Geigerrig hydration pack

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Sweatproof headphones, extreme waterproof gloves and hydration packs under pressure - the latest gadgets to go out and get wet with.

Geigerrig hydration packs

From around £55

The world's first pressurised hydration bladder backpacks. Other systems rely on a "bite valve" you squeeze with your teeth and suck water through, but Geigerrig's patented system has a second chamber to the bladder that puts the main water-filled chamber under pressure: squeeze the valve and water shoots out.

The world's first pressurised hydration bladder backpacks. Existing hydration backpacks carry a reservoir of water, or "bladder", in a pocket or sleeve in your pack, with a tube running to your chest - this makes it easier to drink on the go. But while other systems rely on a "bite valve" that you squeeze with your teeth and suck water through, Geigerrig's patented system has a second chamber to the bladder that puts the main water-filled chamber under pressure: simply squeeze the valve and water shoots out. That means sharing water doesn't need to include spit washback, and you can use the water to clean hands and spray onto your face to keep cool.

www.whitbyandco.co.uk

 

Berghaus Vapour Storm

£230

The world's first waterproof venting jacket - the Vapour Storm is a Gore-Tex Active shell with front side and rear vents that are designed to retain the jacket's waterproof rating. These specially baffled, patent pending vents allow cold air from outside to push out hot air inside without allowing water ingress.

Modern waterproof fabrics like Gore-Tex are designed to let water out not in - ensuring wearers don't get too sweaty. But there are activities where even Gore-Tex can't whip away the sweat fast enough. Enter the world's first waterproof venting jacket, the Vapour Storm. Features a Gore-Tex Active shell with front side and rear vents that are designed to retain the jacket's waterproof rating. These specially baffled, patent-pending vents allow cold air from outside to push out hot air inside without allowing water in. The Vapour Storm has already won an OutDoor award at the influential Friedrichshafen trade show.

www.berghaus.com

 

Oregon Scientific Crystal Weather Moments

£120

Most home weather stations deliver loads of information, but are ugly; this one delivers simple information only, but in a stylish manner. Three "crystalline" icons, clearly representing sun, cloud and rain flicker and glow to represent current barometric conditions, while the front panel displays a radio-signal accurate time as well as temperature.

Most modern home weather stations deliver a mind-numbing array of information but are fearsomely ugly. The Oregon Scientific Crystal Weather Moment delivers only simple information but does so in a very stylish manner. Three "crystalline" icons, clearly representing sun, cloud and rain, flicker and glow to represent current barometric conditions, while the front panel displays a radio-signal accurate time as well as temperature in three areas (indoors, outdoors etc). The display is even switched between modes just by waving your hand at the front fascia. Of course, if you need an ugly system that measures humidity, wind chill, UV index, rainfall and anything else you can imagine, Oregon does one of those too.

www.oregonscientific.com

 

Glacier Glove Super G

£50

Neoprene gloves less than 2mm thick, lined with nylon and protected with an "extremely durable" patent-pending coating. These are the thinnest, least padded gloves you're ever likely to want to wear if you need to race across icy expanses, plunge your hands into ice holes or otherwise be nimble while its very cold and wet.

Designed for extreme sport racers participating in seriously cold/icy conditions, these gloves are G-Tek neoprene less than 2mm thick, lined with nylon and protected with an "extremely durable" patent-pending coating. Coming from a company renowned for designing clothing specifically for extreme conditions, these are the thinnest, least padded gloves you're ever likely to want to wear while riding bicycles or snow sleds across icy expanses, plunging your hands into fishing holes in the ice or otherwise trying to be nimble while also being very cold. And while that thickness of rubber won't keep hands warm, they also won't leave you frostbitten and numb, cold or wet.

www.2pure.co.uk

 

Philips ActionFit SHQ5200

£65

Sports headphones are a great idea: snugly fitted, so they don't fall out, sweat and rain-resistant and built tough. But until now, they all have been ones you shove in your ears. These Philips headphones are on-ear models with a silicon grippy headband, detachable and washable ear cushions, and with open backs to hear surroundings.

Sports headphones are a great idea: they tend to be snugly fitted so they don't fall out while you're moving about, sweat and rain-resistant, and built tough. But until now, they all have been the style that you shove in your ears. These Philips headphones are on-ear models with a headband. The silicone band is designed to be snug and non-slip, the cable is kevlar-reinforced and the ear cushions are detachable and washable to stop them getting sweaty and stinky. Plus open backs to the headphones mean you can hear your surroundings as well - ideal for if your jog takes you across busy roads.

www.philips.co.uk

 

Aqua Zinger

£25

Water's vital for hydration, but it often tastes, well, boring. This double-wall flask has an exra bottom section. Shove fruit in here and the bladed grinder will pulp it up. Water passes through the mesh barrier separating this section from the rest of the flask, but seeds and pulp are retained.

Water's vital for hydration, but it's often a bit, well, boring. This double-wall, vacuum-insulated flask has an exra bottom section. Shove a load of fruit in here and the bladed grinder will pulp it up as you seal the unit. Water passes through the mesh barrier separating this section from the rest of the flask, but seeds and pulp are retained. The result of you carrying it round and the water sloshing through the mesh is flavoured water without any pulp or messy bits to get stuck between your teeth. And the Zinger can be used with hot or cold liquid too.

www.sciencemuseumshop.co.uk

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