The best gear, gadgets & supplies for adventurous workers!
Red Cross FRX3 Crank Radio, $70 This amazing little unit packs in an AM/FM radio, weather alerts, LED flashlight and beacon, aux input, and can charge your smartphone. Charges via rechargeable battery, hand crank, solar power or AAA batteries. Impressive! Eton
Parrot Bebop Drone, $978 Who doesn't need a drone in 2016? The Parrot Bebop Drone sports built-in GPS, a 14 megapixel fisheye lense, 3-axes image stabilization, and is piloted from a handy iOS or Android app.Amazon
nanSTRIKER XL, $29 When you need to spark a fire, reliability is pretty important. This 1/4" anodized waterproof rod contains an ultra-sharp tungsten carbine striking rod, and burns at nearly 5500 degrees fahrenheit. Toasty! Exotac
Go Cubes Chewable Coffee, $5o Yep, it's an entire cup of delicious & zippy cold-brew coffee packed into a convenient gummy bite!Indiegogo
Special Edition EDC Card, $80A compact all-in-one multi-carry tool, covered in a weapons grade ceramic coating, with 30+ functions including rulers, prybar, hex drivers, straight edge, bottle opener, and more. Cha/O/Ha
Gerber Outrigger XL, $60 Never underestimate the utility of a good knife to get you out of a tight situation in the field. Here's one we really like with a ball-bearing pivot and rubberized grip for smooth handling. MEC
MINIM+AID, TBCOkay, this isn't for sale quite yet. But it's possibly the coolest emergency preparedness kit you'll ever see, packaged inside a stylish 5cm wide tube that is waterproof and floats. Inside are a whistle, a radio (that can charge your smartphone!), raincoat, lantern, drinking water and a plastic case for medicine and other small items. Want! Nendo
Suunto MC-2G Global Compass, $89.95 Do you know how to find your way home with nothing but a compass? (Oh sorry, did we mention your smartphone battery died four hours ago?). This essential piece of kit features a mirror for sighting and signalling, luminescent markings, and a limited lifetime warranty. Never lost again! Deakin
Meal Kit Supply MREs, $45-130 After a long day in the field, the last thing you may want to do is eat bad food (or cook, for that matter). Enter Meal Kit Supply. These self-heating MRE style meals include three courses (plus coffee!), come with utensils, and are piping hot in no time using an included flameless heat source. Meal Kit Supply
XC6 Tablet, $3000 Produced by Xplore Technologies, the XC6 may be the toughest Windows tablet ever made. The antiglare screen, waterproof armored body, and powerful processor are ideal for fieldwork in the harshest conditions. There's even a military grade model available too. Xplore Technologies
Rite In The Rain Notebooks, $10-25 If you’ve done any fieldwork, you’re probably aware of the benefits of using Rite in the Rain waterproof notebooks first hand. They come in a variety of sizes and are indispensable when conditions are wet. Rite In The Rain
MSR Hubba Tent, $300A tried and true classic, the Hubba tent is perfect for overnight fieldwork in remote areas (or, if you’re not among the lucky few, its also great for a weekend camping trip). Those who need more space should try the Hubba Hubba, designed for two occupants. MSR
Merino Expedition Socks, $16 Those of us who work in northern climes have developed a firm belief in the power of a good pair of wool socks to extend time spent outside in the winter. And socks made from Marino wool, produced by a breed of sheep native to Portugal, are particularly comfortable and wonderfully warm. REI
Spot GPS Beacon, $150 Spot provides you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing help is just the push of a button away. When activated in emergency situations, it sends a signal to a central command center and local rescuers are dispatched to your coordinates. Spot
Instapark Mercury Solar Charger, $68 Don’t let a dead phone or tablet derail your fieldwork plans (or that important, scenic selfie!). The Instapark Mercury 10 was recently deemed the best solar charger on the market by Outdoor Gear Lab, and can charge two USB-compatible devices. Amazon
Stanley Classic Bottle, $40 It may not be the prettiest thermos ever made, but Stanley’s Classic Vacuum Bottle is a time-honored part of any field scientist’s kit. The nearly indestructible vacuum bottle is guaranteed to keep your coffee or cocoa warm for 24 hours. Stanley
Marmot Precip Jacket, $75 The Marmot Precip is an excellent alternative to the more expensive Gore-Tex jackets on the market. Its patented membrane material is similar to Gor-Tex at a fraction of the cost, allowing the Precip to easily shed rain while maintaining breathability. Marmot
Pelican Waterproof Laptop Cases, $200-300 Take the stress out of transporting delicate electronic equipment such as laptop computers in the field. Pelican’s well known waterproof cases are lined with soft foam and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Pelican
Trupulse 360R, $1800 The Trupulse 360R is a next-generation laser rangefinder that simplifies field surveying operations. In addition to measuring distance and slope to any point, the Trupulse can automatically calculate the distance and slope between two remote points with the help of an internal compass. Lasertech
Plateau Design Pouches, $30 Designed by a field researcher for the specific needs of geologists, palaeontologists, and biologists, these classic pouches are designed to allow quick access to notebooks, pencils, compasses, and other tools. 5% of profits are donated to Northern Arizona University to support field education. Plateau
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax, $8 Though your colleagues may think it strange that you gave them leather waterproofing compound for the holidays, they’ll be sure to thank you the first time they are in soggy field conditions for an extended period of time. We can attest from firsthand experience that Nikwax is quite effective at repairing the waterproofing on boots, tents, and other outdoor equipment. Handy! Amazon
Swazi Ali-Gaiters, $150 New Zealand based Swazi has come up with what might be the worlds toughest gaiters. Their stylish Ali-Gaiters, which are optimized for work in the snow, feature stainless steel boot ties and Kevlar impregnated polyester. Swazi
enKo Rechargeable LED Light, $37 This 3300Ah ultra-bright light is compact, handy and sports a magnetic base and clip. Plus, did we mention it works as a power bank for you USB devices - pretty clever! Amazon
Pod Tents, $450 Fieldwork with a team is surely more fun - so why not get a sociable tent when you're sleeping out? This revolutionary tent system is modular and extendable, with a central pod that sleeps 8, and connecting tunnels that easily attach to create a network of many additional pods. Cool! Pod
Compiled by Daniel Walsh & Neal Ellis
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