits inside and there is a plastic heated mat for your feet. The sauna uses infrared to heat up pleasantly, up to 55C apparently - enough to make it cosy but barely hot enough to raise a real sweat. Which is probably for the best, given that someone else might want to use it after you. And that you are probably going to be camping at the time, so showering afterwards might be a hassle.
It can last for up to 28 minutes, with the remote control settings accessed by two front zips, suitable for sticking your hands through and waving them about, allowing you to catch up on some reading perhaps. It of course requires a campsite that offers electricity points and you would be foolish to use it in the rain, which rules it out of, well, nearly every camping holiday you could possibly conceive of in Britain. But if you expect a dry evening and you don’t mind looking like an awkward extra in a crap pantomime, this could be the hottest seat around the campfire.
"In its box, the sauna is portable enough and light enough to be carried by a single person"
Reviewed by Natalie Paris
Dutch design group Blofield Air Design offers a selection of blow-up Chesterfield couches and armchairs made with a strong UV-resistant vinyl material, allowing it to be used in the outdoors without fading or melting away. It might be wise to bring a towel or two to avoid any sweaty, sticky situations sitting in the sun. The Big Blo couches, bound to make your “hipster friends smile”, are inflated using an electric pump and come either as a single chair, a loveseat for two or a longer four-person couch, weighing 17kg, 22kg and 28kg, respectively.
Blow-up picnic table
The donut-shaped DoNuts picnic table, also from Blofield Air Design, can seat up to six people. The device can be inflated with an electric pump and its circular tube seat is made with a durable “heavy duty rubber” material, featuring a valve system to prevent any strains from excessive air pressure. The UV-resistant seat cover ranges from a sleek faux-leather material to a waterproof polyester weave and a “100 per cent solution dyed acrylic” fabric said to be specially designed for outdoor use.
'Smart' camera glasses
Said to be one of the most advanced wearable cameras in the world, the Pivothead lets you capture high-definition video and images at the touch of a button, allowing you to record footage hands-free from a first person’s point-of-view. The glasses have photochromic lenses which darken when exposed to sunlight and can be custom-made to your eye prescription. It also comes with 8GB of memory (an hour’s worth of video play) and a rechargeable battery. It latest ‘Smart Series’ range, to be available from this summer, has a sleeker design, with a touch-controlled panel and other advanced features including a live broadcast function and WiFi capability (allowing you to share images and video in real time), as well as an SD card slot for increased memory space and extra batteries that can be attached to the ends of the arms for added power.
This inflatable hot tub lets you to bring the luxury of a Jacuzzi experience to the outdoors wherever you are. It features a heat pump with an air blower to inflate it, a built-in water massage jet system and a structured wall design for more stability. A digital control functions allows you to regulate the jet system and water temperature which can be heated up to 40°C (104°F). One of its newest features this year is a solar ground sheet placed underneath the tub to increase insulation and minimise the lost of heat via its base. Said to be compact and easy to set up in less than 10 minutes, the Lay-Z-Spa weighs between 30.9kg and 46.1kg. The range of hot tubs available can accommodate up to eight people.
Handheld espresso maker
Coffee addicts can get their caffeine fix anywhere in the world with the Handpresso Pump. With no batteries or electrical charging required, the lightweight device allows you to make a proper cup of espresso at a 16-bar pressure level (minimum levels needed to make espresso are said to range from 8 to 10 bars) using a hand-pumping mechanism and hot water, which can be carried in the Handpresso thermo flask. The device can be used with either ground coffee or espresso coffee packets.
Facial mist and light therapy
Your skincare regime won't need to be comprised while 'roughing it' in the great outdoors with the Light 590 Facial Mist, a portable mini facial steamer and light therapy device. It can be filled with either water or a light toning lotion, mixed with a drop of your favourite essential oil. Its spray function uses nanotechnology (which breaks up the liquid into tiny nanoparticles), allowing for the quick absorption and hydration of the skin in seconds. Its phototherapy mode shines a beam of light directly onto the skin, which is said to help promote skin elasticity, promoting the production of collagen, and also improve skin tone and texture. The battery-free device features a sleek and compact slide function to open and close it and a USB port for recharging.
Light 590 Facial MistFace massager
The Skin Rejuvenator offers a hot vibration massage on the face which works to open up the pores, help increase blood circulation in the face and allow for a deeper absorption of the applied lotion. Its cold massage mode aims to help tighten the skin and smooth out any wrinkles and fine lines on the face. The device can be charged before use via its USB port.
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