Light of my life?
Head torches have completely changed the game for campers. Gone are the day of clenching a torch between your teeth or getting your laaitie to hold it up while preparing a meal or setting up camp in the dark. A good head torch is worth its weight in gold and we particularly like the Fenix HM65R rechargeable option. This torch has both an independently controlled spotlight and a floodlight for a combined maximum output of 1 400 lumens of natural and white light with a beam distance of 145m. Designed with durability in mind, the shell of the Feniks HM65R is a magnesium alloy which is impact resistant for up to a metre, completely dustproof and waterproof for up to two metres. The light unit is detachable from the perforated reflective headband, making it a great multi-functional lighting solution.
*Available from a variety of retail outlets at an average cost of R1 699. For more
information on the product: www.fenikslighting.com
The sweet nectar of love
The Stanley 350ml Classic Trigger Action Mug is durable, stylish and portable. It keeps beverages hot for up to five hours or cold for up to six hours, and will keep ice frozen for 26 hours.
Available for R499: www.capeunionmart.co.za
Baby, keep it tidy!
To make the most of your trip, it is essential to know exactly where all your gear and equipment is, as continuous searching for items you need can be both frustrating and time-consuming. The sleek yet sturdy BOOXE Ultimate Boot Box provides optimum storage as it fits neatly into the boot of any SUV or large vehicle, giving easy access to all your essential gear. With dimensions of 910mm x 290mm x 120mm, this low and flat heavy-duty storage box is made from tough ABS plastic with structural ribs for strength, and aluminium hinges for longevity. Weighing in at just 2.6kg, it is the ideal place to safely stash items such as recovery gear and other items that need to be kept securely in a set place.
*Available from BOOXE for R1 795: www.booxe.co.za
Light my fire
If you want to keep the party toasting around the camp fire, there’s nothing like this Camping Boma from Vonk Creative Solutions. Made using sides of 4.5mm mild steel, it’s solid enough not to warp from the heat it generates. Best of all, it disassembles into the folding base plate, to form a 320 x 430 x 100mm box which fits into a Wolf Pack/ Ammo crate, leaving plenty of space for all those dirty braai accessories.
*Available from Vonk Creative
Solutions for R2 700: www.vonkcs.co.za
Pizza perfect match
Now you too can impress your fellow campers with piping hot pizzas from the fire with the Go Beyond Gear Pizza oven. Made to fit over most braai grids, this 304 grade stainless steel housing traps and focuses the heat of either a wood, charcoal or gas fire. It is just 185 mm high, with a footprint of 400 x 315 mm, and is supplied with either a stainless steel or ceramic baking tile. It comes with a convenient pizza paddle, for the ultimate Italian bush cooking experience.
Available from Go Beyond Gear at R1 285: www.gobeyondgear.co.za
Steady does it
Tired of having your GPS, GoPro, dashcam or tablet shake off its mounting point and fall in your lap every time you take on a corrugated section of road? You need a sturdier mount, or an alternative place to mount your gadgets. RAM Mounts know your pain and, as such, supply a wide range of solutions, from heavy-duty suction cups, to cupholder mounts, to multi-arm brackets that will keep even the worst case of the shakes under control.
*Available from www.rammount.co.za
The task of deflating tyres to improve traction in off-road situations has just been made easier with the Air Champ Smart Deflator from Ironman 4×4. It tightens onto the tyre valve’s outer thread, the valve core is then easily removed, and pressure can be rapidly released using a push button located near the pressure gauge. When done, the valve core is screwed back in place, the deflator can be detached, and you can move on to the next tyre. A nifty gadget you will use over and over again.
*Available from Ironman 4×4 at R850: www.ironman.co.za
For the love of water
It is important to stay hydrated when hiking in the outdoors and it sure helps to keep your water cool. Tentco has a great solution for carrying larger water bottles, encasing them in ripstop canvas of various colours and adding a neat shoulder strap and cinch toggle to keep the bottle securely in place.
*Available from Tentco for R130 (1 litre) or R150 (2 litres):
Love is timeless
Garmin is known for developing the personal GPS system that many of us had – and may still have – mounted to our vehicles’ windshields. In recent years the company expanded rapidly and developed many other products such as GoPro cameras, dashcams and smartwatches. The Garmin Forerunner 245 (available from R6 299) is a running watch that monitors your training status to indicate if you’re over or underdoing it and includes training plans from Garmin Coach. It provides advanced running dynamics, including ground contact time balance, stride length and vertical ratio; as well as safety and tracking features (such as built-in incident detection), which make it easy to share your location.
For her there is the Garmin Vivoactive 4S Smartwatch (priced at R5 999), allowing all-day monitoring features as well as 20 pre-loaded sports apps, which include easy-to-follow yoga, cardio and Pilate’s workouts. The stunning white and rose-gold watch is available from